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It’s Okay to Date a Student — Ella Deweiller and Charles Bauer– 1930s — Now You Know the Rest of the Story…..

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It’s Okay to Date a Student — Ella Deweiller and Charles Bauer– 1930s — Now You Know the Rest of the Story…..
1930

In my search for something else I came across a teacher dating her student in the 1930s. Schools in the big cities were better off than rural schools during the Great Depression, but they still had problems. Schools had less money, which meant fewer teachers, and teachers were paid less. New supplies and books could not be bought for students, and classes like PE, art, and music were taken out of schools. In most cases a student was barely a few years older than her students in a rural school like New Boston that had a poplulation of 736 in 1930.

There were rules for teachers and in the 1920s you were not supposed to marry or fraternise with your students. I assume they had lightened up, but here was Miss Ella Deweiller dating a high school senior, Charles Bauer, (name wrong in newspaper) who was younger than her.

She was fired of course and it took until 1936 to get her back pay back. In 1932 Ella married Charles Bauer on Christmas Day, and in the 1940 Census they were still together with two children. It looks like he went to first year college and then took a job as a salesclerk as a baby was probably on the way.

Now you know the rest of the story….

Nov 20, 1936
CLIPPED FROM
The Daily Times
Davenport, Iowa
27 Dec 1932, Tue  •  Page 8

CLIPPED FROM
The Star Press
Muncie, Indiana
16 Aug 1936, Sun  •  Page 14
New Boston High School Building 1922 – 1956

Name:Charles Bauer
Gender:Male
Residence Date:Abt 1932
Residence Place:New Boston
Graduation Date:1930
School:New Boston High School
Marriage Date:25 Dec 1932
Father:Fred Bauer
Mother:Bauer
Spouse:Ella Detweiler
Name:Miss Ella Detweiler[Miss Ella Bauer]
Gender:Female
Residence Date:Abt 1932
Residence Place:Eureka
Occupation:Taught
Employer:New Boston High School
School:Sterling High School
Marriage Date:25 Dec 1932
Father:E. R. Detweiler
Mother:Detweiler
Spouse:Charles Bauer
Siblings:Howard DetweilerAline Detwiler

DetailSource 1940 Census

Name:Charles M Bauer[Charles M Baner]
Age:29
Estimated Birth Year:abt 1911
Gender:Male
Race:White
Birthplace:Illinois
Marital Status:Married
Relation to Head of House:Head
Home in 1940:Proviso, Cook, Illinois
Map of Home in 1940:Proviso, Cook, Illinois
Street:Hannah Avenue
House Number:425 Rear
Farm:No
Inferred Residence in 1935:Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Residence in 1935:Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Resident on farm in 1935:No
Sheet Number:14A
Number of Household in Order of Visitation:292
Occupation:Clerk Sales
House Owned or Rented:Rented
Value of Home or Monthly Rental if Rented:25
Attended School or College:No
Highest Grade Completed:College, 1st year
Hours Worked Week Prior to Census:40
Class of Worker:Wage or salary worker in private work
Weeks Worked in 1939:52
Income:1500
Income Other Sources:No
Neighbours:View others on page
Household MembersAgeRelationshipCharles M Bauer29HeadElla D Bauer32WifeBarbara Bauer6DaughterRichard Bauer3Son

Photo of their daughter Barbara who they listed her last name is Baner and not Bauer

U.S., School Yearbooks, 1900-1999
Detail
Related
Source
Name
Barbara Baner/Bauer
Estimated Age
Abt 16
Birth Year
1934
Yearbook Date
1950
School
Eureka High School
School Location
Eureka, Illinois, USA

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