Grade card from 1915-16

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Hi everyone,

When my wife’s mother died in November, she left behind a lifetime of memorabilia that filled every imaginable space. Sandy is now deep into that bittersweet job of sorting, deciding, and acting.

As often happens, nostalgia runs deep and freely as one treasure after another surfaces and slows the process to a crawl. One such gem was the 7th grade grade card of one of Sandy’s relatives, Noel Thompson. Noel attended school at Mt. Grove in the Cedar County, Missouri, Public Schools. The year of 1915-1916 he made good grades according to his teacher, Lutitia Hudson. Noel did well in spelling, reading, writing, arithmeic, and grammar.

Our son Jeff and daughter Robin helped their mother with the “excavation.” Jeff showed me the back of Noel’s card. There I discovered another category under the title of Industrial Work. There were two sections, one for girls and one for boys. Girls were graded in sweeping, luncheons, baking, dish washing, sewing, and ironing. Boys were judged on feeding, milking, currying, preparing fuel, and repairing.

Not only did Noel excel in each of the boy subjects, he also took to sweeping, dish washing, and ironing. (I’m tempted to blame Noel for ruining the system for the men who followed, but a bunch of you women would probably come after me.)

I thought you might enjoy this bit of American history as much as I did.