One-Room Schoolhouse Rules

Punishment followed when rules were broken in our one-room schoolhouse.

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Pupils were corrected by the teacher in those days. One main punishment was standing on the floor at the front of the one-room schoolhouse, or remaining in their seats at recess or noon.

One instance I remember was when the teacher made a rule that no chewing gum was allowed in school. This person forgot, and as punishment had to stand on the floor with upraised arm pointing at a picture in the room for an hour.

Frances Gump
Clarksburg, Missouri


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.