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Thursday, July 03, 2003

WestportNow… and Then: A Look Back at a School Board Meeting in 1883

If you think todays Board of Education meetings sometimes get a bit heated, itҒs nothing new for Westport. The following appeared in the July 14, 1883, issue of The Westporter:

The special meeting of the West Saugatuck school district held on Monday evening was largely attended.

Mr. O. I. Jones was chosen as moderator, the call for the meeting was read by the clerk, after which a set of resolutions were offered by Mr. Edward Wheeler, instructing the District Committee not to hire Mr. Joseph G. Hyatt as a teacher for the ensuing year, whereupon the Committee, Mr. E. A. Nash, stated to the meeting that he had already hired Mr. Hyatt, and had given him a written contract to that effect.

The fun then commenced and the band began to play in good earnest. H. W. Lyon armed with volumes of Blackstone, or some other feller, then came to the front and questioned said committee who admitted that the signing of the contract was two hours after the petition to call the special meeting had been served upon him.

Remarks were then made by B. W. Maples, James and Joseph Hyatt, H. W. Lyon, J. W. Hurlbutt and E. Wheeler, and during some of the remarkspersonalities were thrown around quite looselyחand the moderator was compelled, not only to rap the table with a ferule, and ring the school-bell, but to threaten to adjourn the meeting, before order was restored.


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