MICHIGAN TRAVEL TIPS
THE HOLOGLOBE PRESS
(The 23th Edition)
Victor Edward Swanson,
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When you go to museums and other tourist attractions in Michigan, you can find times when you are allowed to touch exhibits and times when you are not allowed to touch exhibits, and one of the reasons that you may not be allowed to touch exhibits is the caretakers of the exhibits wish to keep the exhibits from being damaged. For instance, I have been to museums where old books are on display, and I have found it is not possible to touch the books that are on display, and one reason for that is the books are in rooms, which often are set up to represent a certain period in time, such as years in the late 1800s, that are not accessible to visitors, who are kept out of the rooms by such things as rope barriers. Since it is often not possible to closely examine books at some tourist attractions or museums in Michigan, I have decided to make an edition of Michigan Travel Tips that notes some of the books that a person might see from afar (sort of) when visiting one of the old one-room-type schoolhouses that exist around the state, and this is that edition of Michigan Travel Tips.
Really, I am inspired to make this edition about old books and one-room-type schoolhouses in Michigan because of my coming across--unexpectedly--a few old books at a house I visited recently. The books were published in the time period from the early 1800s to the 1930s, and most of the books are related to the English language, and the books are the types that it was possible to find used in one-room-type schoolhouses in the 1800s and early 1900s. The books are not in pristine shape, but I am happy to have seen them, no matter in what shape they are, since, over the last ten years, I have read books about the development of the school system of the country since the 1700s at least, which talked about old books that were used by pupils or students in the 1800s and early 1900s, but the historical books did not, of course, provide text of the old books that were used by pupils or students of the 1800s and early 1900s.
Here are two notes. In the 1800s and early 1900s, if a child were to attend school, the child usually attended a school that had only one room, and in that room was often a wood-burning stove, and it was not uncommon for a child to walk to school, maybe several miles in one direction, and a child was very unlikely to go to school during the planting and harvest times of the year. In this edition of Michigan Travel Tips, I provide text of books that were published years ago, and I do not provide the text with the intention of violating any copyright or infringing on any copyright; I provide the text for, in essence, educational purposes and for historical reasons.
When I came across the old books at the house recently, I immediately thought I should run a word search of my tourist-attraction files to see how many old one-room-type schoolhouses are contained in the files. I ran a search for the word "school," and I came up with more schools than only one-room-type schoolhouses. Here are some of the old one-room-type schoolhouses or places where old one-room-schoolhouses exist in the state of Michigan that are listed in my files:
1. Bernard Historical Museum, Delton, Barry County.
2. Bunert One Room Schoolhouse Museum, Warren, Macomb County.
3. Capitol Hill School Museum, Marshall, Calhoun County.
4. Celery Flats Interpretive Center, Portage, Kalamazoo County.
5. The Chippewa Nature Center, Midland, Midland County.
6. Dover School Museum, near Clare, Clare County.
7. Ella Sharp Museum, Jackson, Jackson County.
8. Fallasburg Park, near Grand Rapids, Kent County.
9. Forty Mile Point Lighthouse Park, between Rogers City and Manitou Beach, Presque Isle County.
10. The Grice House, Harbor Beach, Huron County.
11. Historic Adventist Village, Battle Creek, Calhoun County.
12. Historic Bowens Mills, Middleville, Barry County.
13. Historic Charlton Park Village and Museum, Hastings, Barry County.
14. The Jesse Besser Museum, Alpena, Alpena County.
15. The Lee Conklin Antique Organ & History Museum, Hanover, Jackson County.
16. Mayville Area Museum of History and Genealogy, Mayville, Tuscola County.
17. Meridian Historical Village, Okemos, Ingham County.
18. North Country Trail Schoolhouse, White Cloud, Newaygo County.
19. Pine Grove Museum, Pontiac, Oakland County.
20. Red Brick School, East China Township, St. Clair County.
21. Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, Rochester Hills, Oakland County.
