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Weimar Local Matters
Col. T. W. Peirce, President of the “Sunset,” has donated one hundred dollars more towards buying desks for the Weimar Institute. This makes three hundred dollars he has given to this school for that purpose. Col. Peirce will ever be gratefully remembered by this people for his liberality. He has never been called upon that he has not kindly responded.
Colorado Citizen, January 25, 1883

Weimar Local Matters
The good citizens of Weimar return thanks to J. E. Carlton, of your city, for a liberal donation towards setting out trees in the school yard of Weimar Institute.
Colorado Citizen, January 18, 1883

Weimar Local Matters
Mrs. Sue O. Green as moved her school from the Grange Store to her residence, where she can accommodate fifteen or twenty scholars of the second and third grades. Mrs. G. has been teaching for some time and has given entire satisfaction.
Colorado Citizen, March 20, 1884


On the monthly examination, held Friday, Nov. 27, the pupils named below made averages of ninety or more, which gIves each a place on our roll of honor:

NINTH GRADE. Fay Carter, Hallie McCormick .

EIGHTH GRADE. Milton Green, Geo. Chapman.

SEVENTH GRADE. Nell Hancock, Lola Huebner.

SIXTH GRADE. Myra Grace, Sallie Green, Stephen McCormick, Fannie Green, Virgl Wills, Agnes Doggett, Jno. B. Fisher, Seth Taylor, Roxie Garrett, Willie Burford.

FIFTH GRADE. Alma Herder, Eunice Munn, Augusta Heyer, Bessie Chandler; Una Walker, Jno. Tooke, Owen Heyer, Hubbard Shaw, Emil Barta, Lillie Holman.

FOURTH GRADE. Alexis McCormick, Vida Herder, Genie Carter, Sam Hancock, Willie Holt, Bessie Allen, Claribel Tooke, Nell Munn, Renna Chandler, Fisher Townsend, Tommy Davis. Harry Grace, Ben Thomas. Willie Shaver.

THIRD GRADE. James Green, Scott Holman, Fred Henkel, Jesse Jarmon, Ned Lockett.
G. A. Moore, Principal.
Weimar Mercury, December 5, 1896, page 4

Class of 1934
Close of Successful Term Weimar Schools

With the commencement exercises held at the Weimar High School auditorium last Friday evening a very successful term of school was brought to a close. One of the largest audiences ever assembled in that edifice was present to witness the closing exercises – in fact there was not seating capacity for the crowd and a hundred or more people stood in the back of the building or on the outside. It was a record crowd all right.
The exercises were opened with an invocation by Rev. O. A. Meyer, salutation by Miss Mary Elizabeth Herder, class history by Miss Odessa Ammann, class prophecy by O. P. Moore, oration (motto, flower, colors) by Miss Blanche Young, valedictory by Miss Margaret Jane Shaver, the class song, address to class by Mr. T. H. McDonald, former superintendent of our school, now filling a similar position at Shiner and still greatly beloved by his former pupils, presentation of diplomas by Mr. T. H. Leslie, present superintendent of our school, benediction by Rev. J. H. E. Willmann, recessional by Mrs. Geo. Herder, Jr., and with this number on the program the 1933-1934 term of the Weimar High School passed into history.
The young people taking part in the exercises acquitted themselves most creditably. They seemed perfectly at ease in their respective parts, their enunciation was clear and distinct and they received liberal applause.
Mr. McDonald, in greeting his former pupils, took occasion to give them advice and counsel, which, if heeded, will lead to a profitable future. He showed a deep interest in his former pupils and their future, and his whole heart was in his talk to them. The graduates seemed to appreciate the friendly counsel he gave them, and there’s no doubt if they hearken to this counsel it will make better men and women of them and lead onward to success and happiness.
They are a fine bunch of young people and the entire community feels proud of them. We herewith once more give a list of the 1933-34 graduating class: Robert L. Plagens, Florence Teltschik, Clarence E. Knebel, William T. Roberts, Otto Preston Moore, Lillian Anna Hollas, Olivia Adelyn Rabel, John Alfred Mazoch, Henry Ford Potthast, Helen Roberta Yoder, Bruce Wall, Alf P. Shatto, Willie Halata, Blanche Young, Estella Moziek, George J. Berger, Ralph L. Watson, Paul Klatt Herder, George Herder III, Elva Anna Loessin, Mildred Marie Seifert, Elgin George Miculka, Margaret Jane Shaver, Mary Elizabeth Herder, Leroy “Sonny” Bahner, Bernice Brunkenhoefer, Leona Josephine Kasper, Dorothy Potthast Massey, Oneta Florence Breitkreuz, Odessa Elisa May Ammann.
Weimar Mercury, June 1, 1934
Transcription by Judy Talkington

The Weimar Colored School

January 30, closed the 1st term (4 months) with a rigid examination. All worked faithful for promotion. Those who made their grade are as follows:

H-3rd.--Sammie Ingram, 88; Ether Turner, 85; Earline White, 76; Eulah Baily, 77; Joana Green, 78; Suretta Goodman, 75.

