Western School of Commerce - Yearbook (Stockton, CA)
- Class of 1907
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Text from Pages 1 - 24 of the 1907 volume:
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HOME OF WESTERN SCHOOL OF COMMERCE
HE Western School of Commerce building, a cut of which is shown on the opposite page, is
located at the corner of San Joaquin and Channel Streets, within a block of the Courthouse and
the business center of Stockton. It was built especially for college purposes and the general ar-
rangement of the interior was planned by us. i
Light, ventilation and heating, the three most important features in a school building, have been well
cared for in the construction of the building. The large amount of window space gives an abundance of
light for each room, even in the most cloudy weather, and the glass partitions thruout the interior secure
the very best possible diffusion of light and add greatly to the attractiveness of the class rooms. A vapor
heating system enables us to keep a comfortable and even temperature in all the departments.
On the second floor are located the business offices of the
departments, and cloak rooms. The Normal D and
the regulation school desks and such other
Shorthand and Typewriting
room are furnished with
is necessary or carrying on the work of these de-
partments. The Typewriting department vely with the latest model of New Fox Type-
Writers. These Were placed in the dep the fullest investigation and after having had one of
the machines in use for several months. W that our Typewriting equipment can not be excelled.
The Business department is located on the third floor. It includes the general assembly room, which
is also used for a business practice room, two recitation rooms and cloak rooms. The Business department
is furnished with special Business College desks. Our business practice oilices are equal to the best in use
in business college work, and are furnished with the latest oilice appliances. Our building and equipment
must be seen to be appreciated.
"As is the Teacher,
so is the School"
E invite the most careful investigation of the character, ability and success of each member of
J. R. Humphreys, President of the Corporation and Principal, Teacher of Arithmetic, Gram-
mar, Pedagogy, Algebra, Geometry and Vocal Music in the Normal Department, Lecturer on Business
Customs and Teacher of Bookkeeping in the Commercial Department.
H. W. Bessac, Secretary of the Corporation and Vice-Principal, Teacher of Geography, Civil Govern-
ment, Rhetoric, English and American Literature, U. S. History, General History, Spelling, Word Analysis ,
Drawing and Bookkeeping in the Normal Department, Teacher of Grammar and Spelling in the Commercial
L. W. Peart, Business Manager of the Corporation, Principal of Nqrgmal Department, Teacher of Arith-
metic, Algebra, Geometry, Physics and Physiology in the Normal tment, Teacher of Commercial
Law and Arithmetic in the Commercial Department. Arg -f l
E. H. McGoWen, Vice-President of the Corpora-tion and Principal of the Commercial Department,
Teacher of Arithmetic, Grammar, Penn ltendent of Business Practice and Oflice Work in
Commercial Department, and Principal of night
' E. D. Misner, Principal of the Shorthand Department and Teacher of Shorthand, Typewriting, Billing
Duplicating, Mimeographing, Oflice Customs, etc.
Lester H. Sprengler, Assistant in Commercial Department, Teacher of Bookkeeping, Arithmetic, Gram-
mar and Spelling in the Preparatory Department and Assistant in the night school.
Cora E. Sperry, Assistant in Stenographic Department and Teacher of Shorthand and T ypewriting.
Lorraine Wolfe, Assistant Teacher of Shorthand and Typewriting. n
HE Western School of Commerce is a close corporation, all of the stock, except one share, being
held by the faculty of the school.. J. R. Humphreys, H. W. Bessac, and L. W. Peart own equally
two-hundred forty-eight shares out of atotal of two-hundred fifty.
The Board of Directors is composed as follows: J. R. Humphreys, President, E. H. McGowen,
Vice-President, H. W. Bessac, Secretary, L. W. Peart, Business Manager, and R. B. Teefy. The
San Joaquin Valley Bank is the Depository of the Corporation.
In view of the fact that we guarantee to refund all unused tuition Csee page 145 it is but just that the
public should be acquainted with our business management and have the means of investigating our financial
standing. No member of our firm is a capitalist in any sense, but we have a reputation for business in-
tegrity o ch we are justly proud.
The that practically all the stock of the firm is owned by members of the faculty has a double ad-
vantage to the pupil, it gives the faculty a financial interest and acts as an incentive to the best possible
work, it makes everv board a faculty meeting and this places the entire management of the school
in the hands of the Board of ectors. ,As a result, everything affecting the interest of the student body
is made the subject for the careful consideration of the entire Board.
We urge the public to carefully investigate every phase of our work, especially our methods of dealing
with our patrons. It is the policy of our Board to eliminate every possibility of "graft" in any way what-
ever. As an evidence of this fact we refer to our "Money-back" tuition plan and our practice of sending
to prospective students a printed list of books and stationery necessary for any course with our retail priC6S
affixed. Our policv is, "A square deal for every man."
