Books [Principal of Grammar School]
Health Department here employed a young lady to examine all those things as they were brought to the attention of the department, and specimens were brought in to be examined.
I have done everything over there but marry a couple and [embalm?] a body because of financial conditions which existed in that service. I used to teach the fifth grade. Seeing that wouldn't work, because the children who reached me I found didn't have a good foundation in the beginning. For it's like this - the first grade is [where?] the children get their foundation for the fundamentals of school work. If they are started wrong they will have a time for the rest of their lives.
“The [?] I have seen over there would make you sick. Often I have had a [kid?] come to school sick. Their parents at work, I have put a pallet on the floor by the heater many days and lay a sick child on it, give them milk and food, and take that child home or to some friend's house until the mother came home late in the afternoon. When I first stated teaching in the school, I wore my good clothes. I have looked down on my dress and see lice crawling on it, or have a sick child to vomit, or have a bowel action and get it on me. I decided to wear white dresses in order to see the lice when they fell on my white dress. I have had people ask me, ‘why do you wear white dresses to school the year round? Are you not a nurse?’ I would give them some nice answer and go on.
“I found it was necessary to know something about nursing and the care of children, not only my own, but those I taught. So I took a [correspondence?] course by mail and received my diploma from the Chatauqua School of Nursing, at Jamestown, New York. That course has been my salvation in caring for those children. Now when things [like?] I have just mentioned occur, I immediately get the [mercurochrome?] and wet their head in it. It kills every nit and louse on a child's head.