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STATE OF[WASHINGTON 

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION 



TEACHERS' COTTJl^ES 

IN WASHINGTON*"" 



By JOSEPHINE CORLISS 



SI I'l IJINTIMIKNT OF PUBLIC INSTKl CT 





COTTACJK A'l' FIR OCCUI'IKh 15V .M. II. .MMJDAN AND HIS FAMILY 
AND Till-: I'KI.MAKV TKACI IKIl. 



BULLETIN No. 27 

1915 



OLYMPIA. 

XK M. I-AMltOUN tq^^eu ITBLIC PRINTKH 

1915 






STA/TK OK WASHINGTON 

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION 



TEACHERS' COTTAGES 

IN WASHINGTON 



BY 

JOSEPHINE CORLISS PRESTON 

SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION 




No. 27 
1915 



OLV.MPIA 

FRANK M. LAMBORN ..^^^. PUBLIC PRINTER 
1915 



CONTENTS. 



Page 

INTRODUCTION 5 

Washington Has 108 Cottages 5 

Three Home Essentials 5 

No More "Boarding Around" 5 

Winter Is Farmers' Holiday ' 6 

A Fight at Breakfast Table 6 

Preferred a Lonely Shack 7 

Wealthy Homes Not for Teachers 7 

All Went Well Until Rains Came 8 

First Cottage Was Result 9 

COTTAGE ASSURES LIVING PLACE FOR TEACHER 10 

Boarding Place the Test 10 

Shack Room for Family Only 10 

Changing the Boarding Place 12 

Farmer's Wife's Point of View 13 

COTTAGE ATTRACTS BETTER TEACHERS 14 

Cottaged District Has Choice 14 

Married Men Attracted by Cottages 14 

Nearly Faints with Surprise 15 

Less Salary, but Cottage Draws 16 

Honeymoon Cottage 17 

COTTAGE INCREASES EFFICIENCY OF TEACHER 18 

Privacy Conserves Teacher's Strength 18 

Five O'clock Breakfasts 18 

Went Five Miles to Town to Board 19 

WIDER USE OF SCHOOL PLANT 20 

Community Use of School 20 

Teacher in Cottage a Help 20 

Out of Quarrels 21 

A Social Center for the district 22 

WHAT SOME OF THE COTTAGES ARE LIKE 23 

Addition to Schoolhouse 23 

Will Have Hot Air Heating 23 

Double House of Eight Rooms 23 

Old Schoolhouse Turned into Cottage 24 

Upper Story of Schoolhouse Used 24 

Only One Room 25. 

Cedar Shake Cottage 25 

Shacks and a Lean-to. . 25 



WHATB SOME OF THE COTTAGES ARE LIKE CONTINUED: Page 

Flowering Plants in This Cottage 25 

A Tent House 25 

Cottages by Counties 26 

WHAT SUPERINTENDENTS SAY 2,8 

Step Toward All-the-year Service 28 

Solution of Many Problems 28 

As Essential as Schoolhouse 28 

ARCHITECT'S PLANS, ESTIMATES, AND DRAWINGS 30 

Cottage for Small District 30 

The Double Cottage 32 

What the District Should Furnish 32 

Cost, and Price of Plans 34 

THE TEACHER'S GARDEN 36 

A Simple Plan 36 

Room for Fruit Trees 38 

For a Child's Garden 36 

For General Planting 37 



ILLUSTRATIONS. 



Cottage at Fir . Front Cover 

Page 

First Teacher's Cottage 8 

Cottage at Oak Point 11 

Cottage Near Edwall 12 

Cottage Near Anacortes 16 

"Honeymoon Cottage" at Lamar 17 

Cottage Near Brewster 21 

Double Cottage at Eureka 24 

Model Single Cottage 30 

Floor Plan for Small Cottage 31 

View of Model Double Cottage 32 

Second Floor Plan for Double Cottage 33 

First Floor Plan for Double Cottage 33 

Plan for Teacher's Garden.. 35 



INTRODUCTION 



Washington Has 108 Cottages. 

The State of Washington is proud of the fact that it has 108 
teachers' cottages. Ever since the first permanent cottage was built 
in our state, in Walla Walla county, in 1905, the idea has steadily 
grown. I have had many letters, and requests for information re- 
garding this great rural welfare movement. Therefore, it has seemed 
advisable to prepare this bulletin, since such deep interest in the sub- 
ject is everywhere manifest. 

The greatest problem in education today is the rural school. The 
greatest need is for teachers with initiative, leadership, experience, 
high ideals, character, broad sympathy, and education. Where shall 
we get them? Such teachers are to be found in the profession, many 
of them. Some are in the rural schools. But, on the whole, they have 
not been particularly attracted to the rural schools. Why? 

Three Home Essentials. 

It is only within recent years that we have recognized the import- 
ance of the rural school problem. Since we have awakened to its 
importance we have been adjusting our courses of study to meet the 
needs of rural life, and urging the wejf trained and experienced teach- 
er to go into the country to* teach. In the event that we persuade 
such a teacher to accept one of these country schools let us consider 
for a minute the community that receives her. She probably finds a 
well equipped school building, for Washington boasts of its generosity 
in the support and equipment of its schools. After the buildings and 
grounds have been inspected she casts about to settle the important 
question as to where she is to live. She knows that she must have 
a comfortable place if she is to do her best work. 
First, she must have good, wholesome food. 

Secondly, she needs a comfortable room to herself. 

Thirdly, and not the least important, her room must be heated in 
cold and chilly weather, for she will spend two thirds of her time at 
her boarding place. 

No More "Boarding Around." 

Does the teacher find these conditions? She does, sometimes. 
Some of the briglit spots in our rural life in this state have been the 
delightful places in which our teachers have boarded. In recent years, 
however, it is frequently the case that the teacher who has gone out 
into the rural school has not found the best homes open to her. 

In the early history of our rural schools the pioneer teachers 
"Boarded Around." Maybe some ,who read this bulletin have had 



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that experience in recent years. You recall that if the family who 
took the teacher for a particular week had comfortable and sanitary 
accommodations, and the housewife had acquired the art of cooking, 
you enjoyed it, but, if you had to be in crowded quarters with poorly 
prepared meals, you were relieved when it was time for you to go to 
the next place. We outgrew the "Boarding Around" plan and it be- 
came the custom for the teacher to board in one place, if that were 
possible, thruout the term. 

Winter Is Farmers' Holiday. 

I recall the time when it seemed that every family in the neigh- 
borhood wanted to take the teacher to board. It made it a little awk- 
ward at times to decide, and frequently the decision, or the change 
after the decision was made, caused trouble for the teacher in the neigh- 
borhood. Finally we reached that period in the boarding problem 
when we found that the farmer's wife was mildly protesting against 
the teacher boarder. Sometimes it was because the teacher had 
come out to teach the school expecting to find first class hotel service 
in the busy farm home, and either changed her point of view, and ad- 
justed herself to conditions, or she made life miserable for that home. 

