1848 – Education Leader James Stout Born

On this date education leader was born. Chosing to work in the family’s lumber company instead of going to college, Stout mastered the business in just a few years. While in St. Louis for business, Stout visited a exhibition fair in which Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Germany displayed their new style of teaching manual arts and domestic science. Encouraged and motivated, Stout opened a small school in Menomonie in 1889, funding the building and the teachers out of his own pocket. became a leader of vocational training for Wisconsin’s youth, and was later incorporated into the UW system. James Stout also served in the State Senate, and created Wisconsin’s first traveling library system. Stout also built a modern highway in his home county to show the state and nation the benefits of the “good roads” movement. [Source: by Fred L. Holmes]