Spelling bees are still done today and the National spelling bee always brings up some words that very few people have ever heard before.
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THE FAIRPORT HERALD
Thursday, June 7, 1916
One-Third of All Who Tried From Perinton Stood to the Last in Contest Saturday Night.
The spelling contest for pupils of the schools in the town of Perinton was held in the town hall Saturday evening after the meeting of Fairport grange, the grange hall being too small to accommodate the number of people present. In all, 743 words were pronounced to the 33 pupils who entered the contest, 74 words were misspelled, and at the finish 11 were still standing. District Superintendent Furman announcing that he had pronounced all of the difficult words from the list of 3,200 sent out by the state education department, from which the words were to be chosen.
The contestants had been selected from the various schools of the town of Perinton after contests in their respective schools.
The victors in the contest, in the order in which they stood on the platform, were Vara Dadd, Emma McCoord, Emma Coon, Mildred Lincoln, James Goodwin, Violet Bacon, Ann Webb, Julia Cook, Caroline Wolfe, Donald Kelsey and Helen Bolton. Five of the eleven winners attend the Fairport schools and three the east Rochester schools, the remaining three are from the district schools.
The original plan of the district superintendents was to have four of the best spellers from each district in each of the towns in Monroe county attend, expenses paid, the county fair at Brockport, but considering the fact that the Perinton spellers covered the entire list of words, and 11 were still victors after spelling for nearly two hours, it was decided to take the entire eleven spellers to the Brockport fair. The winner at the Brockport fair will join with the other county winners of the state at the state fair at Syracuse in a state wide spelling bee.
Perinton should be proud of the kind of spellers that the children in the grades have proven to be.
Besides Mr. Furman, who conducted the contest, the judges were Principal Bird of East Rochester, and James J. Dadd, of Fairport , who had been asked to represent Fairport High school; and F. B. Miner, editor of the Fairport Herald, was the referee.