Old School

This morning in Minnesota the kids in Public Schools headed off to their first day of school. How exciting..this year the grands are..one in second grade, two in fifth grade, one in sixth and one in eighth grade. ( Gosh I hope I got that right.)

I bet that no one took a lunch pail…

I bet no one sat in old wooden desks in a one room schoolhouse.

I bet they didn’t play any of these games…


I bet none of the teachers followed these rules from 1915.


1. You will not marry during the term of your contract.

2. You are not to keep company with men.

3. You must be home between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. unless attending a school function.

4. You may not loiter downtown in ice cream stores.

5. You may not travel beyond city limits unless you have the permission of the chairman of the board.

6. You may not ride in a carriage or automobile with any man unless he is your father or brother.

7. You may not smoke cigarettes.

8. You may not dress in bright colors.

9. You may under no circumstances dye your hair.

10. You must wear at least two petticoats.

11. Your dresses must not be any shorter than two inches above the ankle.

12. To keep the school room neat and clean, you must:

sweep the floor at least once daily
scrub the floor at least once a week with hot, soapy water
clean the blackboards at least once a day
start the fire at 7 a.m. so the room will be warm by 8 a.m.

I enjoyed my visit back to this one room schoolhouse, even though I never attended an old country schoolhouse and never walked two miles uphill both ways to get to school. They built a new school in our nearby town, so I never got to go to the old country school that was very near our farm. I was close enough to walk that quarter mile..but instead the old country school was closed and I had to ride the bus to school when I went to first grade:)

This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

8 Responses to Old School

  1. buffalo gal says:

    I LOVED “Fruit Basket Upset” when I was just a tadpole!!!!

    I was in an old Clay County rural schoolhouse this weekend also. It sits on “Main Street” at the Rollag Thresher Hill. It even had the short white curtains on the windows to keep the students from gazing outside during school hours!!!
    I saw a picture of the kids from the school year 1945-46 and among them was a friend I met in college during the school year of 1956=57!!

  2. geri w says:

    what fond memories this brings back. I went to Andrews school all 6 grades loved it. Thank you

  3. abra la mente says:

    Where is this school located? Looks intersting.

  4. abra la mente says:

    Let’s try this again: intersting shb interesting! Why do I never catch spelling/grammar errors until after I hit the submit button? :-)

  5. PrairieWoman says:

    We have an old school house in my hometown. I have never set foot in it. I don’t recall that it was ever open to the public. I think it is important to remember how far we have come.

  6. farside says:

    This school is located at the Lake Itasca Pioneers Farmers Grounds near the north enterance to Itasca State Park.. it was fun to visit:)

  7. Betrob says:

    Ha Ha—–I think I taught in communities with similar ideas back in the 60s & 70s.

  8. Shirley H. says:

    Yah, those ice cream parlors were dens of evil. Many a life was ruined in them.

    I taught during 1951-52 high school music in Hartford WI. Women teachers had to resign if they married. The other music teacher did marry and got away with it. The teacher of German at the high school married a German prisoner of war who was in a farm work camp in WI and she wore her wedding ring around her neck. Interesting times and not too different from pioneer days.

Comments are closed.