Students Enjoyed Hot Lunch at One-Room Schoolhouse

Lunch at the one-room schoolhouse one snowy day was beans and bread.

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The best memory I have of the one-room schoolhouse I attended is the day every so often when we each brought a little bag of dried beans, brown, white or whatever, and the teacher, Mr. King, brought a large kettle and a piece of bacon and we had a "cook-in" on top of the stove. We older girls took turns keeping an eye on the beans, adding water as needed which was brought from a spring in back of the schoolhouse. We each brought our own cornbread and whatever else we wanted to eat with our beans. Just imagine the aroma and the taste of corn-bread and beans on a cold snowy day! My school, Melton, No.8.

Gladys Toliver
Orleans, Indiana


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