Seems like some folks never learn anything in school. Huck Finn struggled with it. Many people do. One of my pet peeves has always been people who can’t spell. I’m not talking about typos that spell check doesn’t catch…I’m talking about people with college degrees (some advanced) who had all kinds of mis-spellings on resumes for a job. When I saw those things on resumes, I immediately toss them into the “forget this one” pile! Sheesh!!!!
I started my schooling in a 1-room country school in Iowa. Bristol #3, if memory serves. It was a mile from our farmhouse and my sister and I would walk to school on good days, or ride our bikes. During the winter when there was snow all over, we got a ride, of course.
In the middle of the school room was a cast-iron pot-bellied stove. That was our source of heat. It was also where we’d put our aluminum foil-wrapped potatoes at the start of the school day and by lunch time, they’d be great – ready for butter, yummmmm!!!! There were grades K-8 in this school, with just one teacher, Mrs. Williams. I was the only kid in my grade. But I loved it!!!
During recess we’d play in the yard or the pasture across the fence (we’d go there to fly kites). During the winter, we’d dig blocks of snow/ice out of the ditch and build igloos…then one of the older kids would invariably jump on it and collapse it when us younger ones were inside. Oh, and the bathrooms? A boy’s and a girl’s outhouse about 75 feet or so outside the door of the schoolhouse. During winter times, it was, well…and adventure!
Still, I felt I got a great education there. Of course, I was only there for 2+ years as the building was eventually sold for a house and moved from the area around Churdan, IA to the “big city” (4000 people) of Jefferson some 10 miles or so away. We wound up after that being bussed into Churdan to the public school there. It was something of an end of an era…and I was saddened by it. (Interestingly, later on in life during my years in high-tech, we had a customer come out to California for some training. He was living in Texas at the time, and one day at lunch, we got to talking about our childhoods…and lo and behold, he had gone to the same one-room school as I had – only he’d been there 8-10 years earlier! What a small world!!!!)
Today’s photo was taken inside the one-room school at Stately Oaks Plantation in Jonesboro. When I saw this scene, it reminded me of my happy days spent in a one-room school, surrounded by the rich, black farmland of Iowa. I wish my children could have had the same experience as I did.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: this day in 1913 was a dark day in US history. On this day, the 16th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, allowing the federal government to levy and raise taxes on income.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: Jack Broughton was one of the most beloved of all English boxers. He was so popular that he is buried in Westminster Abbey, even though he was not connected to royalty in any way.