However, the real reason for this growing discontent with taking 
the teacher to board was because the farmer's wife worked hard and 
for many long hours during the spring, summer, and fall months, and 
she had found that the winter was her season of holiday. She rebelled 
at the idea of being tied down all winter with a teacher boarder. We 
hear occasionally a controversy something like this: Mrs. A. says, 
"I boarded the teacher last year, and Mrs. B can take her turn at it 
this year." Mrs. B says, "I boarded the teacher year before last, and 
it is Mrs. C's turn this year." Poor, timid Mrs. C says "I would 
gladly take the teacher but we have ten children, and only two bed- 
rooms, and I hardly see how we could accommodate her." 

A Fight at Breakfast Table. 

This unwillingness to board the teacher brings many stories of 
unhappy experiences to the county superintendent's office. My early 
experience in the work as county superintendent convinced me that 
the difference between the good boarding place and the bad boarding 
place meant the success or the failure of the average teacher. During 
the second year of my county work, a very capable young woman 
from an eastern state, with a fine teaching record of several years of 
experience, took a school in one of our districts. The family that had 
taken the teacher previously could not board this young woman, and 
she was sent into an untried boarding place. She came to the office 
the following Saturday almost on the verge of a nervous collapse. 
The members of the family where she boarded were quarrelsome. 
The second morning that she was there, trouble arose with the hired 



man. There was a fistic encounter at the breakfast table. The teacher 
was completely unnerved in her fear that the man would be murdered. 
A new boarding place was secured for her. 

Preferred Lonely Shack. 

I recall another teacher's occupying the attic bedroom with the 
children. The only place she had to spend her evenings was in the 
room which served as kitchen, dining room, and living room. The first 
Sunday evening she spent at this home the family had a call from 
neighbors. The men imbided so freely that an all night revelry en- 
sued. She moved into a lonely shack by the schoolhouse, and simply 
braved the year thru. I felt considerably aroused. I felt that the 
boarding problem was an economic problem, a human problem, a 
community problem, a social problem. How could it be solved? 

The magnitude of the boarding problem in the rural districts is 
recognized everywhere. In attempting to explain the need of the 
rural teacher for a home to a Tacoma woman I received this reply: 
"You do not need to tell me. Didn't I sleep in a wheat bin for two 
weeks, once, while the farmer was building a lean-to where I might 
sleep? If anyone thinks that a wheat bin, with rats running around 
in it, is an attractive place in which to sleep, let him try to stay 
there just one night." 

Wealthy Homes Not for Teachers. 

Well do I recall when, in my early experience as assistant super- 
intendent of Walla Walla county schools, a young woman came to me 
on the Saturday before her school was to open, discouraged, humili- 
ated, and grieved. No one in the neighborhood in which she was to 
teach wanted to board her. It was one of our wealthiest districts, 
and many families had good, comfortable houses with extra bedrooms. 

The family that had boarded the teacher had moved to town that 
the children might attend high school. Every other door in the dis- 
trict was closed to the teacher! She did not know what to do; I did 
not know what to do. The man who had boarded the teacher in 
former years was chagrined and out of patience. He had served the 
district for many years as director and knew well that there were many 
families there who could take the teacher if they were so inclined. 
He made a few caustic remarks about the need of more community 
interest, and unselfishness. We had a -number of vacancies in the 
county. So I urged this teacher to accept one of these places. I con- 
sidered that this district had failed in its duty to her. After we had 
come practically to the conclusion that this was the thing to do, the 
teacher was seized with an idea. She said: 

"Across the road from the schoolhouse is a farm home. In the 
yard I saw a portable cookhouse. If the district will move this cook- 
house into the school yard I will furnish it, and live in it." The 
director demurred. He said he would be ashamed to have his district 



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force the teacher to live in such uncomfortable and lonely quarters. 
The plan appealed to me, however. I encouraged the teacher, and 
helped persuade the director that this was the thing to do. 

All Went Well Until Rains Came. 

\ 

The little cookhouse was brought into the school yard, placed be- 
side the schoolhouse, and banked up. On Monday afternoon the 
teacher moved in. Very humble it was, this rude little cookhouse 
that had been drawn in from the fields after its summer service in 



MISS CASSANDRA MESSEGEE, ILLUSTRATING HER HOME IN THE FIRST 
TEACHER'S COTTAGE IN WASHINGTON, WALLA WALLA COUNTY. 

the wheat harvest. The roof was canvass, while the door and upper 
half of the walls were screening. This screen was covered with can- 
vas, and the walls were boarded up. 

And now this brave young woman had a room twenty feet long. 
She partitioned it with a curtain. She put in a stove, a dresser, a table, 
and two couches. When the new residence was all ready, her twelve- 
year-old brother came to stay with her. 

They got along nicely until the fall rains began. On a Sunday 
morning the clouds thickened, and all day the rain fell in torrents. 
They spent the day sweeping out the water. The rain poured not 
only thru the cracks in the sides, but thru the canvas roof. Every- 
thing they possessed, their clothing, their beds, was drenched. It 
stopped raining at sunset, and they spent the night drying their pos- 
sessions. The teacher bought some water proof roofing which solved 
the roof problem, but the water continued to come in at the sides 
whenever it rained. 



First Cottage Was Result. 

The school director mentioned above came in to see me several 
times during the school year to talk over the boarding question. He 
felt strongly convinced that the district should provide a suitable 
dwelling place for the teacher if its people were to close their doors 
against her as a boarder. I agreed with him. The director talked with 
the people and convinced them that they should build a cottage on the 
school grounds as a permanent residence for the teacher. 

The following September a neat little cottage was waiting the 
new teacher and her mother when they reached the school. The 
schoolhouse and the cottage were by the side of the railroad and the 
wagon road, and as the farmers passed they were free in their com- 
ments. Some of them severely criticised the cottage idea. They said 
that we were already asking too much of the tax payer. Some, on 
the other hand, had had to deal with the teacher's boarding problem 
in their own districts, and watched, with keen interest, the effect of 
the cottage plan. 

The teacher lived there and taught three years, a long time for 
the 1 rural teacher to remain in the same district. She resigned at 
the close of her third year because she wished to complete her col- 
lege course. There had been a change of sentiment there, even among 
the most stubborn, in regard to the teacher's cottage. This first cot- 
tage had proven the practicability of the plan. Very soon outside 
counties were talking about -cottages, and I received invitations to 
speak on the subject of homes for rural teachers. We built other and 
better cottages in Walla Walla county, while some districts in other 
counties built even better and more substantial ones than we. 



COTTAGE ASSURES LIVING PLACE FOR 

TEACHER 



Boarding Place the Test. 

"Securing a school is not the most difficult thing for a young 
teacher," said Mrs. Cora Wilson Stewart, organizer of the famous 
"moonlight schools" of Kentucky, in a recent letter to me. "Securing a 
boarding place is often the supreme test." Mrs. Stewart tells of a 
young woman in Kentucky who was forced to relinquish her school as 
there was no one in the community who would, or could, keep her. 
The experience of this Kentucky girl has been reduplicated many 
times in the state of Washington. Not a week ago I heard one of the 
state officials recount the difficulties he had several years ago in at- 
tempting to find livable quarters in a certain district in the Palouse 
country. Failing, he was compelled to give up the school, and |ind 
other employment. I feel that the profession lost a man who would 
have been one of its ablest teachers. Our boys and girls must be 
taught. There must be a teacher, and this teacher must have some 
place to live. I know of brave, pioneer teachers who have prepared 
their meals and have slept in a corner of the schoolhouse, but even 
this is not always possible, for often the lonely schoolhouse is miles 
away from the nearest family, and it takes courage of the first class 
for a woman to live alone under these conditions. 

