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Miscellaneous Waukon School Items
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...A letter from H.F. Kling, Evansville, Wis.,
discloses the fact that he has accepted the principalship
of the Waukon schools for three years. ~New Hampton
Tribune, June 16, 1891, New Hampton, IA, Page 4
State Superintendent Akers has just decided an appeal
case brought to him from Allamakee county, involving the
right of a principle or school board to make certain
regulations for the government of a school. In the case
presented a rule was in existance providing that
"any scholar who shall be absent five half days in
four consecutive weeks without any excuse from parent or
guardian satisfactory to the teacher," shall be
What fair is pioneer in educational work? Waukon, of
course. $750.00 to pupils and teachers this year. County
Sup't Smith and Miss Alice Duffy are the Superintendents.
Miss Carrie Barden has been elected First Asst.
Principal in the Waukon schools. ~West Union Gazette,
Thursday, June 1, 1899, West Union, IA, pg 5 (Purely
Miss Hattie McLean departed Saturday for Waukon.
Shortly before leaving she received the welcome news that
she had been unanimously elected to continue her work as
music teacher in the Waukon schools next year. In
addition to her work in music in the twelve grades she
has two classes in history.
~Miss Mary Kleespie has been elected
principal of the Waukon high school at $75 per month.
~Stuart Brokaw, one of the year's
graduates of Lenox College, has a position for the coming
year in the public schools of Waukon, to teach
agriculture, physics, and geometry - August 26, 1914
Waukon, Aug. 21 - Special: The Waukon high school will begin the fall term September 5 with the following corps of teachers:
Chas F. Pye, superintendent
Grade teachers: Hazel LaFleur, Gertrude Ney, Jessie Fossum, Blanche Dial, Calia Rose, Lida Hewitt, Lizzie Spaulding, Ethel Smith.
This will be the last term probably for the high
school in the old building as it is expected the handsome
new $(6or8)5,000 school will be finished by the first of
Miss Bernice Moore has given up the position of
seventh and eighth grade teacher at Randalia, to which
she had been elected for next year to accept the position
at Waukon of sixth grade teacher and director of the
school playground. The place is a more responsible one,
and at a higher salary. Miss Moore has specialized in
girls' athletic games at Cornell College for the past two
years, preparing her for just such a position as is
offered her at Waukon.
We are greatly pleased to learn that A.R. McCook, new
superintendent of the Shell Rock schools, has been
elected to a like position at Waukon, Iowa, at a salary
of $1800 a year. Prof. McCook is one of the state's best
educators and Waukon is one of the best towns in the 4th
Congressional district and we congratulate both that
circumstances have combined to place a good man at the
head of a good school.
Waukon, July 27 - Special: Normal
training certificates were issued to the following pupils
of the Waukon and Postville schools :
On next Monday, September 9th, the Waukon High School and the grades will open their doors to the many students who will again take up their duties in the class rooms. The staff of teachers is complete for each department, though some changes have been made. Following is a list of the teachers who will have charge of the different departments and grades this year; giving their address and the salary which each one is to receive:
WAUKON, May 23, 1919
Emil Carl Elkema, Waukon school superintendent 1922-1925
Saturday evening the school board met to select a
superintendent for the Waukon schools for the ensuing
year. After carefully considering all applications it was
decided to employ E.C. Elkema of Maynard, Iowa. S.F.
Brokaw, the present superintendent, was not an applicant
for the position. Mr. Elkema is a graduate of Upper Iowa
university, is married, and about 30 years of age. He
began his career as a teacher in a country school, taught
in the high school at Fayette, and at present is
superintendent of the Maynard consolidated schools, where
he has been employed for two years. In all he has taught
seven years. The salary for the position will remain
unchanged at $2,500 for the school year. Mr. Elkema comes
very highly recommended, and there is every reason to
believe that the school will be continued on the same
high standard as in the past. Superintendent Brokaw
expects to enter some university next year for a special
course of study.
Miss Netta Yeager, who has been holding a
position as teacher in the school of Waukon, Ia., the
past year, returned home Sunday evening. Miss Yeager has
taught at Waukon for the past two years and has been
re-elected to the same position for the next school year,
which is a splendid recommendation for Miss Yeager.
1926 - WAUKON SCHOOL CLASSES NAME NEW OFFICERS
The classes of the Waukon high school met Friday for
the purpose of organization. The following are the class
officers and sponsors for this year.
Waukon Republican and Standard, April 23, 1931, Page 1
Miss Lizzie Spaulding was re-elected teacher of the second grade of the Waukon public schools Monday for the fifty-third consecutive year. This remarkable record has been neither equaled nor approached in the history of the Waukon schools. Miss Spaulding's re-election after fifty-two years service comes as recognition of her continued efficiency and fitness for the position. Pupils of her grade the past few years have in many instances been children and grandchildren of those she has taught in the earlier years of her teaching career.
