The History of Carl School is published.

Printing went smoothly at a digital printer in Michigan, with 50 copies made on this first run.  We could have printed more, but since the New York Times has not yet heard of this book, we decided to print just this many at first.

The book has lots of text describing the history of the school and many pages of photos and stories.  It should not only be a good historical record, but a pleasure to read.

book cover

The books ISBN is 978-0-9977690-0-5.  It can be purchased for $20.00 postpaid to your address.

The Book

Now at 251 pages, 35,172 words and considered finished.  So, printed to file a copy in .pdf format, suitable for sending to the printer.  ——————But then, I took one more run through it looking for errors or opportunities for making it a bit better.  Unfortunately, I found five changes I could make.

So, will not rush this thing through after all the effort that went into it.  MAYBE someone will come along with some more information in the next few days, then I can add that and make the five fixes at that time

THEN, I swear the proofreading will be done

Finding Old One-Room School Buildings

We visited McDade, Texas for their annual Watermelon Festival.  While in this small town of some four commercial buildings, all of which were closed long ago,  we found the McDade Historical Museum.  In addition to observing the Yegua Notch Cutters list of those who had been killed in the 1800’s, we learned of a nearby one room school still standing.  More about the visit to McDade and the Historical Museum (great museum)  on NQ99HQ.blogspot.com.

We found the school building in a bend of the road, the area named Knobb Springs.  Yes, still on the county maps.  The local church bought the school and its grounds, and the building is now used as a storeroom.

Here are some photos:

This first one is of the outside.  On this side, there were all windows, and on the other side were two doors.  It shows that it was up on piers and with a wooden floor.

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Inside, the picture here shows their furnace.  It appeared to be a grand old furnace, jacketed as was Carl School’s furnace, but smaller as the winters here are not so severe.

knobb springs stoveA local man whom we flagged down, told us all  about this school and one part of the story was particularly interesting.  The ceiling pattern of black smudges was created by using the soot from a oil lamp held just below the wood. Seems like a time consuming task for sure.  They did get a uniform appearance , so some experience and skill was involved.

knobb springs ceiling

 

She Wasn’t a Very Good Student Anyway

Sometime in about 1961, plus or minus a year or so, a white tailed deer decided to accompany her friends, the Osmolinski boys to school.  The deer, having been accustomed to kids since its fawnhood, then responded to the invitation to go into the classroom.

As this was unfolding, a Grand Rapids Press photographer was driving by and saw a good story in the making.

Here is the press article, thanks to Kevin’s mother’s files.

Bambi

The Status of the Manuscript

As of this date and time, the manuscript consists of 265 pages and 32,320 words.  This is getting close to being done, but done is a changing target as everytime we reread the manuscript, we find that there are some facts we overlooked, or that some parts of the text need to be backed up with an EndNote.
Take for example, the story of Carl Bengert.  The folks at Calvary Baptist Church have provided some detail on the work of Mr. Bengert who conducted a Bible story class at the School on occasions.  This  sort of information  is  out of the mainstream of the book  but interesting enough to placed in an EndNote. Thus, another page is added to the book.

We will be searching for a publisher, but in the event that none will take up the work of publishing, then we will self publish and look for someone who can manufacture the book.

We realize that this book will probably not be a “NY Times Best Seller”, so that limits the availability of publishers.

Stories List is Growing

The book will have a lot of facts, but facts can be a bit boring–depends.

But stories recalled by those who experienced Carl School activity will add some interest.

So far, here is the list of topics for stories.  Some topics are just titles at the moment. Needed is some comment from those who were there to fill in the detail.

Electric car treat; bible study; school bell; tricks at the chalk board; daily lunch; climbing the social ladder; the daily routine; graduating class trip; bookmobile; kids maintenance work; games of summer; games of winter; memory books from the teacher; a long story from long ago; quarantines; art day; music day; lesson plans on the table; discipline; report cards; school picnic at fallasburg; field meets; paperback text books; Christmas pageants; Red Cross drives; Halloween party; St. Valentines Day party.

Any more?   Send them in.

Found: Two One-room schools

In New Mexico recently, we ran across a black stone building that looked as if it could have been a school, and our digging into the records on the internet tells us that it was once a school.  In some more detail on its history, the school was started by the Mormon community that settled here in Carson, New Mexico in the late 1800’s and by 1920 built this school.   The school building is a bit unusual in that it does not have any windows, but in the backyard is an outhouse.  It is located right across the road (state highway that runs between Carson and Taos Junction) from the US Post Office.  This post office, according to the USPS website, is operated “remotely” from Ranchos de Taos, some 30  miles away and by a torturous route down the canyon side to cross the Rio Grande.
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Here is the photo of this rock school house.  The bell is still in the short tower.

Then much nearer home, in a little community by the name of Uhland, there is a German church, St. John’s Lutheran Church, where the local people held a fall Harvest Festival.  Turkey dinner and all the trimmings.  Only by chatting with the local men after the lunch did we learn that the Community Center, where the Festival was held, was once a one-room school.

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Well, this one has windows, but no bell tower.

 

Old Records

Here on an scouting trip to New Mexico, I ran into a very good book that describes the early development of education in New Mexico.

Now, Carl School building was already 40 some years old when New Mexico became a state.  So much of the development of schools in New Mexico followed the experience of that in more mature states.

Here is the cover of the book, paid $1 for it at a used book sale:

P1010230I have hunted for books on Michigan schools like this for some time but found none.

Speaking about old buildings, how do you like this old Presbyterian Church in Taiban, New Mexico?

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