Books [Mrs. I. E. Doane]
There were fewer outside amusements and interests were centered in the home. People have changed in their attitude toward marriage more than in any other one thing, she thinks. When a couple married in those days, they expected to settle down and establish a home, have children and stay married as long as they both lived. Now, there is a feeling that if marriage doesn't work out as the couple would like, it can easily be dissolved. Her own father never went anywhere without her mother and they were rarely separated. Mrs. Doane recalls that once her mother went to the mountains with one of her older sisters and that her father was completely lost. He grieved so that they had to write their mother, without the knowledge of their father, to come home. She came and found a number of gifts that her husband had bought for her during her absence, among them being an entire set of china.
Children did not get much education during and following the war. There were only small one-room, one-teacher schools, usually four or five miles away. Children walked the distance twice a day except in rainy weather, when they rode horseback. School was closed when time came to plant the crops, for the children were needed at home. They started again after the crops were planted and ran until it was time to harvest, when they closed again. They studied the old Blue Back Speller and later the Dictionary. Arithmetic, grammar, history and geography were also taught. When the one-teacher school was finished,