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TRESSLER ORPHAN HOME-- P. Willard, Superintendent.

In making our annual report, it becomes us to express our unfeigned gratitude to God for the paternal care with which He has watched over and prospered us during the year.

The health of the school has been remarkably good.  We have had no sickness worth naming in the school since we had the measles amongst the children eighteen months ago, and no death to record for over four years.

The progress of the children has been commendably good, and especially so when we take into consideration the bustle and noise of the workmen in finishing up the new building during the first month and a half of the school year.  Though the school and recitation rooms were completed and ready for use before the return of the children on the first of September, there was considerable to be done in the dormitories, and the fixtures for washing and bathing in the basement, which produced considerable confusion and interruption in the school, caused by some of the hands, who were neither the most learned nor wise and discreet in their intercourse with the children when an opportunity was presented.

Our annual examination took place on the 28th of May.  As the State Superintendent found it impracticable to be present, according to the programme, Colonel James L. Paul, chief clerk of the Department, was deputized to appear in his place, whom we are always glad to see, and Professor E. U. Aumiller, superintendent of the schools of Perry county, who assisted in conducting the examination.  Honorable I. Sheibley, editor of the Advocate and Press, and Mr. Fry, editor of the Newport News, were also present, together with the largest concourse of visitors we had ever seen at the Home on the day of examination.  All expressed themselves as highly pleased wit the promptness and correctness with which the questions propounded were answered.  The time allotted was too limited to admit an extensive examination of the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth grades, so that we were compelled to give each of these classes only a few minutes, and pass on to a more rigid course with the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades, each of which acquitted itself nobly and gave full satisfaction to all present.  The eighth grade was thoroughly examined by the County Superintendent in the various branches of study through which they have passed, and he expressed himself in the highest terms concerning their proficiency, and said that if their age and size would justify it, he would have no hesitancy in giving each member of the class a certificate of qualification to teach in any of the common schools in the county.  The system of details introduced by the Department is still carried out and we are still of the opinion that it works well.

The military drill is rigidly adhered to, and our boys gave a practical exhibition of their skill in military tactics, to the satisfaction of the examiners and a crowd of visitors.

The religious exercises of the institution are still kept up as in former years.  The children are required to attend church in the village every Sabbath morning unless the weather is too inclement, in which case divine services are held in the school-room, led by the superintendent.  We have Sunday-school regularly every Sabbath afternoon, Sunday evening prayer meeting, together with reading and expounding the Holy Scriptures and Bible class every Sabbath morning before going to church, besides family worship every morning before breakfast and in the evening before retiring.  Fourteen of our children united with the church during the spring by the solemn rite of confirmation.

The morals of the children are quite as good as we could expect under the circumstances.  The discipline of the school is entirely parental.  If we can get a child to stand upon his sense of right and honor, he needs no coercion, and it is only when all other means are futile and vain that physical force is applied as a moral duty, and that should be done with calmness and reason.

Our new buildings, with their surroundings, will be completed before the first of September, when we will have as commodious, convenient, and as well ventilated apartments for the school and recitation-rooms and dormitories as any other orphan school in the State.  Our capacity at the present time is ample for the accommodation of two hundred and seventy-five orphans.

We have employed for the coming year those who are competent, faithful, and experienced in the art of teaching, and anticipate a greater progress in the development of the minds of the children under our care than we ever had in the past.  We have employed a teacher of instrumental music, who is competent to give lessons on the piano or organ, and she will instruct such as desire it, and are far enough advanced to give time to practice without interfering with their regular studies in the school, free of charge.


Below will be found the names of the children, with their present residence and occupation, as far as could be ascertained, who having arrived at the age of sixteen, were discharged from the several schools during the year ending May 31, 1885.


1.  Fields, John H., at home, McVeytown, Pa.

2.  Flood, Frank W., learning trade, Huntingdon, Pa.

3.  Kauffman, Anna V., at home, Spruce Hill, Pa.

4.  Manshake, Louis, with guardian, Williamsport, Pa.

5.  Mort, Servian S., farming, Andersonburg, Pa.

6.  McClintock, Samuel G., in iron-works, Duncannon, Pa.

7.  Reader, Ambrose K., farming, Peru Mills, Pa.

8.  Ressler, Malinda, at home, Georgetown, Pa.

9.  Springer, Mary Ida, at home, Selinsgrove, Pa.

10.  Stump, Anna, doing house work, New Germantown, Pa.

11.  Warren, James D., in a store, Fox Chase, Philadelphia.

12.  Williamson, Henry H., at State Normal School, Millersville.



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