Minutes of the Wright St School
1818- 1854
Town of Durham

Typed copy of the original minutes found at the Durham Center Museum. Transcribed by Arlene Goodwin.


Durham, Sept. 17th, 1818—The inhabitants of school district no. 18, being legally notified, met accordingly and proceeded to business, where-upon Daniel Benjamine was chosen Moderator, James R. Stanton, Clerk and Philip More, Ambrose Wright and Anson Wright, Trustees; Limon Stannard, Collector. Meeting adjourned until the 29th.

Sept. 29th 1818—Met agreeable to adjournment and proceeded to business whereupon. Ist Ambrose Wright chosen Moderator; II Voted that there be a tax layd on the inhabitants of twenty five dollars for the purpos of procuring a stove and for repairs of schoolhouse. #3- Voted that the wood be estimated as follows: viz: that for the fireplace be ten shillings per cord, that for the stove fourteen shillings, piled, fit for use by the schoolhouse. #4-Voted that it shall be the duty of the trustees to meisure and give credit for the wood. #5-Voted that the trustees give each employer at least six days notis or git his part of wood and then, if he refueses or neglects git the same, that the trustees shall git their wood and charge it and collect it, with the teachers wages from each man.

Ambrose Wright-Moderator
James R. Stanton-Clerk

Durham, Sept. 27th, 1819-The inhabitants of school district #18, being legally notified, met accordingly and proceeded to business. Whereupon Ambrose Wright was chosen Moderator and James R. Stanton, Clerk. Only trustees acount rendered $29.33 layd, out for stove and pipe. Money remaining in the hands of Ambrose Wright 67 cents, paid by him for repairs.

Daniel Benjamins-Trustee
Eliakim Stannad—Trustee
Abram Egbertson-Trustee
Henry Egbertson-Collector

Voted Istly-That we support the schoolhouse with wood the same as we did last year. 2ndly-that the publick money be divided in the following manner, that is two thirds applyed the winter school and one third to the somer school. 3rdly-Voted that the trustees see that theire is a school be kept at least ten months in the year. 4thly- Voted that the one third of the publick money reserved for the somer school be set out to the first bidder by their giving goot security.

Ambrose Wright
James R Stanton-Clerk

Durham-Oct. 20, 1820-The inhabitants of school dist. #18 met agreeable to adjournment and proceeded to business. Whereupon Eliakim Stannard was chosen Moderator-James Stanton-Clerk-Peter Miller, Lyman Stannard and Joel Wicks-Trustees. Jobb Webb-Collector

Istly-Voted that there shall be no wood received, nor credited until cut and chorded fit for the stove by the schoolhouse.  2ndly voted that we raise a tax of three dollars for the repairs of our school house, and to pay for some repareing that was done last year. 3rdly- Voted that the publick money drawn by this district be applyed in the following manner:: viz: two thirds for the winter school and one third to the somer school.

Eliakiam Stannard-Moderator
James R. Stanton-Clerk

Paid to me in cash by Ambrose Wright- 19cents
Paid to Benona Fiero for a broom-12 and one half cents.

James R. Stanton-Clerk.

Durham-Sept. 27th, 1821- The inhabitants of school district no. 18, being legally notified, met accordingly and proceeded to business. First-Where-upon Job Wicks was elected Moderator- James R. Stanton-Clerk. Second-Christopher Wright, Anson Wright and Silas Stannard, Trustees. Third-Ambrose Wright-Collector. Fourth- Voted that we raise a tax of two dollars for the expenses of school-house. Fifth- Resolved that we agree to furnish a half a cord of good wood cut and corded fit for use per scholar by the school board. Sixth-Resolved that the price of wood be at the rate of 14 shillings per chord for the stove and ten shillings for the fireplace. None to be accounted for unless cut and chorded by the school house. Seventh- Resolved that the wood be used for the benefit of the school and for no other purposes.

Job Wicks-Moderator
J. R. Stanton-Clerk.

