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Update September 15th
Growing up on a farm, gave me the opportunity to amass a large part of my education in a two-room school.
School did not begin until after Labor Day. As students do today, we had a nervous anticipation about starting school.
The trip to school was an event in itself. Several neighbors took turns taking us to school. Depending on the size of the vehicle, it was not unusual to have one or two students sitting on your lap. One neighbor had a pickup truck on which he built a wooden camper type frame that covered the truck bed. There was a door in the back with a window that allowed light to come in. A bench was built on each side for the students to sit. The ride probably wasn’t anymore uncomfortable than the yellow school bus of today.
Many times after a long period of rainy days, or in the spring, the bottom completely went out of the gravel road. At these times the transportation was a tractor pulling a wagon box that normally was used to haul oats.
Upon arriving at school we lined up in an orderly fashion. When the bell rang, we would walk into the classroom in single file. The wait was not very long because, unlike today, we were not dropped off at school on the parents way to work. We arrived at school about five minutes before the bell was rung. The bell was large with a long handle. It was a real thrill if you were picked to be the bell ringer.
The sights, sounds, and smells were quite different than today. The school had two main classrooms. One room had first through fourth grades and the other room had fifth through eighth grades. We referred to them as the big room and the little room, not that there was any difference in the size of the rooms. The size of the students were larger in one room.
On that first day of school, the smells of the classroom were unique for that period of time. There was a strong smell of duplicating fluid. This fluid was mixed with a jelly like substance which was in a pan similar to a nine by thirteen cake pan. There was a design of some sort in each pan. To make a copy of the design, a paper was laid on top of the jelly like substance. The teacher would press down very carefully so as not to smudge the design. The design was usually some kind of holiday motif. We took our time to do our very best coloring. There were no seconds if we made a mistake.
The boys all had brand-new bibs. These were the days before pre-washed denim. The blue dye from the indigo plant has a real pungent smell before it is washed. These early denim pants had metal rivets which made the overalls more sturdy. In the 1960s, the rivets disappeared from the back pockets because school boards complained that the rivets scratched the desks. Cowboys had the same concern about their fancy saddles.
I always thought the boys were lucky to have those bibs because they had so many neat pockets to carry hidden treasures. The girls always had to wear a dress which many times was made from a chicken feed sack. Usually the dress had only one pocket.
Depending on where some of the students stepped on the farm before boarding their mode of transportation, there was the aroma of the barnyard in the classroom.
In the winter the smell of wood burning came up through the registers.
The neighbor ladies took turns cooking the noon lunches for the students. Farm women are great cooks! By eleven o’clock the aroma of stews, soups and pies made it hard to concentrate on studies. The pie crusts were extra flaky because they were made with real lard. The cherry pie was indescribably delicious! CONTINUE READING HERE!
Update September 15th