Remember when: a one-room school of the past – The Andalusia Star-News

What a surprise at the end two dozen vintage cardboard photographs were brought to me to be placed at the Museum of the three notches. Mary Kirklanda Inhabitant of Andalusia who was a collector old things for many years found at yard, garage, attic, and real estate sales, thought that the historical society might be interested in these images. She voluntarily and generously donated it, encouraged by her friend Belinda Marvin. These fragile and delicate treasures are surely over 100 years and are photos of one-room schools which were probably in Covington County.

Those who are indeed labeled include communities, including Antioch, Mount Chapel, Coldwater, Garrison, Red Oak, Liberty Hill, Bay Spring, Red Level, Campbell Chapel, Brooks, Babbie, and Sanford. Others in this collection need to be identified. They are hosted at Museum of the three notches if any of you readers can look at them and help name the schools, students, and teachers.

In the United Statesthe notion of “little red the school” is the one who was preserved and famous as a symbol of boundary values. The Parents in most of the cases maintained the school playground, painted what had to be done, chopped and stacked wood for heating, patched steps and doorsand repaired roofs and the Windows which sank. When necessary, a one-room school could have been extended to two pieces.

Today, it is estimated that there are more than 200 early schools listed in the US National Register of History Places. The River Falls Post Office which not only served as post Office but also a doctor’s office and school is now located on the grounds of the Museum of the three notches Thanks to Houston family who donated it to the city of river falls and later the Pebworth family who donated it to the historical society. In its original location, the structure was said to be county’s most photographed building.

This wooden building houses exemplary memories of a historic one-room schoolhouse. Even the donkey chair is placed in a corner!

Some of these photos we recently received show groups students. It seems that some of these photos were taken in cold temperature and others in hotter Weather report depending on the clothes and shoes (or no shoes) worn by the children. There are young smaller children and older childreneverything precious likenesses of the boys and old time girls. Some scenes have male teachers while others are female “school marms” posing, those whom the ancients declared “ruled with the firmness of iron!” A typical teacher salary was $35. a month according to some accounts.

Single female teachers often boarding with local families who lived near the school. female teachers had to be Singleand if they married, their jobs were laid off. male teachers were allowed to marry. They were an integral part of the management and school support system.

In the 1800 and early 1900smost rural American students attended one-room schools near their place. Typically, a single teacher teaches students in 1st through the 8e grades, and, bless her heart, she taught them at all ages with sometimes the help of the older ones. The number of students varied from 6 to 40 or more. Students all seated and met in a room. The basics were taught, all of the ABC to algebra but always “reading and writing” and “rithmatics taught to the rhythm of the hickory stick!”

McGuffey Readers were among the first textbooks United States. They pointed out spelling, vocabulary, and official public speakinga common requirement in the 19e century America. McGuffey Grade Series (1-6) consisted of stories, poems, essays, and speech. The advanced players contained excerpts from the works of famous English and American writers and The politicians.

McGuffey, a conservative theology professorattempted to give schools a curriculum that would inculcate Presbyterian Calvinist beliefs and manners in their students. Later versions replaced the content with civil bourgeois religion, morals, and values.

Several histories have been written of the first schools in this county in the “Inheritance of Covington County » (2003 edition). Curtis Thomassona die notable county historians, genealogist, and long-time member historical society, was one of the driving forces behind the compilation of this volume. Older Citizens wrote, “The structures had one or two chambers; an entrance door, a large potbellied wood stove; and a blackboard in each bedroom. Community members got together and bought or built offices. Outhouses were built behind the school – one for girls and one for boys, placed far apart and usually in the woods. An open well was the water source until hand pumps were installed. School recreations included ball and jack games, spinning tops, jumping rope, hopscotch and dodgeball, or just boys arguing in the sand beds. When the girls played basketball, they had to wear bloomers.

School nurses sent by the county occasionally visited to check on students hookworms and lice then give appropriate treatments.

These schools were commonplace in rural areas not only America but also in countries like United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Sweden, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, and Prussia.

The Fletcher School in Andalusia on what used to be called Brewton Highway (Hwy 29 S.) was frequented by children who lived nearby Three southern notches and down the Brooklyn Road. The end James Arthur Wilsonlong duration teacher and Principal of the Lycée d’Andalusieremembers his days at this school as schoolboy. He recalled, “All the kids went to school carrying their lunch in a syrup bucket. This lunch bucket contained leftovers from breakfast with mostly a ham or sausage biscuit. If you were lucky , the cookie may have had a hole punched in the middle with syrup or jelly inserted in. Baked sweet potatoes or potatoes and cornbread were often included.

In the spring and in the to fallit was common practice for students to help their family farms. This was also true for teachers. The school was systematically taught in mid summer and mid-winter. There are, of course, exceptions to this.

Little by little these community schools became consolidated. The wooden schools have been abandoned. In some cases, these schools have been used to community events such as square dancing, singing, barbecues, and other social events. Time has passed, resulting in a decay of weather problems, season changes, and sheer neglect of schools being vacant.

In the majority of these old photographs, the pupils seem to be dressed for the shoot. Some boys wore suits with ties of this time. The girls wore what was called “midi” dresses (low waist) at the time. In other words, they knew how to come to school that day prepared to have their picture taken.

In the popular television series that has been airing for so long, “Little house in the meadow “, the McGuffey Readers are frequently used in school. Industrialist Henry Ford cited McGuffey Readers as one of his most important childhood influence. Ford republished the six readers of the 1867 edition and has donated complete sets to schools across the WE

He thought it was very useful to encourage students to to memorize and read aloud.

It is interesting to know that McGuffey Readers are still in print and can be purchased at bookstores across the country. Even today, many homeschooling parents use the McGuffey’s Readers to resume 19e conservative values ​​of the century for their children.

I Remember when some of the teachers of my generation that we were lucky enough to have in school were undoubtedly brought up in the one-class school timetable. Looking back on it, it’s quite obvious that their education was in this frame because of the knowledgethe mannerismsthe The highest ability levelsand traditional religious values they owned.

Sue Bass Wilson, AHS Class of 1965, is a local realtor and longtime member of the Covington Historical Society. She can be reached at [email protected].

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