H-5th.--Wennetta Wicks, 82; Cordelia Junior, 82.

H-6th.--Ruby Ingram, 84; Vera Lee Small, 76; Ivory Steward, 76.

9th Grade.--Oliver Dickey, 78.

The parents are cordially invited to drop in at any time,it will be encouraging to both pupils and teachers.
W. J. Mann, Prin.
Weimar Mercury, February 6, 1914, page 7

The board of public trustees has elected Sallie Coleman as principal and Annie Chapins as assistant teacher of the Weimar colored school for the next session. This school will begin about the first of November.
Weimar Mercury, September 10, 1909, page 4

School at Weimar Institute will open Monday next, with Prof. McBride in charge, and Mrs. W. S. Shaver and Miss Maria Watson as assistants. A fourth teacher will be added if the atendance justifies same. The German-American school has been abandoned for this session, and the pupils will be divided between the institute and the Huvar school.
Weimar Mercury, September 10, 1909, page 4


The seventh grade of Wernar High School hiked out to L. B. Barta's pasture Monday afternoon, April 18. for a weiner roast. Various games and contests were enjoyed before the real treat began.
Roy Matthews proved his skill at building a camp fire, while other boys climbed the trees to provide roasting sticks for the group. The menu consisted of weiners, buns, pickles, rnustard and marshmallows.
Those enjoying this outing were: Wilma Hasse, Ann Holloway, Jessie Louise Ratliff, Maidelle and Nina LaBauve, Clara M a e Brunkenhoefer, Aline Niemeyer, Margaret Brunkenhoefer. Barbara Wall, Hal Shatto, Beverly Holt, Henry Herder. Roy Matthews, Egbert Schietinger, Lawrence Loessin, Clarence Ranft, Mrs. Emil Brunkenhoefer, Mrs. Will Brunkenhoefer, Mrs. T. H. McDonald and son, Miss Thelma Insall and Mrs. C F Wall.
Weimar Mercury, April 22, 1932, page 4

The trustees of Weimar institute have elected the following corps of teachers for the ensuing scholastic term: Prof. G. A. Moore, principal; Prof. C. Maas, German teacher; Miss Anna Harbert, teacher of intermediate grades; Miss Lila Werner, teacher of primary department. The trustees displayed much wisdom in the selection of such distinguished educators, and no doubt at the end of the session the corps will send in a report of the progress of the school that will surprise and please the board.
Weimar Mercury, August 22, 1891

Weimar Institute
This week the Weimar Institute closes for vacation until the first of next September.
On Tuesday the classes in the Preparatory Department were examined in all their studies, each and everyone of the smaller scholars acquitted themself with credit, which speaks high praise for their estimable teacher Miss Mittie Decherd. At night a juvenile exhibition was given by the little folks which was rare and spicy, interspersed with beautiful music from the music class under the management of Miss Julia D. and Prof. Danneberg. Miss Delia Jorman delivered Poe’s Raven in an elegant manner, and others acquitted themselves very creditable.
Wednesday was devoted to the examination of the studies of the Freshman Sophie classes. Wednesday night the Philmathean Literary Society celebrated their third anniversary,of which we will have more to say in our next issue.
To-day junior and senior clases[sic] will be examined in their studies. To-night the Prize Declaration consisting of four classes of boys and girls.
Friday morning the gradauting[sic] class is represented by only one member. Miss Lulu Wright, of Alleyton, will read her essay and receive her diploma.
Weimar Gimlet, June 28, 1885

Weimar Local Matters
The election last Saturday in this the 14th school district for district trustees resulted in the election of S. McCormick, D. W. Hancock and R. A. Jarmon for the whites and Wm. Hunter, John Morrow and Adam Whitfield for the colored schools. Not much interest felt in the matter. There were only 63 votes cast for the whites--did not learn the number of colored votes.
Colorado Citizen, August 6, 1885

