Excerpt from “FIDDLETOWN SCHOOLHOUSE MEMORIES” by Elaine Zorbas

 

READING, WRITING AND ARITHMETIC
Teachers at Fiddletown School taught the basics plus history, grammar, geography.
 
She [Mrs. Farnham] had the books and she let us take them home. We could do our homework and bring them back for her to grade. I wasn’t a very good speller and I’m still not. If we had a spelling bee, if I missed a word, she would write it down. Then on the weekend, I had to write the word ten times or so―and then I had to take it back! If I had anything to do on the weekend, I had to be sure that I wrote the word as many times as she said. So I learned to spell, and I was a pretty good reader. When we came in from lunch, she’d read us a story. I got all the different stories like Heidi; she’d continue everyday until she finished the book.
Coleen Farnham Randolph [1946/47-1950/51]

I liked geography, because there was always something new about a new area.
Dianne Deaver Frutos [1933/34-1940/41]

The teacher would stand up and give the spelling. She would give words 1st grade through 8th, one after the other. I used to write them down, my own words and the other words [too], because I liked spelling.
Esther Murray Woolfolk [1942/43-1945/46]

Math was easy for me; spelling would give me a pain. [The teacher] would work with each grade. There was a blackboard. The most math was in 7th and 8th grade; math then was like you get in college now. Some of it was very tough.
George Woolfolk [1937/38-1944/45]

I can remember reciting the alphabet backwards―for somebody. The two teachers looked at each other and said, “How did she do that?” Because the alphabet was up in the other room on top of the blackboard. Mr. Neal [1952-53] knew that he could do it, but I caught him looking up [at the blackboard]. He cheated, and I didn’t have to cheat!
Peggy Germolis Denton [1952/53-1954]

 

WATER AND UTILITIES
Fiddletown School had no running water. Water was fetched from wells on Main Street and carried up the hill in big milk containers from the local dairy.

Me and Marvin [Vose] would get on either side of the five gallon milk can and we’d carry it from the corner up to the schoolhouse. It wasn’t too heavy with two guys carrying the one can. We’d stop and take a rest, then go, stop and go. I got $5.00 a month for carrying water. I saved up and bought a bicycle….
In the morning, we had to build the fires [for the wood stove], and sweep the room after school. The room was kept nice and warm in winter.
Delbert Glavich [1934/35-1942/43]

There were two outhouses, one for boys and one for girls.
Boys had to go way up on the hill―just had a two-seater. The girls had five or six seats, and were closer to the school. It worked―that is the way it was.
George Woolfolk [1937/38-1944/45]

We tipped the girl’s toilet over a lot of times on Halloween
Delbert Glavich [1934/35-1942/43]


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