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Based on her date of birth and some information I had from her autograph book, I guessed that Gertrude Richards was a student there in 1886. I started by looking at that 1886 catalog and found Gertrude Richards in the Primary Department in Grade 1. I went back and found her in 2nd grade in
The curriculum looks very similar to what students study today. The Primary Department described the curriculum as follows: “In addition to instruction in arithmetic, geography, and reading, careful attention is given from the first to writing and outline drawing. There is daily use of “Elementary Lessons in English” and a lesson in French or in German is given at least three times a week.” The Preparatory Department’s curriculum was as follows: “Pupils are required to pass searching examinations in Arithmetic, Grammar and Geography. The history of the United States is studied. Two lessons a week are given in a modern language. The students of this department have regular excises in reading and writing. They also have lessons twice a week in drawing. Special attention is given to spelling and composition, and there are oral lessons in literature. “
The school year, which was divided into four terms, began in mid-September and ended in early June. There were vacations for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and Washington’s Birthday. School began at 9 a.m. and ended at 2 with a half hour recess at noon. Tuition per term in 1885 ranged from $16 for the Primary Department to $35 for the Collegiate Department.
Some of the things in the catalog seemed very familiar to me as a Packer student. One was the
When I was a Packer student, there were many different sports teams and great rivalry between the classes to win various physical education awards which they called calisthenics.
One of my fondest memories of Packer was the daily chapel service, which brought together the entire student body. The catalogs do not refer to a chapel service but rather to daily opening
I do not remember talking with Granny about her years at Packer, but I wish I could. I would like to know where she went to school before she entered Packer and if she received any other education after she left. I also would like to know how she got there as it was a very long walk from her house. I would like to know what she liked the best and least about her education.