A Dayton School Report Card


In April 1880, when Maud Green received this report card, she was 13 years old. She was an excellent student in all subjects except arithmetic and deportment. She was never absent nor tardy, so what then were her sins? Did she whisper during lessons? Did she daydream while the teacher was speaking? What behavior could have reduced the deportment grade to 70?

When she was older, Maud wrote some memories of her school days:

The desk tops were hinged and when the boys walked on them mischievously they sometimes dropped unexpectedly with disastrous results.  A bench ran around three sides of the room to accommodate more pupils.  The other furniture consisted of the teacher’s desk and a small organ. We all had slates instead of tablets and our slate pencils came covered with gold or silver paper.  Once we girls put boards over the corner of the fence to make a play-house at school & we all took rag-dolls to play with at recess.

The teacher, Ada Green, was a native of Dayton, having been born there in 1859. She was the daughter of David and Mary (Stadden) Green. She taught at the Dayton school only one more year, as she married William C. McMillan on March 10, 1881 and they left the area for Iowa.

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