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
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-26
Date Modified 2005-02-26
ID 325315
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Title School Days with Mathilda
Description recess period, and sometimes the children exchanged their "graham" bread for cornbread and other kinds of jam sandwiches. In 1897, the new three-story, red brick Public School building was completed, and for the first time all the eight grades were housed in one building. With the bringing together of so many children, it seemed there was need for more regimentation and stricter discipline. The school day began about 8:00 a.m. with the ringing of a large bell in the tower of the school building that could be heard all over town. It was a signal to be up and moving. About five minutes to nine, the school Principal appeared outside the entrance of the building and rang a smaller bell. This one had a wooden handle which allowed him to swing it in many directions. This was the signal for the children to line up on the wide wooden waIks on the east and west ends of the school building. The children stood four abreast in rigid rows, the first grades first and consecutively up to the eighth grade. Part of the classes marched through the west doors, and the others through the east double doors. A child who was late getting in line had to stand aside until all had marched in. Then he or she reported to the Principal's office, where he was given a permit to enter class. The next day he had to bring an excuse from home, giving the reason why he was late. Needless to say, there was not much tardiness. The children hung their wraps on the long rows of hooks just outside of each classroom. They sat by flat-topped desks made of wood with a long groove across the top to hold pencils and pens. There was an inkwell on the right side. Three or four desks were fastened together with long runners. Underneath the desktop was a place for books and papers. A cast iron piece on either side held the paper and bookshelf in place. The inkwells were a source of some unpleasantness in the class room. Mathilda had to be careful to keep her long, black braids in front of her, as quite often the freckled-faced boy who sat behind her would put the end of the braid down the ink bottle. On a number of occasions Mathilda felt like leaving the room when an ink bottle went flying past her toward the front of the room, aimed at the teacher, who somehow had learned to duck at just the right time, leaving the ink to splatter over the blackboard behind him. Many times the whole class would be punished because the culprit couldn't be found. School always commenced with prayer by one of the students, followed by the singing of favorite songs: America, Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean, I'll Paddle My own Canoe, and Old Mother Hubbard is Plucking Her Geese. One of Mathilda's best liked classes was Geography because she liked making the relief maps with clay. She made maps of South America, the European countries, Asia, and Africa. Another class she liked was writing. She was a good penman, and it was a delight for her to make the push-pulls and the 0's that went round and round between the ruled lines across the page in such even rows. -35-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol. 7
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 325288
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