Old Leavenworth Institute

In it's day, the Leavenworth Institute was one of the finest institutions of elementary and high school education in New York State. It's presence in Wolcott was both a cause and result of the prosperity of the village and town. For more information about the Institute check out "Grip's Historical Souvenir of Wolcott," on this site. If you have questions about students listed below, please direct all inquiries to Wayne County's Office of the County Historian, Lyons, N.Y.

Board of Education.

T. F. METCALF, President.

J. N. ROBERTSON, M. D., Vice-President.

JOEL FANNING, Secretary.




H. J. WALTER, Ph. M., Principal.

AGNES FORD, Preceptress.

MARY FORD, Preparatory Academic.

MRS. NELLIE MOSES, Second Grammar.

ADA V. HOLLEY, First Grammar.

SUE G. CRAFTS, Second Intermediate.

ADDIE WALKER, First Intermediate.


GISELA WALDORF, First Primary.


Leavenworth Institute and Wolcott Union Free School begins its thirty-first year of existence under very favorable conditions. The old school building, erected in the year 1856 by the generosity of Isaac Leavenworth, being wholly inadequate for present needs, a new and commodious building, that will be ample to accommodate all who may wish to partake of the benefits of the school, has been erected on the old site. It is modern in every respect, and contains all the facilities for teaching and demonstrating all subjects taught in the school.

The school-rooms are large, well lighted, well ventilated, and each is absolutely free from noise from other rooms. The Laboratory is well lighted, and especially equipped for careful study in those subjects requiring laboratory work. The class-rooms are contiguous to the school-rooms, from which classes will retire for recitations, demonstrations, etc. The library contains many works of reference and books upon literature, science, travels, and history. Additions are made yearly, and ere long there will be as good a working library as the needs of the school shall demand. The Assembly-room is a large, airy, commodious room, capable of seating six hundred people.

The new building is complete in all its appointments. In construction and adaptation to school purposes it is not excelled in Northern New York. It is beautifully situated in the center of a large campus, surrounded by a well-kept lawn and many shade-trees. It is well removed from dust, noise, and attractions from the busy streets. No pains have been spared to make it a model of convenience, a delight to the eye, and a source of inspiration.

During the past few years there has been an especial effort made by the Board of Education to advance the standard of the school, and they have succeeded to a remarkable degree. Never before in the history of the school have there been so many Regent counts in proportion to scholars as at present. Never before has there been such aspiration exhibited on the part of the students as during recent years. We trust that with the increased facilities the new building affords, the past achievements will be redoubled, and many more will go from this school to seek higher education in the larger institutions of our land.


The course of study is simple, and so arranged that each subject lays the foundation for the next higher subject pursued. Sufficient time is given each subject, so that a pupil may master all the details before passing to the next grade.

The Academic Course requires three years attendance, and prepares a student for entrance to normal schools. The Advanced Classical Course, requiring four years study, prepares a student for college, based upon the average college curriculum.

Upon the completion of the course of study, and having obtained the required number of Regent counts, a diploma is granted corresponding to the course pursued by the student.


First Year. Reading--Chart, blackboard work, and First Reader. Spelling--Oral and written. Numbers--Prince's First Book. Simple Objects--First quarter; size and color alternating second quarter.

Second Year. Reading--Second Reader and supplementary reading. Spelling--Oral and written. Numbers--Prince's Second Book. Object Lessons--First half, lessons on plants and animals alternating; second half, lessons on air, clouds, moisture, etc.

Third Year. Reading--Supplementary reading. Numbers--Prince's Third Book. Object Lessons--First half, lessons on air, moisture, etc., as related to temperature and physiography. Geography--Second half, place lessons and the Village. Language--Hyde's Language Lessons No. 1.

Fourth Year. Reading--Third Reader. Numbers--Prince's Fourth Book. Geography--First half, Town and County; second half, Frye's Small Geography. Language--Hyde's Language Lessons No. 1.

