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To answer your question, the school I went to was a modern
school with all up to date facilities for the time, 1940's & 50's. The school he attended consisted of one room with one teacher
taking care of all grades. Being a country school there may not
be anyone in some grades, one or two in others and some grades
may have six or seven students.

The building was heated with wood and one of the older boys was
responsible for bringing the wood inside from the woodpile at
the rear of the school. He was also responsible for getting to
school before everyone else, usually about daylight, and starting
the fire to have the building warm when the teacher and other
students arrived.

The building would have windows down both sides to let the light
in. The only alternative light they had was a coal oil lamp,
which didn't put out much light.

The school year started later then, usually the middle of October
or first of November. Everyone in the area were farmers and the
main crop at the time was cotton. There were no mechanical
cotton pickers, all the cotton had to be picked by hand and the
farmers expected their children, boys and girls, to help with
the crop. Anyone big enough to pull a cotton sack slung over
their shoulder, even a small one was expected to help.

The schools did not start until all the farmers had their crops in.
If one farmer finished before the others he would take his family
over to the neighbors and help with their crops. There was no
paid help then.

School usually lasted about 5 months. By the end of March the
farmers would start plowing, getting ready to plant their crops.
The plowing was done using teams of mules and the older boys
were expected to help with this. The younger boys and the girls
would help the mother with the garden as they raised all the
vegetables that they ate.

There were no school buses, if you lived within two miles of
school, you walked, if you lived farther you rode a horse to school.

There was no cafeteria, everyone carried their lunch from home,
usually a sausage in a biscuit or a fried egg in a biscuit. I
remember dad telling about carrying his lunch in an old syrup
pail, the ones with the wire bail, or carrying handle, as that
was handy to slip oner the saddle horn to carry on the horse.

I do not remember dad saying just what time class started or
let out. I hope this information is helpful.

John Watson
The old codger
http://buckcreek.tripod.com/texas.html

Dana Grenert wrote: >

Hi my name is Alan Grenert I sent you an e mail last night. I am doing a >
report on life without electricity and you stories really helped me. I >
was wondering about school. Did your school have electricity? How long >
was a school day, and a school year. What games did you play with your >
friends? Thannk you >

Alan > >