SAN PEDRO SCHOOL - about 1919-1920
San Pedro School - about 1919-1920

Many will remember the small frame school building six miles east of Grapeland, remembered by the old timers as San Pedro.

Heat was provided to withstand the hard, cold winters by wood cut and hauled by the parents.  It was the duty of the older boys to keep the wood box filled.  Drinking water was drawn from the well by bucket.

Tom Whitaker, a trustee of the school, came to the school almost every day to assist in needed repairs, and if a child became ill while at school, he would take them to his home and doctor them.  The most common ailments, as I remember, seemed to be the earache or toothache.  If he thought the child was too ill to walk home he would call their parents to come and  get them.

The only means of travel those days was horse back, buggy or wagon.  When the hard spring rains came, the water would get very high at the slough near Whitaker Creek.  Willis Whitaker would meet the children there and carry them across the high water in his buggy.

Children must have been tough and strong those days.  They walked two or three miles to school with ice hanging everywhere.  Never thought anything of the mud, water, or heat.  Guess it was a pleasure to go to school to get away from the many chores at home.  Farm life was all work those days and every member of the family did their share.

Entertainment at school was a spelling match once a month on Friday afternoon.  Sometimes some of the parents would come.  On Friday before Easter the parents would come hide eggs for a big egg hunt.

At the close of school all the children would take part in a concert.  We'd dress in old clothes belonging to our parents or grandparents.  Most of the time they didn't fit just right, but no one would notice.  The program was enjoyed by all as each child acted their assigned parts.  No such entertainment those days as T.V. or radio.

Lunches were packed at home in lard or syrup buckets.  We'd eat in groups.  Everyone carried about the same thing - meat and biscuit, baked potato, and sometimes plain cake.  During the war everyone had to eat cornbread, even for breakfast, as no one could get flour.  Several children from one family would carry their lunch together in one bucket and argue as to who would carry the empty bucket home.

Games played during the lunch hour were Long Bridges, Annie Over, Drop the Handkerchief, and baseball.

Written by:  the Grandmother of Sandra Meier

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