Durham, Sept. 27th, 1822- The inhabitants for school district no. 18, being convend at the school house in sd district for the purpose of choosing one district clerk and three trustees, also one districk collector for the year ensuing, then proceeded and voted to have Joel Wicks appointed as District Clerk and Lyman Stannard-Collector. Also voted to have James Wright, Eliakim Stannard Jr. and Henry Egbertson as Trustees. Second-Voted that Job Webb do all the neccessary repairs to the schoolhouse, cut short fit for the stove for each scholar and Rufus Dodge is to measure the same, the wood for the stove to be priced at 14 shillings per cord and for the fireplace at 10 shillings per chord. Received public money this past year.

Durham, Sept. 27th, 1823-The inhabitants of school dist. No. 18, begin convened at said schoolhouse for the purpose of choosing one district clerk and three trustees, also one dist. Collector for the ensuing year, then proceeded and voted First- Joel Wicks-Clerk—Secondly- Rufus Dodge, Ambrose Wright and Levi Rugg, Trustees. Thirdly- Silas Stannard, Collector. Fourth- Voted that $2.57 will full compensate Job Webb for the repairs he done to the schoolhouse last year and that he shall receive no more. Five-Voted to furnish the schoolhouse with wood the same as we did last year and the teacher is to measure the wood and price it according to quality. Sixth- Voted to raise $3.65 for the repairs of said schoolhouse, the present year, the collector’s fees to be added to the $3.65

Voted that it shall be the duty of the trustees to give one week’s notice to each one liable to get wood. If they do not get the wood, then the trustees are to get the wood and the one deficient, is to pay for the wood.

Durham, Sept. 27, 1824-The inhabitants of school district no. 18, being convened at said schoolhouse for the purpose of choosing one district clerk, three trustees and one collector for the year ensuing, whereupon Ambrose Wright was chosen Moderator and Joel Wicks, Clerk. Trustees were Jeremiah Head, Patterson Wright and William Traver. Christopher D. Brown, Collector.

Voted to furnish a quarter of a cord of good wood cut short fit for the stove and delivered at school, for each scholar. Good wood to be worth fourteen shilling per cord. To be left to Ransom Barker for to say whether the wood is good or not and what it is worth in proportion to the goodness of the wood. Ransom Barker WOOD MEASURER by the vote of the district. Voted that it shall be the duty of the trustees for to give one week’s notice to each employer for to get their wood and if he, or they, refuse, or neglect to get their wood, then it shall be and duty of the trustees for to get the wood for each deficient employer and to add the worth of the same to his, or their school bill to be collected with their school bill. The wood to be corded at the school house. Rec’s $26.43 public money Apr. 12, 1824.

Durham, Feb. 26, 1825-The inhabitants of Dist. 18 met according to request and proceeded to business whereupon Joel Wicks was chosen Clerk for the time being, Anson Wright Trustee in the room of William Traver. Job Webb, Collector, in the room of Christopher D. Brown-Ambrose Wright, Trustee in the room of his son, Patterson. In case Ambrose Wright gives the district a writing sufficient to hold said ground and said schoolhouse that them in such case, the district agrees to go forward and repair the house, agreed to run a petition clear through the north end of schoolhouse. Said partition to be lated and plastered. Voted that the trustees repair the house according to agreement as cheap as possible and bring in their bills and then raise a tax to defray their expenses upon said district no. 18. Voted to adjourn said meeting until the 5th of March at 6 o’clock.

Met according to adjournment, proceeded to business. Eliakin Stannard, Moderator- VOTED THAT WE BULD A NEW SHCOOLHOUSE by hiring JEREMIAH HEAD to do the work, and find the stuff, all except the timber for frame and that, he is to help hew and frame, Said house and otherwise do all work necessary. The said house to be the same bigness as the old one and he TO BUILD IT FOR ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS. The work to be finished by the First of Nov. 1825. Voted to pay $50 in advance, balance when completed.

Durham, May 30, 1825-The inhabitant of dist. No 18 being legally notified that accordingly for a special meeting appointed by the trustees and proceeded to business whereupon Eliakim Stannard was chosen Moderator. VOTED THT IT WOULD BUILD THE BEST BY PUTTING THE WRITING BENCES OUTSIDE.