Under no circumstances would I approve of a young woman's living 
alone in a cottage unless she is within calling distance of some family. 
I find that this has been the case in several instances this year, that is, 
the cottage has been very near another home. But in case the cot- 
tage stands some distance away from other houses I should strongly 
urge that some adult member of the girl's family come to live with 
her. Often a young woman teacher from an adjoining district, or an 
older girl wishing to attend school, comes over and lives with the 
woman who has the cottage, this being the case in Okanogan county, 
and in other places. 

Shack Room for Family Only. 

In Washington, as in other western states, we have many log- 
ging camps, and construction camps. The shacks go up like mush- 
rooms when the camp is opened. Families come in, the wives and 
children accompanying the husbands. When the services of a teacher 
are desired there is no one to keep her. The young woman who has 
lived in a school cottage shack at Oak Point this year says: "The 
houses are small, each family, (the majority with from one to five 
children between one and nine) having barely enough room for it- 
self. Also, the men go to work at six A. M. and return at 6:30 P. M., 



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COTTAGE AT OAK POINT, OCCUPIED BY MISS FRANCES JENKINS. 

which makes it rather inconvenient for a teacher. The women have 
all they can do to take care of their families." 

Frequently in thickly settled districts a teacher finds herself unable 
to get a comfortable place to live. The well appointed farm homes do 
not care to be troubled with a boarder, while the less fortunate often 
feel that they have not the proper accommodations to give to one of 
her usually trim appearance. "I was a stranger, and ye took me in" 
is forgotten in principle, and so the teacher faces a problem that is 
grave in the extreme. 

Once when I was superintendent of Walla Walla county a young 
woman came to me in much distress just before the opening of her 
school in one of the wealthy districts of the county. She had been 
out to secure a boarding place, and had found that no one was willing 
to take her in. I went back with the girl to the district. I called at 
the home of one of the directors. 

"Why don't you board the teacher this year?" I asked. 

"Because I don't want a stranger around me and my family for 
nine months," he growled. 



"But your house has many rooms, all well furnished," I remon- 
strated. "Give the teacher a room to herself, and a wood stove, and 
she will not intrude upon the privacy of your home except at meal 
time." 

Viewing me with indigation he gave this parting thrust: "If any 
teacher came to my house, and was too good to sit with my family 
she could pack her trunk and get out!" 

Frequently a district much prefers building a cottage to keeping 
the teacher. Let me give an excerpt illustrating this point. "All 
farmers are well-to-do here, and they don't care to board a teacher. I 
had taught the school four years, walking across the fields from Ed- 
wall. When my little girl was six years old I either had to go where 




COTTAGE NEAR EDWALL. OCCUPIED BY J. FRANK HALL 
AND HIS FAMILY. 

it was more convenient, or they had to find a better place for me to 
live. So they unanimously voted to build the cottage, summer of 
1913." This teacher, J. Frank Hall, is still at this place. 

Changing the Boarding Place. 

It takes a high degree of real courage to handle the boarding 
problem. A change in boarding place during the school term 
often causes a strained relationship between the teacher and the 
former hostess, and has even been known to cause a life-long enmity. 
All this reflects unfavorably on the school work. It is well, if possible 
to save the teacher the trouble of going to the undesirable boarding 
place. 

Once located many teachers suffer great inconvenience rather than 
change during the year. They go on preparing the work for the next 
day in a cold room or in a general noisy sitting room, they eat in- 



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differently cooked food, their personal belongings are often tampered 
with, but they ''tough it thru" v/ith one of the less provident families 
of the district because the more favored families refuse to have a 
stranger boarding with them. 

"At first it did not seem possible to get away from that place," 
writes one rural teacher, after describing a most trying boarding ex- 
perience, "for the clerk would have been very angry had I moved. It 
seemed that each year she took turns with another woman in board- 
ing the teacher. The teacher had nothing to say about it. Luckily, 
however, she exposed herself to chicken-pox, and that offered me a 
good excuse to leave. Even then she resented my going very much." 

Farmer's Wife's Point of View. 

The conditions in the farmer's home differ from those in a city 
home, and the teacher must learn that she must cause as little trouble 
as possible in the busy household. It may be trying to get up to an 
early breakfast, but the sensible teacher will adjust herself to con- 
ditions. Sometimes it is possible to arrange for a later breakfast if 
she gets it herself, and takes care of the dishes. 

Rural teachers have often forgotten that the hostess is over- 
worked, and actually has not time to look out for the needs of a 
boarder. It is true that one teacher's carlessness has shut many a 
farm door against all teachers, and perhaps justly. She must not ex- 
pect first class hotel service,. she must not refuse to lend a hand when 
it comes to preparing the noonday lunch baskets, or perhaps helping 
with the dishes in the eveninng. 

The general cry from the too frequently overworked farmer's 
wife is that the teacher makes more work than any other member of 
her household. The question of the weekly laundrying is one that is 
equally perplexing to teacher and hostess. It is not pleasant for the 
teacher to feel that she is intruding in doing her washing, and it is 
not pleasant for the hostess when the teacher does it Saturday when 
the weekly baking is in progress. Too often the teacher has been 
careless about putting away tubs, boards, and wringer when through. 
These little annoyances have closed many doors of the best country 
homes to her. "I boarded a short time with a woman who was an 
Adventist, and of course disapproved of my Saturday work," writes 
a young woman. 



COTTAGE ATTRACTS BETTER TEACHERS 



Cottaged District Has Choice. 

Let it be known that a district furnishes a school cottage for the use 
of the teacher and that district may have its choice from among the best 
teachers the state affords. And it is also noticeable that the teacher 
who has the use of a cottage is not anxious to make a change each 
school year. Not many years ago the "unlessoned girl, unschooled, un- 
practised," was considered entirely good enough teaching material to 
send to the rural districts, the more remote the district the more in- 
experienced being the teacher. And often the conditions were, and 
are such, in such districts that only the most undesirable teachers, 
those who cannot succeed elsewhere, will go there. Let a, cottage be 
built, and observe the class of teachers that can be obtained. With a 
place to live the married man, the teacher of much experience and 
training, may take his family, and here they may live comfortably for 
years growing in influence in the neighborhood developing an in- 
dividual interest in each child, understanding conditions better, and 
thus being able to do infinitely better work as each year passes. 

In Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and England cottages are furnished 
for their teachers. The teachers are employed by the year, and most 
of them spend a lifetime in the same school. 

Married Men Attracted by Cottages. 

Altho we now have in the State of Washington many men with 
families living in cottages, I am expecting that this class soon will be 
enlarged materially. It would be my suggestion that the county super- 
intendent give the man with a wife and children first chance at the 
cottaged districts. The delight that a man feels when he finds that 
his family may be with him instead of left in a nearby town is shown 
in several excerpts from letters from Washington teachers that I am 
pleased to give here. 

