In 1932 I was 6 years old and started to school in this one room school, that taught all eight grades, from 1st to 8th.  There was only one other person in my grade. Some grades had 3 or 4 students. The north wall was black-boards, where we wrote our spelling words and did our math. Each day we took our lunch from home. Recess was the most fun, we played soft ball, a game we called work-up. We also played a game called anti-over. We'd through the ball over the school house, if the other side caught the ball, they could run around and tag us then we'd be in their side. There were no bathrooms in the building.


That was no big problem, none of us had bathrooms at home. Our grounds included a boy's toilet, girls toilet and barn for the horses we road to school. We had a water well where we pumped the well for our drinks. We each had a tin cup, with our name on it, that hung in the cloak room.  Discipline was very strict. When the bell rang, we lined up outside the school door in order and would march into the room and stand by our desk and give the Flag Salute.  School always started the Tuesday after Labor Day and ended about the 15th of April. The older boys were needed to help out on the farm in the spring, so we got out earlier than town schools. We always said that we had to learn in eight months, what it took the town schools to learn in nine.


Final Homecoming Sunday For Frog Hollow Rural School.

THE BELL TOLLED for the last time Tuesday at Pleasant View school better known as Frog Hollow 4 miles east of Winfield. Besides marking the last day of school for the present term it also ended regular school terms at the school. The district voted this year to consolidate and become a part of the new district C-3 formed by 8 other nearby districts. The modern stone building, the 3rd to serve district 77, was built in 1936.

By Maudine Banks.

The small one-room schoolhouses that once dotted the Kansas prairies are fast becoming fewer and fewer. With better roads, fewer farm homes and improved methods of transportation, consolidation seems more feasible and is taking place all over the state.

The most recent group of school districts in this area to consolidate are those 3 schools forming Dist. C-3 where a new building is being erected to be ready for occupancy at the beginning of the next school term.

Something about giving up its schoolhouse and small district lines causes a bit of nostalgia in a community, probably because often 2 to 3 generations of a family have attended this exponent of the '3R's sitting down the road.


When I was in 5th grade in 1936 We had this new school, which was also a one room school, still a school with no plumbing, we still had to attend the out side toilets. But we thought this new school was wonderful!  In 1938, I attended the 7th grade at the Jr. High in Winfield.  By 1962 this school was closed to consolidate with other schools and that school is known as Country View.  Tisha you will know it!!


In the summer of 1933, my father purchased this horse for me to ride to school. I had to ride one mile by myself, then joined a neighbor girl, Edith Liermann, and we rode the last mile together. Her horse was a chestnut. The older boys helped us with our horses.
                                                                          by:  Barbara (Barnett) Payne
            January 19, 2005