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School Days with Mathilda

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 07
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1975
Type Text
Format image/jpeg
Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s6154f64
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-26
Date Modified 2005-02-26
ID 325315
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6154f64

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Title School Days with Mathilda
Description wholesome days gone by. Our friend. James Whitcomb Riley, expressed it just right when he said: "0 the days gone by! 0 the days gone by! The music of the laughing lip, the lustre of the eye; The childish faith in fairies, and Aladdin's magic ring- The simple, soul reposing, glad belief in everything--When life was like a storyr holding neither sob nor sigh, In the golden, olden glory of the days gone by." SCHOOL DAYS WITH MATHILDA Eleanor P. Madsen Ephraim, Utah Professional Division Second Place Essay 1891 is a long time ago. Schools at that time were much different from the schools of today. Methods of teaching the three R's varied as much as the characteristics of the students being taught. Looking through family history I found that my mother, Mathilda Lund, started school in Mt. Pleasant, Utah some eighty-four years ago. Picture a little girl in a pretty, ruffly calico pinafore, with long black stockings and shoes that buttoned tight around her ankles, her black braids tied with colorful ribbons, skipping happily to the First Ward School House, where she commenced her first year of school. This school was a brick building, also used as a church. It was built in 1875 and stood on the corner of Third South and State Street until 1908, when it was torn down to make way for the new South Ward Church. Education was very important to Mathilda's parents and the other pioneers of that time. They cound't wait for large, spacious class rooms to be built, so the children were scattered all over town with one or two grades in each building. The second year Mathilda went to the Simpson School on the southwest corner of the Wasatch Academy block. The school was named for Hans Y. Simpson because of his generosity in providing funds for its con-struction. It is probably the best known of the early school buildings. Mathilda's third grade venture was in a brick building on First North and First West which was later used as the City Hall. This was an excit- ing place for school, since Pleasant Creek ran past the building. In the fall and spring months when the windows were open, the children could hear the ripple of the water as it splashed over the pebbles along its way toward the Sanpitch River. The children were always anxious for recess time, when they could play along the banks of the creek, making houses in the willow covered nooks, using willow branches to sweep their playhouse floors. Playing house was fun for both boys and girls. Sandwiches were brought from home for the -34-
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Identifier 043_School Days with Mathilda.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol. 7
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 325287
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6154f64/325287