Submitted by PHGS member Pam Davis
The first town legislation we find concerning schools is as
“We the undersigned, Commissioners of Common Schools of the town of Machias, inn the county of Cattaraugus, do certify that in conformity with the Act entitled an act for the support of common schools, passed April 12, 1819, we have designated a site for a school-house in District No. 5, in said town, and it is to be built on the south-east side of the Ellicottville road, on a gore of land around by O. C. Hubbard’s on Lot No. 23, township 5, range 5.
Wiggin M. Farrar
Commissioners of Common Schools
Machias, April 3, 1828
In comparison with the foregoing, the
following statistics, taken from the report of the School Commissioners of
Cattaraugus County for the year ending Sept. 30, 1878, and herewith appended:
The town contains 12 school districts, with
12 school buildings valued, with site, at $3180; volumes in library, 290, valued
at $193. The number of teachers employed was 12, to whom was paid in wages
$1974.20. The number of children of
school age was 457; average daily attendance was 194. Number of weeks taught was 280 2/5. Amount of money received from State $1284.54; amount of money
received from tax, $764.87.
The above information was obtained from the History of Cattaraugus County, New York by L. H. EVERTS, 1879.
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