Guttenberg Press, Thursday, September 29, 1932, Guttenberg, Iowa, Page 6
Waukon-Miss Emma Townsend, for more than
eighty years a resident of Allamakee county, now residing
at Gladstone, Michigan, is passing her eighty-eighth
birthday today. Comparatively few reach that advanced age
and rarely indeed, are those who can look back on eighty
three years of continuous good health. That has been Miss
Townsend's experience for she never had the services of a
Waukon High School Debate Team
~Cedar Rapids Gazette, Saturday, February 23, 1935, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, page 25
Waukon HS Staff & salaries
Waukon School Board
Waukon Public School Instructors
Class officers of Waukon High School and
Junior College were elected Wednesday as follows:
At a meeting of the Waukon school board, instructors were chosen to fill the vacancies caused by the resignation of Miriam Depping, Mrs. Althea Beeman Sage and R.M. Warnock.
Gladys Hagen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hagen of Paint Creek township will succeed Miss Depping in the fifth grade. The latter retires to take a course in advanced mathematics at the University of Iowa.
Theodore Fallesen of Humboldt has been elected Latin and English instructor, succeeding Mrs. Sage. He is a graduate of St. Olaf college and the University of Iowa.
R.M. Warnock, who resigned as instructor in chemistry,
will be succeeded by Daniel G. Loetscher of Sibley.
Daniel G. Loetscher of Sibley, who was
elected instructor in the Waukon public schools last
week, did not accept the position, and Paul Merkle of New
Jersey was elected to the position Tuesday evening by the
board of education. Mr. Merkle is a graduate of the
University of Iowa. The last year he has been a chemist
with the Palmolive Soap Company. Miss Marjorie Martin,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Otto P. Martin, has been elected
second grade teacher in the public schools here. The
position was made vacant by the resignation of Miss
Frances Bieber. Miss Martin is a graduate of the Waukon
High School and Junior College. The last two years she
taught in the schools at Rossville.
WAUKON - A new club for the parents of members of the
Waukon high school band has been organized, Gilman Hanson
is president; the Rev. F.E. Stucki, vice-president; Mrs.
Merton Palmer, secretary-treasurer; S.D. Gratke is band
A light vote was cast at the Waukon school election
Monday because of no opposition to Dr. R.R. Jeffreys(sic)
and John Dotseth, candidates for directors to succeed
themselves. Jeffreys(sic) received 76 and Dotseth 78.
High school class officers for the
ensuing year as follows:
Superintendent Orr Begins 15th Year
Note: Bert Kenton Orr served as superintendent of the
Waukon schools until April 1942. He died June 9, 1964 in
Waukon To Dedicate New School Sunday
Cedar Rapids Gazette, Thursday, May 30, 1940, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Page 12
Waukon Primary Teacher Resigns After 47 Years
WAUKON - Miss Ethel Smith, veteran Allamakee county teacher, has resigned as primary instructor in the Waukon public schools, a position she held for 47 years.
Miss Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jackson Smith was born in Center township, but the greater part of her life has been spent in Waukon. She was graduated from the public schools in 1889, after which she engaged in teaching, first in the rural schools, at New Albin and Oelwein, before becoming a member of the Waukon teaching staff in 1893.
WAUKON - The public schools will open Monday. Sup.
B.K. Orr announced that military training and physical
fitness courses have been added this year and will be
under the direction of Ivan Blackmer, new coach and
science instructor. Three teaching positions are yet to
be filled. The faculty includes the following: B.K. Orr,
superintendent; M.H. Goede, principal; Ivan Blackmer,
coach and natural science; Dorothy Dickson, music; Robert
Hager, Smith-Hughes agriculture; Calvin Hueneman,
language and English; Phyllis Jacobson, English and
speech; Beulah Neprud, English and education; Lois Olson,
language and English; Darwin Maurer, band; Marie Olson,
home economics; Cora Rueggemeier, normal training;
Lawrence Rowe, science; O.E. Salls, social science and
coach; Martha Stillwell, librarian. Grades: Lydia Carter,
eighth; Mary Snively, seventh; Stella Quamme, fifth;
Frances Steffen, fourth; Lydia Schuke, third; Olga
Grangaard, second; Myrtle Peterson, first.
B. H. Graeber - Superintendent of
Schools 1944 and 1945
Marie Broghammer - Education, Science
School boys safety patrols, sponsored by the American
association and the Eastern Iowa Motor clubs, have been
organized at the Waukon public and parochial schools. At
the public schools Niel Wiecenmann, George Bray, William
Dougherty and Wayne Ford were chosen, at the parochial,
John Bresnahan, jr., Raymond Zoll and William Bates were
1956 Waukon Driver Training Club
The driver training class at the [Waukon] public
school has organized a club. Officers are Leslie Fossum,
president; Doris Herman, vice-president; Dianne Gilbert,
secretary, and Ralph Grotegut, reporter.
1959 Waukon Valedictorian and Salutatorian
Lucille Ruen is valedictorian of the class. Anaruth
Cooper is salutatorian. They are the daughters of Mr. and
Mrs. Adolph Ruen and Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Cooper.
Mrs. Otis Stockton of near Waukon, has completed a
7,000- mile trip by auto. It has taken the whole year to
do it, however.