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Carmi Rotary discusses Christmas meeting plans

At Thursday’s meeting of the Carmi Rotary club, the Rotarians discussed the Christmas meeting plans, after enjoying a great fried chicken lunch provided by Little Giant.

Tom Logan then read a list of rules for teachers from 1911, that are hard to imagine in today’s world. Among the rules: A teacher could not marry until the term of her contract had ended. A female teacher could not keep company with any man. All teachers had to be home between the hours of eight pm and six am, unless doing school business. Teachers were not allowed to loiter downtown, especially at the soda fountains. Female teachers were not allowed to ride in carriages with men unless the man was her father or brother. Teachers were not allowed to travel beyond the city limits. Of course there was no smoking. Teachers were not allowed to wear bright colored clothing, could not dye their hair, and were required to wear at least two petticoats. Last but not least, a teachers dress could not be more than two inches above the ankles!

Morris McCall won the 50/50 drawing but did not claim the day’s cash prize. Patrick Haskell was named as the day’s phantom.

The Carmi Rotary club meets every Thursday at noon at the First United Methodist Church on Main Street in Carmi. Anyone wishing to learn more about this civic organization is welcome to attend a meeting or speak with any Carmi Rotarian.