Romine Bristol extended as Superintendent

On March 16, 1927, the school board passed a motion to extend Mr. Bristol’s contract to cover the 1927-1928 school year.  However, they did not actually have a contract ready for approval.

A few days later, the school board met because of the turmoil surrounding Mr. Black and the young lady.  At that meeting, the school board rescinded its offer to Mr. Bristol and passed a motion to hire Mr. Black as superintendent for the 1927-1928 school year.

About this time, an employee of the Girls’ Training School had come and taken the young lady back to Adrian.  She was there only a few days before she was released.  She had completed her sentence and was being processed out of the system.  Upon returning to Almont, she did not return to school.  Several persons who wanted to allay the agitation of the girl’s presence at school had asked her sister and her mother, who lived in Imlay City, to keep her out of school.  The women agreed and the girl did not return.

On Tuesday, April 12, 1927, the high school students, except the seniors, staged a strike.  They made banners praising Mr. Bristol and ones attacking Mr. Black and certain school board members.  They then left school and marched downtown.  Several members of the band led them while they played a tune popular at the time, “Bye, Bye Blackbirds.”  There was a report that some of the students actually went to Romeo and also marched there.

The next night, Wednesday, April 13, 1927, the school board met to discuss the trouble that was disrupting the school.  After a lengthy and heated discussion, the school board persuaded the superintendent, Mr. Bristol; the high school principal, Mrs. Eunice Hough Johnson; and two teachers; Miss Anna Hough and Mr. Black to resign immediately.  Essentially, this was the entire high school staff.

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