1912 Normal School Bulletin
Kirksville, Missouri
Rural Schools page

The Model Rural School on the Campus, after a five mile ride,
temperature fifteen below zero.

Children Starting Home from Model Rual School.
(The first in Missouri to transport children to and from school.)

The Model Rural School.  page  34
    The Model Rural School, building exemplifies the simplest and yet the most complete, practical, and economical architecture ever known anywhere for rural or village schools.  The building includes or contains as effective facilities for instruction as the best city schools of our country have.  The children are transported from their farm homes several miles away in a covered wagon.  The purpose is to solve at least some of the problems of country life.
    The one room school will doubtless be with us always.  The tendency towards consolidated schools can not increase too fast.  But the one room school being a permanency, its problems are among the gravest.  In solving the one room school problem and the one teacher problem, there is little doubt that the problem will be solved for the consolidated rural and village school.  The equipment described in these pages is easily adaptable to buildings of two rooms, three rooms and more.
    The Model Rural School on the Campus has been conducted for five years.  The first teacher was Miss Irma Matthews, a Missouri girl, a graduate of this Normal School, now holding an honorable position among educational leaders in the neighboring state of Oklahoma.  The second teacher was Miss Lora M. Dexheimer, now a supervisor in the Training School of the State Normal University at Normal, Illinois.  The third teacher was Miss Susie Barnes, now Director of Practice Schools in this Institution.  The teacher for the past two years was Mrs. Marie T. Harvey, by whose taste and skill we are able to furnish the photographic illustrations of the interior, and the activities of the Model Rural School given in this volume.  Miss Florence M. Lane, who takes charge of the Model Rural School for the ensuing year, has devoted perhaps a dozen years to preparing herself for efficient service in rural education and rural sociology.
    The Model Rural School Building has three principal floors:  The basement; the first floor; and the attic.
(It then goes on to give a description of these floors with diagrams of floor plans & photos.  If you are interested in seeing these plans, or photos, please email me.)


This transcription is brought to you by Charlotte Belden - Moberly, MO
It is in Work !!!  More to be added as time permits.
Charlotte purchased the 1912 Bulletin Book from the First District Normal School in Kirksville, MO at an antique store.  It is almost like a yearbook of sorts, with Faculty & Students enrolled from June 1911 to June 1912.  It also has many photos of students.  She will be glad to do lookups from this book.
Just e-mail her: Charlotte Belden
CJBelden at mcmsys dot com

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