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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 ...

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 ...

Schoolteacher Had Great Idea

It was the year 1925-26 that I was the only girl in the 8th grade in our school, District 52, Brantford Township, Washington County Kansas. Our teacher, a local young lady, well-known and respected in the area, together with other young people came onto the idea of presenting a community play. ...

Began Teaching Career In One-Room School

I began my career as a teacher in a one room school in the early forties. I was fresh out of high school where normal Training was taught, which meant you spent your last two years of high school cramming all the techniques needed for teaching as well as the subject matter to be taught into a ...

Memorable Experiences Had Teaching In One-Room School

After thirty-one years of classroom teaching, then retiring from the profession, I recall my first and one of my most pleasurable experiences of fifty-two years ago. It was in a one-room rural school. It really seems as if it were only yesterday that it took place as I sit here reminiscing.In ...

Taught at Same Rural Schoolhouse as Mother and Sisters

I was sixteen years old, just graduated from High School, passed the teacher's Normal Training Examinations given at the county courthouse, and received my teaching certificate. How happy I was to be hired to teach the fall term in the rural schoolhouse where my mother and two sisters had ...

School Children Learned Teaching Skills Early

My school years 1928-29 and 29-30 were as a junior and a senior in high school, and were almost entirely devoted to prepare me to teach a one-room school.We memorized many poems that all students for years had learned. When we did this, all in that class would study it for a few minutes, then ...

Schoolteacher in One-Room School Had Unexpected Visitor

At the close of a busy day teaching twenty-six pupils in my one-room school, I did my janitorial duties. The wooden floor was sprinkled with a red cleaning compound, then swept with a wide-width broom; the three gallon crock jug was filled with fresh water from the pump outside which I ...

Surprises Were Plenty In One-Room School

Teaching in a one-room school was never without surprises.On a busy highway, the schoolhouse faced south so we were not aware of the events to the east of us.One of the boys went out to display the flag and very quietly called me to the cloakroom."There's a man sitting on the approach to the ...

Schoolteacher Believed Repetition Worked Well

I had six grades, not including fourth or sixth if I remember right, and only thirteen or fourteen pupils. There was a "recitation bench" near the teacher's desk so that she could call each class up to recite. There were only 5 to 7 minutes for each class depending on the number of grades. Some ...

Toddler Attended One-Room School at Young Age

My Aunt was a teacher in a one room rock schoolhouse built in 1885 and is still standing in 1992. She was in an automobile wreck and they asked my Mother to teach for her.We didn't know about baby sitters in those days, so Mother took me, a three-year-old, to school.She said I sat very quietly ...

School Children Saved the Rural Schoolhouse

My husband was not sent to school until shortly after his seventh birthday.The teacher told him where to sit but did not give him anything to do. He listened for quite awhile to the older students doing their lessons, but he got bored with nothing to do so he just got up and walked home. Nobody ...

Schoolteacher Sisters Planned for School Programs

During part of the years I was teaching, I had three sisters teaching at the same time. We all stayed at home with our one car and we'd drop one off at a time to four different schools. We planned our lessons and programs together (this was during the Depression, too). At Christmas time we ...

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