It never ceases to amaze me what people keep — things that probably have no monetary value but connect you with someone or something that you’re not ready to let go of and may never be.
A friend of mine was eager to show me an English textbook that had been his father’s. It was entitled “Columbus series Fourth Reading Book.” I’m investigating the publisher to see if the company still exists.
The book was published in 1901 and was used in the Oswego City School District. His father graduated in the ninth grade so the book had to be used either in the 9th grade or prior.
According to the “information for teacher” section, the selections were “hoped to give the pupil a taste for sound literature.”
“It is urged that the pupil be trained to form a clear mental picture of what is to be read before he attempts to give it oral interpretation. With a definite picture in his mind’s eye of what he wants his listener to see, he can hardly fail to ‘read with expression’.”
Something that most people who have to read in public, would do well to remember today!
The book includes pronunciation guides for vowels and consonants as well as a section on punctuation marks and when they are to be used.
There was a goodly amount of poetry in the book, including “Daffodils”:
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils,
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
There were lots of history stories – the Coliseum at Rome, The First Landing of Columbus in the New World, The Battle of Lexington.
There were Biblical stories and works of great writers like Longfellow, Hans Anderson and Lewis Carroll.
At the beginning of each piece, there was a pronunciation section for the words that would be used: adversary, arena, disconcerting, Coliseum, Caesar, gladiators, melee, etc.
At the end of the section there would be a language lesson.
It’s hard putting yourself back 100 years. My dad was a year old when this book was published so it could well have been a book he would have used in school.
I think tonight I will curl up with the section entitled “Sleep.” The vocabulary words are circumstances, individual, Napoleon, reorganized, temperament and urgently.
Afterwards I’m to write sentences using the words sleep, wonderful, helpful, health, food, repair, waste, sleep, dozing, unhealthful.
Can’t help wondering what age level this book was used for…any ideas?
As of press time, I have not had a response to the e-mail I sent to the company that I thought might have been the successor to the publisher. I’ll keep you posted!
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The Hannibal Community Yard Sale Day has finally arrived. It’s today! A master list of all sales in Hannibal is available at the Hannibal Community Center (library), located across from the fire department. So what’s taking you so long? – get up and get going!
The Elderberries will be holding their sale at the Senior Center in the Library building.
The Hannibal United Methodist Church will have a nu-2-u bag sale all day. The church is on Route 3, one block west of the Village Square.
Granby Center United Methodist Church will have a nu-2-u sale and bake sale today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There will be a lot more sales too that I’m not aware of, so please stop by the library and pick up your list!
Senior Meals will be meeting for lunch at the Senior Center (library) on Oswego St. at noon, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Monday, May 6 will be hot meatball subs will be on the menu, Wednesday is meatloaf day and Friday will be pork chops. Give Rosemary a call now and make your reservation at 564- 5471. BINGO is played on Wednesday and Friday they will be viewing the video “Reminiscing through the 40’s.”
And there is always a puzzle to work on as well as cards and dominoes and a scrabble type game to take part in.
The Hannibal Methodist Church is holding prayer meetings at the home of Jack Lenhard on Pine View Lane at 7 p.m. Tuesday evenings and at 1 p.m. Thursdays in the Church Dining Room, Route 3, one block west of the Village Square.
By the way, the Methodist Church is serving lunch on Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. and all are invited. Don’t eat alone if you don’t have to!
The Jammers will be starting up for the season Monday, May 6 at the American Legion, Rochester St. Hannibal. There will be a covered dish dinner at 6 p.m.; if you come late make sure to bring dessert! This is a great place and time to sit and enjoy the country/gospel music or to bring your guitar, banjo or whatever and play along. Newcomers are welcomed!
The village will have a lawn and leaf pick-up May 6. Lawn clippings must be in plastic bags and limbs and branches neatly stacked by the curbside. No trash please. This is all part of the National Arbor Day festivities.
The village is also doing some hydrant flushing between April 15 and May 30.
The Elderberries will be doing a carpooling trip to Seneca Falls Thursday, May 9. They will make stops at the Visitor’s Center and the Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry, the Women’s Hall of Fame, Seneca Falls Historical Society, have a docent tour of a Victorian Home and stop at Sauder’s Mennonite Grocery Store on the way home.
Lunch will be on your own. Call Barbara or Carl Salvagin at 564-6410 for details and reservation
The Hannibal Boy Scouts are selling “Camp Cards” as a fund-raiser. Those seeking more information may call Mr. Prosser at 564-5630.
June 3, the Hannibal Historical Society will be honoring Louie Gilbert for his many years of dedication and involvement with the Hannibal community including the American Legion, Dollars for Scholars and Boy Scouts.
There will be a roast beef dinner proceeding the evening at the Hannibal Methodist Church. Call Louise Kellogg, 564-6690 or Dan Mahaney, 564-5658 to make your reservations.