Education: Partners

In a bustling copper-mining town high up on Michigan's northern "thumb," the year 1891 was a bad one for school-teaching. Three principals in a row were harried out of town by the unruly students. The clerk of Adams township asked for somebody who could use his two hands as well as the three Rs. He got a stocky, lyo-lb. college boxer named Frederick Albert Jeffers.

At the first sign of rebellion when school opened the following September, Fred Jeffers seized the ringleader by the neck, bounced him up & down, and left him sprawling on the floor. After that school was quiet.


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