Litchfield

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
Male Female
Students Age Students Age
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
Spelling Written Arithmetic Book-Keeping Physiology
Reading Geography German Algebra
Writing Grammar History, United States

Drawing

 

Visits

By Whom Date
Mr. Clarence Munn
Raphael Sanders  24
Jacob Miller 26
Will Munn 3
Joseph Sanders 3
Oram/Orson Davids

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Books Used

American Educational Readers Nos 1,2,3,4 & 5 Mitchels Geography
Primer Kerls Grammar
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

 

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