Casefile Clues

21 August 2011

Employing Those Cheap Female Teachers

This snippet comes from a report of the "School Commissioner" for Winnebago County, Illinois, published in the 5 March 1851 Rockford [Illinois] Forum. This particular image comes from the digital version of this newspaper on GenealogyBank.com.

The school commissioner indicates that in small districts, it is cheaper to employ women than it is men--who make ten or twelve dollars (presumably a term, although that is not spelled out clearly in the article). The article mentions Miss Pettibone, but provides no more specifics on her other than to say she teaches in School District Number 4.