22. Sanilac County Historical Museum and Village, Port Sanilac, Sanilac County.
23. Shiawassee Valley Historical Village, Corunna, Shiawassee County.
24. Troy Museum & Historic Village, Troy, Oakland County.
25. Washington Historical Museum, Washington Township, Macomb County.
26. Wellington Farm Park, Grayling, Crawford County.
27. White Pine Village, Ludington, Mason County.
The old one-room-type schoolhouses that are associated with the list provided above are restored and are watched over by historical societies and other entities. Now, let me present some information about the books that I found. I begin by showing you a rough example of the title page for a book, and I use the two lines that divide the text to indicate the top and bottom of the title page.
AMERICAN FIRST CLASS BOOK;
READING AND RECITATION:
SELECTED PRINCIPALLY FROM
MODERN AUTHORS OF GREAT BRITAIN AND AMERICA;
FOR THE USE OF THE HIGHEST CLASS
IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS.
The book, which was written by John Pierpont and was published by Charles Bowen in Boston in 1836, has a light-brown cover. It has a preface and a table of contents. The book begins in earnest on page two with this text:
A devotional spirit recommended to the young.--CAPPE.
DEVOTION is a delicate and tender plant: as much as it is our duty and our interest to be possessed of it, it is not easily acquired, neither can it be carelessly maintained. It must be long tended, diligently cultivated, and affectionately cherished, before it will have struck its roots so deep as to grow up and flourish in our hearts; and all along, till it attains to its perfect vigor and maturity in heaven, it needs to be defended from the adverse influences of things seen and temporal, of a vain imagination and an earthly mind.
Another book I found is PIERPONT'S INTRODUCTION. INTRODUCTION TO THE NATIONAL READER; A SELECTION OF EASY LESSONS, DESIGNED TO FILL THE SAME PLACE IN THE COMMON SCHOOLS OF THE UNITED STATES, THAT IS HELD BY MURRAY'S INTRODUCTION, AND THE COMPILATIONS OF GUY, MYLIUS, AND PINNOCK, IN THOSE OF GREAT BRITAIN., and it was written by John Pierpont, and the book was published by David H. Williams in 1842. Another book is SARGENT'S STANDARD SERIES - No. 4. THE STANDARD FOURTH READER FOR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS; CONTAINING A THOROUGH COURSE OF PRELIMINARY EXERCISES IN ARTICULATION, PRONUNCIATION, ACCENT, &c. NUMEROUS EXERCISES IN READING; A NEW SYSTEM OF REFERENCES; AND A COPIOUS EXPLANATORY INDEX., and this book was written by Epes Sargent, and it was published by Phillips, Sampson and Company in 1857. And a book published in 1867 by A.S. Barnes & Co. is NATIONAL ELEMENTARY SPELLER: A CRITICAL WORK ON PRONUNCIATION; EMBRACING A STRICTLY GRADED CLASSIFICATION OF THE PRIMITIVE, AND THE MORE IMPORTANT DERIVATIVE, WORDS OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, FOR ORAL SPELLING; EXERCISES FOR WRITING FROM DICTATION; PREFIXES, AFFIXES. &c, &c., and it was written by J. Madison Watson.
In the 1800s, books informally called McGuffey's Eclectic Readers or McGuffey's Eclectic Spellers were popular, and now here is information about a book that I found, and I show roughly what the title page looks like:
ECLECTIC EDUCATIONAL SERIES.
The publisher listed in the book is American Book Company from the press of Van Antwerp, Bragg, & Co., and the publication date is 1879. Look at the first three paragraphs of the book proper--paragraphs presented on a page having two headings ("INTRODUCTION" and "ARTICULATION"):
A distinct articulation can only be gained by constant and careful practice of the elementary sounds.
When a word is imperfectly enunciated, the teacher should call attention to the sounds composing the spoken word.
If the pupil fails to sound any element correctly, as in the case of lisping, the fault can be overcome by calling attention to the correct position of the organs of speech, and insisting upon exact execution. Except in case of malformation of these organs, every pupil should sound each element correctly before such drill should cease.
