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The Depression Years 1930 - 1940 - Part 2

In the 1933 Board election, on October 28, 1933, A. R. Buehman was defeated by Davis, seeking re-election, 2,405 votes to 1,204. Davis was elected to the Presidency by the other Board members in January and Drachman was installed as Clerk.

Clarke did not run for re-election on October 27, 1934. Superior Court Judge Fred W. Fickett was the unopposed candidate and received 807 votes. Two write-in votes were cast, one for Oliver Drachman and the second for A. R. Buehman. Clarke resigned his position on the Board in November, before Fickett was seated in January, and Harold Schwalen was appointed to fill out Clarke’s term, serving the shortest length of time on the Board in its history, since Fickett took his seat on the first of January, 1935. Davis was installed as President, and Fickett was elected Clerk.

Mose Drachman did not seek re-election in October, 1935. Running for his seat were Peter E. Howell and Schwalen, the short-term former member. Howell defeated Schwalen 1,792 to 1,023. Davis was seated as President, and Fickett was elected Clerk.

Davis sought re-election in 1936 and was unopposed. He received 518 votes. Again, Davis was elected President and Fickett served as Clerk.

Fickett ran unopposed for re-election in October, 1937, and was elected President of the Board in January. Howell was seated as Clerk.

In 1938, Howell succeeded himself, receiving 2,391 votes. He was opposed by John W. Ross, who received 1,961 votes and Clifford C. Myrick, who got 63. Howell was elected President, and Fickett was named Clerk.

Davis ran unopposed in October, 1939, and received 187 votes.

Peak enrollment in the high school at the beginning of the 1930-40 decade was 1,259 and 8,581 in the elementary schools. As the decade closed, peak enrollment in the high school was 2,216 and the elementary total was 9,526.

The budgets during the 1930-40 decade were mentioned earlier to demonstrate the Board’s efforts to operate the schools economically during the depression. Below is an itemized list of these budgets:

Year High School Elementary Schools Total
1930-31 $178,990 $571,950 $750,940
1931-32 160,740 542,450 703,190
1932-33 129,920 514,570 644,490 (1)
1933-34 106,044 430,924 536,968
1934-35 115,025 471,294 586,319
1935-36 129,585 496,105 625,690
1936-37 156,572 560,849 717,421
1937-38 197,634 591,552 789,186
1938-39 206,300 612,096 818,396
1939-40 236,971 665,635 902,606
(1)Following adoption of the budget, the Board made a further $20,000 cut which would make the total budget $624,490.

From the Arizona Daily Star, April 22, 1943

Children at Davis School Are Shown What Their Bonds Buy
The boys and girls at the Davis Elementary School feel a bit better satisfied today about the money they are investing in war bonds and war savings stamps for Uncle Sam, for yesterday afternoon they saw with their own eyes just what their dollars and dimes will buy in the way of equipment to help defeat Hitler and the Japs. And they heard a high tribute to their patriotism from Major Karl L. Springer, of Davis-Monthan Field, who with three non-commissioned officers from the airbase took a jeep and a motorcycle to the school building for the children to inspect.

The youngsters not only just "inspected" the equipment during the hour they were granted that privilege, but most of them, and many of the teachers also, were given rides in the jeep. They regarded it as sort of their own jeep, too, for during the 8-day period from April 12 to 21, the 549 students at the school bought S553 in bonds and stamps, an average of more than $1 for each child which makes a total of $3,000 they have invested since the war bond drives first began, according to Miss Kate Van Buskirk, principal of the school. And S3,000 will buy a pretty fair jeep, they reasoned.

In Their Language
Major Springer complimented the students and the teaching staff for the splendid record Davis School has made in the Second War Loan Drive. He talked to the boys and girls In their own language, picturing the war effort in terms they could easily understand "If the grownups were as interested and aroused as you children," he declared, "it would certainly be a different story. There are many grownups today who do not seem to know the war is on."

The students are intensely interested in the war effort, Miss Van Buskirk explained, for nearly every family In the school district has some one In the service. When the major asked those children who have relatives In service to raise their hands, nearly every child in the large gathering responded.

Ceremony Informal
The ceremony, which was entirely informal, began at 1 p.m. with a salute to the flag by the assemblage and continued until 2 p. m. Major Springer and the three men with him, Sgt. Arthur W. Milne, in charge of the motorcycle, and Staff Sgt. Albert J. Ghossen and CPI. John Langan in charge of the jeep, stood at attention during the flag salute. Robert D. Morrow, superintendent of city schools, was also present and expressed his pride in the achievements of the students. Sarah nda, who won the student record of buying the most bonds, 14, was given a ride on the motorcycle in addition to a jaunt in the jeep. The A grade, taught by John Rayphole, won first honors In the contest between the different rooms for the eight-day drive, with a total of 200 in bonds and stamps purchased. Among the bond purchasers In the grade were three Yaqui chlldren. The prize awarded the class was an invitation to witness the Easter play to be presented by the 2-A group.

Following the ceremony, Sgt. Ghossen remarked: "I got the greatest kick out of that than from anything that has happened to me since I’ve been in the armv. It did me good to see all those kids smiling and everyone so happy."

First Hundred Years, By James F. Cooper, Edited by John H. Fahr, Tucson, Arizona, 1967