“This certifies that Barbara Claycomb a pupil of the Public Schools of this county is especially commended for Punctual and Regular Attendance at School for a period of twenty days and is therefore entitled to receive this Award of Merit.”
In the year that Thelma Peterson was her teacher and Pearl E. Sewell was the county superintendent of schools in Wayne, Nebraska, Aunt Barb received this award September 1927 through April 1928.
The forms (N-200-H) were printed for Lincoln School Supply Company in Lincoln, Nebraska. Each featured a work of art. On the reverse the painting and the artist were described. Aunt Barb’s school was District #14 – a one-room school house with probably a dozen students.
My great-great-grandfather on my paternal grandmother’s side was Mark Fair. My brother found this ink and watercolor image of him done by R. H. Fair in 1945. I haven’t done enough work on the Fairs to bring them current, so I do not know who R. H. Fair is. My guess is he lived in the NE Nebraska area.
In 1940 my Aunt Barb received her BA in Education for Nebraska State Teachers’ College in Wayne, Nebraska. She save the announcement, the program and mimeograph pages of the Commencement Week program with instructions on how to dress for the ceremonies and how to behave during them.
Quite an exciting time for a 22 year old farm girl from Wayne. I’m not sure of the timeline, but I think she went to Chicago to attend a business college after this. As far as I know she never taught school. Oh, the questions I wish I had asked her.
This damaged photo is from a school in Sycamore, Illinois, about 1892. Some names can still be read. And I can see my grandfather, Amos Claycomb, in the second row, 4th from the right. Also on the photo, but not scanned: “Prof A. J. Blanchard” and “Anna Tepson” who might be the teachers.
This is how I see the names:
Third row from top left to right are
1. Ralph Horn
2. Ernest Husberg
4. Eddie Peterson
5. Bert Stroberg
6. Earl Van Galder
8. Mable Hix
9. Diana Harrington
10. Ruth Townsend
Bottom row left to right are
Roy Knights and Cecil Wyman…
Next to last row left to right are
___ Harmes; Max (Mary?) Librant; Bessie
… Hilda Anderson; ___; …Morris, Ethel Chatfield, Fran…
Fred Beckler, …Amos Claycomb [4th from right in 2nd row]