Yet more of the books that I found are:
The Shipwreck. (which was written by William Falconer and printed in London in 1819).
SMITH'S NEW GRAMMAR. ENGLISH GRAMMAR ON THE PRODUCTIVE SYSTEM: A METHOD OF INSTRUCTION RECENTLY ADOPTED IN GERMANY AND SWITZERLAND. DESIGNED FOR SCHOOLS AND ACADEMICS (which was written by Roswell C. Smith and published in Philadelphia by William Marshall & Co.in 1836).
THE PRONOUNCING ENGLISH READER. THE ENGLISH READER: OR, PIECES IN PROSE AND POETRY, SELECTED FROM THE BEST WRITERS. DESIGNED TO ASSIST YOUNG PERSONS TO READ WITH PROPRIETY AND EFFECT;TO IMPROVE THEIR LANGUAGE AND SENTIMENTS; AND TO INCULCATE SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PRINCIPLES OF PIETY AND VIRTUE. WITH A FEW PRELIMINARY OBSERVATIONS ON THE PRINCIPLES OF GOOD READING. (which was written by Lindley Murray and published in Boston by Lincoln & Edmands in 1831).
PRACTICAL AND MENTAL ARITHMETIC, ON A NEW PLAN, IN WHICH MENTAL ARITHMETIC IS COMBINED WITH THE USE OF THE SLATE. CONTAINING A COMPLETE SYSTEM FOR ALL PRACTICAL PURPOSES; BEING IN DOLLARS AND CENTS (which was the 51st edition, was written by Roswell C. Smith, and was published by John Paine in 1842).
THE AMERICAN COMMON-SCHOOL READER AND SPEAKER: BEING A SELECTION OF PIECES IN PROSE AND VERSE, WITH RULES FOR READING AND SPEAKING (which was written by John Goldsbury and William Russell and published in 1844).
LIPPINCOTT'S POPULAR SERIES. THE THIRD READER OF THE POPULAR SERIES (which was written by Marcus Willson and was published by J. B. Lippincott Company in 1881).
AN ANALYSIS OF DERIVATIVE WORDS IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE OR A KEY TO THEIR PRECISE ANALYTIC DEFINITIONS, BY PREFIXES AND SUFFIXES (which was written by Salem Town and published by A.C. Armstrong & Son in 1889).
THE VICTORIAN ERA (which was written by P. Anderson Graham and was published by Longmans, Green and Co. in 1897).
One more of the other books that I found is THE STORY OF AMERICAN HISTORY FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, which was written by Albert Blaisdell and published in Boston by Ginn & Company in 1904, and although it is not a book published in the 1800s, as are the other books that I note within this edition of Michigan Travel Tips, I do present some of the first few paragraphs of Chapter I (entitled "AMERICA IN THE OLD DAYS") now, which covers material on page one and some material on page two. Before I present the text from the book, I want you to do some imagining. Pretend you are a child sitting at a desk in a one-room-type schoolhouse. It is a cold day, and the room has a black-colored pot-bellied wood-burning stove to provide heat, but you still have your coat on. The teacher is Miss Trigg, who has brunette hair and is wearing a white blouse and a very long woolen skirt, which nearly touches the floor--a wood floor. Miss Trigg is standing before her desk, and she begins to read:
1. The Story of our Country. -- We are sure that every intelligent and patriotic American youth must like to read the story of our country's life. To a boy or girl of good sense no work of fiction can surpass it in interest of power.
How delightful to let the imagination summon up the forms and the deeds of the fearless. Norse sailors who dared to cross the unknown seas in their frail and tiny vessels without compass and without charts! How interesting the oft-told but ever-fresh narrative of the intrepid Columbus and his memorable first voyage into and across the Sea of Darkness'! What romance was every more exciting than the stories of the fierce struggles between the white men and the Indians for existence and supremacy on this continent?
