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TAG : One Room Schoolhouse

School Programs Provided Money and Entertainment

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 ...

Pie Suppers Held at One-Room School

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 ...

Bloomer Incident During Recess

At that time, mothers made their daughters bloomers of black sateen. (A shiny black cotton material.) At noon hour, the boys and girls had a baseball game. This one day, a girl was running to the bases when the rubber in her black bloomers broke. They started going down around her legs. She ...

Box Socials Helped Buy School Supplies

I once fixed a box in the shape of a ladies shoe - pink and white - with a draw-string at the top and also a pink bow – a very pretty and different box! No one was to ever tell whose box it was. The man would sit with the lady whose box he bought and eat the packed lunch. Besides the ...

Birthday Celebrations Were Special

Birthdays were special at our one-room school. You brought a treat. You got spinned in the teacher's chair and "spanked" for the number of years you were.Carmel McCloskey Racine, WisconsinBack in 1955 a call went out from the editors of the then Capper’s Weekly asking for readers to send in ...

Pie Supper Part of School Programs

I would set the date at mid-winter 1928. There was always money raised at a pie and box supper. After the program they picked a friend of ours from St. Joe to sell the pies. He was busy with his selling and I and a friend were just looking on and listening. He called for a dollar bid and I ...

School Programs Held at Rural Schoolhouse

One year we had a box supper after one of our school programs. Each girl was to make a box and fill it with food. My mother and I worked for days to make a pretty box. We covered it with blue crepe paper and pretty rufflers. My mother fixed fried chicken, sandwiches, two bananas (which was ...

Carnival Games

I will try to describe some of the events such as booths for chance and cake walks. Chance was a major attraction at the carnivals. Children would set up booths and people would try their luck, just as they do today. Some of the prizes given away were odd dishes, small boxes of kleenex and ...

Schoolteacher During Depression

In the depression year of 1931, I taught in a one room county school several miles from even a small town.One lovely spring day a little boy was enjoying the view from the window by his desk. He called out "Look! A plane is going to land in the schoolyard!" I could see a small plane flying low ...

Schoolteacher Went Home Sick

The District #45 schoolhouse, situated on a corner section in Polk County, Nebraska had four mailboxes at the intersection. The rural mail carrier of the Polk route was my brother, Clyde. I was a first-year teacher at this school. There wasn't such a thing as a telephone at the schoolhouse. A ...

Schoolteacher in Rural Schoolhouse

I do remember very well teaching in a one room school in mid-Missouri during World War II.Gasoline was rationed, so I walked 3 miles each way to and from school. Shoes were also rationed, therefore I wore heavy boots so they would last the allotted time until another shoe stamp was due.I recall ...

Demise of the One-Room Schoolhouse

Since I was born March 24, 1910, almost nothing is now the same. There were one room country schools everywhere and most towns had a high school. Then, dusty and muddy roads were everywhere. The older women's skirts almost swept the floor. The recess games at school were Kick the Bucket, Work ...

Apple Pie Anguish

School started in September and we got out in April. Once we had a pie supper, and Mother made me an apple pie. A little boy in my class (there were seven in first grade) bought my box for 25 cents. I cried. I was afraid to eat with him and didn't!Helen Jacobs Clarence, MissouriBack in 1955 a ...

Taught In Rural Schoolhouse

In the 1920's I taught in Missouri in a one-room country school where all grades, one through eight, were in one room, except one year you taught fifth and seventh and the next year sixth and eighth. Some children might have sixth before fifth and eighth before seventh. However, the curriculum ...

Childhood Memories Include School Programs

I remember a poem I did at one occasion at one of our school programs:"The night was dark and dreary, And a storm was drawing nightLightning flash across the sky.But see from out a lonely wood There comes a vengeful manA blood-stained club is firmly Grasped within his strong right hand. The ...

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