Page images

Number of female children between 4 and 20 years of age, 163,056.
Total number of children between 4 and 20 years of age, 329,906.
Excess of males over females, 3,791.
Increase of children since last report, 8,941.
Number of districts maintaining school more than one térm, 3,467,
Number of male teachers employed during winter term, 1,621.
Number of female teachers employed during winter term, 2,758.
Number of male teachers employed during summer term, 308.
Number of female teachers employed during summer term, 3,871.
Number of different persons employed in teaching during the year, 7,585.
Number of teachers who have had experience as teachers previous to this year 6,242.
Average wages paid male teachers per month during winter term, $30 02.
Average wages paid male teachers per month during winter term, $19 72.
Average wages paid male teachers per month during summer term $34 77.
Average wages paid female teachers per month during summer term, $19 11.
Average wages per month paid male teachers for the whole year, $32 39.
Average wages per month paid female teachers for the whole year, $19 43.
State fund apportioned during the year $150,974 07.
Tax levied by County Boards of Supervisors, $139,141 21.
Tax levied by towns, $74.826 64
District'taxes for teachers' wages, $415,884 47.
District taxes for school houses, $99,291 86.
District taxes for maps, charts, etc., $2 990'18.
District taxes for other purposes, $95,725 42.
Total amount of taxes raised, $821,859 78.
Total amount of money expended for school purposes, $972,833 58.
Number of stone school houses, 186.
Number of brick school'houses, 198.
Number of frame school houses, 2,553.
Number of log school houses, 1,249.
Total number of school houses, 4,186.
Number of school hoube sites containing less than one acre, 3,177.
Number of school house sites upinclosed, 3,147.
Number of school houses without outline maps, 2,982.
Number of school houses without black-boards, 570.
Average valuation cf school houses, $355 34.
Highest valuation of any school house, $32,000.
Lowest valuation of any school house, 1 cent.
Total valuation of school houses, $1,487,495 33.

St. Crow Co.-The following came to hand just too late for last month :

“We held our Institute in this county the week before the last week in October. It was more numerously attended than any Institute previously held in this section of the State. A hundred and fifteen names were registered as members, for the most past of persons who are or have been actively engaged in teaching. The interest was well sustained throughout the session. Clergymen and gentlemen in other professions encouraged us by their presence and counsel, and appeared much pleased with the exercises. The want of assistance from abroad, was, in 'some measure at least, compensated by the zeal.

Ous co-operation of the teachers and friends of education in our midst."

We see also a favorable notice of the Institnte in the Hudson Times.

Polk Co.-As we gather from a Circular Supt. Clark, an Institute was held for that county in the latter part of October, but we do not know with what success. Judging from the subscription to the Journal-quota twice full -a good spirit prevails in the coi:nty, and the cause of schools is advancing.

Sauk Co.-An Association is to be held at Baraboo, we understand during the holidays. We bespeak a good attendance and a good time, and quote a few earnest words from Supt. Morley on a former page.

GRANT Co.-A Circular, from Supt. Purman, informs us that an Association will be held at Lancaster, commencing on the 27th, for which also we bespeak good cheer and abundant success.

DANE Co.--Associations were held during the past month at Mazomanie and Oregon, for the northern and southern portions respectively of Dr. Hooker's District. His indefatigable efforts and those of a few spirited teachers to keep the ball moving, are not as well seconded by the body of the teachers as they should be. Prof. Allen of the University, lectured and conducted several exers cises.

Iowa Co.-Alex. Wilson, Esq., of Mineral Point, is appointed Superintendent we understand, in place of A. J. Slye, Esq., resigned. Dodgeville has united and graded her schools, and Mr. Fellows, lately at Hartford, takes charge

APPOINTED.—W. H. Warren, Supt. of Door county, vice M. 'H. Lyman, re. signed ; and C. W. Kellogg for Monroe county, vice J. T. Anderson, resigned.

Madison. The schools appear to be improving under the superintendency of Mr. Colby, assisted by a good corps of teachers.

MILTON ACADEMY.-Mr. Whitford inform us that the Winter Term opens favorably, with 160 pupils.

NORMAL CLASSES. J. O. Pickard, Agent of the Normal Board, has we believe, completed the Annual Examination, his last trip being to Beloit and Platteville. The number of classes is smaller than usual.

THE NORMAL DEPARTMENT at the University is well filled for the Winter Term. Miss Merrille, successor to Miss, Moody, gives good satisfaction we learn. Miss Waré, long a successful teacher in the Madison Schools, is also an Assistant.

Gone!-Among those who have passed away during the year now closing, we remember several men who were in some sense pioneers and leaders in their respective spheres: Daniel Adams, in our modern improvements in - Written Arithmetic ;Salem Town, a3 compiler of graded Reading Books and in Verbal Analysis. P. R. Spencer, in Chirography (and to whose memory and merits we had the pleasure not long since, of hearing his son, R. C. Spencer, of Milwaukee, pay a graceful tribute, in a Lecture before the Institute at Waukesha); Edward Hitchcock, of Amherst, in Popularized Science, and most recently of all, Benjamin Silliman, of Yale, the venerable Father of Science in this country.

