|Community Support for
St. Johns County Schools - 1896
|A Successful Entertainment Given By W. C. T. U.
Florida Times Union June 3, 1896
St. Augustine Fla, June 2 -- The entertainment given at the St. George last night, by the local W. C.
T. U., to raise funds to furnish copies of the Physiology Journal to the teachers of the St. Johns
County schools, was both a financial and social success. Among those taking part were Mrs.
Terwilliger, a sweet-voiced singer, the Misses Pryhn, violin and piano accompaniment, and Miss
Winnie Young, pianist. Mrs. Dr. T. E. B. Kernan read an original poem, and made a success on
entering St. Augustine's literary field. Creams, ices and cakes were served. Mrs. Dr. Rainey and
Miss MAry Reynolds were in charge, and had the assistance of Mrs. V. Colee, Mrs. D. Colee, Mrs.
Noonan, Mrs. M. R. Bean, Miss Maud Stanbury, Miss Adams, Miss Foster, Miss Virgie Markle,
Miss Hudson and other beauties. Mrs. S. Hamilton Day received with the promoters of the affair.
Every denomination was represented. The ladies and gentlemen of the Teachers' Institute took part.
Teachers Thank the W. C. T. U.
The following was adopted by the teachers who attended the St. John's Teachers' institute just
"Any effort put forth to raise the standard of education, with a view to mould intelligent and more
worthy citizens in a community, is praiseworthy. The institute just closed, proving a profit and
measure to all concerned, was a right step in a worthy cause.
"Whereas, such a method of diffusing knowledge--directly upon us, as teachers, and indirectly upon
those with whom we come in touch, as adopted by the board of public instruction of St. Johns
county, and executed by such a corps of astute, and amicable instructors as Profs. O.P. Sternes, A.
M. PHD., H. O. Ham, and J. W. McCrung, is far-reaching in its influence for good; and
"Whereas, Having attended said institute and know of its intrinsic value, we have a keen conception
of its wonderful efficacy (if continued) in displacing ignorance with knowledge; and
"Whereas, through the influence of the ladies of the W. C. F. U., of this city we have been
gratuitously made the recipients of the Physiology Journal, edited by Miss Mary H. Hunt, of
Boston, Mass., therefore be it:
"Resolved, that we, the colored teachers of St. Johns county, do most heartily appreciate these
tokens of kindness and do tender our sincerest, gratitude to the honorable board for their liberal
provision in our interest to the instructors for their patience and energy, and last but not least to the
energetic ladies of the WCTU for their very valuable gift.