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Organized in 19.26
Give to the world the best you have, and the best will come back to you"
When Professor Happy wrote his philosophy, using the tip of a tender carrot for a pen. fruit juices for ink. and a head of fine lettuce leaves for his book, it is probable that only the elves and fairies understood his message. From this early mystery there has evolved a new code of health and a new decalog of rules on citizenship and right living. Men seek the open country for vacation periods and come back to their work mentally atid physically refreshed.
This led to the thought that rural life was the ideal life and queries arose: What is the life of those who live permanently on the farm? Are the handicaps natural or economic? An investigation was made by Roosevelt’s Country Life Commission resulting in a report which is now famous thruout the nation. Since the welfare of our nation depends on the nature ami stability of her tillers of the soil, since our entire future depends on the type of citizenry developed in the masses, since our population is largely rural, it behooves us to improve working conditions on the American farm, and to bring to the rural youth of America all of the educational advantages.
The students and faculty of the Rural Education in the Oshkosh State Normal School have been working intensively on the training of teachers for this particular field to help solve this problem. They realized that some form of social and educational organization was needed for the rural students in training. Accordingly in November, 1926 they called a meeting of all students in the division. A club was duly organized.
A review of the minutes of the society proves that the group is developing the motives for which it was organized. Several rural plays and programs have been given. The Christmas program at Nordhcim along with its memorable sleigh ride was an outstanding event of the year. The farewell party given in honor of the mid-year graduates was an expression of the friendship which exists in the society among members. At a recent meeting Mr. Hewitt gave an interesting and worthwhile discussion of his rural experiences and Miss Stewart discussed the ethics of job hunting. The students have shown musical and literary ability in the one-act play presented, "Song for Rurals" composed by two of its members.
The Ruralites are endeavoring to do their best in every way to support the Oshkosh State Teachers College in its progressive attitude toward general social activities. They sent their president as a delegate to the annual meeting of the Inter-Normal Forensic League at Eau Claire.
The question of joining the National Country Life Collegiate Club was discussed and agreed upon, and action is accordingly now under way to obtain the charter. This means for the Ruralite Society guidance from the best known and most respected rural group In the world. It means contact with the leaders in rural thought. It gives to the Oshkosh Rural Division a right to a delegate to all national meetings of this body. It brings to the local society also several subscriptions to "Rural America", which contains articles by rural leaders.
The spirit of dedication which moves all leaders in rural education to a life of service in strengthening the weakest link in our educational system has been nowhere better expressed than in the "County Study of Rural Education" by Dr. Ernest Burnham, President of the American Country Life Collegiate Club. He says in part:
"No brighter chapter has been written in the history of American Education than that which will tell of the sacrificial fidelity of many farm communities to their love of education as expressed in their desperate efforts during their hard financial years to keep up the best schools possible under the circumstances.”
"Rural education is richly endowed by generations of hard won success by some communities. and by the educational survival of an unknown percentage of the sons aud-daughters of the farms. However, the problem of better rural schools persists because the proportion of educationally successful rural communities and individuals is still far too small.”
To the service of these deserving pioneers the members of the Ruralite Society dedicate their most sincere efforts in training and in service.
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Bernice Andrews Mayta Helm Pearl Rasmussen
Marie Battes Leona Hess Viola Rasmussen
Hazel Blohm Thelma Hill Clara Rentier
Louis Bosnian Vivian Ingersoll Anita Rohm
Margaret Cartwright Evelyn Ihdc Sylvia Sasman
Ethel Cuff Sylvia Inberg Carol Smith
Gertrude Davreux Vesta Johnson Olive Stueber
Lorena Del-ano Dorothy Mac King Zola Statler
Selma Desens Grctchcn Krause Loren Spillman
Rose Donovan Eleanor Kwitek Florence Sorenson
Evelyn Duitman Mary Larson Harriet Van de Zande
Veronica Gaber Bessie McNutt Iva Wall
Mildred Hammond Margaret Meyers Lucetta Wells
LaVerne Manners William Moritz Florence Nipko Beatrice Zeitlow
Kwitek Zietlow Ihde Cartwright Well Johnston Sutler Donovan
Blohm Dcscns Spillman
Hammond Kuctlcr InKcrsoll Andrews Xi| ko Tess Sorenson Stclbcr
De Lano Matte Smith S| cllman
Moritz Krause Duitntan Kasmusscn Davreux Van de Zande Inberg Helm
I arson Rohm Sasman
Stewart Montgomery Southworth Wall Bosnian Manners Rasmussen
Holt Mr. Novitski
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Cowan O’Connell Johnston Burke
Curran Schlcgel Christensen io»»c
Niquettc Smith Bohn Sutherland Fling
First Semester Dorothy Sutherland Mildred Bohn Mildred Bohn Mary Curran
President . Secretary Treasurer Historian
Second Semester •DoROT H Y SUTH ERL A N D . Mildred Bohn . . Mildred Bohn
. Mary Curran
FACULTY ADVISER Miss Peake
Mildred Bohn Florence Burke Dorothy Niquettc Sylvia Sader Margaret Schlegel Alberta Schultheis
Dorothy Smith Elizabeth Zorn Mary Curran Erna Gosse Pearl Johnston Bessie O’Connell
Dorothy Sutherland Marian Fling Cecelia Christensen Edith Richards Virginia Cowan
• Honorary Members
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