A View of the Past – February 22, 2017

This week’s view is of the O’Fallon Township High School sewing room during the 1920-21 school year.  Sewing was part of the Home Economics curriculum first introduced the previous year.  In the words of the high school yearbook, “More than half of the fifty million girls and women reported by the census of 1920 are over twenty years of age; 80 per cent of these are married, and it is safe to assume that as large a proportion will marry. The chief occupation of these girls will be homemaking and it is wise to teach the fundamentals of homemaking to all since there are few women, whether in business or at home, who do not have some share in home duties.  Home training is no longer a sufficient education for homemaking.”  Sylvia Neuling, the Home Economics teacher, is standing in the back to the right.  OTHS principal L. A . Schafer is standing to the left.  The sewing machines were made by the White Sewing Machine Co.  (Contributed by Brian Keller, O’Fallon Historical Society)

For more, stop by the O’Fallon Historical Museum, located at 101 West State Street. The Museum is open Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. and by appointment.