A Boy Went Forth to School

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 16
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1984
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Title A Boy Went Forth to School
Description was there, and a pipe fence that extended along the north and east edges of the school yard. I don't remember when that fence was removed nor when grass was planted in front of the building. I must have been in the fourth or fifth grade when some playground equipment was installed south and southwest of the building: a set of three or four high swings, a slippery-slide, an overhead traveller, a set of teeter-totters, and a giant stride. I was surprised and elated to see such wonderful equipment installed for us, just to play with. What more could anyone want? Wonderful beyond belief! Just to play with! The giant stride was my favorite. I haven't seen one for decades. Architecturally, it was a little like a nmy- pole, with an upri^it iron pipe anchored in the ground and five or six chains suspended from a wheel on top of the pipe. At the bottom of each chain was a handle shaped a lot like a stirrup. A boy or girl would grab each handle, which was high enough above ground level so we wouldn't drag our feet as we ran and swung out and around the center pole. Sometimes when a swinger would reach the outer limit of hi3 circle, he would let go of the handle to see how far out he could jump. Sometimes he might fall down and scrape his knees, but that was a small price to pay for such exhilarating fun. Sometimes one swinger would be permitted to wrap his chain around the chains of the others and get a free, high, fast ride from the momentum built up as they ran around the pole and unwound him with great speed. The traveller, with ita horizontal overhead ladder that we swung along with our hands, the slippery slide, the teeter-totters, and the swings were tame compared with the breathtaking giant stride, except when a foolish daredevil older boy would go so high on a swing that he might go all the way over, or at least so high that he might fall out and get hurt, as a coupla of them reportedly did. Or when a boy and a girl would stand up in a swing, facing each other, gently swinging and thinking how bold and exciting it was to be that close to each other before they were old enough to "go out together." A little later, probably about 1917, the School Board acquired enough property in the center of the ten-acre block to accommodate a baseball diamond-hardball, not your sissy softball that became popular later (unless my memory has played an old-age trick on me). Center field was out by Albert Johnson's lusbar-yard -17-
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Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
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