Inwood, Lyon County, Iowa
March 12, 1891
Concerning County Uniformity
The Superintendents Circular to School Officers, Rock Rapids, Iowa Feb. 27, 91
To boards of directions of Lyon County:
... the school days of the state were amended last year to provide a way by which county uniformity of school books could be established, and contracts made with publishers so as to greatly reduce cost, but as a majority of the sub-directors failed to sign the petition asking for such uniformity of text books in this county, the question of county uniformity cannot be submitted to the electors of the county as provided section 9 of the amendment to the school laws of last year. Nevertheless, at your regular meeting on the third Monday in March you can if you deem it expedient, take such action as will secure the benefits of this law. Owing to the variety of text books used in our country schools, but little uniformity of classification can be had, and much valuable time of both teachers and pupils is wasted. It is evident therefore, that if every school in the county were using the same books, great economy of both time and money would be secured. In another way, also, would uniformity be desirable. The publishers propose liberal terms. They offer to make special contracts to supply books under the new law, a heavy discount from wholesale prices, and a great saving can be made in that respect. No immediate or sweeping change of books would be necessary. The following books having been most largely used in the past have been selected for use in the future: Swintons Geographics, Barnes History; Smiths and Steels Physiologies; Metcalf and Brights Language Lessons; Reed & Kellogg s Grammar Swintons Speller; Swintons Readers, and Robinsons Arithmetic. This series has been selected because of the excellence of the books, and also for the reason that being already largely in use but few changes will be necessary. The publishers have agreed to take old books in exchange for new ones, book for book, and allow half price, no matter what the condition of the old book may be. Thus if the price of the new book be 50 cts., 25 cts., will be allowed for the old book in exchange.
The publishers will enter into a contract under bond with each township or independent district that so desires, to never raise the prices, and that any further reduction that may be made anywhere in the U.S. shall at the same time be made here. I will see that blank forms for contracts are placed before your Board for consideration at the regular March meeting, and if you decide to enter into a contract with the publishing house for supplying your books, you will sign and return one copy of the contract to this office, filing one in your records. It will not be necessary that the board shall handle the books, as the publishers will supply them to such dealers as the Board may designate, the local dealers in turn to sell them to the pupils at a reasonable advance. The Board to use as public funds, and be responsible for no bills. There can be no doubt in my opinion that the carrying out of this plan would result in a great saving to the county, besides enabling teachers and pupils to accomplish better results in the school room. Nearly every county in the state is taking steps toward securing uniformity and contract. Your action in this matter is earnestly solicited. The school officers of the county are the only persons through whom the question of the text books can be regulated. If you desire cheaper books; If you believe we ought to have uniformity of books you can affect it by pursuing the course suggested, which is entirely within the law, and, will I think prove satisfactory to all concerned.
Ivan McQueen, County Superintendent
Inwood, Lyon County, Iowa
March 19, 1891
At the residence of the bride's parents, Inwood, Iowa, by Rev. Fracker, Sunday, March 15, 1891, T. I. Close and Miss Eugenie Garver. The balmy air of our pleasant March, was made to vibrate by the chiming notes of "wedding bells," when Rev. Fracker stepped into the residence of Mr. and Mrs. D.C. Garver, last Sunday morning, about half past eight o'clock. None but the members of the family knew that the ceremony was to take place so soon, but when the reverend gentleman stepped upon the threshold, vague suspicious flew to our minds eye, and we guessed the sequel. Tom and Eugenie were among the first of our young people and have been active members in society circles here, and though the knot has been tied, we are happy to state what they will remain with us. As they now, full of hope and promise, "launch out together in life, we would wish them nothing but a calm and silvery sea, wafted by balmy zephers into paths of prosperity and peace. But, sometimes adverse winds will blow, and there are rocks and reefs to shun, as well as paths where profit is shorn of all but promise. However this may be with them, they have the heartfelt wish, of the HERALD, for long lives with much happiness.
[all above submitted by R.Z., Nov. 2003]
Iowa Old Press