McDonough: Dist. #2, East McDonough (Corbin)Schools of the Past:

At times in a person’s life, manners “go right out the window.” The last week’s article was one of those times of this writer. In the numerous articles that I have written since 2002 and previously it has been my criteria to include the historian’s name as a contributor of historical data. Without their aid and assistance with forwarding information for inclusion in articles, these would not have been possible. To Donna J. Robb, a sincere apology for the oversight!

You will note the actual location of Dist. #2 is East McDonough and is still standing and remodeled to a private home. In a written documentation “McDonough and Vicinity” is a paragraph relevant to the above district. This writer will quote what was written in the above publication: “About 1888 the school building now owned by the Legion was built. It had two rooms, the room on the west called the small room and the room on the east the large room, where the older pupils were taught. At one time, as many as sixty pupils, in each room were enrolled. The school had not been graded and each teacher worked out his own schedule. If the pupils did not tike the text books, being used, there were to buy their own. It was a very common sight in those days to see the birch which and the oak rulers in convenient places. In about 1890 the school house was repaired and the grounds graded. An addition often feet was built on the west side and also the ‘L’ in front. There was an open creek crossing the school grounds running from a fish pond on the Hill property. This furnished amusement for the pupils: skating in the winter and gathering lily ponds and gathering frogs in the summer. Later this creek was covered with flagstone.”

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