We also notice the decease of Rev. John A. Savage, D. D., the principal founder we believe, and for some years President of Carroll College, Wauke. sha, and father of the late Col. Savage, of our 36th regiment.

REFORM SCHOOL.—The Waukesha Freeman says the new building erected this season for additional accommodations to the inmates of the State Reform School, is ready for occupation. It is a neat and spacious building and well arranged, with a large yard and other conveniences, and costs about $4,000. There are now about 160 inmates in the School, the management of which by Dr. Barrett is said to be excellent.

GEORGE W. Hoss, editor of the Indiana School Journal, is the Superintendent elect of that State. Brother Hoss is wide awake to the educational interests of the Hoosier State, and under his lead: we trust they will receive a strong forward impulse. More liberal provision for the support of schools is especially needed


THE NEW ILLUSTRATED DICTIONARY.–We acknowledge with much pleasure the receipt from the Publishers, Messrs. G. and C. Merriam, Springfield, Mass., through Messrs. Terry and Cleaver, Booksellers of Milwaukee, of a copy of that magnificent work, the New Illustrated edition of Webster's Unabridged Dictionary. It is one of the cheering signs of the day that such a work should come out at such a time. Its great and varied merits deserve and shall receive a much fuller exposition than we can give to them just now. After a little time for examination, we shall say something more. If our State policy of supplying our Schools with this Dictionary sball enable the unsupplied new districts to secure this edition, they will secure a prize indeed.

ANCIENT MAPS.–Our notice last month of the curious Maps published by J. B. Lippincott & Co., erroneously made the price $1 instead of $2.00. See Advertisement. The New Comprehensive Geography, by Shaw & Allen, is receive ing the heartiest commendations of educators. It will have a great success.

ATLANTIC.—The closing number of the year and of Vol. XIV, has more than the usual number of attractive articles. The half year's repast consists of fifty-four articles in prose, from forty different writer and a couple dozen in verse, from half as many famous or less famous poets. Articles from distin. guished writers, both American and English, are announced for January, and now is the time for those who wish a choice magazine, to subscribe. The price is now $4.00 a year—2 copies for $7.00—clubs of ten at $3.00. Address Ticknor & Fields, Boston.

“OUR YOUNG FOLKS,” is the title of a New Illustrated Magazine for the Juveniles, the First Number of which has been issued, by the publishers of the “Atlantic.” Edited by J. T. Trowbridge, author of Cudjo's Cave, Gail Hamilton and Lucy Larcom. Capt. Mayne Reed and other popular writers for the young will contribute. This Magazine will doubtless please the boys and girls immensely. $2.00 a year; three copies for $5; with the Atlantic, $5.

BARNARD'S JOURNAL OF EDUCATION for December (we have not seen the September No.) completes Vol. XIV-IVth of the New Series—and contains the usual attractive variety of educational literature. Among the Articles are Public Instruction in Holland, Normal Schools in Pennsylvania, and Western College of Teachers, 1829–43. The number is embellished with a Portrait of Prof. S. J. Green of Brown University. $3.50 a year in advance. Address H. Barnard, Hartford, Conn.

THE NEW PORTRAIT-FILL THE QUOTAS! We have the pleasure of issuing the promised Portrait of our good looking State Superintendent, Hon. J. G. McMynn, to paid-up subscribers in the star counties, as indicated on the next page. Those subscribers in the same counties who are in arrears, but who remit the amount due, personally or through their County Superintendent, by the 15th of January, shall also receive the Portrait in that number. We extend the same offer of the Portrait to those counties now behind, which make up their quota by that date, and confidently expect it will be done by Crawford, Dane, [E. and W. Districts,] Jefferson, Sauk, Sheboygan and Walworth, and perhaps by others. We shall print for January and thereafter only so many copies as are subscribed for or pledged by the 15th of that month, having already lost several hundred dollars by overconfidence in the willingness of teachers to sustain the Journal. Our friends will be kind enough to remember that that every new subscription for the entire volume diminishes our loss. Individual teachers, not securing the portrait by being in a."star county,” may still do so by sending a new subscriber, with the dollar, by the 15th.


It will be an especial favor to us to get a few hundred more subscriptions for the whole volume, but we will take such subscriptions for six months in advance, at 50 cents, commencing with January, as are sent in by the 15th of that month. Two 50 cent subscriptions count as one.




The Subscriptions below are not included in the Table above.




0 2 1 2

13 10 11 71 16

9 22 10

9 12

3 7 58 2 1

0 0 1 12 8 0 0 11 1 0 1

19 66 2




Corrections and alterations will be made in the above Tables each month before going to press, so far data re furnished. The Jan number will go to press about the 15th.

« PreviousContinue »