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JULY 19, 2013

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Bedford kids get a glimpse of school days past


By ANTHONY R. MANCINI
SCOTT MULLIN PHOTO

Lynn Ryan, executive director of the Bedford Historical Society, gives the kids a lesson about the stars on an old flag inside the schoolhouse at “Dig Into History” event on Wednesday, July 10.

 


Around a dozen children learned the ins and outs of what it was like to attend a one-room schoolhouse at a Bedford Historical Society event “Dig Into History” on the Village Green July 10.

Lynn Ryan, executive director of the historical society, played the role of a teacher, dressed in full school marm regalia complete with a bonnet, dress, bodice and petticoats as she lectured to the children at the society’s restored schoolhouse off of Route 172. The schoolhouse, one of the Historical Society’s 12 protected buildings, served as a school for Bedford Village from 1829 until 1912. Children ages 6 through 14 attended the school, from first through eighth grade. All grades were educated at the same time.

The schoolhouse includes rows of wooden desks retained from the early 20th century. Ms. Ryan gave the children a handwriting lesson as they sat at the desks using pieces of slate and chalk, as she said paper was in rare form when the school was operating.

After the lesson, Ms. Ryan explained how teachers
SCOTT MULLIN PHOTO

Regan Mooney, 8, playing a game called “Graces” behind the schoolhouse on the Village Green at the Bedford Historical Society’s “Dig Into History” event on Wednesday, July 10.

 
disciplined students when they misbehaved. She said physical punishment was the norm and that teachers would use a wooden “switch” to deliver a number of lashes.

“They might take a green piece of wood from a tree, it was fresh and young and very supple, and they would hit you hand with it if you misbehaved,” Ms. Ryan said at the event. “That would hurt, which would make you not do that again.”

She said teachers would set clear boundaries for the students and dole out lashes according to the severity of their behavior. She said at the time, two lashes were given to a student if they had long fingernails or were caught splashing each other at the school’s well. Four lashes were given for students who accused each other of lying. Five lashes were given for fighting. Seven were given for actually telling lies and eight were doled out for swearing. Ms. Ryan said the worst punishments were reserved for students who played cards and boys who misbehaved to girls, who received 10 lashes for the offense.

“The most lashes were gotten for playing cards at school because they thought that playing cards led to gambling, which everyone considered not a good habit to develop,” she said.

Ms. Ryan said teachers had to live under a strict set of decorum as well.

“The teachers had rules too,” she said. “They were not allowed to get married. They weren’t even allowed to go on dates.”

Ms. Ryan said teachers had to home between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. unless they were at a school function. She said they could not loiter at downtown ice cream stores, leave town without the permission of the school board, smoke cigarettes or wear bright colors. Teachers also had to maintain a dress code that include wearing two petticoats with dresses falling no more than 2 inches above the ankle.

Ms. Ryan said teachers were also responsible for many of the chores around the schoolhouse.

“To keep the schoolroom neat and clean you must sweep the floor at least once a day, scrub the floor at least once a week with hot soapy water, clean the blackboards at least once a day and start the fire at 7 a.m., so that the room will be warm by 8,” she said. “That was a lot for a teacher to do.”

Students had to perform their fair share of chores, including bringing in wood or coal for the fire and fetching well water. Ms. Ryan said students even had to find and prepare a suitable piece of wood that could be used as the teachers lashing switch.

Bedford’s schoolhouse contains a cabinet used to store books as a form of circulating library between other schools in the district. Once students were done with the books in the cabinet, it would be switched with another cabinet, delivered on horseback.

The schoolhouse also contains a pot-bellied stove towards the front of the room. Ms Ryan said the stove was designed so the teacher had fast access to it. A long stovepipe extends from the stove onto the ceiling and towards the back of the room, allowing hot smoke traveling through the pipe to heat the room evenly.

After the lecture, the children were invited outside on the Village Green, where traditional Colonial-era games were available, such as Graces, a game where a small hoop is passed back-and-forth between two partners using a pair of sticks. Kids played with trundling hoops, a large wooden circle, with the goal being to keep the hoop upright and rolling with a stick. Wooden ball in a cup games, Jacob’s ladders and cat’s cradle strings were also sources of amusement.

Ms. Ryan said the Historical Society would probably host similar events in the futrure.

“I think it’s very successful and we’d do it again,” she said.


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