HE purpose of this department' is to train young men and young women to become successful
teachers in the public schools of California and to prepare them for county examinations. With this
double purpose in view, we have outlined our Normal Course upon well-tried educational prin-
ciples, and with as much system as is used by any school, public or private, in the country. We
have eliminated the grinding, "cramming" system, which is a prominent feature of many private normals.
In no department of our work does the personality and ability of the teacher count for so much. We
invite those who think of becoming teachers to examine carefully into our Normal Course and to inquire
into the reputation of each member of our Normal faculty. '
Mr. Humphreys and Mr. Peart has each had more than eleven years of experience in Normal work.
Five years of this time they worked together and established areputation for Normal work which is well
known. Mr. Bessac, the other member of the Normal faculty, has had than four years' experience in
his present position, in addition to four years' experience in the publig schools of this state, both as prin-
cipal and instructor, and has proved himself to be a teacher of rare ability in Literature, History, Geogra-
phy and Civil Government. Pupils receive an inspgation from his-recitations. A u
OUR NORMAL COURSE includes a thorougggiiview of Arithmetic, mental and written, Civil Gov-
ernment, Grammar, Algebra to Quadratics, Plane Geometry, Physics, Rhetoric, English and American
Literature, United States History, Ancient, Medieval, and'Modern History, Spelling, Word Analysis, Ped-
agogy, Physiology, Bookkeeping and Elements of Drawing and Music.
THE TIME required to complete this course depends upon the pupil's present acquirements, her ability,
and willingness to work. High school graduates usually complete the course in six to nine months. Eighth
and ninth grade graduates usually require twelve to fifteen months.
Diplomas are issued to those in this department who receive a Grammar ' School Certificate from any
County Board in the state.. Send for our special Normal circulars.
THE COMMERCIAL ROOM
9' T is our aim in this Department to give the pupils more than a mere preparation for office work,
Office Work, it is true, is a most important feature of our Business Course, but the work of this
department is outlined with a view to developing individuality, and business acumen. It is our
purpose to cultivate the positive traits of character which make the successful man a power in
the business world. We give due prominence to the training which prepares for successful office
work, and appreciate its value. It is the immediate means of making a living and furnishes an
avenue through which a young man may enter upon a business career. A brief outline of our Business
Course follows. i
OUR BUSINESS COURSE includes the following studies: Rapid Calculation, Commercial Arithmetic,
Practical Grammar and Correspondence, Commercial Law, Spelling, Writing, Bookkeeping, Business Cus-
OUR PLAN of teaching Bookkeeping, Business Customs, Oflice Systems, etc., is original and is based
entirely on California Business Methods. These subjects are taught by "Actual Business Practice" from
the beginning. The theory of bookkeeping is given to the student just as he needs it by means of text-book
study, class work and lectures on business theory and business practice. ' U
By our "Actual Business Practice" method we lead our pupil by degrees from the simplest transac-
tions in a business in which the student is sole proprietor to the most complex transactions of a corporation.
He actually deals with other students and corporations both at home and in other schools. The work is
thus made intensely interesting from the very beginning. '
OUR OFFICE SYSTEMS are taught by actual ofiice work. In our "Actual Business Practice" oflices,
our pupils actually use the latest loose-leaf and card systems applied to retailing, wholesaling, transpor-
tation, real estate, collecting, insurance, commission, banking, etc. Each office is also equipped with the
most modern flat and vertical filing systems.
OUR REQUIREMENTS for a diploma in this department are: a grade of 90 per cent in spelling based
on six examinations, 85 per cent in Grammar and Correspondence, Writing, Bookkeeping and Business
Customs, 80 per cent in Commercial Arithmetic and Commercial Law. Send for our special Business
circular. ' .
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ENMANSHIP is a part of our business and shorthand courses. Every pupil taking either of these
courses is required to take writing the full writing period of forty-five minutes each day, or until
a grade of 85 per cent is secured. We make a specialty of business penmanship, but those who
desire it can have instruction in ornamental penmanship, text-lettering, engraving, pen and ink draw-
ing, etc. Mr. McGowen, our penman, has no superior on the coast as a teacher of penmanship. He
was trained for this work under Zaner and Bloser, of the Zanerain Art College and is recognized as one of
the best business writers of the West. We urge those who contemplate taking a course to examine his work
and that of his pupils.
Importance to Stenographers
Among the first questions asked by a business man who is seeking a competent stenographer for his
office is, "What kind of a hand do you write?" He frequently requests that an application be presented
in the stenographer's handwriting, instead of a typewritten application. 'You may ask how a good business
hand can be of much benefit to one whose business it is to write shorthand. A stenographer who is pre-
paring herself for general office work must be able to do much besides shorthand and typewriting.. She
must be able to keep records of her correspondence, to use modern filing systems and, in all probability she
will find it necessary to write long hand a good por-tion of the time. A good handwriting will secure good
stenographers good positions, good salaries, and good opportunities for promotion. Money and
time invested in learning to write well will bring quick and abundant returns.. Send for specimens of our
ornamental and business writing. .
