Typed as spelled and written
Lena Stone Criswell

THE MARLIN DEMOCRAT
Eighteenth Year - Number 50
Marlin, Texas, Wednesday, November 13, 1907
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COUNTY SCHOOL NOTES.
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(By A. W. E.)

       Woodland has an excellent school, with Miss Addie McClellan of Ledbetter as principal.  The neatness of the room and excellent order of the pupils are especially good.

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       Miss Sibyl Woodland and Bertha Stevenson are giving the people a fine school at Central.  They are both hard workers and are getting their pupils to work.  They have a fine class in Agriculture and the pupils are deeply interested.  Miss Cornelia Harlan has a large music class in connection with the school.

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       No district in the county has improved in school matters in the last few years more than Alto Springs.  Four years ago it was one of the weakest districts in the county; since then they have consolidated with the Long Branch and voted a twenty-cent tax.  They have built a new school house for the negroes, improved their own property until it is one of the best in the county.  They have lovely school ground with natural shade trees and have just finished repairing and painting their house, dug a well, put in new stove and other necessary repairs.  Their building is a beauty and is a credit to the people of the community.

       Miss Ella Davis has a most excellent school and her pupils appreciate their neat, new, clean, well furnished building and are doing their very best to make the most of their opportunities.

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       Stranger has a most excellent school this term, with Mr. Allen and Miss McKinney.  Everything was neat and orderly and the work excellent.  The word drills in the reading classes were especially good, as well as the drills in expression.  The number of large boys attending this school is especially commendable.

       Miss Estelle Reedy of Dallas has a large and enthusiastic music class.

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       The good people of Grady are also in earnest about their school.  They have just weatherboarded their house, put in new windows, and painted it, so that it looms up from the road in a manner that every one is proud of.  Is it imagination, or is it true that when the children have a nice looking, comfortable building they do better work, and behave better than those in an old hull of a house?  Any way, it seems so to the county superintendent.

       Miss Pauline Allen is doing excellent work at Grady.  Just now the school is making a study of autumn leaves.  The pupils are collecting and mounting on cards different leaves.  The written exercises in this work a great help in the improvement of the pupils' English.

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       Eureka is fortunate this year in securing L. H. Fore as teacher.  The order and work is excellent, and every thing points to a successful term.

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       Miss Mattie Boyde has begun her career as a teacher at Criswell.  Miss Mattie is the smallest teacher in the county, but she is full of energy and enthusiasm and doing excellent work.

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       Supt. W. F. Doughty, Supt. G. A. Pringle and the county superintendent were at work Saturday on a program for the Teachers' Institute to be composed of the teachers of Marlin, Rosebud and Falls county.  The Institute will be held the week before Christmas in Marlin.

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       Mustang Prairie has been right along with Alto in the race of improvement.  While they have not consolidated they have the tax, and they have just painted their house, too.  It is well furnished and seated, and a credit to the people.  If some our boasted blackland people see what these people have done for the comfort of their children, "they would go away back and sit down" and never say a word about the "sticks."  And for the benefit of the teachers let me say that the teachers of Mustang Prairie, Stranger and Alto Springs draw the highest salaries of any ladies in the county.
      
       Miss Ruby Flanniken for the last three years in the Oenaville schools, is principal at Mustang Prairie and has one of the best schools yet visited.  The primary reading is inferior to none.

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