The real twist to the story is that we ended up living in that one room schoolhouse for 25 years before moving west. Now, the house saw many additions over the intervening years (1920s and onward). It was always fun to think about my great aunts and uncles doing their lessons in our living room area all those years ago.
There's a always a good story from school days to laugh about and I have every confidence that my beloved readers have a few of their own. A trip in the Way Back machine takes me to Castile Elementary School, which is sadly a ruin today. But if you did attend there, the Chicken Run will ring a bell. We'd converge on that long hallway that sloped to the main hall and dash to our classrooms. How about lunch in the little cafeteria with Mrs. Miller serving up beef burgers? Miss Everett was our principal and you didn't want to get sent to her office. There was a paddle there. We played dodge ball, Red Rover, and other "dangerous" games in the gym. I do remember my brother getting a concussion playing Red Rover. Apparently he thought he was Superman or something and didn't apply the brakes before hitting the wall. He wasn't tagged, but he was hospitalized overnight for that particular stunt.
Riding the bus was always an adventure. Some of the bigger boys practiced the dubious art of cussing, only impressing themselves. They were also experts at teasing girls and bullying. I rode Bus #75 and our driver, Mr. Ayers didn't hesitate to haul a few of the offenders to the front of bus for the duration of the trip when they were especially offensive. Then there was squirt gun season. Those same boys would declare war sometime right before the end of school in June and everyone would be packing more than a lunch when they stepped onto the bus. Of course, I was not allowed to carry a weapon until my mother got tired of me coming home wet. She, herself loaded an empty dish soap bottle with water and sent me out the door with a concealed weapon. I must have looked guilty because the bus driver (now Mrs. Washburn) asked me to hand it over before I made it up the steps. It was terribly disappointing not to have the opportunity to soak one of the back seat felons. Feeling glum about losing my defense, the day brightened when Mrs. W. demanded that the offending boys hand over their respective squirt guns as they strutted up the steps. Victory for the little people was within sight and it was sweet. Thus, the water war ended for another year.