one-room country school: south dakota stories
About the Book
"One-Room Country School" contains 145 stories from South Dakota contributors and former residents reflecting on their experiences in one-room country schools.
The book was edited by Dr. Norma Wilson and Dr. Charles Woodard. (Published in 1998; 146 pgs.)
Excerpt from "One-Room Country Schools"
"The School Board should have warned me that I needed to come to my job with an axe because one was not provided. They did well to fill the coal bin with good, big chunks of coal and scrap lumber for kindling. But neither coal nor wood would fit in the stove. I solved this problem by taking the coal out to huge rocks in the yard and dropping it on the rocks and ducking quickly so I wouldn't get coal splinters in my eyes. I propped the wood against the cement step and jumped on it several times to get it small enough for kindling. I tried banking the fire to keep a little heat in the stove till morning, but oh, oh, those cold, cold Monday mornings." -Winifred Bertrand Fawcett
About South Dakota Stories
The South Dakota Humanities Council has published four collections of stories written by and about the people of South Dakota. The stories were born in various chapters of our state's history, and each collection documents a large theme of life in South Dakota.
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