Schools of the Past: McDonough: Memories of a one-room schoolhouse

This week for a change of pace, we are providing our readers with Elmer Aldrich’s memories of attending one of the one-room schools in the Town of McDonough. Both Mrs. Robb and I hope this “memory” proves to be of interest to all and to recall pleasant and unpleasant memories by anyone who attended the ‘old one-room schools of the past.’

“I attended a one room school for 8 years. I started in September of 1934 until it closed in 1944. It was the District #4 school and sometimes called the Daniel School (August 16, 2012 article). It was located a short distance east of County Road 8 in McDonough, about half way between McDonough and East Pharsalia. My family lived about a mile north of the school on Route 8. There were six girls and three boys in our family and all eight of us attended for eight years except Eleanor, my youngest sister, attended six years. The school was closed in 1944 when she finished sixth grade. After that the students went to the district school in McDonough.

“Some history about my family: My mother and father were married in 1916 and from 1918 until 1923 they lived on the farm that is now the home of Eleanor & Ed Troicke on Pike Road in Town of McDonough. (Note: Eleanor was the former historian, passing away in November 2011). There was no school in walking distance for Ray and Florence, my oldest brother and sister, when they became old enough to start school in 1923. My Aunt Helen Pike, my mother’s oldest sister, lived on the Pike homestead farm one mile from the Daniel District School. It was decided that the two families would swap farms to make it more convenient for the children to attend school. Helen was not married and no children to attend school. From 1923 until it closed in 1944 there were Aldrich children attending the Daniel District School. I am the eighth child, born in 1930 and Eleanor, the youngest, born in 1932.

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