Weimar Institute

Fall session 1885 will begin Monday 31st, inst. IIt[sic] is to the interest of the pupils that all should be present on the first day of the school. The music department will be exclusively under the direction of Miss Julia H. Decherd. Prof. Daniberg retires we regret to say, from failure of health.
R. P. Decherd, Principal
Weimar Gimlet, August 27, 1885

Weimar Local Matters
SCHOOL NOTICE--My school will open in Weimar, in the Grange Hall, the first Monday in September next, for a sesson of forty weeks. Patronage solicited. For tems of tuition, see the undersigned Principal. An incidental fee of fifty cents is charged each scholar for he session, payable on tenering the school. This is for wood, brooms, buckets, chalk, &c.
H. C. QUIN, Principal
Weimar, Texas, Aug. 18, 1885
Colorado Citizen, August 27, 1885


School Matters in 1902

At a meeting of the patrons of Weimar Institute held at the operat house last Saturday afternoon, J. B. Holman was elected chairman and John H. Brooks secretary. The first matter taken under consideration was the deeding of the Institute property to the city in consideration of the city erecting a new school building. This was so palpably the wish of those present that it elicited but little talk. Next came the selection of trustees. The folliowing previously agreed upon ticket was put forward and elected with practically no opposition: Geo. Herder, W. S. Shaver, J. C. Kindred, Owen Heyer and J. R. Gusman. These trustees met Tuesday night and selected the following corps of teachers for the ensuing term: G. A. Moore, principal, and assistants, Prof. J. W. Holt, Misses Grace Beckham and Wade McCormick.
Weimar Mercury, June 7, 1902

At a called meeting of the city council the first of the week, the contract for building the new school house was let. There were several bids before the board, and we understand all of them exceeded the limit of $7500. Some few changes were made in the plans to scale down the work and price, and Major Wm. Bopp of this city being the lowest bidder (his revised bid being $7500), the contract was awarded to him. The contract for the removal of the old school building will be let today (Frdiay[sic]), and just as soon as it is out of the way work on the new building will be commenced. The plan adopted was the one brought here by Contractor Rochefort. It can be stated, however, that work on the new building will be commenced some time next week, and same will be completed by the first of October, possibly thirty days earlier, depending of course on circumstances.
Weimar Mercury, June 14, 1902

The city council let the contract to W. B. Coleman to tear down the Weimar institute building and with the material of same, together with that of the colored people’s school building, erect a nice school building, according to a plan submitted before the board, fo the use of the colored school children. The contract price for the work we understand, is $600. Jeff Tanner, a well-known colored carenter and builder of Columbus, has charge of the work.
Weimar Mercury, June 21, 1902

Contractor E.Rochefort was at San Antonio the first of the week in search of brick masons to work upon the school building. He succeeded in securing two men, which make a force of four masons, not including the conractor himself, at work upon the school building.
Weimar Mercury, July 19, 1902

Work on the walls of the new school building is now under way, and going along at a rapid rate. With plenty of material on hand, and favorable weather conditions, the work is going forward very rapidly and the structure when completed promises to be a beautiful building.
Weimar Mercury, July 19, 1902

The Weimar Institute building is completed up to the first story and the workmen are putting in some good licks in their effort to have same completed by the contract time--October lst.
Weimar Mercury, August 9, 1902

A committee consisting of J. O. Boettcher and G. A. Moore were soliciting funds this week to purchase new desks for the Weimar Institute. They secured $242, and expect to increase it to $350. The city council has appointed Aldermen Kindred, Hillje and Boettcher to make the purchse.
Weimar Mercury, August 9, 1902

The colored people’s new school building, under the superintendency of Contractors W. B. Coleman and Jeff Tanner, is under headway and will be completed at an early date. It will be a fine looking, substantial structure when completed and painted.
Weimar Mercury, July 19, 1902


Honor roll of Weimar Institute for month ending January 26, 1895.
Lester Holt, Charley Quin, Tom Hubbard, Dick Burford.
Mary Burford, Hallie McCormick, Fay Carter, Eddie Hill, Pearl Herndon, Cordie Shaw.
Milton Green, Erle Darby, Lorena Hunter, Lula Whittington, Susie Greene.
Nellie Hancock, Ben Holt, Johnnie Herndon, Dona Townsend, Fillmore Holman.
Verna Burford, John B. Fisher, Stephen McCormick, Virgi Wills.
Owen Heyer, Augusta Heyer, Alma Herder, Eunice Munn.
G. A. Moore, Principal
Weimar Mercury February 2, 1895

Mary's Little School House Will Follow Her to School Here

“. . . And everywhere that Mary went, that lamb was sure to go."

