that was to grow and wax strong, while she, alas!
the mother of schools, was to become less and less.
Who at that time could have foreseen the changes that were to come with the many divisions and sub-divisions of this old school district?
That summer, 1824, Miss Eliza Wayne
at Milk Row had a school of eighty pupils, and the next year her sister, Charlotte
, had seventy-five.
These ladies taught twenty weeks, or five months each, at a stipend of $4. weekly.
In commendation of the former, the trustees reported that ‘the appearance and performance of her scholars as well, in writing, geography, and grammar very well.
Some samples of needle work, with baskets, etc., were exhibited, all neatly executed.’
It was at this time that the trustees voted that schools beyond the Neck be no longer permitted to be closed on the afternoon of Wednesday, and that five and one-half days service be required of the instructors.
A venerable lady who has always lived in this city attended Charlotte Wayne's school, eighty-three years ago. She remembers her teacher well and once went with her on a visit to Charlestown
, where Miss Wayne
had a married sister living, a Mrs. Winship
That winter, 1825-6, the Milk Row School was kept, five months, by Joshua O. Colburn
, at $30. per month.
remembers his name well, but can give no information about the man, or his predecessor, Michael Coombs
, who taught the winter before that.
Passing over the next year, when the teachers were a Miss Flanders
and Ezekiel D. Dyer
, we come to a name which stands out prominently in the school reports, that of Miss Ann E. Whipple
, who taught the school at two different periods.
At this time, May, 1827, she came with a fine record from the Lower Winter Hill School, where she had taught the previous season.
So satisfactory was her work in both places that she was induced to keep a private school of a few weeks in the interim between the fall
Later on we shall have occasion to speak of Miss Whipple
The next teachers, of whom I have learned nothing, were Ira Stickney
and Eliza D. Ward
. Joseph W. Jenks
, son of Dr.