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Saturday, June 02, 2018

Teacher comes across old Joliet math textbook in Yorkville | The Herald-News

Names of previous District 86 students on inside cover, as The Herald-News reports.

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Dan Spradley, a Joliet West High School math teacher, was searching through an antique store Sunday in Yorkville when he came across a pile of old textbooks.

About halfway through the stack, he saw a fourth-grade textbook called “Strayer-Upton Practical Arithmetics.” At first, it seemed like any other book, but then he opened it.

“Joliet Public Schools” was sprawled across an inside page, stamped in black ink.

“Oh, it’s an old Joliet textbook; I teach in Joliet,” Spradley recalls thinking. “It was a very funny moment.”

On the inside cover, Spradley came across a page filled with students’ names from Joliet School District 86.

“I wonder if any of these students are still around,” he said. “I would be interested to find someone who was taking math in District 86 way, way back in the ’30s and just ask them, ‘What was it really like?’”

After sharing his finding with family members, Spradley’s aunt did some research. Soon, she was able to locate information about four of the students. The only surviving student is retired in Melbourne, Florida.

Source: The Herald-News