Possibility of Prairie Fire Was High

Rural schoolhouse survived the outbreak of fires on the prairie during a dry year.

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One year as my Mother taught in the one-room school, fires broke out everywhere. The children became frightened and excited. They couldn't study.

It seems it was a very dry year. The grass was tall, and the wires of the cattle fences would rub together when the wind blew and would produce sparks that set the prairie on fire.

The school stood, the fires didn't get to it.

Pauline Fecht
Syracuse, Kansas


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