Books [Ella Bartlett]
“One time, when school had let out, four or five of us was standin' by th’ side of th’ road an' a team come long an' though we didn't know th’ folks we curtesied an' said, ‘Good afternoon,’ an' th’ woman that was ridin' said, ‘What nice manners you children have.’ An' after that you couldn't keep us from curtesyin' every time we saw any folks.
“Some of our women teachers wan't as polite as he was but they was cheaper an' we learned ‘bout's much - jest an much; I guess, if th’ truth was told. Th’ girls was all for havin' men teachers though - but they didn't get 'em.
“Lookin' back at it now, I wonder how some of those poor women could have taught us anythin'. They always boarded at some farmer's house, paid ‘bout two dollars a week board. They was paid five or six dollars for teachin' I remember hearin' my mother say. They mostly had to sleep in a room with one or two others - sometimes three - Of course, th’ houses was big in those days but [you?] got to remember, so was the families.
“Another thing I remember her sayin' was that she knew they must all hate pork ‘cause a kid'd come to school an' say, ‘Ma wants you to come to dinner ‘ cause Pa's jest killed a pig.’ They was always