The following are examples of school articles found in The Herald Star newspaper throughout the years compiled by Flora L. VerStraten.

  • Education Felt in City in 1836 – (Dec. 28, 1980, pg. 7 B) This article includes a detailed look at the schools in Steubenville…It would be difficult to find a person now living who was an attendant at the Grove Academy at the head of Logan Street during the management of John W. Scott.

  • Mt. Pleasant School Development Detailed – (Jan. 25, 1981, pg. 8-B) This article continues with a timeline and history of schools in Mt. Pleasant… The public schools of the village of Mt. Pleasant were organized in 1835 with one teacher, William T. Ellis, who was followed by Mr. Holloway

  • Retired Teacher Feted – (Mar. 7, 1982, pg. 3A) This article includes detailed stories of the first schools where Miss Sara F. Brown taught. …Miss Sarah F. Brown presents a lengthy and highly interesting paper entitled, “Reminiscences.” “My first teaching that meant anything was during the months of June, July and August of 1856. It was what then was termed a summer school in the Fisher’s School on the site where the Lincoln School building now stands… I could sit in my chair and look way up the creek and see the boys playing, jumping off rocks that lay at the foot of the hills, spreading over a deep pool into which the boys delighted to plunge. I had the mind that these boys should give up this little diversion and come over to rules as the other children and go to school. The directors made known to me by stating, “You punish those boys, if you cannot whip them hard enough, we’ll help you.” I was only a girl out of school, these boys knew. I thought the matter over very carefully for a night and I took the boys to task. My mind was made up and I was ready for action. I prepared switches and broke up the truancy as well as the switches without any assistance of anyone. I knew if I failed here my chances for getting a school in town would not be very good…. May 11, 1857 I passed into the city as a teacher of the colored school room of the colored church on the site of the German Church, corner of Third and South Streets. I was immediate successor of Ada Gilmore. I taught here for two years. As I look back to that period I can think only as them as perfect.  I was teaching under two superintendents, Mr. Sesselman and Prof. Eli Tappan. The next was Rev. Joseph Buchanan.

  • Woman Recalled Early Days of Teaching – (Dec. 20, 1981) “In 1856 while teaching at the Fisher’s school, there were two boys, they were the oldest and the sight of these boys coming to school was perfectly paralyzing for me: every particle of courage, bravery, determination or boost of knowledge oozed out of me at every pore. I worked hard, studied constantly to keep abreast of my work. These two boys, are now excellent physicians of our city, Dr. Blackburn and Dr. Fisher…”

  • Sixth Ward School Studied In 1900 – (Jul. 12, 1981, pg. 3A)…the Sixth Ward was to have a new school building to replace the old Jefferson School… a new building was to be erected on Prospect Avenue…

Pioneer Days Articles – Articles printed in a series by Chalmers C. White, Herald Star, beginning May of 1939:

  • Pioneer Days – (May 31, 1939) The history of public schools shows that men elected in the school board in the olden days were the “Who’s Who” boys. The prominent Scotch population was responsible for the leading of the “scriptures” in the public schools. School directors with surnames: Nelson, Hall, Cable, Peters, Fickes, Patterson and a little later surnames: Andrews, Rowe, Matlack, Patterson, Gilmore, McCarrell, Hayes, Sutherland, Semple, Dohrman, Evans, and Garrett. In the same article – In 1875 contractors W.L. Grafton, W.C. Myers, Taggart & Boyd, Fickes & Kell built Fisher’s Run school.

  • Pioneer Days -  (May 27, 1939) Dec. 21, 1857 Elizabeth McLaughlin and Mary Crawford taught in Steubenville city schools…Rebecca T. Conn was a teacher during Sept. 15, 1858 at another primary school in the city…Mary McDonald was employed as assistant of the grammar school taught by David Donevan. Feb. 26, 1859 Martha A. Walker resigned as teacher and Martha S. Hill was elected…named Joseph Buchanan as the superintendent July 18, 1859 at a salary of $750.  Isaac Wright was named as a teacher, as was Robert MartinFred Fry took the school enumeration in 1859... Joseph Buchanan was renamed superintendent in 1861 at $675 a year. J.J. Dinsmore was hired as a teacher of penmanship…

  • Pioneer Days – (Mar. 13, 1939, pg. 6) William Johnston was a teacher of the early school days in Ross township. He started the first temperance society at Bacon Ridge in 1833. He drafted the law providing for Ohio’s common school system. He was in Carroll Co., when he made his oratorical speech that passed new laws. He told of difficulties encountered in obtaining the raiments of an education on the banks of “Yaller crick,” (Yellow Creek) as he pronounced it. He stated, “the Old Irish schoolmaster holds four three months in the year in a cabin with greased window panes.” The children trudge miles through winter’s snow and mud to school. They begin at a-b, ab and get over as far as booby when school gives out and they take up their spring work on the farm. The next winter, if school takes up so soon again, having forgotten ab they had been taught previously in the speller. They begin again at a-b, ab, but year after year they never get any farther than booby.” He was given the name of “Booby” Johnston and it stuck through life… coming back to Steubenville, he found Bezaleel Wells in jail for debt. He secured the repeal of Ohio’s law for imprisonment for debt where no fraud accompanied it. He created the home made spinning wheel and was a patent attorney.

