The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.
Jan. 13, 1919
JACKSON COUNTY SCHOOL PUPILS WIN THRIFT PRIZE
Corvallis, Jan. 13 — Jackson county won the $50 prize in the thrift campaign conducted by the school children of the state during the last year under the auspices of the Oregon Bankers’ association, the Oregon State Teachers’ association, the Oregon Department of Education, the United States Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Agricultural college through the boys’ and girls’ club work department. Thousands of children were interested in the campaign and began habits of thrift which are expected to mean much to Oregon in the future.
The work has proved so successful that the Oregon Bankers’ association will not only again offer $50 in cash to the county making the best showing but has voted $200 for the printing of the pupils’ record books. The State Teacher’s association is preparing to publish a report of the work accomplished in the last year, and plans for future work.
One thousand nine hundred and twenty-two children in Jackson county saved and deposited in banks or post offices an average of 10 cents a week during the year. An average of three hours or more a week was devoted by 2,361 pupils to home industries, including food production or preparation, such as gardening, poultry raising, and pig raising, fruit picking, cooking, canning, sewing and carpentry. Written work on thrift was prepared and submitted to teachers, county superintendents or to some newspaper for publication by 2,762 children. Readings, recitations and debates were given in thrift programs by 1,678 youngsters.
Those keeping personal expense accounts, club project accounts, or who assisted their parents in keeping household or farm accounts numbered 1,378. The total number of activities reported by G. W. Ager, county superintendent, was 11,301, a ratio of more than 300 per cent to the number of pupils enrolled.
The thrift movement is expected to mean much in the promotion of business enterprise and industry in Oregon. It is expected that a definite place will be assigned in every public school program for the teaching of thrift. The basis on which the prize was awarded to Jackson county was the summarized report of the superintendents, which was made up from individual reports of pupils taking part in the contest. Wasco, Linn and Union counties were highly complimented for results obtained in the contest.
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