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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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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 324751
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6j67f3x

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Title A Boy Went Forth to School
Description lowered to air-condition the rooms, which were light and bright and-in sentimental retrospect-cheery. Some rooms also had windows (the unusual ones) that were meant for embellishment and perhaps good luck (though reluctant students would have doubted that) for they were shaped somewhat like four-leaf clovers. They were small, perhaps two feet wide at the widest points, could not be opened, and were placed in walls that had no "real" windows for the admission of light and air. The glass in those Bhamrock windows was green. They were supposed to be pretty, no doubt, and I thought they were* Because the first-floor classrooms were below ground level, exterior window ledges were close enough to the ground for young people to sit in them by day or night for one purpose or another-take you choice. Girls played jacks in them. The square towers sat atop the building toward the front, above the main entrances. The glory of the west tower was a big bell that was used to summon children to school. Ita bong, bong wa3 loud enough to be heard throughout most of the town. The bell-ringer would climb a ladder that extended up from the third floor to the attic, and there he would grasp the bell's dangling rope and pull hard enough to give its voice an imperious tone. Better hurry, or you might be late. Sometimes mischievous boys would find a way into the building at night-perhaps on Halloween when it meant mischief, before its conversion to trick or treat. They would give the rope some tugs and scoot out of the building before the town marshall came to chase them out. The grand old building had another bell, one which was used by the principal four times each day-morning, recess, noon, and recess again. It was a hand-bell with a clang that sounded strident and demanding. For about five minutes before cla3s-time the principal would emerge from his office and with his big hand make that bell clang so fast and loud that every pupil in the neighborhood could hear it and would stop playing, loitering, teasing, flirting, or fighting in time to get into line, ready to march into the building when Sarah Peterson, the music teacher for lower grades, started to thump the old upright piano that was somewhere on the second floor. A little before my time, I'm told, L. 3. ("Lute") Doriua organized a small band that played for the students when they marched in and out. But let's leave the building and look at its surroundings, merely bare ground for the first four or five years I -16-
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
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Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6j67f3x/324676