Below you will find extracts of the faculty meeting minutes of the Pennsylvania State Normal School of the Second District (now known as Millersville University). These extracts are from the volume covering 1899-1901. A digitized copy will soon be available at the Keystone Library Network’s Digital Collection. When it is uploaded, you will find it at http://digital.klnpa.org/cdm/search/collection/mvsminutes.
August 29, 1899
The work put on the board by the teachers should be models of neatness.
Oct. 16, 1899
Miss Getzinger blew a horn in the ladies building about the ringing of the “study” bell. Not very loud. She passed it to Miss Kath. Kaufman who also blew it, but on a subsequent evening. The horn was then passed to Miss Belle Thompson who blew it very loud.
Nov. 27, 1899
Miss Mary Weaver is doing well in her classes, but reads too many novels.
Feb. 12, 1900
The following paper was read to the Faculty:-
“On Friday, Feb. 2, Mr. Haeberle told the Principle that he heard of a position in New York. The Prin. told him that he could not release him from his work at this time. On Saturday evening, Feb. 3, Mr. Haeberle told the Prin. that the position was offered to him. He was again told that he could not be released at once. The Prin. suggested that possible the place might be held for him till the end of the session or at least for a few weeks, and told him that he might be absent on Monday to go to New York to see whether such an arrangement could be made. He went on Saturday Night and saw the Principals of the Brooklyn School on Sunday, returning to Millersville Sunday evening. On Monday Morning he told Mr. Lyte that he had accepted the new position and would leave Millersville Wednesday. He left his work here Tuesday night. Feb. 6.”
Mar. 14, 1900
Misses Phipps (Louise & Hannah) and Mr. Elwood Phipps desired a written statement of their standing in the senior class. The following statement was prepared:-
“The standing of Miss Hanna Phipps, Miss Louise Phipps and Mr. Elwood Phipps does not warrant us in saying at this time that they will be able, barring accidents, to complete the Elementary Course this year. It is probable that Louise and Elwood will be able to do so, by regular attendance upon class and unremitting work. Hannah is not so strong in her studies as her brother and sister, and consequently is less likely to pass. We feel however that it would be an injustice to them all to take final action on the question so far in advance of the final examination.”
May 7, 1900
The Prin. stated that Miss Gardner and Miss Laura Thomas and Messrs. Forbert and Stricker received the demerits mentioned in the last minutes for playing tennis under false-pretense. They made it an occasion to talk to one another.
Gentlemen should not play tennis in shirt sleeves.
Boys should not go to the ironing room when ladies are there.
May 9, 1900
It is stated that Mr. Oram Lansinger and Misses Getzinger and Mary Lee Black met in Shenk’s Lane in the vicinity of the last small brick house, and went into the fields to the left going down, and Miss Getzinger returned to the lane before the other two. She was met there by Messrs. Weiss, McGrul and Geo. Knoff. and was either forced to return to the field or was induced to return. Here the statements of the ladies were read,- In brief they say the boys forced Miss Getzinger to go in the field pushed her up against a tree, and treating her in a very rude manner, using language so vile that they cannot tell it even to ladies. Mr. Knoff went on ahead and seized Miss Black who was in the field. All the boys laid hands on the girls and attempted to do them great injury. They state (Girls) that they resisted from the beginning and were over powered. &c.
Mr. Geo. Harold Weiss was called before the committee and at first denied having laid hands on either of the girls, but confessed having met them at the time and place specified. But after he found that the committee knew the matter confessed that he had his arms around Miss Getzinger and treated her in an ungentlemanly way.
Mr. McGurl was called before the committee and soon confessed that he had grossly violated the laws of propriety. He said he knew he had disgraced the school, his home, and himself.
Mr. Knoff said he had taken hold of Miss black and tried to induce her to go farther down in the field. But she refused.
The committee could not agree on the punishment. They adjourned to meet on Thursday morning at 8.15.
…The punishment was fixed as follows:
1. No honors will be given to and of the persons engaged in this misdemeanor.
2. The boys were suspended until Saturday June 9.
3. The girls are to be campused until Saturday June 9, and denied social privileges as fixed by the Prin.
The first resolution was passed unanimously, and the last two had one negative veto.
May 14, 1900
The class of 1880 asked the Faculty to suggest something appropriate to present to the school. The following things were proposed.
1. Memorial window in the Model School.
2. Prize for debate.
3. Buy Mineral collection.
June 21, 1900
The teachers were asked to discourage all attempts at disorder.
September 17, 1900
The teachers should all be impartial and not favor the members of one society above those of the other. Be gentle, kind and not sentimental. See that all the students are called upon to recite each day, especially in the lower classes. Assign definite lessons and see that they are covered.
Oct. 8, 1900
The Prin. stated that some of the students wish to form an orchestra and give entertainments. Will it be wise to allow them to do it? It is thought not.
Oct. 15, 1900
A letter was read, in which the author asked if two colored students could be admitted to our school. It was thought that they could be admitted if they board out.
April 8, 1901
The committee appointed to bring in
questions for debate gave the following
1 Dr. Byerly.- Res.- That intemperance is a greater evil than war.
2 Dr. Hull.- Res. That United States senators should be elected by popular ballot.
3 Prof. Heydrick.- Res. That the United States should construct a canal across the Isthmus of Panama.
4 Miss Lyle.- That all Christian nations should now disarm and depend upon arbitration for the settlement of disputes.
5 Prof. Neff.- Res. That further annexation of territory is not for the best interest of the American people.
6 Res. That the veteran teacher is more worthy of a pension than the veteran soldier.
April 15, 1901
It was stated that the lady members of the botany classes can go beyond the limits, but must go in groups of not less than 6 and must be back at the ringing of the first bell.