A Day at School

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 14
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1982
Type Text
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Language eng
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Date Created 2005-03-01
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Title A Day at School
Description A DAY AT SCHOOL Talula Kelson Box 148 Mt. Pleasant, UT 84647 Senior Citizen Division Second Honorable Mention Historical Essay The Mt. Pleasant public school building (later named Hamilton School) was erected in 1896 at Main and First East. It was a majestic, well-built building, three stories high, having twelve large classrooms, four on each floor, and spac-ious halls and wide doorways. The rich, red brick was made by the Mills brothers, shaped in molds and fired in their kiln east of town. The Matson stone cutters hewed the solid rock that went into stately arches above the entrances, each of the tall windows on the upper floor, and beneath the bell tower. Solid rock slabs also adorned the building above each of the long windows on the other two floors adding to the overall red-and-white grandeur of the building. Metal block letters formed the words "Boys" above the west entrance and "Girls" above the east, the date "1896" under the windows on the third floor, and 'Public School " over the arched entrance on the north; this was topped by the bell tower where the bell hung in its majesty above the front entrance, adding to the stateliness and dignity of the build-ing. The "bungalw roof" with no gabled ends gave it a uniqueness that was in keeping with the splendor of the arch-itectural style. Landscaped with beautiful lawns and stately lombardy poplars, this enduring building, erected at a cost of $20,000, served as the public school for seventy-five years. It was in this exciting new building I started my schooling. What a thrill to go with my older sister, Farrie, to begin my education! The smell of fresh paint, the new desks and clean blackboards added to my shyness as I entered and found my first teacher, the lovely Jennie Jorgensen Rasmussen. She was the kindest person I had ever seen, a delightful first-grade teacher. It was all so wonderful as I formed a line with all the other first grade girls on the east side where it said "Girls." It was unthinkable to try to enter on the west where the boys entered, or on the front where teachers and parents and other dignitaries entered! Here on the east, lined up at the sound of the bell, three abreast in perfectly straight lines, we waited for the sound of the piano. All in perfect step we marched to our rooms. I stood spellbound watching the older pupils march -118-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 14
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 325342
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