Fifth Year. Reading--Supplementary reading. Numbers--Prince's Fifth Book. Geography--First, second and third quarters, finish Frye's Small Geography. Language--Hyde's Language Lessons No. 2. Object Lessons--Fourth quarter, lessons on Plants.

Sixth Year. Reading--Fourth Reader. Numbers-- Prince's Sixth Book. Object Lessons--First half. Geography--Second half, Frye's Complete Geography to South America. Language--Hyde's Language Lessons No. 2.

Seventh Year. Reading--Supplementary reading. Numbers--Prince's Seventh Book. Geography--Frye's Complete to page 80. Grammar--Reed and Kellogg's Higher Lessons.

Eighth Year. Reading--Fifth Reader. Numbers--Prince's Eighth Book. Geography--Frye's Complete, finish and review. Grammar-Finish and review.

Ninth Year. Reading--Miscellaneous. Arithmetic--First half, Higher Arithmetic. United States History--Completed. English Composition. Algebra--Second half, Elementary.


Tenth Year. First Term, Second Term. Elementary Algebra, Advanced Algebra. Latin, Latin. Physiology, English Composition Advanced Drawing

Eleventh Year. Plane Geometry, Plane Geometry. Latin, Latin. English History, Rhetoric.

Twelfth Year. Physical Geography, Botany. Latin, Latin. Zoology, English and American Literature.

Thirteenth Year. Civics, Roman History. Latin, Latin. Physics, Geology.


Same as Latin Academic Course, with German and French or Greek substituted in twelfth and thirteenth years for Zoology, Botany and Geology, and Greek History added in first half of twelfth year.


Tenth Year. First Term, Second Term. Elementary Algebra, Advanced Algebra. Physiology, English Composition. United States History, Advanced American History. Advanced Drawing.

Eleventh Year. Plane Geometry, Plane Geometry. Zoology, Rhetoric. English History, Roman History.

Twelfth Year. Physical Geography,, English and American Literature. Elementary Physics, Advanced Physics. Solid Geometry, Advanced Physics. - , Astronomy.

Thirteenth Year. Civics, Geology. Chemistry, English Reading. Advanced Arithmetic, Bookkeeping. American Reading.


Fourteenth Year. Latin and Greek throughout the year.    Supplementary reading shall be, so far as practicable, upon American History. Miscellaneous readings during tenth and eleventh years will follow course laid out by Regents.

   Physiology shall be taught the last quarter of each year to the tenth year. First and third years inclusive shall have the subject taught orally.

   Drawing shall be taught each alternate day in each grade below the tenth grade.


An examination occurs at the close of each quarter in the studies of that quarter, and the results entered upon the records of the school. Pass cards containing standing of each quarter are also given each pupil, to be countersigned by parent or guardian. No examination is held in grades below sixth; and pupils in all grades below tenth, whose class standing is 90, are not required to be examined. A pupil whose class standing or examination is below 75, must remain in the same grade for one year more.

To become a student of the Academic Department, the pupil must be entitled to a Regent's preliminary certificate.

To graduate, the student must possess or be entitled to a 62-count Regent certificate.

The janitor shall have power to preserve order during intermissions, and shall report misdemeanors to the Principal at once.

Any pupil guilty of misdemeanor or gross violation of school discipline, shall be liable to suspension or expulsion.

Any pupil guilty of cutting, marking, or in any way disfiguring school property, shall pay for restoring the same to its original condition, and also be liable to suspension or expulsion.

Teachers' meetings will be held every Monday at the close of school.


The school year is divided into four quarters of 10 weeks each. Foreign students are charged tuition at the following rates per quarter:

Academic Department
  {Classical, $5.00
  {Scientific, 4.50
Grammar Department, 3.50
Intermediate Department, 2.50
Primary Department, 2.50

Students who are not, or whose parents or guardians are not actual residents of the district, are required to pay tuition. Tuition shall be paid quarterly in advance.

