Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Massachusetts” in chapter 1 of Mrs. John A. Logan, Reminiscences of a Soldier's Wife: An Autobiography:
... attempt to have schools more than a few months in the year was made.
They were, however, public-spirited people, and southern Illinois came in for her share of teachers sent out by the governor of Massachusetts at the request of the Western States in the early fifties.
I owe a debt of gratitude to one of them for her faithful training when I was very young.
The august Board who examined these teachers ...
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