Among some old items from the Chattanooga area that my dad gave me is the School Souvenir Booklet of Jacob M. Miller. The booklet was given to Jacob during the 1897-1898 school year by his teacher, John H. Kable.
Wild Cat School was located on the southeast corner of State Routes 49 and 707, a mile north of Chattanooga. Jacob Miller Jr. (1885-1913) was my granduncle, the son of Jacob and Christina (Rueck) Miller.
Jacob’s booklet consists of three embossed 3 x 5” cards tied together by a string in the upper left. I have seen similar School Souvenir Booklets on the Internet but most are from the early 1900s. This is one of the oldest I have seen and it is in remarkably good condition.
Wild Cat School
District Number 9
Mercer County, Ohio
Presented by John H. Kable, Teacher
To: Jacob M. Miller
Jacob Becher, Director
Remarks to Scholars.
Rem. I. It is the urgent request of you teacher that his scholars who receive these souvenirs shall be henceforth during their school years to come, obedient scholars to their teachers and parents, and to show to them at all times possible and at all places where they may meet them, a due honor and respect, –“Honor they Father and they Mother.”
Rem. II. You shall at all times apply yourself to you studies with the best of your powers and of mind and body.
Rem. III. Be ready at the beginning of each school term to go to the beginning, attend each day, and be at its closing session.
Rem. IV. Obey your teacher in beginning the study of different subjects, and as soon as possible study all the common school studies, and any other you desire or have time for.
Rev. V. Be careful in the use of your language in the recitation.
Rem. VI. Be kind to your schoolmates wherever you see them, and remember that good order is loved by all.
Rev. VII. Attend as many Educational Meetings or Societies as you may have opportunity, and use good manners at these places. Always be ready to take part in such meetings.
Rem. VIII. Urge your parents to visit your school and teacher.
Rem. IX. Be sure to use and treat all teachers as good as you have treated me, whose name is annexed hereto, for nothing injures you except your own acts.
Rem. X. Always try to do right, for to do wrong is going into crime and its reward is punishment. JOHN H. KABLE, Teacher.
The names of 52 pupils are listed on card #3:
Eddie A. Leininger, Willie Bausser, Henry L. Leininger, John Miller, Samuel Eichler, George E. Miller, John H. Leistner, James M. Sapp, Albert L. Foreman, Iven Brush, Charlie Ireland, Clarence W. Brunstetter, Joe E. Brush, Ollie Detro, Burt A. Ireland, Ethel S. Detro, Ida K. Becher, Iva M. Becher, Anna K. Baker, Mary K. Bausser, Amandah M. Brush, Minnie C. Becher, Rosy Trissel, Blanche B. Brunstetter, Sylvia L. Brunstetter, Caroline Baker.
Elmer C. Baker, Willie O. Baker, Eddie Becher, Howard Kuhn, Stanley R. Landfair, John Slusser, Charlie Slusser, Charlie D. Bower, Noah J. Huston, Charlie F. Huston, Jessie F. Huston, John H. Becher, Jacob M. Miller, Elmer G. Huston, Clara Baker, Lora M. Landfair, Mollie C. Rettic, Mary M. Leistner, Edney F. Landfair, Mary A. Eichler, Anna E. Leistner, Norah M. Sapp, Mittie F. Sapp, Ola M. Detro, Bertha, V. Ireland, Pearl A. Ireland.
Back of card #3:
Let the road be rough and dreary,
And its end far out of sight;
Foot it bravely—strong or weary;
Trust in God, and do the right.
When the golden sun is setting,
And your heart from care is free,
When o’er a thousand things you’re thinking,
Will you sometimes think of me.
Your Teacher, John H. Kable.
The teacher gave some good advice to his students as well as letting them know what he expected from them.
Jacob would have been about 12 years old when this book was given to him. His brother John, also one of the students, would have been about 8 years old.
Below is an undated photo of Wildcat School showing 61 students and their teacher. It is one of the few photos that I have that shows the school.
Of interest to me is that Jacob’s name was written Jacob M. Miller on the front of the booklet. I have never seen his middle name recorded on any document and I do not know what the “M” stood for. I wonder what his middle name was…