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Sheboygan County, Wisconsin Genealogy & History

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History of Sheboygan County


     The contrast to the little school of a dozen pupils in 1836, supported by subscription, the citizens of Sheboygan County point with pride to the generous provision which has been made for the education of the children within her borders. In 1870, there were 117 schoolhouses in the county, and 12,884 children entitled to draw money from the State School Fund. In his annual report for 1880 the County Superintendent of Schools reports that 125 teachers are required to teach the schools of the county. The number of teachers employed during the year was 190. The average wages of male teachers was $41.06 per month, and of female teachers, $22.71. The average number of days of school taught during the year, per district, was 146. There were in the county, 2,331 children between the ages of 4 and 7 years, of these, 1,293 attended school; of children between 7 and 15 years of age, there were 5,257, and of these, 4,272 attended school; there were 3,140 children between the ages of 15 and 20 years, and of these 971 attended school. The average attendance was 60 per cent of the time. There was spent for all school purposes $32,242.04, and the value of school property was $64,892.

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