There are many interesting stories from the past history of the School.  Here are some of them for your enjoyment.

Troops Pass Through Janesville

“On Thursday, May 16th, 1918, a troop of soldiers from Camp Grant en route to Sparta passed through Janesville.  The W.S.B., the same as the city schools, was dismissed and went to the city to see the soldiers as they passed through.  The parade consisted of about 2,500 horses, most of them with riders, and about 500 to 1,000 foot soldiers.  Besides the troop train containing baggage and provisions, there were hospital wagons and a few four or five inch guns.  It was a wonderful sight and one which few people are privileged to see and gave us all a very clear insight of the great work which the government is doing in preparing for this awful war.  The troop goes to Camp Robinson, at Sparta, for artillery practice for a few months before starting for the trenches in France.  It took over two hours for the troops to pass any one point and will long be remembered by the pupils and teachers of the W.S.B.”


–excerpted from the Free Press, Vol. 25, No. 8, May, 1918.

“Tom, Tom, the Piper’s Son; Stole a [Calf] and Away He Run”

“Shortly after midnight, February 2, our night watchman, who was making his rounds, noticed two men carrying something away from our barn.  When the men saw the watchman’s light approaching, they dropped the calf they had stolen from the barn, and fled.  Louie, the watchman, sped after them, but the thieves eluded him and hid in a neighbor’s shed.  In running through the crusted snow, one of the fugitives, who wore cloth-top shoes, had his sole cut off, and as the culprit with his soleless shoe ran, he soon left a trail of blood, which, together with the lost leather gave the police a clue which led to the arrest of both men.  Retribution was swift.  In less than a week the transgressors were locked up and they are now serving a sentence of one to three years each at Waupun.  The calf is none the worse for his experience.  The thieves might better have selected a scrub animal worth $15 or $20, instead of selecting an animal worth $250.”


–excerpted from the Free Press, Vol. 36, No. 7, February 15, 1929.

Flu at School

The Christmas recital of 1928 was postponed until January, due to high prevalence of flu among the staff and students.  Because all the kindergarten teachers were ill, 15 kindergarteners were sent home a week early for their Christmas break.  Then a major snowstorm over New Year’s prevented everyone from getting back in time.  January 7, for the first time in history, the Governor’s inauguration ceremonies were broadcast; students listened in on the kindergarten radio.

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