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Verde Heritage
By Glenda Farley, Cottonwood, AZ
Local historian Glenda Farley guides us on a journey back in time to discover fascinating moments that make up our Verde heritage and history.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014

1919: UPPER VERDE SCHOOL GROWTH, February 5.

Verde Heritage

"SCHOOL GROWTH IN UPPER VERDE REMARKABLE: Supt. Miller Presents Data From Recent Inspection of a Surprising and Interesting Nature."

"County School Superintendent Miller has returned from an inspection of public schools in Upper Verde valley, and in reviewing conditions of an exceptional nature in attendance, general progress, and other details, said yesterday:"

"'On this trip the astounding fact faced me particularly in one instance, that of the contrast today as compared to six years ago when I entered the office, in the remarkable number of pupils enrolled in the schools of Jerome, Clarkdale, Verde-Cottonwood and Willard. Six years ago there was a total census of the four above schools of only 483, but today the attendance has swelled to the number of 1,459 in the grades and 87 in the high schools. Isn't that remarkable? Other statistical matter preserved shows that six years ago there were 14 teachers employed in the above schools, and today there are employed 34: at Jerome, 20; at Clarkdale, 8; at Cottonwood-Verde, 4; and 2 at Willard. Such progress is difficult to understand, but it is a fact that can be verified, and is indisputable.'"

"'At Jerome accommodations became so congested and inadequate a short time ago that it was necessary to occupy eight cottage rooms adjoining the main school buildings and two more are now being built to receive pupils who are ready to enter school.'"

"'At Clarkdale a similar situation has arisen, and that district has taken over four cottage rooms and increased its capacity to four more rooms, as the attendance swells. It was believed when the big school building was erected a few years ago, the capacity was ample for years to come but this has been dispelled by the attendance growing out of all anticipations.'"

"'One of the most interesting situations has recently developed at Jerome, in which has been developed an Americanization school with an enrollment to date of 115, and another teacher is to be employed at once. In this interesting school there are pupils ranging from 16 years to 40 years of age who are energetically struggling to master the English language. A greater attendance would be reported if there were accommodations, many mothers of foreign birth being desirous of entering. Mrs. Jewel Banta is in charge of this unique and interesting school, rendering splendid service in the art of modern home-making and instilling the principles of Americanism.'"

"'It is only a question of time until this division of Yavapai will have to inauguate a big building campaign to provide new and up-to-date school buildings and other facilities. The district is wealthy and is desirous of giving education pursuits the best aid possible. Prof. J. O. Mullen presides at Jerome, Prof. W. R. Hull at Clarkdale, Irwinna Owen is principal at Cottonwood, and Mrs. Corine Henly is principal at Willard.'"

(Weekly Journal-Miner; Prescott; February 5, 1919; page 5.)




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