  • Pioneer Days – (May 25, 1939) By 1842 school directors were C.C. Wolcott, Samuel Page, David Cable. In 1843 A. J. Haile, W.C. Wilson, Anthony Middlesworth, James F. Snowden. Elected as teachers were Margaret P. McNeice, Mary Kiddoo, Mary Orr, Julia Swartwout, Gorham A. Page… In 1844 Margaret Allen was elected, also Samuel Brown, Jermiah Jones…In 1847 teachers elected were Isabella Rutler, John B. Priest, Francis Turner, Margaret C. Day, and William Collins was elected a director that year. By 1850 teachers elected in addition were Thomas A. Turner, Misses Kiddo and Spencer, Hull, Patton, Brown, Bell, William McCoy, Misses Kells, Shanks, Butler, Walker and Mrs. Orr. In 1851 William McKay, Misses Butler, Kells, Walker, McCracken, Mrs. Orr, D. Dorsey, Miss Hill, Bell, Brown, Patton, Bray. In 1852 M. H. Uquhart and Mr. DeSelms.  Slavery men in front of the courthouse engaged Mr. Urquhart, a covenanter, for speaking against slavery…Directors in 1852 were Thomas F. McGrew, Lewis A. Walker, James S. Abrahams. In 1853 directors elected were Thomas F. McGrew, Alex. Conn, James S. Abrahams.

  • Pioneer Days – (May 24, 1939) Winter of 1816-17 there were two schools in Steubenville maintained by private subscription…two brick schoolhouses were built, 40 x 50 and William Thompson got the contract for $4.000 to build them. As the voters failed to elect a school board, Adam J. Leslie was township superintendent of schools… The south school was opened Nov. 11, 1839, and Judge Leavitt delivered the oration. A small brick schoolhouse was built in Steubenville township, deeded by James Ross to Brazilla Jewett, Joseph Dunlap and Thompson Hanna, school directors…The Bible was used as a reading book as well as from conviction of its value as perhaps the purest Anglo-Saxon tongue also to impress on the youth with the only moral and religious principles which can make them useful citizens of an enlightened republic…1841 a female high school was established with Miss Lucinda Cowles as teacher. In 1841 there were 544 pupils enrolled in the schools… A reunion of students of Richmond College was held June 28, 1889. Rev. A. J. Hiatt, Rev. John Dickey, George R. Riley, Rev. William Gaston, W.C. Ong, L. C. Cole, Henry Gregg, and James Rutledge made addresses.

  • Pioneer Days – (May 15, 1939) Lists ALL the graduates of Steubenville High School in June of 1889.  Also lists graduates at the seminary in June 1889.

  • Daily Herald, Jan. 28, 1873 – A large one-page article about the North Grammar School, and High School graduation.

  • Herald Star, June 2, 2002 – Front page article on Harding Middle School and continued to pg. 7A with a large photo of students taken in 1926-7 in front of the school. In the photo two pupils noted as John W. Scott and Maurice Bair, Note - This article includes a history timeline of the middle school.

  • The Daily Herald, June 23, 1873 – A large full size page on the S. F. Seminary, including a general history of its classes from the foundation of the institution to the present time. {Editor comment - This is an interesting article that opens up the doors and makes the reader enter another time, perhaps when life was slow and young girls were becoming women. Please indulge me while I share a small portion from my favorite part of the article.}

A story from the S. F. Seminary Class of 1850 – “You remember we were not allowed to touch the young apple trees on the lawn. About twenty girls, myself among the number concluded we would have some of said apples. So at dark we arrived under the trees, skipping in from all quarters about the same time, and after being watcher for sometime, and growing impatient at their poor successes, I stepped forward and tapping one of the girls on the shoulder said, “Stand back please, and I will show you how to throw.” Sending my club into a full limp with great force. The apples came in a shower. When we all had enough we went in and two or three girls went to my room and we sent for a half dozen to come to the apple party. Sometime later, Sister E. (teacher) walked in and said, “Sis, you and a crowd of girls were knocking down apples?” I asked, “who told you?” “Here Mother Beatty had taken off her cap and gone out to see if the girls would recognize her. Seeing a crowd under the apple trees, she went there, and was the girl that had the tap on her shoulder, and the polite request to stand back and see how hard I could throw! I had no more apple bees.”

{From the same newspaper article as above}

“Have we not found the true philosopher’s stone, that changes the base metal into gold? We read of good wives, good mothers, good, common, sensible women. The world has great need of these.”

“Since then we have learned that we have no visible angels – that while we live in this world it is much better to be a woman than an angel, and we have what is much better for humanity and the world, from each of our vanished angels, is made what Wadsworth describes as, A noble woman, nobly planned…”

“So passed their lives in daily duties, daily progress, until one day they waked up to the fact that their school days were over, and they were about to be ushered into the great world.”