SCHOOLS

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Randsburg Elementary School 1905

TEACHERS

RANDSBURG
1897/98 Miss Wores
1898/1900 Mrs. R. M. Rader
1900/04 W. A. McGinn
1904/05 C. M. Drake
1905/07 D. Gunderson
1907/11 Sue Spurlock
1911/12 Susan A. Peter
1912/16 Lena Reynolds
1916/17 Mabel Guernsey
1917/18 A. S. Fulton
1918/19 Nellie S. Gessell
1919/21 W. H. Linderman
1921/22 Mrs. Myrtle Copeland
1922/23 Marion I. Nelson
1923/24 Beatrice Atkenson
1924/25 Beatrice Cregier
1925/26 N. Lura Dorrance
1926/33 C. J. Richey
1933,35 R. l. Fick
1935/37 Philip B. Tombs
1938/39 C. F. Randall
1939/40 Mrs. Esther Stromberg
1940/42 Roger B. Everly
1942/ 43 Alfred Hansen
1943/44 Beatrice M. Wiley
1944/45 Mrs. Genevieve Feeney
1945/47 Mrs. Genevieve Wise
1947/48 Mrs. Melvina Frost
1948/49 Mrs. Genevieve Wise
1949/50 Evelyn Shorey
1950/51 Mrs. Nellie S. Harris
1951/52 Mrs. Josephine B. Quinn
1952/53 James H. Moore
1953/54 Mrs. Josephine B. Quinn
1954/57 Joseph L. Gale
1957/1960 Evelyn Shorey
1960/62 Mrs. Helen Thomas

 

February 21, 1897:  “February 21, 1917: TWENTY YEARS AGO TODAY –From the Californian of this date 1897. – J. W. Crawford, Edward Hammond and Jo P. Carroll have been named as trustees of the Randsburg school district.” – Bakersfield Californian.

March 14, 1897: “Randsburg has elected three school trustees, is taking up a collection for a school house and will soon have education underway.” — San Francisco Call

August 2, 1897: “Randsburg proposes to issue $2500 worth of bonds for the purpose of building and furnishing a school, house.” – The Herald

August 09, 1897:  “A school district has been organized, including the towns of Johannesburg and Randsburg. The fall term of school will open at the latter place sometime in September with Miss Wores of Tucson as teacher. It is said there are overeighty children in the district.” – The Herald

September 17, 1897: “The Halfway house at Randsburg has been purchased, and fitted up (as a) school room. School will open on the 20th inst., with Miss Wores as teacher.” – The Herald

November 18, 1897: “County Superintendent Hnrrell is visiting the schools at Randsburg and vicinity.” – The Herald

December 05, 1897:  “BAKERSFIEI.D, Dec. 4.—(Regular Correspondence.) Treasurer Ratz has disposed of Randsburg school bonds to the amount of $2500 to John F. Spragu of San Francisco. A premium of $125 was paid.” – The Herald

December 26, 1897: “According to a recent apportionment of state school funds Randsburg school will receive $215.” — The Herald

April 9, 1898:  “The school closed last week and the teacher, Miss J. M. Wores, left for San Francisco on Monday. During the seven months of school 89 pupils were enrolled, with an average attendance of 43.” – The Herald

May 30, 1898: “On Friday next an election of trustees for this school district will be held, the polling place being the school house. The present trustees are Messrs. Stevens, May and Benson, the latter holding over. A school census taken early this month shows 219 children of school age and 67 under. The total population of the school district is 1260.” – The Herald

June 07, 1898:  “An election of school trustees for this district was held Friday. Quite a little interest in the matter was shown, there being several candidates in the field. Messrs.  Goodbody and Bacon were elected.” –The Herald

October 11, 1898:  “A continuance was taken in the case of Prank Wilson against F. R. Grannis until October 24th. a suit to quiet title of school lands at Randsburg.” – The Herald

September 30, 1899: “SCHOOL NOTES—One hundred desks arrived on Wednesday’s train.  They are to be put in place immediately and cost the school board $380.” –Randsburg Miner

September 30, 1899:  “SCHOOL BONDS –Why Not Get the Support of our Citizens And Build a Good School House – And secure a Good Deed to the School Site and Float Bonds to Build a Good School House –It has been suggested that the school trustees get together and obtain for this district a good school site with a good deed to it and then go after the citizens of Randsburg and get them to agree to purchase the bonds, and next spring float bonds enough to build a three or four room school house with all the necessary equipment thereto.

Judging from the conversation we have had with several of the people of Randsburg, we believe that the trustees will meet with little of no opposition to this proposition and furthermore, believe they would have but little trouble n floating the necessary bonds right here in Randsburg.

There are but two districts in this county that have larger school census then we have.  (We) have passed the wild booming stage and have settled down to a vigorous and profitable business level, and to-day there are more families in Randsburg than there ever were before.  Our town is as orderly as any city in the state, and our children are mannerly and well behaved as any, but the fact is staring us in the face nevertheless that the crying need of Randsburg at the present time is better school facilities.  Prof. Doub assures us that he will do all that he possibly can to assist the people in this matter.

Our teachers are now working under greater disadvantages than any other teachers in the county.