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A SHORT HAND CLASS
ur shorthand course.inc.ludes Practical Grammar and Correspondence, Spelling, Writing, Shorthand,
Typewriting, Duplicating, Billing, Filing, Mimeographing, Oflice Customs, Care of Machines, etc.
We use Dement's Pitmanic Shorthand as our text. It is recognized as one of the best of the Pitmanic
systems. While we use Dement's book as our text, our Principal, Mr. Misner, uses the best outlines
Q n culled from Graham, Ben Pitman and Dement. Special attentioniis given to our language work
in this department. The ability to write a good manuscript, paragraph, punctuate, and spell properly, are
requirements that every stenographer must meet. .
The subject of Typewriting is inseparable from Stenography, the two must go together. It is just as
as necessary for a stenographer to be able to type his notes rapidly, accurately and neatly as it is for him to
write them properly. The tpyewriter has become a necessity in every oflice.
All students are required to take the "All Finger" or "Touch" method of typewriting. The value of this
method has been demonstrated beyond a doubt.
Mr. E. D. Misner, principal of the Shorthand Department, is recognized as one of the best teachers of
Shorthand in the entire country. He has the following qualifications: He is a graduate of the Ionia QMichiganj
High School and has had two years' work in the University of Michigan. His Commercial and Shorthand
training was received at the Northern Indiana Business College, Valparaiso, Indiana, and at Ferris Institute,
Big Rapids, Michigan.
He has had much experience in Shorthand, both as a teacher and as a stenographer in Commercial
Miss Sperry, the first assistant in this department, has been with us for three years. She is a thoroughly
capable young woman. . . , l
Miss Lorraine Wolfe second assistant in thisdepartment, took her special training under Mr. Misner,
and is well prepared for her work. 1
DIPLOMAS WILL BE AWARDED to those in this department who take the full course outlined above
and secure a grade of 85 per cent in spelling, 85 per cent in grammar, correspondence. and writing, and can
take dictation accurately at one hundred twenty words a minute. We require a minimum speed of forty
words a minute on a typewriter, copying from rough draft.
We have but one
rate for all
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ALL UNUSED TUITION on any contract will be refundedg that is, should one contract for any amount
of tuition and use only a part of it, he would be charged S10 a month for the actual time he attended school
and the remainder of his money would be refunded.
A MONTH'S TUITION with us means a calendar month and not four Weeks. ALL TIME unavoidably
lost will be counted out. Should a pupil lose a week or more, the time will be deducted regardless of the
reason for the loss of time. . '
S10 a month in advance. S57 for six months in advance.
S375 for eight months in advance. S108 for' twelve months in advance.
Of the great number of students annually buying scholarships in the business colleges of the coast not
more than one-fourth of them use the entire time paid for. This means practically that three-fourths of
all these students lose from two weeks' to six month's tuition. Estimated at S510 a month they lose from
S5 to S60 by buying tuition in a school where there is no tuition refunded. .
Why should you buy a six-months' or a year's scholarship in a school which will not refund unused
tuition? You may not like the school, it may not be all it was representedg Hnancial misfortune may
overtake you and make it impossible for you to complete your courseg sickness or change of conditions
may make it impossible for you to use your tuition. Buy your scholarship in a school which has enough
faith in its work to oifer you a MONEY-BACK contract.
UR pupils secure good board and rooms in private families at the rate of S16 a month. We keep
on hand a. list of the private families who keep students boarders, and will gladly render students
any assistance they may require in securing proper accommodations. We are personally acquain-
ted with all of those who keep boarders for us, and know that the pupils will be surrounded by
proper home influence. 1
When young men and women leave home to attend school, it is very important that they should be
surrounded by the best possible environment. The private family boarding house is the nearest approach
to the home itself. Do not be deceived into believing that any club-house or dormitory system can take
the place of the private family. '
Our plan of boarding in private families where but few students will be thrown together in their home
life, is the most desirable arrangement possible. We urge you to investigate it. ,
Cost of Books
The cost of books and stationery is always an item of expense to be considered when estimating the cost
of a course. We have used every effort to bring this expense as low as it can possibly be done and still
secure the best results from the class Work. A
Upon request we will send you a printed list of books used in each department with their prices in detail.
THE TOTAL cost of books and stationery for the business course is S11.30.
The total cost of books and stationery for a shorthand course isabout 36.00. This includes one ream
of paper for typewriting.
The total cost of books and stationery for a normal course is about 518.
The cost of books and stationery for the business and shorthand courses combined is about S16.
We furnish all ink and stationery for oflice work in the business practice department. We treat you
fairly in all things. Send for our itemized list of books with their prices.
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