One-Room Schoolhouse in Missouri

Remembers pungent paste used in one-room schoolhouse.

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I was born in 1932, and we lived on a farm. Mom had gone to Kansas City to find work, and she moved us into Polo, Mo., from the farm. We attended a one-room schoolhouse near Polo. The school building now sits in town, people now live in it. We walked to school most of the time. I remember the school supplies, nothing smelled like those Crayolas or the paste - Borden's glue of today can't hold a candle to the minty smell of the old paste. Our Big Chief tablets we thought were great, too.

Vera J. Eli
Kansas City, Missouri


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