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Brooklyn Daily Eagle- 1 February 1932

First Schoolmaster Got $25 a year salary
For That He Had to Dig Graves Also and Serve Summonses

Daddy White Outstanding Figure in History of Old No. 1
    by Maurice E. McLaughlin

    Brooklyn teachers, who wear fine fur coats in Winter and spend their 
Summers in Europe, ought to thank their lucky stars that they don't have to 
work so hard for so little as did Brooklyn's first public school teacher.

    Twenty-five dollars a year was the salary paid by the thrifty old Dutch 
burghers to Carl DeBevoise, way back in 1661.  On July 4 of that year, the 
first free school in the United States was opened in Brooklyn, with Mr. 
DeBevoise as pedagogue.  The school was on Fulton St. near Sands St., and was 
the ancestor of Public School 1, at Concord and Adams Sts.

            ALSO DID ODD JOBS FOR THE $25

    And hark, ye, beloved brethren and sisters of the school teachers' 
brigade, Schoolmaster DeBevoise for his $25 a year had many other duties 
besides teaching the young the "three R's."

    Skipping the intervening years, we come to May 4, 1816,when a district 
school was opened on Adams St., near Sands St., sponsored by the village 
officials.  During the following year, the school was moved to the corner of 
Concord and Adams Sts., and ever since then there has been a seat of learning 
on this corner.  The present brick building was erected in 1942.


    In 1836 the first attempt at musical instruction was introduced at Number 
One, when Theodore Dwight volunteered to teach "do-re-me," etc.

    Dr. David Gardner came along about this time as school committeeman and 
examiner.  His hobby was Lindley Murray's grammar, and he gave the scholars 
many a hard test in parsing difficult sentences.  "When school is out I shall 
go directly home," was one of his pet examples.


    A list of the men who went through Number One would take a  great deal of 
space but we may mention that among its boys, who later on "made good," were:

Seth LOW, afterward Mayor and later on president of Columbia University; 
Cyrus P. SMITH, for years president of the Board of Education; 
William HARKNESS, who became a great financier, and was for 
	years a member of the Board of Education; 
John Hutchins, 
Thomas B. Atkins, 
Jesse B. Connor, 
Dr. Thorne, 
Edward A. Hall, 
Richard B. Elliott, 
Louis Mudge, 
H. B. Hubbard, 
Jesse S. Pettit, 
Joseph Johnson, 
Isaac B. M. Waring, 
Horace D. Badger, 
Charles B. Powell, 
Stephen B. Pettit, 
Marshall Lefferts, 
Samuel Dyas, 
Stephen Powell, 
William Mercein, 
William B. Hutchinson, 
John W. Hunter,  
Edward Copeland, 
William M. Harris, 
Robert M. Whiting, 
E. J. Whitlock, 
Alden J. Spooner 
Abraham B. Baylis.

    On Friday of this week a great change will come over Old Number One.  
The new term will begin and the building will then become an annex of the 
Technical High School.

Transcribed by Marion Sinnott