Durham, Sept. 26, 1825- Voters of Dist. 18, being duly notified, met for annual meeting. Proceeded to business. Eliakim Stannard Jr. Moderator-Ransom Barker, Clerk-Peter Miller, Eliakim Stannard and Abram Egbertson Trustees and Silas Stannard, Collector.

Wood to be cut eighteen inches in length and furnished as usual. Price twelve shilling per cord. Hiram B. Hubbard to inspect and measure wood.

Record

Received of RUFUS DODGE Sept. 28, 1825, one of trustees of dist. 18, $26. 43 in part pay’t for teaching school in said dist.
True copy Apr. 12, 1824. William C. Farmer

Received of Lyman Stannard Oct. 20, 1825, trustee of dist. 18 $9.23
True copy Apr. 26, 1821 Roland Root.

Mar. 13, 1826. Report made to the Commissioner of Education of the situation of our school. Number of scholars taught during the year was 78. Number between five and fifteen years was 68.

Apr. 14, 1826- Trustees of Dist. 18 rec’d public money $27.20. Money paid over the Hiram B. Hubbard in part pay’t for teaching during preceding year. Amount $27.20.

Durham, Sept 26, 1826-Annual school meeting. Joel Wicks, Moderator- Anson Barker, Clerk. Lewis Wickok, Collector and Jobb Webb, Silas Stannard and Levi Rugg, Trustees. Purchased broom and cup, (taken out of public money)

Durham, Sept, 26, 1827 * Annual school meeting. Eliakim Stannard, Moderator- Job Webb, Clerk, James Wright, Collector and Philip Moor, Joel Wicks and William Traver, Trustees. Wood furnished the same except price increased of 25 cents. Lewis Wickok, In-spector of Wood.

We, the undersigned, Inspectors of Common Schools, in and for the Town of Durham, County of Greene, do certify that we have examined CHESTER KING and believe that he does posses a good moral character and has sufficient lerning and ability to teach a common school. Given under affidavit at Durham, Dec. 27, 1827.

D. Bagley---H. R. Jones---W. H. Colvard
Inspectors of Common Schools.

To the Commissioners of Common Schools of the Town of Durham. We, the trustees of dist. #18, in said town, in conformity with the statute for the support of common schools, do certify and report that the whole time school has been kept in our district during the year ending on the date thereof, and since the date of the last report, for said year and since the last report such school has been kept by a teacher duly appointed and approved in all respects according to law, is four months, ending on the date hereof. The amount of money received in our district from the Commissioners of Common Schools during the said year and since the last report, is TWENTY SEVEN DOLLARS AND FIFTY CENTS and that the same has been expended in paying the wages of the teacher who was duly appointed and approved in all respects according to law, that the number of children taught in said district during said year since said last report is EIGHTY TWO SCHOLARS and that the number of children living in our district on the First day of January, 1827 who are over five and under sixteen years of age, is SEVENTY FIVE and that the names of the parents or other persons with whom such children respectively reside and the number residing with CARE as follows:::

Parent

Children

John Grant

5

Lyman Stannard

3

Eliakim Stannard Jr.

5

Silas Stannard

2

Eliakim Stannard

1

Peter Miler (Miller)

4

P. Showerman

3

William Egnor

4

Barnet Egbertson

4

P. Showerman

6

Rufus Dodge

1

Christopher Wright

4

Anson C Wright

4

Joel Wicks

4

William Traver

3

Ephriam Van Bentheusen

2

Philip More (Moore)

1

Christopher D Brown

3

Ambrose Wright

6

Benjamin Wright

2

Levi Rugg

3

Jeremiah Head

3

Charity Patterson

1

Albert Miller

1

Total 75

And we further report that our school has not been visited by the Commissioners of Common Schools. None of them during the year pre-ceding and that the same pay for teacher’s wages over and above the public money apertained to said district during the same year, amounts to fifty nine dollars and fifty cents. Dated at Durham this 14th day of March, one thousand eight hundred and twenty eight.