How deep the pathos of the simple tales that tell of the patient sufferings, the severe toils, the ever-present dangers, and the heroic self-denials of the early colonists in making for themselves homes in the New World! How richly suggestive are those pages that record the glorious events of our American Revolution--the splendid and immortal deeds of Washington and his illustrious associates!
Then there is the thrilling account of the most tremendous civil war in all history, with its four million soldiers, its two thousand battles, and its preservation of the Union.
And to come down to a time within the memory of every schoolboy, the echoes of the Spanish-American conflict have hardly yet died away. The story of this short war in the summer of 1898 still rings in our ears--with its astounding naval victories at Manila and Santiago, the freedom of Cuba, and the destruction of the last vestige of the once mighty Spanish supremacy on this western continent!
When you visit a one-room-type schoolhouse in Michigan, try to picture children in it--pupils--and try to picture a teacher reading from a book. However, maybe you may wish to picture one of the students standing off to the side of the student's desk or near the teacher's desk and reading a book before the other pupils. If you are having a hard time imagining words that could be read, think about this edition of Michigan Travel Tips, and maybe one of the two pieces of text that you are about to read, the first of which comes from the edition of McGuffey's Third Eclectic Reader previously mentioned and the other of which comes from Appleton's School Readers. The Fifth Reader (officially, "Appleton's School Readers. The Fifth Reader" was on the title page with the period), which was put together by William T. Harris, Andrew J. Rockoff, and Mark Bailey and was published in 1880 by D. Appleton and Company.
The following text comes from McGuffey's Third Eclectic Reader, and it is lesson 50 (or "Lesson L"), which has no author listed and is presented on pages 130, 131, and 132.
THE ALARM-WATCH1. A lady, who found it not easy to wake in the morning as early as she wished, bought an alarm-watch. These watches are so made as to strike with a loud whirring noise, at any hour the owner pleases to set them.
2. The lady placed her watch at the head of the bed, and at the right time she found herself roused by the long, rattling sound.
3. She arose at once, and felt better all day for her early rising. This lasted for some weeks. The alarm-watch faithfully did its duty, and was plainly heard so long as it was obeyed.
4. But, after a time, the lady grew tired of early rising. When she was waked by the noise, she merely turned over in bed, and slept again.
5. In a few days, the watch ceased to rouse her from her sleep. It spoke just as loudly as ever; but she did not hear it, because she had been in the habit of not obeying it.
6. Finding that she might as well be without it, she resolved that when she heard the sound she would jump up.
7. Just so it is with conscience. If we will obey its voice, even in the most trifling things, we can always hear it, clear and strong.
8. But if we allow ourselves to do what we have some fears may not be quite right, we shall grow more and more sleepy, until the voice on conscience has no longer power to wake us.
I hope you heard the rhythms of the sentences of the text just quoted, and I hope it will come to mind as you imagine what might have happened on a day in an old one-room schoolhouse years ago. Many of the pieces to read in McGuffey's Third Eclectic Reader are short, like the quoted text, and some of the writers whose works are presented are H.F. Farny, J.G. Brown, Alfred Kappes, Walter Shirlaw, Jessie Curtis, C.A. Vanderhoof, and Thomas Moran. The final piece in the book is a poem entitled "GOOD-NIGHT," which is attributed to Mrs. Follen.
Generally speaking, the pieces of writing within Appleton's School Readers. The Fifth Reader are longer than the pieces of writing within McGuffey's Third Eclectic Reader are. Both books have stories and poems. Since most of the pieces in Appleton's School Readers. The Fifth Edition are too long to be presented within this edition of Michigan Travel Tips, I have had to skip giving you such pieces as "How I learned to write Prose" (by Benjamin Franklin), "The Charge of the Light Brigade" (by W. H. Russell), "The Battle of Waterloo" (by Victor Hugo), "Rip Van Winkle's Sleep" and "Rip Van Winkle's Return" (by Washington Irving), and "The Wonders of Astronomy" (by Edward Everett). Of course, I could have given you only a portion of a piece. I now give you a somewhat short piece, which is attributed to Henry Fielding and appears on pages 77 and 78:
XXVI.--THE RESCUE OF A KITTEN.1. This gale continued till toward noon, when the east end of the island bore but a little ahead of us. The captain swaggered, and declared that he would keep the sea; but the wind got the better of him, so that about three he gave up the victory, and, making a sudden tack, stood in for the shore, passed by Spithead and Portsmouth, and came to an anchor at a place called Ryde, on the island.
