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(Part 4)

The following are personal remembrances of persons who were associated with the schools.


Recollections of School District 33 as a teacher in the mid-1930's, by Nora Hallberg Fricke:

"The school room was much the same except that the stove used fuel oil for heating, and the double seat desks had disappeared. The water was carried in from a well on the premises, and there was still no indoor plumbing.

"The teacher did her own janitorial work. The pupils still brought their own lunches with a few commodities provided which could be heated on top of the room heater.

"In the fall of the year the mice would come in and entertain the children by eating the crumbs off the floor during class time. The floor boards were about six inches wide and so rough that if a child fell on them they would receive slivers in their knees or hands.

"The County Superintendent of schools came regularly to visit the schools and survey how the teacher and pupils were doing."


As student Elaine Thompson Stulen remembers:

"He would come in the back door quietly and observe the class without their knowing. When they did become aware of his presence, there certainly would be no discipline problems!"


Burton Lind remembers:

"The older boys would help pump and carry in water which was put into a large cooler. During World War 11, the pupils could buy special stamps at school to put into a Bond Book, and when the book was filled they had a $25 bond.

"All the pupils were given Christmas Seals to sell. The money from these went to fight tuberculosis.

"Some pranks were played, such as putting tacks on seats."

District 33 was on County Road 8, south of Spicer.


Connie Hultgren Brown remembers:

"My country school years were from 1947 to 1953 at District No. 98, which was located on the Green Lake's north shore. All six grades were in one room; our class was one of the larger ones with six pupils most years. The building had a full basement used for recess on wet/cold days. We had indoor plumbing, but Mrs. Alfie Gustrud, one of the teachers, would have us wash our hands using water from a bucket and ladle. Pairs of students would take turns pouring water and handing out towels as we washed in a wash basin.

"I remember each class gathering on chairs at the front of the class as we learned to read about Dick, Jane, and Spot in the old readers.

"One year we were able to have a school picnic and trip combined as we went to Lake Mille Lacs to picnic, see the displays, observe the Indians dancing for tourists, and visit souvenir shops.

"Our school did have a small library; in addition the bookmobile would come regularly. I remember feeling surrounded by books as I climbed into the van-like vehicle to select my books from the stacks within.

"Everyone walked or biked to school. This provided many opportunites for camaraderie and establishing 'the pecking order,' which was reestablished each year. I remember getting my new bike, lacking the ability to ride it, and needing to push it to school. At school my special friend would help balance it while running by my side until the art of balancing was learned.

"Our school building has since been remodeled into a lovely home by the Virgil Hawkinsons."