The school now has an attendance of over eighty scholars, which will be increased to ninety-five or a hundred within a few weeks, and the present school building is just about one-half big enough to accommodate this number of pupils, and under the existing circumstances is simply impossible for our teacher to do their best work.  However, under these adverse conditions the work in the school is about up to standard.

County school superintendent Doub, while here recently was interviewed by a Miner reporter.  He paid the school an official visit and what he has to say should be given careful consideration by those who have the good of the town at heart.

The Miner has always taken a great interest in the public school of Randsburg, and we shall urge the importance of this matter upon the citizens, until every facility is provided which may be required to make our school rank with the best in the state.” –Randsburg Miner

December 2, 1899:  “THE SCHOOL HOUSE has been papered and painted in the last two days and made comfortable for winter, Harry Watson did the job.” –Randsburg Miner

January 30, 1900:   The piano and furniture have arrived from Los Angeles for our kindergarten, and it is running full time. An entertainment and dance is to be given Feb. 8, to finish paying the expenses. – “Los Angeles Herald

April 29, 1902: “WORK ON THE RANDSBURG SCHOOL HOUSE is progressing steadily.  The material is all on the ground.  The frame is up and the carpenters are making things hum.” –Bakersfield Morning Echo

May 24, 1908: SCHOOL CENSUS—A completion of the school census by Mrs. Ed Shipsey shows that the total number of children of school age in the district is 171, of which 79 are boys and 92 are girls.  Number of children over five years and under seventeen who have attended school during the year 111.  Number who have attended a private school 5.  Number of children over five and under seventeen who have not attended school during the year 55.  Number of children under five years 41.  Native born of all children 209.  Foreign born 3.  Total 212.  Number of children of school age who have not been vaccinated 37. –Bakersfield Morning Echo

November 5, 1917: “TEACHERS OF KERN COUNTY NOW ATTENDING INSTITUTE:

Randsburg School: A. S. Fulton, Principal; Gladys Hohl, Ira L. Osmun.  – Bakersfield Californian

October 21, 1918:  “CLOSE CITY SCHOOLS TO HELP STAMP OUT INFLUENZA – L E. Chenoworth, county superintendent of schools, this forenoon received word that the Randsburg School had closed on account of influenza.”  Bakersfield Californian

November 13, 1918:  “INFLUENZA GERM IS BEATEN AT RANDSBURG – RANDSBURG, Nov. 13. – Battered about from one house to the next, influenza has finally abdicated from the town of Randsburg and it was announced here today by the city health authorities that not one case of the disease remains.

The Randsburg School reopened Monday and the mines have resumed operation.” –Bakersfield Californian

April 28, 1919:  “RANDSBURG PUPILS GIVE ENTERTAINMENT – To raise money for the purchase of basketball and football equipment, the Randsburg School recently gave three plays, under the direction of their principal, Miss Nellie G. Gessell, and Miss Payne, fifth-grade teacher.

The first was a Japanese dance, the second a historical scene bringing in living pictures, and the third a play of John Smith and Pocahontas.  The latter play brought in fifth-grade history in a very interesting and instructive manner.  The sum of $30 was cleared, which was immediately invested in the necessary equipment.  More than 80 adults witnessed the plays.” – Bakersfield Californian

March 18, 1920”  “RANDSBURG TRUSTEE NAMED BY CHENOWETH—Wilson H. Jones will take the place of S. J. Tyler as trustee of the Randsburg school district.  Jones was appointed by County Superintendent L. E. Chenoweth yesterday.  E. J. Tyler died recently of pneumonia.” – Bakersfield Californian

September 1, 1921: “H. W. Garroutte will take charge of the Randsburg school, which has swelled to large proportions on account of the increased mining affairs and new strikes of ore.  The new Mojave principal will conduct the first year’s high school work affording an opportunity for the children of that large section additional education.  Many of the graduates of the grammar schools from this section have been going to Los Angeles high schools, but will not be served at the Mojave center.” –Bakersfield Californian

November 21, 1921: “BAZAAR AND BALL FOR RANDSBURG KIDDIES – Randsburg, Nov. 21. – The Randsburg Parent-Teacher association will hold a bazaar and ball in Miner’s hall at Randsburg on Friday, December, 9, for funds for the Randsburg children’s Christmas.  Admission of 50 cents will be charged.—Bakersfield Californian

January 23, 1923: “An entertainment is planned by the Randsburg school  to obtain screens  for the windows of the school buildings.” – Bakersfield Californian

May 29, 1923:  “PLAYING “HOOKEY” BECOMES PASSE—Playing hookey and being late to school is becoming passé with small boys if one can judge by the three records uncovered in the office of L. E. Chenoweth, county superintendent of schools.

Fred Hicks of Randsburg has perhaps the best record of which to be proud for his faithfulness in attendance stretches over a period of three years.  During the last year, the teacher has not made a check against his name for either absence or tardiness;  and the year before, he would have attained perfection on these two scores but he succumbed to the influenza epidemic,  In the school year of 1920-21 he was tardy a total of only ten minutes during the term.  The lad is 10 years old and he is in the sixth grade.” – Bakersfield Californian

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