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