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Nellie Carnahan Robinson

I am sure there was not another schoolhouse in the whole country as primitive as this one. There couldn't have been. It was made of logs and had been built in a day by the men in the settlement. The dimensions were about fourteen by sixteen feet. The logs were chinked and daubed with adobe mud. In many places the mud had fallen out. If a child wanted to look at anyone passing, he would peek between the logs .... The floor was of unfinished boards and if a child dropped a pencil, he had learned to be quick to retrieve or it rolled through the cracks under the floor. At times we would have a general upheaval at the noon hour when the boys would take up the floor boards and reclaim the erasers, pencils, chalk, and various other articles the woodrat had hidden under there.

Source: Nellie Carnahan Robinson quoted in Michael B. Husband, ed., The Recollections of a Schoolteacher in the Disappointment Creek Valley, 150.


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