|Circa 1952--Well not quite pre-electric but, A one room country school a half mile from the farm up hill on a gravel road. It had no running water so we carried water from a nearby farm. Had chemical toilets and a bell loft. Heat was a coal stove on one side of the room and the little ones seats were closest to that stove. Went there for all eight grades. |
On the Farm we had no running water so had a tank in the dug out under the house that was filled by a pipe from the well house. A cistern pump was used in the kitchen to draw the water up into the hand washing sink. Had an outhouse (two holer) which mom redecorated with a flannel seat cover with red ric-rac sewn around the edge of the holes. Dad hooked up a light in there with a pull chain for those late night trips. That was unforgiving living during the harsh winters in the midwest especially on those -40 degree days.
Can still remember scraping frost off the inside of the window in my bedroom and sleeping in long-johns with the trap door. We dairied so all the chores had to be done before school. That meant alarms were set for 4AM (24/7). What fun I had!
Submitted By: Farmer Bob on 2000-01-11