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Saturday, March 5, 2011

School Days

A Day in the Life: March 5th

(Aged 14)
Wea.  Clear                                   THUR. MARCH 5, 1896              Ther. 34

Went to school had examination in Arithmetic + Grammar.  Got out of school at 3 P.M.  Came home + cut poles for wood.  Geo Walters tapped our sugar bush.  Sap ran from some trees + from some it did not run.
School book from the 1874

A page from the book

(Aged 16)
Wea. Sunny                                   SAT. MARCH 5, 1898                  Ther. 30

In A.M. stuck up auction bills over Oak Hill + Frew Run.  In P.M.  put them up over through Clark, Kennedy + Poland Center.  Pa went up to the factory meeting + Ma + Rollie went over to Grandma’s.  Awful windy.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                               SUN. MARCH 5, 1899                  Ther. 

Stayed at home all day.  Chas Slater came down after his lantern.  Ransom King came about 6 o’clock P.M.  We are to try him a week and if we like him he is to work a year for $100.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                               MON. MARCH 5, 1900               Ther.

Rode to school with Gordon Taylor.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                               TUE. MARCH 5, 1901                 Ther.

Did chores.  Drew five loads of manure in the A.M. Pa + Ma came down.  Drew manure in P.M.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               WED. MARCH 5, 1902                Ther.

Gail helped pa cut wood.  I done chores.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               THU.  MARCH 5, 1903                 Ther.

Irvin drove fence posts for a while but it rained so we worked in cow house.  G. North came after a recommend which I gave.  Pa + Rollie came over in the evening Pa + I went over to see Grandma.


Editor's Note: I wonder what the true school hours were that 3:00 is worth a mention.  Would that be early or late?  We already know he sort of turns up depending on his farm chores.  I'm very curious as to how the school system worked then--what was expected and what was provided.  I think we already know it was likely more academic challenging than today.  These were the days when an education was seen as a privilege.  Oh, dear I'm sounding political but I'm thinking of an article my sister recently shared with me.  Could you pass this test?

1 comment:

  1. No. No I couldn't pass that test even if I wanted to. I doubt most Americans could right now much less our current crop of 8th Graders. Just a highly different world.