One has to wonder if Mr Potato Head ever made an appearance at this early school with a field named after him in ever so close proximity.
A hundred years ago, writing paper was scarce and much class work was written on slates with slate pencils. These slates, and especially the slate pencils, were very fragile. Michael Landon’s “Little House” also showcased those slates in its early years.
There was no janitor for schools in those days. Teachers and pupils did all clean up work required to leave the building and grounds in perfect condition for the next day’s class. Boarding around, or living for a few weeks in the homes of each of the students, was a common practice for teachers at the one room schoolhouse. While boarding, the teacher not only did her share of the chores, but was also expected to tutor the children. An alternative to boarding around was for teachers to live with relatives.
Pupils enrolled in a one-room country school attended all grade levels, from first through eighth. In some semesters, however, there might be no students in one or more of the grades. In its day, the on-room school as a neighborhood center, as well as a place to introduce youngsters to classroom education and discipline.
Today this school still stands and is used as the Sauble Township Hall.