The pattern for this 12" School Girl's Puzzle block can be found at: http://quilting.about.com/od/blockofthemonth/ss/school_girl_puzzle.htm
In this continuing story, my grandmother explains that she is able to go back to Emporia to finish high school in the fall after her mother's death that summer.
from A Kansas Yankee by Harriet Woodbury George -
"The rest of the summer is almost a blank, but we were busy at home and also getting reacquainted with Olivet people. I did go back to Emporia to complete my fourth year in high school. Ruth had gone one year to the Presbyterian College of Emporia, but that was her only college year. She headed the household on the farm. Dad sold the house in Emporia to Mr. and Mrs. McEvoy from Anderson County. . . I lived with them and was allowed to use my same room.
"I could go home occasionally on the early morning "Plug" Santa Fe train on Saturday and return Sunday evening by 9:00 P.M. - which were not very convenient hours, as the Santa Fe station was a mile or more distant from our house - a long walk or call a cab. Usually I went home on holidays only.
"I liked school and was quite busy my senior year but was a little lonely for our family frequently. I have always been grateful that I could finish my high school graduation. The disappointment came when I did not get to go onto college as had been planned ever since I was a child. I was to have been a schoolteacher."
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