One-Room School Became Dance Hall

Schoolteacher’s classroom served as an occasional dance hall.

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I taught in one room school from 1919 to 1923. It was on the prairies of Colorado. There were about 20 pupils in the school from first grade through eighth.

Occasionally on weekends we would push the desks along the wall and on Saturday evenings have square dances. A lady in the community played the organ and one of the men the fiddle. There was a small charge, twenty five cents I believe, which we would use to buy a book or something for the school. Ladies in the community furnished lunch. Often times the sun was coming up before we left to go home.

Katherine Schwynoch
Salem, Oregon


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