FOOSE, Lemuel
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FOOSE, Lemuel Oliver, superintendent of city schools, Harrisburg, Pa., was born in Juniata county, Pa., January 16, 1838. He is a son of James and Catherine (Boyer) Foose. He primary education was received in the Markleville Academy, Perry county, Pa. He also took the greater part of the course at the Pennsylvania College, Gettysburg, Pa. He left college at the close of the junior year. He was subsequently honored by this institution with degree of M. A. While obtaining his education he was more or less engaged in teaching school.

He had charge of the academy at Aaronsburg, Centre county, Pa., from 1864 to 1866, and in 1866-67 he was superintendent of schools at Lima, Ohio; in 1868-69, superintedent of schools at Miamisburg, Ohio, and from 1869 to 1879, principal of the boys' high school, Harrisburg, Pa. In 1879 he was elected superintendent of the schools of the city of Harrisburg. In this position his services have accomplished much for the improvement of the schools. The course of study has been extended and reconstructed, with closely graded scholarships for admission to successive grades; changes have been made in the method of promotion, so that classes complete the year's work earlier than before, and new classes take up their work at the time of year when there is less disposition to drop out. A change has been effected by which pupils are promoted without examination when their work is satisfactory to the teachers. Competitive examinations are now held for the appointment of teachers. As applicants come to take the examination, the one highest in grade is appointed to the first vacancy, and the next vacancy is filled by the next highest in grade. This does away with favoritism or influence on the part of the school board in appointing teachers. As a result of Professor Foose's able administration the standard of scholarship and discipline has been raised, and the general scope and mission of the schools so extended and enlarged that they hold a high grade among the schools of the State.

Professor Foose was one of the founders of the public library, and has since been secretary and trustee of the same. He has been at the head of the University Extension work since its inception. He is chairman of the city Bible Society, and is closely identified with the Dauphin County Sunday-School Association, being its president and secretary. He is a member of the Messiah Lutheran church. He has been one of the official board and the superintendent of the Sunday-school for twenty years.

Lemuel O. Foose was married, in 1868, to Miss Elizabeth Eleanor Kuhn, daughter of Rev. Samuel and Eleanor M. Kuhn. Their children are: Albert Elliott, Charles James, the architect of the public library building, of Harrisburg, Ella Irene, Frank Charles and Jessie Florence.

Historical Review of Dauphin County

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Date of Transcription: 19 Jan 2001

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