"This is my fifteenth year of experience as teacher and principal, 
and during all that time I have received a good salary, but have been 
handicapped about saving what I have earned as I have had to pay 
a great amount for high rents, furnishing houses and moving expenses. 

"During this period I have furnished five houses. In one town we 
had to move four times because of floods, my rent being higher each 
time. In another town we had to live at a hotel, there being no houses 
for rent. We finally got a small cottage, but at the end of the month 
the property was sold. We were forced to build, and in the meanwhile 
we had to go back to the hotel. We had to pay 12 per cent, interest on 
the loan for the building. At the close of the year I was reelected prin- 
cipal, but because of sickness we were compelled to come to the coast. 



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Nearly Faints With Surprise. 

"My wife had often remarked that a cottage should be built for 
the teacher, the same as for a minister. I received notice of the 
vacancy at this place. I came to look over the situation. I nearly 
fainted with surprise when I was told that a cottage was built near 
the school for the use of the principal! My wife's prayers were an- 
swered, and here we are. I have no word of praise sufficiently strong 
for those who put into the minds and hearts of the trustees the 
building of this home." Harvey L. Rowley, principal at Snoqualmie, 
Washington. 

An example of permanency and efficiency in the all-year occupa- 
tion of a cottage is shown in a letter from Mrs. Minnie Thibert who 
lives the entire year in her cottage near Mount Vernon. Her little son 
is with her all the time, while the primary teacher in the school of 
which she is principal lives with her during the school months. Mrs. 
Thibert says: "I live here the year round. This is my fourth year 
here, and I must acknowledge that the cottage has been the greatest 
factor in my staying so long. Of course I have a fine school board, and 
a fine community to work in. We have a playshed, and this last year 
have bought another acre of land, and cleared it. So in the spring I 
shall have room for the school garden, and yet have a place for the 
children to play. The second year I was here they built me a nice 
woodshed with a store room built on, and this year they have put in 
new walks. The cottage was built the year before I came." 

M. H. Jordan, of Fir, Washington, says: "The first year I was un- 
able to secure board at all, and there was no house in the district to 
move my family into. So I rented quarters, bought a gasolene stove, 
and commenced 'doing light housekeeping,' or in other words 'batching.' 
This was unsatisfactory in every respect except that it was cheaper than 
boarding. The second year I secured a boarding place two miles from 
school, a good boarding place, too, but there was too much time spent 
on the road. Finally I procured a shack to move into near the school- 
house, and thought me safely housed with my family for the winter. 
But the place was leased, and we had to get out. I sent my family back 
home, Sedro Woolley, and 'batched it' again. At the end of the school 
year it was made clear to me that they wanted me to remain for the 
third year. I just as clearly made it known that unless some provisions 
were made whereby I could have my family with me for the entire year 
I could not be counted upon. It was decided to build, and plans were 
made accordingly." 

Another long residence: "This is our fifth year in the district, 
We found is impossible to rent a suitable house in this locality, and 
drove to and from Anacortes for several years. The distance was 
proving too great for Mrs. Dewar, so we proposed to go elsewhere. The 
directors, however, in accordance with the sentiment of the patrons, 
proposed to build a cottage if we would remain. We accepted the 
proposition, and I assisted with the work. The cottage has been built 



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COTTAGE NEAR ANACORTES OCCUPIED BY ROBT. R. DEWAR 
AND HIS FAMILY. 

two years, has proved to be very comfortable and convenient, and, I 
believe, satisfactory to all concerned." 

This letter from Robt. R. Dewar of Anacortes suggests another 
point that I consider very important. He assisted with the work on the 
cottage. When work can be donated by members of the community 
the cottage can be built much more economically, and besides there is 
always a feeling of pride in a thing that we have given something 
toward. 

Less Salary, but Cottage Draws. 

"I was offered more salary in another district, but could not accept 
the conditions and do justice to the work," says one of our splendid rural 
teachers, a young man in King county. School boards would do well 
to bear this point in mind. Sometimes there is considerable complaint 
because of the expense that a cottage or some other improvement 
causes. It is true that some of the cottages are very expensive; our 
most expensive one is estimated at $3200, while we have others, "lean- 
tos," or movable shacks that have cost $50. In the latter case the work 
has been donated to a large extent, of course. But when a school board 
feels that it can build a place for the teacher to live it may rest as- 
sured that there will be no loss, for better teachers will come at less 
salary, and the better teacher means better methods, better instruction 
for the district's most valuable possession, its boys and girls. 

"As a general rule a boarding place is not a home; it is not 
home either for the teacher or for the hostess," says a teacher of much 



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boarding experience. To the teacher or to any person who for many 
years has boarded the word "HOME" assumes a meaning of much 
magnitude. Over and over again I have listened to the story of the 
teacher whose voice wavered as she revealed her homesickness, home- 
sick because she was unhappy in her boarding place. 

Honeymoon Cottage. 

Just after a small cottage at Lamar, Walla Walla county, had 
been completed in the summer of 1910, a young man came to me, and 
asked to have the school in that district. 

"I should be glad to let you take the school, Mr. Dunning," I 
said, "but I feel that men with families should be given first chance 
at the schools where there are cottages. Besides, I am not sure that 
I want a young man batching in that nice little new house." 

But as he insisted I finally consented to let him have the place 
with the merry proviso that he open the house for inspection at the 
end of the first few weeks of school. When I went out a few weeks 
later I certainly found the new cottage in first class condition, but a 
very sweet bride was doing the housekeeping. 

"You are punished for not confiding in me," I said, "for had you 
told me about the bride in time I could have had this tiny parlor 
made larger. As it is, the bride will not be able to get her grand 
piano in this house." 

An upright took the place of the baby grand while the Dunnings 
lived in "Honeymoon Cottage.". They left it only to take a larger 
cottage, and larger school at Eureka. 




HONKYMOHX <'<)TTA<; K." AT I. AMAH. 



COTTAGE INCREASES EFFICIENCY OF 
TEACHER 



Privacy Conserves Teacher's Strength. 

It is a well established fact that no teacher can give efficient serv- 
ice in the school room if she is uncomfortable in her boarding accom- 
modations. If the energy of the teacher is spent on irritating an- 
noyances or inconveniences the district does not make it possible for 
its boys and girls to receive the best that the teacher is capable of 
giving. And we are seeking to give our boys and girls in both city 
and country the best that the State can afford. 

A clean bed, wholesome food, and a quiet, warm room where she 
may work undisturbed, all will admit are essential elements of a teach- 
er's living conditions. And still, how many teachers are rendered in- 
efficient because of not having these ordinary comforts. 

Many a teacher has roomed with several children, or has occupied 
a corner in the attic which has served as the bedroom for the family, 
each one having an apartment curtained off by the prettiest calico that 
could be purchased. 