2. A most tragical incident fell out this day at sea, while the ship was under sail, but making, as will appear, no great way. A kitten, one of four of the feline inhabitants of the cabin, fell from the window into the water. An alarm was given immediately to the captain, who was then upon deck, and received it with the utmost concern and many bitter oaths.
3. He immediately gave orders to the steersman in favor of the poor thing,' as he called it; the sails were instantly slackened, and all hands, as the phrase is, employed to recover the poor animal. I was, I own, extremely surprised at all this; less, indeed, at the captain's extreme tenderness than at his conceiving any possibility of success; for, if puss had had nine thousand instead of nine lives, I concluded they had been all lost.
4. The boatswain, however, had more sanguine hopes; for, having stripped himself of his jacket, breeches, and shirt, he leaped boldly into the water, and, to my great astonishment, in a few minutes returned to the ship, bearing the motionless animal in his mouth. Nor was this, I observed, a matter of such great difficulty as it appeared to my ignorance, and possibly may seem to that of my fresh-water reader. The kitten was now exposed to air and sun on the deck, where its life, of which it retained no symptoms, was despaired of by all.
5. The captain's humanity, if I may so call it, did not so totally destroy his philosophy as to make him yield himself up to affliction on this melancholy occasion. Having felt his loss like a man, he resolved to show he had rather have lost a cask of rum or brandy, betook himself to thrashing at backgammon with the Portuguese friar, in which innocent amusement they had passed about two-thirds of their time.
6. But as I have, perhaps, a little too wantonly endeavored to raise the tender passions of my readers in this narrative, I should think myself unpardonable if I concluded it without giving them the satisfaction of hearing that the kitten at last recovered, to the great joy of this good captain, but to the great disappointment of some of the sailors, who asserted that the drowning a cat was the very way of raising a favorable wind: a supposition of which, though we have heard several plausible accounts, we will not presume to assign the true original reason.
Your travel tips in Michigan are:
Bernard Historical Museum, Delton, Barry County, the Lower Peninsula.
Bunert One Room Schoolhouse Museum, Warren, Macomb County, the Lower Peninsula.
Capitol Hill School Museum, Marshall, Calhoun County, the Lower Peninsula.
Celery Flats Interpretive Center, Portage, Kalamazoo County, the Lower Peninsula.
The Chippewa Nature Center, Midland, Midland County, the Lower Peninsula.
Dover School Museum, near Clare, Clare County, the Lower Peninsula.
Ella Sharp Museum, Jackson, Jackson County, the Lower Peninsula.
Fallasburg Park, near Grand Rapids, Kent County, the Lower Peninsula.
Forty Mile Point Lighthouse Park, between Rogers City and Manitou Beach, Presque Isle County, the Lower Peninsula.
The Grice House, Harbor Beach, Huron County, the Lower Peninsula.
Historic Adventist Village, Battle Creek, Calhoun County, the Lower Peninsula.
Historic Bowens Mills, Middleville, Barry County, the Lower Peninsula.
Historic Charlton Park Village and Museum, Hastings, Barry County, the Lower Peninsula.
The Jesse Besser Museum, Alpena, Alpena County, the Lower Peninsula.
The Lee Conklin Antique Organ & History Museum, Hanover, Jackson County, the Lower Peninsula.
Mayville Area Museum of History and Genealogy, Mayville, Tuscola County, the Lower Peninsula.
Meridian Historical Village, Okemos, Ingham County, the Lower Peninsula.
