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Title: Attica and Williamsport School-From a Williamsport Vision.
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An hours walk through the spacious and well adapted school building in Attica, could but convice the most pennywise and would be economists, that it is entirely useless to attempt to satisfy divided interests and serve the cause of education properly.

Attica boasts of a school building, possibly unrivaled in Indiana for school purposes. It stands an evidence of economy, commodiousness, and general adaption to the public school interests of the place. The building is but an outside declaration of what is going on within. Seldom, if ever, have I been more interested in school visitation; and had so quickly extorted from me the descriptive word, "Excelsior," than when hastily passing through the eight departments of said school.

It is presided over by Prof. Watts, late a graduate of Indiana Asbury University, who is assisted by an efficient corps of eight female teachers. Each teacher is provided with a commodious room, which is furnished with the most improved school furniture.

The school is properly graded; and what is equally as essential-what is law at school, becomes such at home; by common consent of sensible parents

The primary department of this school is worthy of special note. Upwards of eighty scholars compose this department, of ages, ranging from six to nine. When visited, they were seen without books; but otherwise very profitably employed. [Those who may be curious to know how? would do well to call and see.] The government of this department is possibly unexcelled. The teacher thereof, has all the power of gentleness combined with a true knowledge of her position. We may witness greater success than is here seen; by some other manner than is here used; but have not; as yet.

While not appearing oblivious to others, it is but due in candor to say, that Mrs. Baher's department will not easily be excelled. A more extended observation, might cause me to speak most praise-worthy of all. All such facilities as are possessed by them, should compel the most skeptical to speak well of their use.

One thing is certain, Attica school is a success! an honor to Fountain County and a pride to the patrons and designers thereof. And why? It is evident the people have a deep interest in it. And while with eagle eyes they have watched the lagging movements of Williamsport and vicinity in this and various other respects; and have ardently craved a division of Fountain and Warren Counties-that Attica might become the seat of justice-they have not forgotten to use means and influence to erect a monument of honor and utility worth more to them than the county seat is to us. Their interest in this respect is a united interest, and led by the most influential and far seeing of their number.

Ours has been a divided interest--AND WHAT HAVE WE? a common and unused district school house. An old dilapidated, rented, building. A standing and decaying monument of a past age. Such are the structures that evidence that school interests of the old town. The new town, like other hasty inventions, boasts a building quickly made and of proportionate durability, and somewhat creditable in appearance. They have a brick school house. What are such facilities for this place? Our interests are scattered and we are faced with the utter impossibility of gradeing the schools properly. The attempt to do so, has met with open repulse this session. What is the fruit of our present circumstances? One says: "The schools are unfit to instruct my children." [How much we admire their attitude it becomes us not to write now.] Another --"Mine shall not trudge all the way to the old town, they are alr4eady crowded there." Others who have but little interest in education, or the place, fall back on the selfish plea-"We must keep up our own towns interests."--WHAT PROPOSE WE. That these elements be united and the cause of education be served. May it not be well to issue bonds, or open subscription, or do something that will lead to the erection of a building midway between the two towns, on an elligible site. A building that will accommodate four departments properly graded. "So mote it be."

OUR SCHOOLS.--The upper room school in the old Seminary, [presided over by Mr. I. Smith and Miss Carrie Thomas]; we would not teach as a failure; but as much of a success, as can be expected from the facilities afforded them. The lower room, where Mr. W. High and Miss Lizzie Brownlee hold their very unenvialbe positions is crowded with the small children of the place; and for whom there is made the least provision. These teachers have their recitations to conduct in the same room and at the same time. The scholars in each department learn, but how much better would it be if they were properly provided for. If Mr. H., and Miss B., succeed in their undertaking, great should be their credit. One thing is certain they do try.--Some parents should help them a little more by proper instruction at home. For children so instructed, and so governed, are most easily guided at school.

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Date: 2/4/1869
Origin: Warren Republican
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Record ID: 00002085
Type: Periodical
Source Archive: Warren County Historical Society
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Clippings Scrapbooks
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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