Pie Suppers Held at One-Room School

Childhood memories include the joy of pie suppers as a way to raise money for the rural schoolhouse.

| Good Old Days

The one-room school was the setting for the pie supper. To me it was a strange and wonderful place, hinting of mysteries unknown. Anyway, the pie supper was a money-raising activity.

The ladies took great care in baking their favorite or prize pies. Then they fairly outdid themselves in wrapping and decorating them in gaily hued crepe paper. The kind of pie (apple, cherry, butterscotch, banana cream, you name it) was written on a slip of paper and placed on the outside of the wrapping. The name of the PIE-MAKER on its slip of paper was carefully concealed INSIDE the wrapping. That was part of the fun!

The unmarried girls had the opportunity to show what good cooks they were and who's to know whether or not a favorite swain was let into the secret that "her" pie was the one with the red and yellow paper roses! And all being fair in love, if the same information was slipped to more than one Lochinvar so that the two would bid against each other, that was even more fun, as well as more money for the good cause.

The married women also had a little variety added to their lives because after the pies had been auctioned off, the purchaser peeked inside to see whose pie he had bought. The maker of the pie already knew, of course, and was ready with plates and napkins, knives and forks, and the two sat together and ate the pie. I always wanted my mother to dress up her pie in fancy paper, but she always wrapped it neatly in gray or brown wrapping paper, and Daddy always bought it. Where was their sense of romance, thought I, foolish child that I was!

My Daddy was the auctioneer and I was always so proud of him. Everybody liked him and he was much sought after for those occasions.

The joys of the pie supper were remembered even unto my high school days and I wrote a poem about it, for which I received the grade of "A."



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