Joel Wicks
William Traver 
Philip Moore
Trustees

Sept. 26, 1828
Ambrose Wright Moderator
Lewis Clerk
Job Webb Collector
Christ. Wright
Lyman Stannard Trustees
Peter Showerman

Sept 26, 1829
Eliakim Stannard Moderator
Silas Stannard Clerk
Peter Miller Collector
Anson P. Wright
James Wright Trustees
Josiah Stannard

Sept 27, 1830
Chris. Wright Moderator
Joel Wicks Clerk
Josiah Stannard Collector
Ambrose Wright
Ephriam Van Bentheusen (Van Theusen) Trustees
Jeremiah Head

Parents or Guardians
1830

Peter Miller

Peter Showerman

William Traver

Lyman Stannard

Philip Moore

Nicholas Drum

Coonradt Simmons

John Grant

Benjamin Wright

Luther Carter

Anson P. Wright

Rufus Dodge

Job Webb

James Wright

Christopher Wright

Zebina Church

Moses Barlow

Ambrose Wright

William Egnor

Eliakim Stannard

Esther Wright

Silas Stannard

John Done

Jeremiah Head

Lydia Ann Gordon

Lucus Dewitt

Ephriam Van Bentheusen

Joel Wicks

Teunis Showerman

 

Public money rec’s $37.95

CHARLES JOHNSON-TEACHER- I do hereby certify that the whole time I have kept school in district no. 18, in the town of Durham, is four months and thirteen days. And that the number of children I have taught was sixty and that my demands was fifty nine dollars and that the public money received was twenty one dollars and thirteen cents and that demands beside the public money is thirty seven dollars and eight seven cents. Durham, April 10th, 1835.

Signed C. Johnson

1834 – 1835
Father’s name and his children

Joel Wicks
Cramer Wicks, Margaret Wicks, Joanna Wicks

Benjamin Wright
Sally Wright, Caroline Wright

Job Webb
Hamlin—Montgomery—Philander—Caroline

Ambrose Wright
Clinton and Ezra

James Wright
Olive—Charles—Ransom

Christopher Wright
Mary Ann—Nancy—Sarah—Emeline

Anson Wright
Calvin—Bradford—Mary Ann—Anson—George—Henryette
Elias—Wilson

Silas Stannard
Polly—Alexander—Daniel

Lyman Stannard
Grovener—Dexter—Vactor?—Smith—Ransom

Peter Miller
Peter—John—Catherine—Maria

Moses Rushmore
John—Cary

Tunis Showerman
Miriam

Ephriam Van Bentheusiam
Cornelia—Lana—Nancy

Charles Furry
No names given

Widow Gordon
William-Temperance

Benoni Pierce
Lovel

William Egnor
Denis—Bets—Catherine

Jothram Owens
Dennis and Henry

Daniel Hood
Francis Hood and Lawrence Benton

John Grant
Carolyn

William Skidmore
Oscar

Ruth Garley
Eunice Dodge



LIBRARY NOTES
May. 18, 1839

Voted to raise thirteen dollars to start library. Joshua Stannard, Librarian-Voted 6 cents per grease spot, and every torn leaf. The books to be drawn one a month to be returned first of each month. Each family entitled to two books. Rest to be divided among larger families. Drawn first time by ballot. 6 cents fine for keeping books over time. Unless fines are paid, no other books will be obtainable.

1844

Griphena Grant commenced teaching school in District no. 18, Town of Durham April 15, 1844 at NINE SHILLINGS per week.

1850

Teacher’s wages during winter term of four and a half months was ten dollars and a half per month.

SEGREGATION
Jan. 1, 1840

36 white children---1 black child.

Nov. 1, 1854

Resolved that $14.50 be raided by taxes for the purpose of erecting a NECESSARY (privy) for the use of the school. Joshua Stannard awarded contract. Building 4 X 8. Two seats in either compartment.. To be painted red, with white trim.

NOTICE

Somewhere between the years 1846 and 1847 the number of the Wright Street School Dist. was changed form eighteen to eleven.


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