"Mary"' and her pals from the several: school districts recently annexed by Weimar may not have any lambs following them when they begin taking the bus to Weimar next fall, but they'll go the story-book Mary one better--their school houses will follow them.

As a matter of fact, the school houses will probably precede them by several months.

To take care of the increased enrollment at Weimar resulting from the annexations, it is planned to provide two or three additional classrooms on the Weimar High School campus and at least two additional classrooms on the Weimar Colored School campus by moving in these now-vacant buildings from the rural districts.

The first of these moves is planned to begin within the next week or ten days, and others will follow before the opening of the next school term in Weimar.

So if you should awaken some fine morning to find a school building traveling down the road past your house, don't call the doctor. It's only "Mary's" little school house following her to school.
Weimar Mercury, May 28, 1948, page 1


Coach W. C. Adair announced today that the letter awards and participation awards to the 1941 Wildcat football squad had been determined by the faculty and athletic council.

Wildcats receiving jackets will be Laurin Otting, Stephen Koenig, Milton Beken, Lawrence Polach, and Burt Burttschell; gold footballs will be awarded George Holub, C. J. Renken. and Mox[sic] Konz; silver footballs will be awarded Howard Gray McMillan and James Neiser; and bronze footballs wilt be awarded Burelson Braun. Jr., Willie Raabe, Marvin Leihardt, Howard Raabe. Freddie Anders, and Oscar Heller, Jr.

Jackets are awarded only to players completing eligibility who have more than 66 2-3% participation. Gold footballs are awarded players with more than 66 2-3% participation but who have additional eligibility. Silver footballs are awarded players with between 33 1-3% participation. Bronze footballs are awarded players with less than 33 1-3% participation.

The awards will be presented the boys at the annual football banquet given by the Chamber of Commerce during January.
Weimar Mercury, December 5, 1941, page 1

The city council let the contract to W. B. Coleman to tear down the Weimar institute building and with the material of same, together with that of the colored people’s school building, erect a nice school building, according to a plan submitted before the board, for the use of the colored school children. The contract price for the work, we understand, is $600. Jeff Tanner, a well-known colored carpenter and builder of Columbus, has charge of the work.
Weimar Mercury, June 21, 1902

The corner stone of the new Weimar Institute building was laid Thursday morning. A copy of the Mercury of last issue, a copy of the vote at last Saturday’s election, a coin pocket piece which Mayor Herder had had in his possession twenty years, and several other mementoes were sealed up in same.
Weimar Mercury, July 26, 1902

Weimar Colored School
Many Trees Planted

The Weimar colored school has some enterprising spirits in its midst, as was tested last Monday when teachers and pubpils met there and planted out forty or more shade trees, rose bushes, and other forms of shrubbery. We are glad to note such a spirit of enterprise, whether it is among the white or colored pesople, and the fact that the colored people of the community have taken the lead in this commendable work is certainly to their credit. In a few years they will have the prettiest school grounds in this section. The white people of our community, we regret to note, seem absolutely indifferent to the appearance of their school grounds, which, to say the least of it, is anything but creditable. A few trees and shrubbery planted around the Weimar High School grounds would add much to the appearence of same.
Weimar Mercury, February 26, 1915


The fall term of the Weimar High School opened last Monday morning, with a very satisfacory attendance for the opening day. The attendance has since been increased considerably, and it is believed that before the end of the month the attendance will be up to the usual standard, if not better
Weimar Mercury, September 17, 1915


Miss Bessie Rogers, a well known and popular young lady of this city, has opened a kindergarten at her parents’ residence for the benefit of the little folks of the town, and has already enrolled some fifteen pupils.
Weimar Mercury, September 17, 1915



The following pupils compose our honor roll for the month ending Sept. 27, 1895, by virture of having made averages of ninety or more on the regular monthly examinations:

Ninth Grade
Lester Holt, Arthur Burford, Tom Hubbard, Charlie Quin

Eighth Grade
Felton Walker, Hattie McCormick, Fay Carter, Eddie Hill, Lena Lockett

Seventh Grade
Milton Green, Lula Whittington, Earle Darby.

Sixth Grade
Nellie Hancock, Dona Townsend

Fifth Grade
John B Fisher, Virgie Wills, Stephen McCormick, Verna Burford, Roxie Garrett, Walter Thomas.

Fourth Grade
Alma Herder, Augusta Heyer, Owen Heyer, John Tooke.

Third Grade
Alexis McCormick, Besie Allen, Tommy Davis, Sam Hancock, Charlie Shiver, Fisher Townsend, Willie Shaver, Genie Carter, Charlie Heyer, Dell Garrett.

