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Description: Arbor Day - Major J. G. Harris Issues A LetterDate: April 23 1891
Newspaper published in: Hartselle, Al
Source: Madison County, AL Library
Page/Column: Page 1, Column 5
Will Be the First Day of May—A Letter To the People
From Major J. G. Harris, State Superintendent
Major J. G. Harris issues the following letter concerning “Arbor Day” to the people of Alabama:
STATE OF ALABAMA, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION}
Montgomery, Ala., April 13, 1891}
To the Teachers of Alabama:
Tree planting, designated as “Arbor Day” in this country, not only a beautiful, but also a very useful engagement. It should be made a glad memorial day, by planting of trees, shrubs and flowers, in honor of our Southern heroes, statesmen, jurists, merchants, farmers, educators and divines.
Let parent and pupil and teacher turn aside, from the daily cares and business, and join each other in this beautiful custom of tree planting.
Le the farmers in the country, who are especially interested in the great lesson the custom teaches, and the business men of the cities, and towns and villages, lend their presence and their aid, to make the children glad, and the teachers glad, that this day may be one greatly enjoyed all over Alabama.
I designate Friday May 1st, 1891, as Arbor Day for Alabama. I trust all teachers will prepare for the observation of the day, and that the lessons taught may make a deep and lasting impression upon all who participate.
JNO. G. HARRIS, Superintendent.
P. S.—I trust it is not asking of the Press of Alabama too much to give publication to the above, as a matter of news to their readers. J. G. H.