Oil Painting of Rapp Schoolhouse, a One-Room School in Kansas
In 1992, my mother wrote about her experiences at Rapp School:
"I began school in September 1933. It was a one-room school in the country, built in 1929 and about two miles from our house. It was quite a nice building for the times and is still standing in good condition. It was red brick with a bell in a steeple. There was room for over 50 pupils. A few years before I started school, there had been at least that many pupils, but people were leaving farms, and I believe there were 22 pupils in eight grades when I was in the first grade. There were three in my first grade. We had a room for a little library in the back. There was a big basement with windows all around, so it was a great place to play or roller skate around and around on cold days. I also remember a very large sandbox on a table in the back where many of us could play at a time.
|My mother is second from the left in the back row. |
Annmarie's mother is second from the right in the front row.
One of our aunts is the first one on the right in the middle row.
"There were no school buses in those day, so my mother drove me there and came to get me every day. My parents did not want me to walk as part of the road was a highway. Neighbor boys did walk. One of the boys rode a horse to school, which he put in a small shed on the school yard. He brought hay for him to eat and carried water to him. Another family drove a horse and buggy to and from school. This was unusual at that time, however. Most people had cars.
|School Girl's Puzzle Quilt Block|
"My teacher's name was Ilene Engelson, and I was lucky to have her for six years. She was an excellent and strict teacher, and when I went to high school in town, I found I had a better education than most of the 'town kids!' We studied reading, penmanship, arithmetic, geography, and something new called social studies. I don't remember studying any science, but we may have. We played learning games like spelling baseball, a game in which you spelled a word 'pitched' to you by the teacher. If you spelled it correctly, you advanced to first base, etc. We all looked forward to 7th grade when we studied Evangeline by Longfellow and made a book of pictures cut out and pasted in to illustrate various passages."
To be continued . . . here.