Hard Times in Illinois, 1930–1940
A Selection of Documents from the Illinois State Archives
DOCUMENT 28LETTER FROM A SCHOOL TEACHER REQUESTING AN EXTENSION OF TIME TO PAY AN AUTOMOBILE LICENSE FEE
April 7, 1934
The state at large had 1,384,336 public school students and 46,361 teachers in 1934. The school year consisted of 170 days.
Effingham County had sixty-eight one-room county schools supervised by solitary teachers over the school year 1931/1932. Annual teacher salaries ranged between $400 and $1,000 with thirty-eight of the sixty-eight being paid between $600 and $700 per annum.
The governor's secretary replied to this letter on April 10. He informed J. W. Crawford that the governor had no jurisdiction in the matter and that the issue was one entirely for the Illinois secretary of state.
Points to Consider
What was J. W. Crawford asking Governor Horner to do?
Locate Mason on a map.
Why had school teachers not been paid promptly at this time?