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Dressmaking School Closes

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The Fort Dodge Messenger: May 20, 1903

Dressmaking School Closes

Stoppage Was Unexpected

Pupils Who Paid Money in Advance Inclined to Think They Have Been Victimized

The Diamond Cutting School which was opened in Fort Dodge some little time ago, to teach neophytes the art of dressmaking, has come to an untimely end. The ambitious pupils who joined the class and paid over $10 each as a guarantee of their good faith, are left disconsolate and are putting down that amount of money in their account books as expended in the acquiring of experience.

The Diamond Cutting School came to Fort Dodge some time ago, rented rooms and started a day school. The pupils who started in this day class had nearly finished their course.

About three weeks ago, a nigiht school was started. There were three scholars in the night school, and seven or eight who took their instruction in the day time. The terms of the school were $20 altogether, $10 to be paid in advance, and the remaining $10 after the completion of the course.

The night scholars paid their money down and took six lessons. On Friday night, May 8, they told the teacher that they could attend day school for a week, as they were to have a vacation. To this the teachers agreed. On the next Monday morning, when the scholars reported for duty, they found a note on the table saying that the school would be closed for a few days and asking the pupils to take the work  home.

Since this time the teachers have not appeared, and the scholars are of the opinion that they have left the city and do not intend to return. It is stated by one of hte pupils that a lady and gentleman answering to the description of those who were here, are about to open a school in Webster City.

The names given by the teachers while in Fort Dodge were Mr. Gerl and Clara Tracy. They paid their bills so far as known, up to the time of leaving town.

(Editor’s note: I am not sure about the man’s name. It starts with Ger, but it looks like the fourth letter may only be partially there. I’ll try to do more research on this and update this post if I find out anything more.)

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