1999 marked the 50th anniversary of the Litchfield Elementary PTA and the 100th anniversary of the Pennsylvania PTA. Amidst all the festivities in 1999, the nation was busy gearing up for the start of the upcoming New Millennium. One of the biggest concerns, which filled the news media, was readiness for the date change to 01-01-00 and how it would affect the nation’s many computer systems. Paraphernalia for “Y2K” filled the market place and thoughts turned to making time capsules to commemorate the event.
I felt that the Litchfield PTA should also do something special, something school-wide to mark the start of the New Millennium. We talked it over and decided to make a book including a photo and a little information about each student, teacher and staff member who was present at the Litchfield Elementary School as we ushered in the New Millennium. This booklet is the result of that wish to capture this point in time at the Litchfield School, for future generations that might someday have a desire to learn more about us. This book is the Litchfield PTA’s substitute time capsule for the year 2000. Our plans are to donate a copy of this book to the Bradford County Historical Society for safekeeping. When I spoke with Denise Golden at BCHS, she was very receptive to the idea. Since that time, Mrs. Kay Husick has also expressed an interest in having a copy made for the Sayre School District’s archives.
All we needed to do was to make the book but with time constraints and a busy schedule, I was falling way behind our deadline. Mrs. Tammy Card, parent of a Litchfield student and computer instructor at the Epiphany School in Sayre, Pennsylvania, graciously volunteered to rescue the project for us. This booklet is the result of Tammy’s creative design, layout and hard work. She also took all of the digital photos for us. A special thank you is owed to Tammy for making this project a reality! Without her, I doubt we would have completed it this school year.
I would also like to thank my fellow PTA officers for all their help during the 1999-2000 school year and for their support of this project.
Litchfield PTA officers for 1999-2000:
Linda Gowan, Vice-President
Deb Agnew, Treasurer
Amy Millard, Secretary
Deb Bergquist, Fund-raiser Chairperson
Thanks are also owed to all the students, parents, teachers and staff for completing our Millennium questionnaire.
-Mary Lou Benjamin
Litchfield PTA President
A Glimpse at the Litchfield Past
The following is the earliest Litchfield School record I could find at the Sayre School District’s archives, housed in a room above the Sayre High School Library. Kay Husick and Priscilla House, who are currently organizing the archives, were kind enough to show me the records.
The very first class entry was made for the month ending December 21, 1880. The report was made by Ada Munn, teacher of Cotton Hollow School No. 4. As you open the journal, all the male students are listed on the left page and the female students are listed separately on the right page. This first class entry includes the ages of the students and is transcribed to the best of my ability, using the aid of a magnifying glass. The pages are yellow and brittle and a good portion of the ink from the teacher’s meticulous script has faded over the 120 years since the entries were written. I hope you will enjoy this glimpse of the past and perhaps some of you may even recognize these early Litchfield students as some of your ancestors.
– Mary Lou Benjamin
May 18, 2000
TEACHER’S MONTHLY REPORTS JOURNAL FOR COTTON HOLLOW SCHOOL NUMBER FOUR IN LITCHFIELD DISTRICT, BRADFORD COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA
December 21, 1880
|(Page 2)||(Page 3)|
|Names of||Names of|
|1. Gerdie McGovern||10||1. Anna Webster||13|
|2. Willie Ryder||14||2. Alice Campbell||15|
|3. Clarence VanGorder||12||3. Fannie Munn||16|
|4. Fred Rogers||9||4. Emma Snell||14|
|5. Schuyler McAfee||8||5. Nettie Carmer||11|
|6. Park Rogers||13||6. Nellie Hadlock|
|7. James Ryder||11||7. Martha Brink||10|
|8. George McAfee||12||8. Jennie Snell||11|
|9. John McAfee||12||9. Minnie David||8|
|10. Worthy Munn||14||10.Cassie Foley||12|
|11. Stephy Evans||7||11. Ruth Cotton||12|
|12. James Cotton||10||12. Hattie Cotton||13|
|13. Johnie Foley||9||13. Jennie McGovern||5|
|14. Willie Hadlock||10||14. Agnes Carmer||9|
|15. Joseph Evans||16||15. Frank Snell **||16|
|16. Harry McGovern||8||16. Martha Doty||10|
|17. Lewis Doty||13||17. Minnie Keeler||14|
|18. Willie Foley||7|
|19. Orson Carmer||17|
|20. George Snell||11||** This is how it was written. – mlb|
|21. Clarence Doty||14|
|22. Raphael Sanders||18 (Maybe just 8yrs. old. – mlb)|
|23. Nelson Doty||8|
Branches of Study
|Alphabet||Mental Arithmetic||Composition||Vocal Music|
|Writing||Grammar||History, United States||
|Mr. Clarence Munn||—|
|American Educational Readers Nos 1,2,3,4 & 5||Mitchels Geography|
|Swintons Spellers||Swintons History|
|Robinsons Practical Arithmetic||Goodriches History|
|Robinsons Rudiments Arithmetic||Guyo’s Geography|
|Robinsons Primary Arithmetic||Robinson’s Higher Arithmetic|
|Swinton’s Geography||Spencerian Copy Books|