Award of Merit Wayne Nebraska 1927 – 1928

EPSON MFP image“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.”
EPSON MFP imageIn 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.
EPSON MFP imageThe 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.
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Nebraska Commencement 1940

EPSON MFP imageIn 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.

EPSON MFP imageEPSON MFP imageEPSON MFP imageEPSON MFP image1940 barbQuite 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.

Teacher’s Souvenir 1924

EPSON MFP imageIn 1924 my aunt Barb received this souvenir booklet from her teacher, Mayme Lindquist.  It seems amazing that a teacher would give each student an eight page booklet tied with a green string.  But at District 14 School in Wayne, Nebraska, there were only 5 grades with a total of 13 students, including my Uncle George.

 

 

 

EPSON MFP imageThe other pages contained inspirational quotes and poetry.
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District #14 School Wayne Nebraska

District #14 School, Wayne, Nebraska about 1950.  Corner E 21st & Centennial Road.

District #14 School, Wayne, Nebraska about 1950. Corner E 21st & Centennial Road.

wayne school deed titleIn 1882 John and Almeda Lake sold land for $25 to the School District #14 of Wayne, Nebraska.  Here is the deed that was entered by Enoch Hunter, a Wayne pioneer.

The school house was very close to the family farm.  It was demolished many years ago.
wayne school deedwayne school deed envAnd in case you would be interested in teaching at this school, here is an 1896 teacher’s contract – $28 a month to teach, keep the school house in good repair and provide fuel.
wayne school contractFor me the most important part – this is where my father, Frank Claycomb, started first grade in 1920.  His teacher was Mrs. Barlow.

Edith Moses Chubb (1882-1972)

This is another set of photos that have survived away from its family.  The Chubbs were  friends of the Bresslers.  The first two photos are labeled “Edith Moses Chubb.”

Edith Moses Chubb, 1904.

Edith Moses Chubb, 1904.

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This one is labeled “Mr. Chubb, 1356 4th Ave., Davenport, Iowa.”  Chubb is not a frequently heard name, so I’m guessing there’s a connection.
chubb iowaI found her birth (Nebraska) and death (Texas) dates online; her father was F. E. Moses; her son Niles was married to Dr. Dorothy Brewer.  I haven’t documented this properly, just offer it as a possibility.  I would love to return these photos to Edith’s family.

Idaho Homestead 1911

Photos taken in Hollister, Idaho, June 1911.  The John Bresslers and the Charles Cravens of Wayne, Nebraska are homesteading in Idaho.  Charles Craven was the local photographer in Wayne and I think he took these photos (he’s not in any of the photos).

Idaho families craven ringland bressler Charles M. Craven homestead, Hollister, Idaho, June 1911. In doorway: Mrs. Hattie Craven. L-R: Ruth Bressler, Mrs. Julia Fair Bressler, Dorothy Bressler, Ruth Ringland, Joe Ringland, Mrs. Harvey S. Ringland, Harvey S. Ringland, and John T. Bressler. Ringland was an officer in the Bressler bank in Wayne, Nebraska.

I have posted photos of the Bressler house in Wayne here.  You can see they are used to more luxurious surroundings.  Within a year of this picture, Ruth Bressler had married Amos Claycomb and moved to Illinois.  I believe the Bresslers did not complete the requirement for homesteading.  I don’t know much about the Craven family.

Hollister, Idaho, June 1911. Ruth Bressler shack. Dorothy Bressler in hat. Hollister, Idaho, June 1911. Ruth Bressler shack. Dorothy Bressler in hat.

John Bressler was a banker and politician (unpopular combination) – This is him standing at an irrigation gate.  Dressed very nicely for working in the fields.
Idaho jt bressler irrigationThese are the families in front of the Bressler homestead with their wagon.  Ruth Bressler’s ‘shack’ (her words) marked with a blue check behind the wagon; a barn is at the far left.  The barrel on the wagon is to transport water.

John T. Bressler homestead, Hollister, Idaho, June 1911. L-R: Mrs. Hattie Craven, Mrs. Julia Fair Bressler, Dorothy Bressler, Ruth Bressler, John T. Bressler. John T. Bressler homestead, Hollister, Idaho, June 1911.
L-R: Mrs. Hattie Craven, Mrs. Julia Fair Bressler, Dorothy Bressler, Ruth Bressler, John T. Bressler.

Here two of the women are leaving for Idaho Falls.  Some are actually staying.  That looks like a bleak existence.  And how many trunks of clothes did they bring so that they could dress like this?  The houses must have been full of trunks.

Holllister, Idaho, June 1911. Mrs. Julia Fair Bressler and Dorothy Bressler leaving for Idaho Falls. L-R: John T. Bressler, Dorothy Bressler, Mrs. Julia Bressler, Ruth Bressler, and Mrs. Hattie Craven. Holllister, Idaho, June 1911. Mrs. Julia Fair Bressler and Dorothy Bressler leaving for Idaho Falls.
L-R: John T. Bressler, Dorothy Bressler, Mrs. Julia Bressler, Ruth Bressler, and Mrs. Hattie Craven.

Wayne Nebraska Sunday School Class

Dorothy SS classThis is my grand aunt Dorothy Bressler’s Sunday School class in Wayne, Nebraska.  Probably the Methodist church or maybe the Presbyterian.  Dorothy was born in 1897 and these girls look 10-12 years old (?) which would put the photo as 1907-09.
Dorothy SS class bI think Dorothy wrote these names on the back.  Your guess is as good as mine (the spelling is only approximate):  Mary O’Neal, Lizzi Parry, Serena Howser, Hester McNeal, Elizabeth Miner, Dorothy Bressler, Gladys Golder, Edith White, Mary Wilson, and Mrs. Miner.  I cannot even identify Dorothy.