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Reading 3: The Treasurer's Account Book

The following information is taken from the Treasurer's Account Book For School District No. 21 Gage County, Nebraska, one of the items in the Museum Collection of Homestead National Monument of America. On the inside cover of the account book is written "Commencing on the first Monday in April 1871 Philip Gascoigne, Treasurer." All the records below are the receipts or amounts of money paid to the treasurer for the Freeman School. Entries marked "state apportionment" reflect that, in the early 1900s, the state of Nebraska began to apportion (provide tax money) to the school districts to help with supplies and other expenses.

Receipts for year ending April 5, 1875
Received from all sources
Balance on hand April 6, 1874
Total Amount received during year
$873.44
2.60
876.04


Receipts for the School Year from June 24, 1895 to June 29, 1896
June 24
Dec 18
Jan 7
April 7
Balance on hand
For the use of School house by the county
Township Treasurer for use of schoolhouse
County Treasurer
Total Receipts
118.77
10.00
21.50
105.00
395.27


Rec. for school year from June 29, 1896 to June 28, 1897
June 29
Nov 6
Jan 21

Feb 5

Balance on hand
Treasurer of Gage County
Rec'd from D. Freeman from Township for
Election
County Treasurer
Total Receipts
27.38
100.00

5.00
149.00
281.38

1916-1917
June 12
June 22
Nov 21
Feb 5
Balance on hand
Received from County Treas
Rec'd from Primary Election in School house
Rec'd from County Treasurer for use of
school house of general Election
Total Receipts
240.00
800.00
7.50

7.50
1055.23

1918-1919
Jan 10
Jan 10
Dec 14
May 23
Balance on hand
in Bank on Deposit
From County Treasurer
From Miss Dennnehy Receipt of Box Supper
Total Receipts
192.47
600.00
610.00
32.50
1434.97

1928-1929

Aug 14
Nov 23
Dec 4
Jan 23
July 15
Feb 8
Balance on Hand
State Apportionment
From County Treasurer
Election Room Rent Received
F. Maramille Township Meeting
Primary Election
State Apportionment
Total Receipts
479.31
68.08
1000.00
10.00
5.00
10.00
57.53
1629.92

Receipts for 1939-1940

Aug 21
Nov 28
Mar 23
April 16
May 7
May 7
May 30
Balance on Hand
State Apportionment
County Treasurer
State Apportionment
County Treasurer
Farmers Union Electric Light Meeting
County Treasurer Election Room Rent
Helen Albrecht Balance of 1st Prize
Total Receipts
134.23
54.95
300.00
43.14
300.00
5.00
5.00
13.80
856.12

Receipts for 1942-1943
June
Oct 3
Nov 28
Nov 28

Jan 27
April 17
April 17
April 17
May 6
May 6
Balance on Hand
AAA Rent for school room
State Apportionment
Election Room Rent - August
Election Room Rent - Nov
Received from County Treasurer
Received from County Treasurer
State Apportionment
Rent from Farmers Union Meetings
Received $3 from poultry meeting fund
Farmer Union Do for Rent Room
Total Receipts for year
190.30
1.00
53.71
5.00
5.00
300.00
300.00
28.01
5.00
3.00
10.00
901.02

Questions for Reading 3

1. Based on the income and receipts recorded in the Treasurers' book, where did the Freeman School get its money?

2. Based on the memories of people interviewed in Reading 2, what might be meant by "received from all sources" in the receipts for 1875? What might be meant by the 1919 entry, "From Miss Dennehy Receipt of Box Supper"?

3. Although expenses are not listed, what expenses would the school have needed to pay for?

4. Create a time line for the activities at the school using the account book. What kinds of activities were held at the school? What activities seem to have been held on a yearly or monthly basis?

5. Does the treasurer's account book support or contradict Mr. Scheves' statement in Reading 2 that the Freeman School, "has always been a community center"?

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