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I sat on classroom desks like that all the way up to 4th grade. The elementary school was OLD. The Principal's office also housed an old, large regulator clock that rang the bells. Don't ask why I know what was in the principal's office.

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I sat on classroom desks like that all the way up to 4th grade. The elementary school was OLD. The Principal's office also housed an old, large regulator clock that rang the bells. Don't ask why I know what was in the principal's office.
DRT, it was in the principal's office so the teachers and kids wouldn't run it up and dismiss two hours early. I had a couple of schools that had those old desks. One guy stepped on the seat, it flipped up and he got his leg caught!
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My first school was a small building on the corner of two highways. It had 12 grades in one room. Each row had the grades starting at 1st through 12. If a grade was missing, then it was skipped. WE had no kindergarten.
The school was raised up off the ground due to the deep snow in northern Wisconsin so you had to walk up an enclosed stairs to get in. On the top of the rail at the top of the stairs was a galvanized bucket that held drinking water for the whole school, it had a dipper in it.
Each kid would take a dip of water and drink it, pass the dipper to the kid behind and this kid would rinse the dipper in the bucket so as not to drink from the same water as the other kid.
WE rarely had kids in the upper grades because their fathers thought that after about 6th grade, they knew enough to come home and raise milk cows.
The toilet was an out house out back of the building. When the teacher had to go use it, We would post a kid at the back window to watch for her to return. We would all raise hell while she was gone and be back in our seats when she made it up the stairs. She was a tall as she was round.

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I was born in 1940, and when I was growing up a LOT of that, or similar, stuff was still being used. Had that type of school desk until we moved to the next town over. We did have indoor toilets tho, and a coal boiler to heat the place in the winter. No kindergarten, but shop classes started in the 4th grade (fourth grade). Stairways were massive, like something out of Harry Potter, excellent workmanship on all the woodwork. Some people still used wood burning cook stoves, others upgraded and had a kerosene burning cook stove. And they were still using potbelly stoves for heat.

We had an outdoor loo before we moved also. I got kicked off a small homes forum. They'd go oohing and aahing about some tiny house, with an outdoor loo, saying it was cute. They did not like it all when I told them how outdoor loos were in the real world. Good times.

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I must be the youngest one in the group.

Even in the 'good old days', I never had it that bad......VBG
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Even in the 'good old days', I never had it that bad......VBG
In the old days, everyone had to walk miles and miles and miles to and from school, and it was uphill both directions!

Sharing that drinking ladel was the old way of having every kid become immune to chicken pox, colds and other ailments. Sort of a non-invasive immunization program.

What I really remember was the peanut butter sandwiches with lots of home made preserves from our fruit trees. With 6 of us, we went through hundreds of jars a year, mostly plum jam, but some peach, apricots and blackberries from the neighbor's tangle of vines. Our freezer was a locker kept in the ice house (factory a few blocks away) that produced 100 lb chunks of ice. During the heat of summer, we'd go pick the shards of ice off the back of the wagon and later the delivery truck and suck on them while sitting in the shade of the huge ash trees out in the front yard.

Nice times back then. Just after WWII so we'd go buy soldier stuff from the surplus store and play war. My brother, the rocket scientist, used to require us to identify where the person we "shot" was exactly in order for it to count. We used to carve out our own wooden rifles until we discovered the surplus, $2 fake drill rifles. I think we still had one when we closed down our mom's house after she died in 1994.

Our house was a terrible thing, built like a fence without studs, but walls made of inch thick redwood planks. That redwood would be worth a fortune today. When they tore the place down, they pushed on one corner with a skip loader and it all fell down. There were a couple of lean-to add ons, both with wood floors that were laid directly on dirt with linoleum laid over it. Never really missed that place, but I learned a lot of DIY stuff with my dad trying to keep the place patched up and the plumbing working. Five of the apartments my Mom managed to get built are still there, making more money a year in rents than it cost her to build all of them way back then.

Lots of good memories from that time, but then, there was the risk of polio. My dad worked at a place called Rancho Los Amigos, which was the county farm for the poor, and later built into a polio hospital. I remember going with my dad to visit the wards where kids and adults were stuck in Iron Lungs. We were in line immediately when the Salk polio vaccine was distributed.

A pletora of nostalgia leaks out when we have topics like this. I was born in February of 1943 and started school about 1947-48.
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Thanks Tom.

We joke a lot but when it all comes down to it, we have some good and some not so good memories of childhood.

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