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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 literature 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 19th 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?
Third Grade Essay Contest
2015 Winners List
2014 Winners List
2013 Winners List
2012 Winners List
2011 Winners List
Winning Essays To Be Announced
Disclaimer: ECHS makes every effort to make available accurate information for historical research.
Students use a variety of sources. Third grade essays should not be used for research.
Historical characters at 2012 Essay Awards
Minnie Harris, Josephine Asher, Mrs. Emery, Amaziah Knox, Illa Birdseye Knox,
Jesse Phillip Rexford Hall, Theodora Birdseye, Cowboy Slim Jim
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Find out the distance to other parts of the world from El Cajon!
Research your family history
Print out and color in the country of your family origin
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_ _!
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.