"For two months I slept in the haymow in the barn with the 
four children, and their mother, lulled to sleep by the rattle of the 
horses' chains, and often awakened by a cat or a dog jumping on 
me," writes a young woman from Adams county. "Then the two- 
roomed house was finished, and I slept in the same room with the 
family, two children in bed with me, and very often a third at my 
feet. In January I was asked to take a school out from Odessa, forty 
pupils, and seven different nationalities and constant friction between 
them. My boarding place was another two-roomed house. The bed- 
room was too small for two beds, so one had been made shorter, and 
it was given to me. As I am five feet, nine inches tall I was too 
long for the bed. I slept on one feather bed, and under another. 
When I could bear a cramped position no longer I would put my feet 
out through the rods." 
Five o'Clock Breakfast. 

Not a few of our country school teachers have had the early 
breakfast, and late supper problem to deal with. The busy house- 
wife could hardly be expected to prepare the regular family breakfast 
at five o'clock, and a second breakfast for the boarder several hours 
later. In case the teacher herself should wish to arise later, and 
prepare her own breakfast, and clear away her dishes the confusion 
in a small house at the rising time would likely prevent further sleep. 
After a cold noonday luncheon, and usually a long walk home a teacher 
is ready for a prompt six o'clock evening meal. Often on the farm 
there is a long wait, and a lamp-light supper. 



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"We can have an opportunity to relax after our day's work, and 
do not need to discuss our school troubles with the family we board 
with," writes a young woman from Snohomish county, who occupies 
a cottage with another teacher in the same school. This young 
woman has voiced a very important thought relaxation is necessary 
for those who are doing the vigorous mental and physical work that 
any rural school requires. Regularity is also made possible for the 
cottage dweller. 

The good teacher prepares each evening for her following day's 
work at school. If she is disturbed by unpleasant home accommoda- 
tions the district is losing much of the enthusiastic vitality that she 
otherwise could put into her presentation of school subjects. From 
all quarters have come expressions from rural teachers like the fol- 
lowing: 

"I suffered the inconvenience of sitting in an overheated room in 
the evening, and then going to the northeast corner room of the house 
to a cold bedroom." 

"An old spring house or milk house over a spring was fitted up, 
and duly papered with newspapers. Here I was to be at home in 
style, but I objected on the ground of too much dampness. I went to 
town to board during the spring term although it was five miles." 

"The fire was allowed to burn out at a certain time regardless of 
the teacher's wishes." 

"The greatest inconvenience I have had to put up with in board- 
ing is no place to study or read during the evening. Usually my 
room has not been heated, and the only place would be the living 
room where there was more or less noise and confusion." 

"It was certainly an annoyance never to have a chance to rest, 
read, or study in peace. There was a broken window in my room 
through which the wind whistled in the cold nights of winter, and 
even the rain pattered, and the snow drifted." 

"There's no question as to whether the cottage adds to the effici- 
ency of the teacher it does." 

I have recounted these most unpleasant experiences with no 
little degree of reluctance, for I do not appreciate the near approach 
to fault finding. But I ask the question, do you wonder if some teach- 
ers are sometimes inefficient? Do you wonder that rural teachers 
often scramble to get into the town schools? 



WIDER USE OF THE SCHOOL PLANT 



Community Use of School. 

Much has been said and written of late on the wider use of the 
school plant. Why should a district keep up a building that is in 
use something like eight hours a day for five days in the week? So 
the schoolhouse is being used for the broader education of the com- 
munity. Not only the children are receiving benefit from it, but by 
way of the social center the grown people are also gathering there for 
instruction. The instruction for adults is different in nature, but the 
same in results. A good evening lecture, a lively spelling bee, a 
community sing, a literary program, or any other neighborhood event 
that may take place at the schoolhouse is materially educating and 
developing the people of that neighborhood. 

And now that the schoolhouse is not the dark place that it used 
to be, now that lights are seen often through the windows by night, 
there is another problem confronting the community. The first family 
who reaches the building for the social center event must turn janitor, 
hustle wood for the fire, perhaps make a search for the coaloil before 
the lamps can be lighted. Then women and children must shiver 
about the stove, if it be a cold winter night, until it is warm enough 
to sit in another part of the room. I could not be so pessimistic as to 
suggest that any one would come late, thus delaying the beginning of 
the meeting, in order that the fires might be going, and the lights 
burning before he should arrive. 

Teacher in Cottage a Help. 

A teacher's cottage on the school grounds solves this difficulty. 
If a man be the teacher he is always there to see that the school' 
building is in condition for any social center event. If there should 
be any reason why the teacher could not see that the school house 
was in order at least the cottage can be warm, and here the shivering 
wife and babies may stay until the team is tied, and the fire started. 

"Sure Pine," says director: "It is sure fine to have the building 
all heated and lighted when we gather in for some social center affair 
on cold winter nights," comments one director in referring to the ad- 
vantages of the teacher's cottage in his district. "We used to stand 
around and freeze half the evening getting things warmed up when 
anything was going on at the schoolhouse." 

"Last year I lived two miles away, and could not get to the 
school in time to have the room warm cold mornings. The parents 
think the cottage is fine. They know that the teacher will always be 
at the school when the children arrive, and that there will always 
be a warm room," writes an Okanogan teacher. 




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COTTACK NEAR IJREWSTKR OCCUPIED P,Y MISS ELLEN NICKELL. AND 
YOI'N*; WOMAN FROM ADJACENT DISTRICT. 

"Heretofore, no one living nearby, the schoolhouse has been 
entered and property destroyed. Now the teacher cares for the prop- 
erty. The trustees decided that if a cottage were built a teacher 
could be on the ground to oversee the- janitor work, supervise the play- 
ground work, see that the -schoolhbuse is warmed, and to see that 
nothing is stolen or destroyed," says a teacher who is occupying a 
cottage in Skagit county. 

In this connection a director writes in: "We have no more trouble 
about damage being done to school property. In our district we were 
always having to repair broken windows, and outbuildings until we 
put a house for the teacher on the school grounds." 

Out of Quarrels. 

Regardless of her unwillingness a teacher often finds herself 
drawn into a neighborhood quarrel when she is boarding. This 
lessens her influence in the community, and makes it very unpleasant 
for her. School boards are recognizing that this condition can be 
bettered, and that the cottage is the solution to the problem. I quote 
from a girl who has been teaching fifteen miles from town. "The 
cottage was built at the same time the schoolhouse was, four years 
ago. Because of the neighbors' tendencies to quarrel, the directors 
thot that the building of a cottage was desirable so the teacher could 
keep out of the quarrels." 

It is only natural that we should instinctively take more inter- 
est in our own homes than in rented ones; we are more interested 
in our rented houses than we are in the houses of our neighbors; 
how much more does a teacher's cottage, practically his own house, 
mean to him, than a boarding place in some other person's house. 



When the teacher has a house he ceases to "stay" in the community, 
but he "lives" there. He has a place where he may receive company, 
where the other neighbors may visit just as in any home. While this 
is especially valuable for the man with a family still others are loudly 
in praise of the cottage for its social benefits. "Two of the boys just 
dropped in to visit me, talked a few minutes, then departed," says 
J. B. Jones, a teacher near Elaine, who has occupied a cottage alone 
this year. 

"We have a horse and buggy, a cow, and a few chickens. These, 
of course, add to our convenience," says Thomas Babb, whose family 
is with him in the cottage some five miles from St. John. 

