Amanuensis Monday: A Teacher’s contract

Today’s document for Amanuensis Monday is a teacher’s contract for Lura McCormack Palmer in Oscoda County, Michigan.

It is my belief that documents like this contract add flavor and texture to someone’s life that otherwise may just consist of dates and locations.

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It is hereby Agreed, By and between the Board of Education of School District, incorporated by the name and style of “The Public Schools of the Townships of Big Creek and Mentor,” in the County of Oscoda, and the State of Michigan, for and on behalf of said District, and Lura Palmer of the village of Luzerne in the County Oscoda and State of Michigan, a legally qualified Teacher in said County of Oscoda that the said Lura Palmer shall teach the Luzerne School of said District for the term of nine months, commencing on the 7th day of September in the year one thousand nine hundred twenty five for the sum of nine hundred Dollars to be paid as hereinafter specified.

The said Lura Palmer hereby agrees to teach said School, for and during the term above mentioned, to keep a correct list of the pupils, and the age of each attending the said school, and the number of days each pupil is present, and to furnish the said Board of Education with a correct copy of the same, at the close of the School, and to faithfully observe and enforce the rules and regulations established by said Board of Education for the government and management of said School.

The said Board of Education on behalf of said District, agrees to keep the said Schoolhouse in good repair, to provide the necessary fuel, and to pay said Lura Palmer for her services as Teacher of said School for and during the term above mentioned, the sum of Nine hundred Dollars, to be paid as follows;

One hundred dollars at the end of each school month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

Provided However, That in case the Certificate of said Lura Palmer . . . . . . . authorizing her to teach, shall expire by limitation, and shall not be immediately renewed, or in case said Certificate shall be suspended or revoked by proper legal authority,  for immorality, or incompetency to instruct and govern said school, or for any other reason authorized by law, or, in case of the violation of this Contract by said Lura Palmer then, in any such case, the said Lura Palmer shall not thereafter be entitled to any compensation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

In Witness Whereof, We have hereunto subscribed our names, this  29th day of June A.D. 19025

Board of Education of “The Public Schools of the Townships of Big Creek and Mentor.”

Francis W. Hunter

Newell Angell

August J. Ladensack

Henry Bitter

Dan Pierce

Lura M. Palmer

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Amanuensis: A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another. This topic was started by John Newmark of the TransylvanianDutch blog.

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In this contract, Lura Maude (McCormack) Palmer ((1897-1936), the daughter of Edward James and Elizabeth Jane (Rohr/Dimmick) McCormack, is contracted to be a school teacher for the townships of Big Creek and Mentor.

I was given a digital copy of this contract by Lura’s grandchildren. I would like to thank them for sharing this little piece of history with me and the rest of the world.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you learned something!

Copyright (c) 2019, Jeff Ford

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