My daughter Annalise is a school teacher in Vallejo. Therefore, I suppose it was not surprising that when I visited the L.E. White Lumber Company Museum in Elk/Greenwood a couple of weekends ago that my eye was caught by a couple of “posters” detailing Rules for Teachers in 1879 and 1915.
Our website details the location schoolhouses that existed in that period. The easiest one to visit today is the one located at Caspar Lumber Company’s Camp 20 on Route 20 (It’s on the south side of the road beyond the meadow and is the bright red redwood building). Based on tales from Hank Simonson, among others, we know what being a pupil was like in a one room schoolhouse. But what was it like being a teacher?
Fort Bragg in 1872 and 1915 had more brothels than churches. However, it seems that one did not want ones children taught by ladies who were less than saints. Based on the documents below there was no teacher’s union to stick up for the teachers either. If anyone has any more details as to whether these documents are accurate/authentic I would be pleased to hear from them.