One more quotation from the many in this connection. "With a 
cottage the teacher is able to maintain a constant supervision over 
the school and grounds and is able to take her place as a distinct 
and individual member of the community." 

A Social Center for the District. 

"The school cottage is being made a social center for the district," 
is the message that comes from Elmira in our sister state, Idaho. 
"The parents meet there, and discuss questions that may arise in the 
school and in their daily work at home, thus enabling the teacher to 
get in closer touch with them. The children have taken more in- 
terest in their school work, on account of the interest of the parents. 
* * * The same teacher has been employed for two years and will 
be reemployed as long as she wishes to teach, neither parents nor 
teacher having any desire for a change. Before, there was a new 
teacher every year. The greatest change has come in the community, 
the people taking pride in keeping the school and cottage homelike, 
and in beautifying the school grounds. This pride has extended to 
their homes, which receive much better care." 

Another social center is reported in a letter from the Snoqualmie 
principal, Harvey L. Rowley, as his altruistic use of his cottage is 
a fine example of what many others are doing, and will do in the 
future. "As to the use I have made of the school cottage be- 
sides that of a home: We have twice entertained the pupils of the 
high school and the eighth grade including others outside of the 
school. This we could not have afforded if we were paying a high 
rent. The pupils have been made to feel that this was their home 
also, when they have desired a place for their parties. They come to us, 
and we give them privilege to use the cottage under our direction. 
They drop in evenings and play on the piano and sing. 

"We are trying to make the cottage a social center outside of the 
school, and the pupils are coming to look at it in that way. We have 
a well-organized Parent-Teachers' Association, organized this year. 
The parents are taking a great interest in the work of the school. My 
work in social center includes the Association just organized, the 
Farmer's Grange which we are just organizing, an extension course 
from the University, school athletics, tri-weekly programs at the 
school and the school hall, and work in agriculture among the 
farmers." 



WHAT SOME OF THE COTTAGES ARE LIKE 



Addition to Schoolhouse. 

"As you know, last fall the school board built me a nice cottage in 
connection with the schoolroom. 

"It consists of a big kitchen and two other rooms, one for a sitting 
room and one for a bedroom. This kitchen room is large enough for 
the boys' workroom also, and all open off from the main schoolroom. 
I use the kitchen for breakfast and dinner and it is also used for the 
noon lunch by the children. The arrangement works admirably, as my 
mother now lives with me here at the school. 

"Since the boys have an opportunity to work in the shop I can see 
that they are doing so much better in the regular school work, as 
nearly all of them take their books home with them so they may pre- 
pare their lessons so as to have more time for bench work the next 
day." Hattie Hendricks, Adams County. 

Cottage Will Have Hot Air Heating. 

"The cottage is an eight-room frame structure, with full basement 
and bath. Hot air heat, and all plumbing fixtures are in place looking 
to the installation of a private water system next spring. The lower 
floor, consisting of a bedroom, sitting room, dining room and kitchen, 
is designed for the use of the superintendent and his family. The 
rooms upstairs are for the other teachers. Water is piped to the up- 
per floor and it is served by a dumb waiter from the basement which 
renders light housekeeping possible." H. M. Skidmore, Amber, Spo- 
kane County. 

Double House Eight Rooms. 

"The cottage in which we now live is a well built, modern struc- 
ture of the bungalow type and contains eight rooms besides the bath 
rooms. It is a double house, one side being an exact duplicate of the 
other. Mrs. Dunning and I occupy one side and the two assistant 
teachers keep house together in the other side. 

"Each side contains a large parlor or living room, and a com- 
modious kitchen equipped with all built-in features and sink. Bath 
rooms are located in the rear of the kitchens. Upstairs there are two 
bedrooms on each side, with which are connected large, roomy closets. 
The house is plastered and calcimined throughout, and the woodwork 
finished in the mission stain. 

"A convenient double cellar is reached by an interior stairway 
from each kitchen. Screened porches in the rear add much to* the 
comfort and utility of the house, and a broad veranda stretches across 
the entire front. Mention might be made of the fact that the two 




DOUBLE COTTAGE AT EUREKA, ONE SIDE OCCUPIED BY PRINCIPAL 

G. H. DUNNING AND HIS WIFE, THE OTHER SIDE BY 

YOUNG WOMEN ASSISTANTS. 

living rooms are connected by double doors so that they may be 
thrown together into a large social hall.' G. H. Dunning, Eureka, 
Walla Walla County. 

Old School Building Turned Into Cottage. 

"In the White Swan district they have converted their old school 
building into a teacher's cottage, and after dividing it into five large 
rooms, adding kitchen and porches, it makes a very comfortable and 
convenient home. The use of this building for a teacher's home comes 
through an interest this community has in the welfare of their teachers 
and their school. Buildings have been erected for chickens, cow, 
horse, and a good plot set aside for garden purposes. I might say 
further that this district was organized five years ago with three 
pupils. Now they employ four teachers, maintain three years' high 
school, and have an enrollment of 110. About forty of these children 
are Yakima Indian children." Rodney Ackley, County Superintendent 
of Yakima County. 

Upper Story of Schoolhouse Used as Dwelling. 

"My residence is an addition to the schoolhouse. The building 
itself is thirty-eight feet by twenty-eight feet. The upper story is ac- 
cessible by a stairway from the entry room. Upstairs there are two 
rooms, each about sixteen feet square, besides a pantry, a closet, and 
a storeroom. The furniture I supplied myself. At present a dog is 
my sole companion. The cost, including a sixteen-foot dormer, five 
windows, two brick chimneys, and all painting and paperhanging, was 
less than two hundred dollars." Raymond F. Farwell, Preston, King 
County. 



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Only One Room. 

"The cottage is a small, one-roomed house, very crudely built, with 
the roughest of unplaned lumber. The dimensions are twelve by four- 
teen. It contains two small windows. There is no furniture supplied 
by the directors, but a small stove has been lent to me; another par- 
ent lent me an old bed spring; then there is a homemade table, rough 
shelves for a cupboard, and a well near the door, but no water in it." 
Minnie Michener, Deer Park, Pend Oreille County. 

Cedar Shake Cottage. 

"My cottage is built of cedar shakes, is ceiled, and papered neatly 
with a light building paper. There are two rooms. The bed, tables, 
chairs, and cupboard are all made from the cedar. The only things I 
took with me were bedclothing, and a few personal articles." Edith 
Froom, Bedal, Snohomish County. 

Shacks. 

"The term 'shack' would fit better than 'cottage.' I judge they 
cost about $100 each. One of them can be put on a car and moved 
when the camp moves." J. W. Hodge, Supt. Grays Harbor County. 

Lean-to. 

"District 23 has an addition on the schoolhouse that may be used 
by the teacher." E. D. Houglarid, Sup ; t*. Ferry County. 

Flowering Plants at This Cottage. 

"There are six rooms, bungalow type, living room and kitchen 
wainscoted. The cupboards and bookcase are built in. There are 
three wide porches supplied with vines, two long flower boxes filled 
with geraniums, nasturtiums, and carnations. These flowering plants 
are removed in October to the classrooms. 

