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Just for fun: Things to Consider while visiting Knox House

Before this became the Knox home, it was a hotel for miners, drovers and stagecoach travelers going to and from the Julian gold strike. The Historical Society has furnished the building to represent what settlers   brought with them from back East and Europe to live on San Diego’s frontier between the years 1869 and 1912. The master bedroom set was brought here by Illa -- most likely with her first husband, who died from tuberculosis shortly after they arrived.


So, why in 1876, would anyone build a small-windowed, weather-tight Victorian farmhouse in hot Southern California?

What do the books, magazines and organ in the parlor tell you about Amaziah and Illa Knox?

What do the children’s toys and books tell you about the parenting of their two youngest children?

What do the foods in the kitchen tell you about the state of Americans’ health around the turn of the 19 th Century?

How do those foods differ from what Americans had been eating prior to the health fears and governmental intervention of the early 1900s?

Can you even imagine early settlers pushing the perambulator along the village/town’s unpaved streets and paths?

What’s missing from the house?


Find your school, create a graph or take a quiz!
NCES Classroom


  Find out the distance to other parts of the world from El Cajon!
How Far is It?


Visit your "Country of Origin" to find out facts about the country you have chosen.
Write a two paragraph report about your ancestral home.

National Geographic Map Machine

Discover what happened on this day in history in the year 20_ _!
Time Capsule


What it took to get an 8th grade education in 1895...
8th Grade Final Exam:  Salina, Kansas - 1895

Grammar (one hour)
1. Give nine rules for the use of capital letters.
2. Name the parts of speech and define those that have no modifications.
3. Define verse, stanza, and paragragh.
4. What are the principle parts of a verb? Give principle parts of "lie", "play" and "run."
5. Define case; illustrate each case.
6. What is punctuation? Give rules for principle marks of punctuation.
7-10. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.

Arithmetic (1 hour 15 minutes)
1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.
2. A wagon box is 2 ft. deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold?
3. If a load of wheat weighs 3, 942 lbs., what is it worth at 50cts/bushel, deducting 1,050 lbs. for tare?
4. District No. 33 has a valuation of $35,000. What is the necessary levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for incidentals?
5. Find the cost of 6,720 lbs. coal at $6 per ton.
6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 percent.
7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft. long at $20 per metre?
8. Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent.
9.  What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance of which is 640 rods?
10. Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt.

The above are only a sample of test requirements for passing 8th grade. How many of these can you do?


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