From Cleata B. Thorpe’s Education in South Dakota 1861-1961:
- Teachers will fill lamps, clean chimneys and trim wicks each day.
- Each teacher will bring a scuttle of coal and a bucket of water for the day’s use.
- Make your pens carefully. You may whittle nibs for the individual tastes of children.
- Men teachers may take one evening each week for courting purposes or two evenings a week if they go to church regularly.
- After ten hours in school, the teacher should spend the remaining time reading the Bible or other good books.
- Women teachers who marry or engage in other unseemly conduct will be dismissed.
- Every teacher should lay aside from his pay a goodly sum for his declining years so that he will not become a burden on society.
- Any teacher who smokes, uses liquor in any form, frequents a pool or public hall, or gets shaved in a barber shop will give good reason for suspecting his worth, intentions, integrity and honesty.
- The teacher who performs his labors faithfully and without fault for five years will be given an increase of 25 cents a week in his pay providing the board of education approves.
You can find more from the South Dakota Historical Collections in the Chilson Collection in the USD Archives.