School Programs Provided Money and Entertainment

Pie suppers and other school programs at the rural schoolhouse was great fun during the Depression.

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Pie suppers were always important events in the "good ol' days" of the one-room school. Proceeds were often used to provide Christmas treats for everyone in the district as well as all who had brought pies or boxes. And the rivalry was great! Even in the middle of the depression, boxes went for the outlandish sums of eight and ten dollars. The teacher had the unique position of having her box be in demand, and her box brought the highest price, at least mine did that year. Another feature was the box of chocolates for the most popular girl. This was regarded as an honor indeed, that is, if the boy friends provided the funds, and not father or brothers! Then there was a jar of pickles for the most love-sick couple, sometimes bona fide, and sometimes for two who just couldn't abide each other. And last the bar of soap for the man with the dirtiest feet, something to be received with great, good humor, or get the name of being a poor sport.

Edith Thiessen
Collinsville, Oklahoma


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