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Description: Teacher's InstituteDate: July 14 1882
Newspaper published in: Tupelo, MS
Source: Lee County Library, Tupelo, MS
Page/Column: Page 2, Column 4
PONTOTOC, July 4th 1882.
EDITOR JOURNAL—The Congressional Teacher’s Institute at this place is in full operation. Dr. M. R. Fontaine opened the exercises this morning by an eloquent address of welcome to the Convention, in which he dwelt with pride upon the fact that Pontotoc was known far and near as a leading educational town. Prof. A. A. Kincannon read an elaborate essay on “The True Order of Studies,” followed by a warm discussion, participated in by Prof. Deupree, Turner, Frierson and Williams.
Prof. Sample Long was not present to take his assigned part.
This afternoon, Prof. Williams, of Tupelo, presented the subject of “Mental and Practical Arithmetic,” followed in discussion by Profs. Gibson and Miller. Afterwards, Prof. Deupree explained “The Advantages of Institutes,” followed by remarks from Prof. Turner.
The Institute was organized for another year by electing Dr. J. G. Gladney, of Okolona, President, and J. W. Johnson, Secretary. The teachers present, as far as your reporter is able to get them, are J. Wesley Johnson, C. Lee Williams, A. W. Carter, G. W. Turner, L. R. Burress, J. M. Barrow, W. I. Gibson, J. G. Deupree, A. A. Kincannon, J. W. Johnson, -----White, W. B. Gilmer. State Superintendent, J. A. Smith, has sent a letter giving his reason for non-attendance, sickness and over labor. The attendance at the college hall is large and much interest is manifest. The hospitality of the citizens is very cordial.
The people of this town are hopeful that the M. S. & B. R. R. will soon be built here.
Capt. R. M. Williams is pushing fire insurance for the Lee Mutual, of Tupelo, and we judge successfully, as we saw him writing up one of the business houses.
Their spare time here some of the citizens use for playing marbles.
Profs. Bigham and Newton Fellow want it understood that they are present at the Institute. More at a time.