Board and rooms may be obtained, upon application to the Board of Education, at rates from $2.00 to $3.50 per week.


School begins the first Monday in September and closes June 24, 1897.

Second quarter begins November 16, 1896.

Third quarter begins February 1, 1897.

Fourth quarter begins April 18, 1897.


The first vacation occurs during holidays, closing the day before Christmas and opening the Monday following New Year.

The second vacation occurs between the third and fourth quarters. All legal holidays are observed except general election day. School is closed on the day following Thanksgiving.


Armstrong, Clarence J, 1895
Baker, Sarah A, 1893
Blade, Edna G, 1891
Bradshaw, Kittie, 1894
Brainard, Ephraim, 1888
Buckingham, Bessie A, 1893
Colvin, C. Nettie, 1895
Colburn, Nettie M, 1890
Cook, Nellie L, 1884
Cooper, Mabel, 1890
Cooper, Maud S, 1894
Crafts, Cornelia E, 1887
Crafts, Sue G, 1892
Davis, Frank Worden, 1892
Dean, Mary E, 1891
DeLamater, Caroline, 1887
DeWitt, Fred T, 1894
Dowd, Susie A, 1888
Graves, Raymond G, 1894
Henderson, Warren C, 1888
Henderson, Garry G, 1886
Hurd, Charles H, 1893
Johnson, Nellie E, 1889
Jones, Hugh L, 1888
Jones, Llewellyn, 1890
Jones, Gay A, 1893
Lawrence, Horace M, 1894
Loveless, Harlow S. G, 1895
Lytle, Claud C, 1892
Mack, Gibson B, 1889
McKnight, George H, 1887
McQueen, Hiram J, 1890
Moore, Benjamin T, 1891
Newberry, E. Merrit, 1887
Paddock, Mary M., 1888
Philips, Docia A., 1895
Post, Orrena W, 1893
Reed, Jacob A, 1884
Reed, Cora P, 1889
Reed, Mary A, 1892
Robinson, Elizabeth C, 1887
Roe, Fred W, 1891
Roe, Herbert S, 1893
Roe, Lucia R, 1891
Roe, Willis W, 1893
Rumsey, Eleanor E, 1894
Rumsey, William L, 1891
Sherwood, Ida May, 1895
Simpson, Jennie L, 1894
Smith, Margarette M, 1891
Strait, Walter R, 1891
Thacker, Nellie R, 1891
Thompson, James P, 1895
Timerson, Grace C, 1895
Tompkins, William J, 1886
Towlerton, Charles H, 1886
Waldorf, Gisela, 1891
Waldroff, Harry, 1890
Walker, Adda D, 1891
Walker, Lena L, 1890
Weldon, Nellie, 1887
Welcher, Carrie Louise, 1892
Wells, William V, 1884
Whitbeck, L. Belle, 1891
Viele, Harriet E, 1889
Viele, Charles W, 1889
Viele, Sarah G, 1889


Readers, Munroe.
Spelling, Patterson.
Writing, Merrill.
Numbers, Prince.
Arithmetic, Wells.
Language, Hyde.
Grammar, Reed and Kellogg.
Geography, Frye.
Elementary Physiology, Blaisdell.
Physiology, Steele.
American History, Barnes.
English History, Montgomery.
Roman History, Pennell.
Physical Geography, Eclectic.
Physics, Gage.
Chemistry, Steele.
Astronomy, Young.
Botany, Gray.
Zoology, Holder.
Rhetoric, Hart.
Civics, Young.
English Literature, Kellogg.
Latin, Collar and Daniels
Latin Grammar, Harkness.
Caesar, Allen and Greenough.
Cicero, Allen and Greenough.
Virgil, __
Greek, White.
Greek Grammar, Goodwin.
Anabasis, Goodwin.
German Grammar,Worman.
French Grammar
Geometry, Wentworth.
Bookkeeping, Messervey.
Algebra, Milne.

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