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Irvin Franklin Stratton collection

 Collection — Folder: S1262
Identifier: S1262

Scope and Contents

This typed manuscript has 61 pages copied from the books kept by Irvin Stratton, the first Superintendent of Schools in Wabash County, from 1873-1875, with summaries done in 1879-1880. Mr. Stratton wrote the location of the school, the teacher, the number of pupils, and his observations. In Addie Carver's class of 58 pupils, a switch was kept to punish students in "emergencies" (page 1). Prof. Baker's class in LaGro had "too many idle pupils" and they "spit upon the floor" (page 2). A school in Noble Township was "very badly located, that is in a mud hole, very dirty" (Page 13). Dora School, LaGro Township, William Knipple, teacher, had "a number of pupils chew something. Everything seems to go at loose ends. Great need of systematic work" (page 17). On page 23, Mr. Stratton wrote about teacher Earnest Ebbinghouse's school in Pleasant Township where "some of the pupils use tobacco" and the teacher "wraps pupils on the head." On page 40, he described Miss Lucy Bent's school in Noble Township "situated in somebody's barnyard, about ten feet from barn and pigs and geese run round the house. Only a few of the pupils have their hair combed." Pages 55 to the end (page 61) are dated 1879-1880, with a township name at the top of each page. There is a summary of number of schools, condition, pupils, classes, privies, heating, etc. The five townships and number of schools are: Pleasant, 17; Paw Paw, 16; Waltz, 17; Liberty, 15; Lagro, 27; Chester, 19; and Noble, 29 .


  • 1873-1880


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Irvin Franklin Stratton attended Wabash College. On December 28, 1881, he married Sarah E. Fitch in Allen County, Indiana. Irvin was the first Superintendent of Schools in Wabash County. In 1883, he lived in Fort Wayne, Indiana.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged as paginated.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Leola Hockett on 1949/3/5.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed 2017/3/2 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield.
Irvin Franklin Stratton collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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