Books [Ella Bartlett]
“When I first started there wan't a clock in th’ school house. Th’ teacher had an hour glass - think of that - AN HOUR GLASS - Then one day we walked in an' found that my uncle Fred had give th’ school a clock to hang on th’ wall. We was all to excited to do much work that morning.
“School started at nine, or about then. It wasn't a crime to be late those days like it is now. You see children walked to school - sometimes near two miles - except in awful deep snow weather, then some farmer would have his ox sled started out an' he'd collect all th’ children along th’ way. There'd be two, three men on th’ sled ‘cause lots of times snowdrifts would have to be shovelled away.
“They'd get to school with th’ sled all full of children, all shoutin' an' calling. Pretty soon another sled, from another direction filled with children would come. School would be real short those days, ‘cause we couldn't play out much an' th’ folks would want to come early to take th’ children home before it come dark. I always felt bad that we lived so near th’ school - I missed bein' on those rides.
“Th’ children used to always walk unless th’ roads had to be broken out but they hardly missed a day durin' th’ winter. Th’ children, today, think the're killed if they have to walk six blocks.