Fixed Many Lunches to Eat at One-Room Schoolhouse

Sister remembers fixing lunches for herself and siblings to take to their one-room schoolhouse.

| Good Old Days

Attending country school in the one-room schoolhouse for my education in grades one through eight, and having four brothers who also attended classes in the same room for eight years each, I have many memories of fixing school lunches.

Most always we had home-made bread, and slicing it into even pieces was the first chore! The filling to put into each sandwich was of a great variety, but usually home-made butter, with home-made jelly or jam. It was a treat if, once in awhile, we had peanut butter.

Our parents bought no lunch meats, so if we had a meat sandwich it might be cold, whole-hog sausage, or a slice of head cheese (home-made from the meat of a hog's head, feet, and tongue).

I can remember making fried-egg sandwiches, with yolks cooked hard. One of my schoolmates made mustard sandwiches, with just the yellow salad mustard spread over the bread! In the month of May we could have some lettuce sandwiches if our parents got the garden planted early.

There was a really poor family in our neighborhood in the Depression years, and their six children carried their lunch buckets (1/2 gallon size tin pails that had contained lard or sorghum). In each might be one small, boiled, unpeeled potato or 2 black walnuts. These children would spend much time peeling their potato or cracking the walnuts out on the front step of the schoolhouse and trying to pick out the nut goodies to mU:l;1ch on. In this way of "slow actions," they could finish "eating" about the same time we all returned our lunch boxes to the hallway shelf.

Many times some of us shared bread or a cracker with our friends.

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