From our archives: Time for Dixon to combine high schools
What we thought: 100 years ago
Note to readers – Sauk Valley Media reprints editorials and articles from the past as a regular Monday feature. The following items appeared in the Telegraph on Jan. 27, 1914.
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If we are going to make Dixon a city of 20,000 people, which we are surely going to do, we can make no better move than to raise the standard of our city schools.
The quicker Dixon wakes up to the fact that she is running two high schools when one big one could be run on a more economical and efficient plan, the better off she will be.
By turning the two present high schools into grade schools, room for which is needed, and building one union or township high school, the efficiency of the school could be increased a third with but little more than the cost of the operation of one of the two we now have.
Vocational education, a thing that the local schools are sadly in need of, would be easily installed, and in many other ways the efficiency of the schools could be increased.
Good schools are the first thing that any city should have. Dixon’s schools are fine. They are better than many cities our size have, but that does not satisfy. They can be made better yet.
Dixon’s future lies in the hands of our boys and girls, and it would certainly seem good judgment to train those hands and the brains that guide them to be as capable as we possibly can make them.
The schools and churches are the foundation of civilization, and no matter how fine a superstructure the men of today may build, it will totter and fall if the foundations are allowed to grow weak.
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aid rebels soon
President Wilson and members of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Senate held an important conference last night on the external affairs of the government. The discussion covered numerous subjects of pressing moment, the most important being the Mexican situation.
Some of the committeemen declared that they expect the president will, within the next few days, take action toward raising the embargo on arms so that the constitutionalists and other rebels, who for the last several months have been deprived of the opportunity of obtaining arms in this country, may obtain the weapons and munitions they need.
The president, it is said, believes that the time has come to let down the bars and to permit the constitutionalists to obtain all the arms and ammunition they require. ...
The Huerta administration has been in dire straits for the last several weeks with no prospect of any improvement. ...
For the last several days, there has been a strong belief in official circles that “something was going to drop” in regard to Mexico. The White House conference and the secrecy imposed by the president upon the members of the Senate committee after their departure tended to strengthen the belief that some important action by this government is in almost immediate prospect.
One of Dixon’s greatest assets is Rock river, and this asset could be realized upon by the city if properly directed effort should be expended in its advertising. Inland cities would give fortunes to have Rock river turned into channels that would bring it to their doors. Still, we do not have a proper appreciation of its value.
In the earlier days, there were athletic clubs here, the activities of which were confined to the river, and they furnished a great deal of entertainment for spectators as well as their members. Why could not this be done now to the advantage of all concerned?
There are many canoes, speed boats and other craft on the river, and the owners could get considerable pleasure out of the sport if they had an organization to plan regattas, etc., and interest outsiders in the healthy recreation of water sports.
A country club, situated on one of the countless beauty spots along the river, would meet with great favor among the boaters and auto enthusiasts also, and if a union boat house of more sightly architecture than many of the sheds that now encumber the river banks could be built to replace the latter, the river banks would be much more presentable.
An active, enterprising boat club could do much to make Rock river at this point more valuable to Dixonites and a greater attraction to visitors. Anything that Dixon can do to make the city a more pleasant and attractive place to live in will, of course, enhance her chances of increasing her population, and it is senseless to look in foreign parts for things to help us grow until we have exhausted our local resources, no matter how insignificant.
On Jan. 31, Dixon will have another of her famous Dollar Days. Advertising matter for the big bargain Saturday will be flooded all over this section of the state, and everybody within the shopping radius and many outside will come to Dixon on that day to get their share of the money saving bargains in all things.
No matter what you want, you will find it in Dixon on Saturday, Jan. 31, and at reduced prices. There is something for everybody, and all the Dixon merchants will indulge in a value giving event of the sort that is making Dixon one of the greatest trading centers in this part of the state.
On Friday night, the Princess Theatre will show a two-reel feature titled “The Filly.” Another of our Irish stories dealing with the better conditions in Ireland and showing some thrilling steeple chase races which are extremely startling.
Family Theatre pictures tonight: “The Cowboy Ingrate” and “Enchanted Voice.”