Remembering One-Room Schoolhouses

The old schoolhouses were unique.

| Good Old Days

The old schoolhouses really had just one room, but sometimes one had an entryway where coats and tin drinking cups were hung and lunches were stored until mealtime. Otherwise the coats and cups were hung on nails at the back of the room with lunches placed on a bench near by.

There was a large old wood or coal heating stove in the center of the room. It was the teacher's job to do the janitor work and build and keep the fires. Some of the boys might be persuaded to carry in the wood or coal.

A blackboard was across the front of the room. There were large maps hanging, that could be pulled down like window shades, one at a time for geography lessons.

Bookcases might be on each side at the front of the room, with well-thumbed books. We never had many books so everyone read them all. There was usually a set of World Books. A large dictionary was placed on a small table for everyone's use. A pencil sharpener was probably placed on the wall by one of the windows. There were windows on each side of the room, but children were discouraged from gazing out.

A teacher's desk and chair were at the front of the room with the roll call and grade book on top; also a small school bell which the teacher used to bring the children in from play. A globe was one of the supplies for everyone to share. A dunce stool could be seen setting in the corner, too.

The seats could be either single or double, with a space for books and supplies. In the double seats, two children sat together if the space was needed. The smaller seats near the front were for the younger children and the larger ones at the back were for the older.

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