"The house is plastered. There is a force pump on the kitchen 
porch. There are two acres of lawn, with walks to school building, 
and outbuildings. We have a full set of play apparatus, and a 60x24 
playshed now going up. 

"The grounds contain a 300-foot row of sweet peas on wire, a 
dozen hollyhocks each of four colors, a dozen clumps of larkspur, beds 
of asters and foxgloves, and twelve ever-blooming roses. We plant 
only perennials which insures permanence of flowers under change of 
principals. 

"A man can, if he will, cut his firewood and get it for nothing in 
the lot adjoining, and he can cross the road, and angle for his daily 
fish in the Chehalis river." R. A. Simmons, Meskill, Lewis County. 

A Tent House. 

"In Omak district in the Reservation the teacher lives in a com- 
bination house and tent." W. E. Gamble, County Superintendent of 
Okanogan County. 



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Cottages by Counties. 

According to the latest statistics I have obtained (May, 1915), the 
State of Washington has one hundred and eight teachers' residences. 
In giving the table below the following meaning of cottage is under- 
stood: A teacher's cottage is an individual dwelling place provided 
by a school board for the use of the teachers in the district. The 
Washington cottages vary from the modern, well-built bungalow to 
the modest lean-to against the side of the schoolhouse. Twenty-nine 
out of the thirty-nine counties of the state can boast of possessing 
from one to twelve of these residences. 

No. of No. of 

County Cottages County Cottages 

1. Adams 3 17. Okanogan 6 

2. Benton 2 18. Pacific 1 

3. Clarke 3 19. Pend Oreille 2 

4. Columbia 1 20. Pierce 1 

5. Cowlitz 1 21. Skagit 8 

6. Ferry 2 22. Snohomish 4 

7. Franklin 12 23. Spokane 1 

8. Grant 6 24. Stevens 5 

9. Grays Harbor 2 25. Thurston 2 

10. Island 3 26. Walla Walla 7 

11. Jefferson 1 27. Whatcom 5 

12. King 12 28. Whitman : . . . 6 

13. Kittitas 1 29. Yakima 4 

14. Lewis 5 

15. Lincoln 1 Total 108 

16. Mason 1 

Estimate of Cost. 

A number of the county superintendents have sent in estimates 
of what their cottages have cost. I give these estimates merely that 
an idea may be formed of what is being expended. 

Cost of Cost of most Amount 

County cheapest expensive invested in 

Cottage Cottage Cottages 

Snohomish $150 $250 $1,100 

King 300 2,500 8,000 

Island 135 275 900 

Lewis 500 900 

Lincoln 1,000 1,000 

Mason 200 200 

Okanogan 125 450 1,200 

Clarke 275 

Columbia 300 300 

Franklin . 75 250 1,500 



County 



Cost of Cost of most Amount 
cheapest expensive invested in 



Walla Walla 


Cottage 
$350 


Cottage 
$3 200 


Cottages 
$6 500 


Stevens 


50 


250 


47^ 


Spokane 




3 000 


3 ooo 


Grant 


100 


800 


1 800 


Adams 


200 


900 


1 800 


Skagit 


300 


900 


4 000 


Yakima 


500 


1 400 


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Grays Harbor , 


100 


100 


200 


Benton 


75 


250 


QAfi 


Whatcom . 


600 


800 


3.200 



WHAT COUNTY SUPERINTENDENTS SAY 



Step Toward AII-the-Year Service. 

"A fine idea, and a step toward all-the-year service, and larger 
community service." W. J. Jerome, Asotin County. 

"Cannot do without them in some districts." W. E. Gamble, Okan- 
ogan County. 

"I think that the value to the teacher is the same as the home to 
any laborer." Lucia Jenkins, Cowlitz County. 

"They seem to be a necessity in these districts. I believe it will 
be a step toward better harmony in the districts, better homes for 
teachers, and better school work because of comfort, independence, 
tenure, etc." Delia L. Keeler, Whatcom County. 

"Makes more 'homey' conditions possible for the teacher."- 
Wata J. Jones, Benton. 

"Many teachers are required to pay a high price for unwholesome 
food. They would rather live alone." M. L. Carrier, Lewis County. 

Solution of Many Problems. 

"I believe it is the solution to many of the rural school questions. 
It will give the services of teachers who will feel that they are a part 
of the community in which they live. Many teachers 'stay' in the 
community, but few really 'live' there." Wm. U. Neely, Lincoln 
County. 

"Much better teachers can be obtained for less salary; teachers 
who wish to live in a cottage usually are more anxious to understand 
the communtiy and its problems as well as its opportunities; they are 
much more likely to remain in their positions as they grow more neces- 
sary to it." Mrs. Lena Kohne Pratt, Island County. 

"It is one of the great factors in the solution of the problems of 
the rural school. It aids in securing a more permanent position; gives 
the teacher privacy and independence; and affords more liberty in 
acknowledgment of social duties." Mrs. Lizzie Jones, Snohomish 
County. 

"Personally, I feel that we need many of these teachers' cottages. 
The teachers would be much more comfortable than they are in poor, 
or far-distant boarding places. They could live better in many cases, 
and save more of their wages." Mrs. Elizabeth C. Sterling, Clarke 
County. 

As Essential as Schoolhouse. 

"One of the best investments that a school district can possibly 
make. It tends to make the teacher more permanent, helps both 
teacher and school in the matter of social center work. Every rural 
school should possess one. One clerk tells me it was sort of an ex- 



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periment, as the teacher had such a hard time finding a boarding place. 
The plan worked fine, and he now says: 'We would as soon think 
about getting along without the schoolhouse as the cottage.' " O. H. 
Kerns, Skagit County. 

"The interest in this line of work is increasing, and I feel sure 
that we will succeed in making many homes for our teachers in the 
next few years." Rodney Ackley, Yakima County. 

"They must be like a haven of rest to the teachers, for it is so 
difficult to get a congenial boarding place." Mrs. Mary Boedcher, Kit- 
titas County. 

"The only solution for many rural districts." E. G. McFarland, 
Spokane. 

"I am satisfied with the cottages we have, and hope we can build 
more." Mrs. Carolyn F. Brown, Adams County. 



ARCHITECTS' PLANS, ESTIMATES AND 
DRAWINGS 



Cottage for Small District. 

Figure 1 is the plan and Figure 2 the view of the one-story house. 
This provides accommodation for two teachers or a teacher and his 
family. The living room is 13x19 feet, and is sufficiently large for the 
dining table in one end. This room is made large so it may be used 
for receptions, meetings of the school classes, mothers' meetings, and 
all such assemblies in the interest of the domestic, social and educa- 
tional life of the community. The bedroom is provided with a bed 
alcove enclosed with folding glass doors. The window at the end is 
large and is arranged to open the whole size. With this arrangement 
the alcove may be converted into a fresh air sleeping room by opening 
the window and closing the folding doors. A large clothes closet is 
provided. 

The kitchen is arranged with a sink, cupboard with shelves, 
drawers and a cool closet division. A bathroom is shown in connec- 
tion, which may be omitted if desired. The hot water tank for the 
bath and sink will be placed in the bathroom. A small cellar is also 




FIG. 2. MODEL SINGLE COTTAGE FOR SMALL DISTRICT. 