No examination was had in the primary department.
Weimar Mercury, October 5, 1895

Honor Roll of Weimar Institute, November, 1912.

Tenth Grade: Myrtle Williams, Ivey Calhoun, Pearl Grcen all three "tied".

Ninth Grade: Jack Brasher, Frank Taylor

Eighth Grade: Helen Zieten, Albert Barta.

Seventh Grade: Oneta Fahrenthold, Tommie Forehand.

Sixth Grade: Laure Brasher, Hilda Nitschmann,Glenn Brooks, Julian Holloway, John MattHews, Mildred Baar, Irma Chapman, Sidney Chapman, Lydia Klockman, Dora Maas, William Green.

Fifth Grade. Eillott Hubbard, Lucile Williams, Marie Bartz, Adalia Buske, Dewey Gerstenburg, Agnes Bolhac, Othelie Klockmann.

Fourth Grade: Kindred McLeary, Dick Garrett, Marvin Johnson, Zelma Johnson, John Green, Elfrieda Rose, Jennie Green.

Third Grade: Ella Aird, Jimmie Taylor, Tasso Bart.z, Barnett Brooks, Hansie German, Edgar Klockniann, Vilma Chapman, Emilie Janak.

Second Grade: Dennie Gibbons, Julian Guitierres, Virginia Holt, Mattie Shaw.

First Grade: Glenn Garrett, Jennie Aird, Gertrude Kiockmann, Annie Reimers, Hallie Gibbons, Chas. Green, Leona. Klockmann, Rob't McMillan, Henrietta Reimers, Josie Bohac, Alma Chapman, Dolares Morens, Sylvestre Morens, Aberisto Morens, Ethel Johnson, Virginia Heyer.

A. P. Bolton, Prin.

Weimar Mercury, December 20, 1912, page 1

A great many useful accessories to the school have lately been purchased and put into service at Weimar institute, among them being a large globe, thermometers, full set of maps, number chart with stand, two fine dictionaries and dictionary holders, blackboard compasses, reading chart and holder, etc. These useful and muchly needed articles were purchased with a portion of the proceeds of the late school bazaar, and will greatly assist teachers and pupils in their work.
Weimar Mercury, February 9, 1907

Poets In The Making.

The first of the week the pupils of the fourth grade of the Weimar High School were requested to compose poem, as part of their English lesson. Each pupil read his or her poem to the class, after which the entire class voted upon the three best poems. The result of the vote taken was that the three poems reproduced below were the best.

These poems were handed to us by the teacher of this grade, Miss Norma Speer, and we reproduce them just as they appear on paper handed in to better show the originality of them:

When I Was Down by the Sea.
(By Mary Elizabeth Herder)

When I was down beside the sea,
I met a little girl just like me,
I asked her, her name,
And she said her name was Mary Jane.

We built castles in the sand
And made believe that this was fairyland
But pretty soon the sun went down
And I had to go back to town,

Ma's Old Hat,
(By Roy Matthews)
Pa set down on
Ma's old hat
Pa so big so
Round and fat.
When he saw what
He had don
He jump up
and was ready to run.
But ma crab
Him with a
Smile and said
Ah that's just the stile.

The Rhymer.
(By Ethel Mae McCormick)

I am a rhymer,
I am from Weimar
I can make words rhyme,
Yes every line by line.

I am a poet-
But the world don't know it;
I'll. tell you a rhyme-.
If you just give me time.

My Dog.
I had a little dog,
His name was Pat;
He got my shoes
And he got my hat.

Pat's mother's name was Het
One day she was caught in a net;
His father's name was Rover,
One day he had a fit and tumbled over.

Miss Speer stated there were quite a number of good poems handed in, but as these three were voted by the class as the best, she asked that they be published.

If some of you older people think it is easy to write poetry, just try it. Then you will say that these children are exceptionally bright.
Weimar Mercury, January 20, 1928, page 1

School Finds Solution To Housing Problem

Weimar’s school system is on it way to solving one of the major headaches that face school officials each year--housing space for the teachers.

The local school’s directors have met the problem by moving the former New Bielau teacherage into town and depositing it on the lot that once held the old school building. The teacherage will be made into a duplex, two five-room apartments, which will be kept available for Weimar teachers. When it is completed, the building will face north on the lot, which is located in the southern part of town, north of Mrs. J. O. Boettcher’s residence.

Another move soon to be made will be to bring in the former Wildwood school house, which will be put on the northeast corner of the school campus here and used for teaching the first three grades.
Weimar Mercury, July 2, 1948, page 1

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