North Country Trail Schoolhouse, White Cloud, Newaygo County, the Lower Peninsula.
Pine Grove Museum, Pontiac, Oakland County, the Lower Peninsula.
Red Brick School, East China Township (right south of St. Clair), St. Clair County, the Lower Peninsula.
Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, Rochester Hills, Oakland County, the Lower Peninsula.
Sanilac County Historical Museum and Village, Port Sanilac, Sanilac County, the Lower Peninsula.
Shiawassee Valley Historical Village, Corunna, Shiawassee County, the Lower Peninsula.
Troy Museum & Historic Village, Troy, Oakland County, the Lower Peninsula.
Washington Historical Museum, Washington Township, Macomb County, the Lower Peninsula.
Wellington Farm Park, Grayling, Crawford County, the Lower Peninsula.
White Pine Village, Ludington, Mason County, the Lower Peninsula.
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One-hundred-fifty-years ago this month, it was school time in
the state of Michigan, and it was a time when children often
attended school in one-room-type schoolhouses. Such schools
existed all over the state then, and it was not uncommon for
children to walk to school, maybe up to several miles in one
direction. At that time, some children used McGuffey's Third
Electric Reader regularly, and some children used Sargent's
Standard Series - No. 4. The Standard Fourth Reader for
Public and Private Schools. Today, there are dozens of
restored one-room schoolhouses in existence around Michigan,
and, for example, one is the Red Brick School in East China
Township, which is near St. Clair in St. Clair County. And,
today, The Hologlobe Press invites you to learn about some of
the old one-room-type schoolhouses of Michigan by seeing the
current edition of Michigan Travel Tips at
It is the middle of winter and maybe you are hearing from some
children those words "I'm bored." If you have heard those words,
it is time for action! Here is one thing you can do. If your children
like to ride bicycles, now is a good time for them to work on their
bicycles in a warm place and get the bicycles ready for spring.
Get information about fixing bicycles, and let the children look
over the information. Have the children clean their bicycles well,
such as to remove all tar and dried mud. Have them open up and
grease the axles, which people often do not do for years. Get
them to adjust the shifters. Have them put on reflective tape. Make
them use their muscles and chrome cleaner to remove rust from
the chrome. Get them to wax their bicycles. Remember: You
might have to help them work on their bicycles. In the end, though,
everyone will be better off! And that's a public-service message
from The Hologlobe Press.
There are several main regions in the state of Michigan that are
considered the best places for snowmobiling. Of the Upper
Peninsula of Michigan, many guys and gals like to snowmobile in
the region that can be called the northeastern region, the region
that has such places as Paradise, Whitefish Point, Grand Marais,
Seney, and Munising. Many people like the northwestern quarter
of the Lower Peninsula to go snowmobiling, and that region has
such places as Boyne Falls, Mancelona, East Jordan, and
Kalkaska. When you are driving in an area that has a lot of snow,
expect to come across snowmobilers riding along the roads,
except along the freeways and like main routes or the roads in the
big metropolitan areas. If you are in a snowmobile area, be alert
for snowmobilers crossing the road ahead, and keep your speed
down, especially if it is snowing. And The Hologlobe Press
reminds you to enjoy your safe traveling!
Not only in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan but also in the
Upper Peninsula of Michigan, children of the 1800s and early
1900s were very likely to attend school in one-room-type
schoolhouses. Today, no child in the Upper Peninsula goes to
school at what can be called a true one-room schoolhouse. What
one-room schoolhouses are still standing are used for other
purposes. A number of old one-room schoolhouses are tourist
attractions. For example, the Rathbone Schoolhouse, which is at
Eagle Harbor, was once a one-room schoolhouse, as was the
home of the Garden Peninsula Historical Museum, which is at
Garden, and old one-room schoolhouses can be found at the
Alberta Village Museum, which is at Alberta, the Houghton
County Historical Museum, which is at Lake Linden, and Fort
Mackinac of Mackinac Island. This summer, think about going
to school--only for a visit--in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
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