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FIG. 1. FLOOR PLAN FOR SMALL COTTAGE. 

provided, which may be omitted. Both the front and rear entrances 
have porches. 

The cost of this home complete, without furniture, will be about 
$900. If the bathroom and plumbing fixtures, except sink are omitted, 
deduct $250. If the cellar is omitted deduct an additional amount 
of $50. 



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The Double Cottage. 

Figures 3 and 4 are the plans and Figure 5 the view of the double 
two-story home. The object of building these double homes is to pro- 
vide larger accommodation for community social work by using the 
two living rooms together by opening the double folding doors. This^ 
opening has two sets of double doors, and when closed and a quilt or 
blanket hung between them, no noise can pass from either room to 
disturb the occupants of the adjoining room. Cellars are provided with 
stairways from the kitchens. Both the front and rear entrances have 
porches, and are separated so as to give as much privacy as possible. 
Two bedrooms are provided on the second floor for each house. The 
bathrooms are directly over the kitchen and the hot water tank is 
placed there. 

The double home will cost about $2,300. If the plumbing is omitted 
deduct $200. If the cellars are omitted deduct $100. 




FIG. 5. VIEW OF MODEL DOUBLE COTTAGE. 

While these homes are designed to be substantially and well built, 
they are constructed of simple stock material, and there are no special 
detail refinements. Shades and screens should be furnished with the 
building. 

What the District Should Furnish. 

It is recommended that the school district provide the following 
furniture : 

1 kitchen queen 1 small table 

1 range 1 easy chair 

1 dining table 1 rocking chair 

6 dining chairs 1 bedstead and spring 

1 sideboard 1 dresser 

1 book case 




/BLOND FLOOB PLlAN 

FIG. 3. SECOND FLOOR PLAN F*OR DOUBLF COTTAGE. 

The teacher wfll furnish rugs, carpets, draperies, bedding, table 
linen and dishes. 

We would suggest that the school district charge about one dollar 
a month for the use of the furniture. The furniture will cost about 
$125. 

For the double house there will be two additional chairs, and one 
bed and spring. This will cost about $40 additional. 

In planning the houses for teachers the needs of the teacher and 
the requirements of community life of the school district have been 
carefully considered. Cost and simplicity of construction have also 
been given considerable attention. 




FIB/1 FLOOQ PLAN 



FIG. 4. FIRST FLOOR PLAN FOR IMMT.LK CoTTAGK. 



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Cost, and Price jof Plans. 

The cost given for the homes is the average cost condition in the 
Puget Sound district. In outlying districts and in Eastern Washington 
these prices may be 10 to 20 per cent, higher. 

Arrangements have been made with the architects of these homes, 
to provide complete working drawings, specifications, forms for build- 
ing agreement and bond, for $5 for one set of complete blueprints for 
the one-story home, and $10 for the double two-story home. School 
districts desiring them will order from Heath & Gove, Architects, Na- 
tional Realty Bldg., Tacoma, Washington. 



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THE TEACHER'S GARDEN 



A Simple Plan. 

With the provision of a garden, the teacher himself may add to 
the beauty of his home and be an inspiration to the neighborhood, 
while at the same time enjoy fresh air and recreation. 

A simple plan is shown. The house is set in a clean, well-shaven 
lawn. Across the. front runs a hedge of box lending an air of privacy 
and enclosing it as a frame does a picture. 

Against the house the shrubs are planted, relieving that bare ap- 
pearance so noticeable when the walls spring directly from the ground. 
These shrubs should have a flower border, usually of spring bulbs 
which are succeeded by perennials. Evergreen, candy-tuft, anemones 
and hardy ferns face the shrubbery gracefully. 

A curving walk leads up to entrance porch. This walk is bordered 
by flowers and a well chosen vine should adorn the porch, such as 
Japanese Clematis, honey suckle, or wistaria. 

Room for Fruit Trees. 

In the lawn at the side of the house there is room for three fruit 
trees, an apple, cherry and pear tree, while at the rear is a prune or 
a plum tree. These trees form a sort of screen for the kitchen garden. 

This kitchen garden is separated into beds by gravel walks to 
facilitate weeding and could be planted with such of the following 
vegetables as one's taste may dictate: Lettuce, radishes, onions, car- 
rots, beets, turnips, parsnips, cabbage, beans, peas and perhaps a bed 
of strawberries. 

The rear of the lot is enclosed by two rows of berry bushes, rasp- 
berries and currants. The walk to the woodshed would look well 
flanked by a row of sweet peas. 

The above is a simple outline to beautify a small plot, but if the 
teacher wishes he may use his garden as an object lesson to show 
what may be done in a given locality, taking due regard of soil, mois- 
ture, sunshine and exposure. The best results probably can be ob- 
tained by using only those plants indigenous to the vicinity, and if 
they be well chosen they may be made to produce a succession of 
flowers that will bloom all the year round. 

For a Child's Garden. 

It is true that the heart of a child enjoys every flower that blooms, 
but weeding is sometimes tiresome and if the child's imagination can 
be stimulated to look far enough ahead to see what is to come from 
the seeds then that which was a task becomes a pleasure. The child 



takes more kindly to those flowers of beauty and fragrance, so the fol- 
lowing list for a child's garden is made with that thought in view: 



Snapdragons 

Clove or Grass Pinks 

Foxgloves 

Ox-eye Daisies 

Sweet Williams 

Sunflowers 

Johnny- Jump-Ups 

Star-eyed Phlox 

Columbines 

Poppies 



Canterbury Bells 

Forget-Me-Nots 

Asters 

Sweet Peas 

Bachelor's Buttons 

Ragged Robins 

Larkspurs 

Hollyhocks 

Marigolds 

Torch Lilies 



For General Planting. 

For the general planting of the garden the accompanying list is 
offered the inexperienced gardener. These have been chosen for their 
reliability, color, and ability to grow in proximity to other plants: 



Perennials for the spring: 

Crocus 

Giant Snowdrop 
Phlox 

White Rock 
Hyacinth 
Primrose 
Tulip 

English Daisy 
Columbine 
Lily-of-the-Valley 

Perennials for the summer: 
Alyssum 
Aster 

Canterbury Bell 
Larkspur 
Shasta Daisy 
Hardy Pink 
Foxglove 
Sunflower 
Hollyhocks 
Gloxinia 

Perennials for the autumn: 

Goldenrod 
Golden Glow 
Sunflower 



Poets Narcissus 
Star Daffodil 
Jonquil 
Peony 
Grass Pink 
Bleeding Heart 
Fleur-de-Lis 
Turkey Flag 
Forget-Me-Not 



Lupine 
Blazing Star 
Cardinal Flower 
Lavender 
Oriental Poppy 
Meadowsweet 
Spiderwort 
Sweet William 
Torch Lily 



Monkshood 
Chrysanthemum 
Evening Primrose 



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Shrubs for summer bloom and winter color: 

Japanese Quince Golden Spirea 

Flowering Almond Golden Flowering Currant 

Common Lilac Japanese Barberry 

European Privet Golden-barked Dogwood 

Old Blush Rose Pepper Bush 

Sweet Brier Hydrangea 

Snowball 



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