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My, how times have changed? Here in present day education we have busses to haul children to and from school, as well as to school functions, while all this was the responsibility of the parents or the children themselves. In the early part of this century we as children learned our times-tables as we called the multiplication facts, our addition facts, our subtraction facts, and division facts; now the children carry a calculator in their pockets, to do all that for them. No memory work is required.

Back when I started to school in 1914 and all the way through high school, there were no public provided ways for us to get to school; so it was either horse and buggy or walk if the weather permitted. They always rang two bells, half hour apart. I suppose the first was to aler us, and the second was, well be there or be counted tardy. We kids always had chores to do before and after school but I don't remember ever being late.

We learned the pledge to the flag as well as to respect the flag, our parents, ourselves, and or course, our teachers.

We worked very hard at learning our history, our reading, our arithmatic, geography, spelling, and penmanship, for when we had finished our eighth grade we were required to take a test over all these subjects in order to become freshman students in high school. It was an honor to pass these tests, for the student as well as for our teacher.

Since we lived on a farm northeast fo West Lebanon, I drove a horse and buggy to school. I stabled my horse in a barn across the road from the school, so had her to take care of. This horse, a clever little filly, was the granddaughter of "Old Dan Patch". So I didn't spend much time on the road.

I graduated from West Lebanon High School in April of 1926, and wanted to be a teacher, so I enrolled in "Indiana State Normal", (as it was called back then) in May, 1926, when that summer, the following winter and the summer of 1927, receiving a permit to teach that fall. Cecil Miles, trustee of Jordan Township, hired me to teach to the upper room (grades 5, 6, 7, and 8) in Hedrick, Indiana, for two years at $110 a month. I loved my work, and the children. I went from Hedrick to Winthrop, Ind. teaching the upper room again. Then I taught a one-room school of 35 students, all eight grades. We never neglected a student or a subject and everyone was very attentive.

That winter I got married and then married women were not to teach. I quit teaching for 32 years, in other words until our six children had graduated from high school.

John Pickell, Superintendent of Attica Consolidated Schools, offered me a teaching job of Davis School, teaching Third and Fourth Grades (41 children). This was a 3-room school with 35 children in the upper room and 25 children in the little room. We had one cook, who prepared our meals and did the dishes, and a janitor who kept our rooms clean and warn. At this school we had huge shady playground where we had plenty of room for all ages to enjoy recesses. In winter there was room for games such as, Fox and Geese, forts, making angels in the snow, and of course snowballs, Glorious days to recall!

Now they have done away with all those small schools, so the closeness of pupil and teacher is drifting away.

I retired from teaching in the spring of 1974 and I still miss the sound of the children's voices and the clatter of their footsteps on the stairs.

Education is something no-one can take away from you, so use it to the fullest!

Date: 8/1/1988
Origin: Good Ol' Days
Author: An Old Retired School Teacher
Record ID: 00000912
Type: Book
Source Archive: Internet
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Entered By: Amber M Knipe

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