Corn Was Part of One-Room Schoolhouse Experience

Learned kernels of knowledge in one-room schoolhouse.

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Corn is included in my memories of a one-room country schoolhouse in southwest Nebraska in 1918.

I had my uncle's slate to use, we had paper tablets - mine was probably 6 by 9 inches. There were bigger ones, probably 9 by 12 inches. Our pencils were penny pencils, cedar wood with a pointed white eraser on the end. Often the teacher would write a word, using chalk on the desk top and we would use kernels of corn to follow the lines.

Frances Hoyt
Trail McCook, Nebraska


Back in 1955 a call went out from the editors of the then Capper’s Weekly asking for readers to send in articles on true pioneers. Hundreds of letters came pouring in from early settlers and their children, many now in their 80s and 90s, and from grandchildren of settlers, all with tales to tell. So many articles were received that a decision was made to create a book, and in 1956, the first My Folks title – My Folks Came in a Covered Wagon – hit the shelves. Nine other books have since been published in the My Folks series, all filled to the brim with true tales from Capper’s readers, and we are proud to make those stories available to our growing online community.