Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on August 26, 1952 · Page 29
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 29

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, August 26, 1952
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The diameter of Jupiter is TOO miles. MOtTHWtST AMUMUS T1MH, · Jim Rivera, outfielder {or the St. Louis Browns, would have 1 porlunity. Gardenliire's Gardenhire's Jewelry 15 N. Block Phone 838 RFD Seven Columnist Takes Look Backward At The Old Days In Farmington School August M, lf$2 By JACK CARLISLE (RFD Seven Columnist) In just a lew days now the two courses of action: To try to be kind and understand!^ toward ]*·' ^ ^ t h e " vta. da. school bells will ring and the new I school year will have begun; a I · much difterent one than a gen-1 thosc dai ' s tllcrc w a E no sucn cration back when your RFD | lhlnfi as a 5c l J "'ale classroom. SEVEN columnist was beating his brains out 7 2 ? for a little education in the Farmington school system, I am sure that in this Bark to School Edition you will find many interesting stories of school tys- I terns throughout the county. There i t D ? r .hD. will b h · leacneis woi classrooms, asri buildings, gym- c a s s a - a · . The classes were held In the same rooms where the other grades were doing their studying--and it always seemed that the classes that were reciting were a lot more interesting lo litien to tnan the rural school of that day--and iti disadvantages On the other hand we had fewer distractions. Mo«t 'of us had few hooks (and certainly no f u n n y books) around the house so our school books furnished just about all of our reading material. There were no radios in those days--our music came out of a hand-cranked phonograph, which we soon tired of winding; anyway, we had heard all the records hundreds of tunep. So out of pure boredom we studied some most every n i g h t . \Ve also had fewer worries. Back in those days a soldier was someone who went to war, and wars were just something you read about in history books. There was no worry about d n n n i n K a u n i form before the ink was dry on your diploma. ; Maybe we a l l remember our ! y o u t h w i t h s bit of nostalgia, hut . il Hems lo mr that Farmmglon | ! School, even w i t h o u t in new gym | I and its larger, better-trained fie- '. | u l t y , was a gond plai-r; to Bet an . I education As in a large f a m i l y , i ! the younger of us picked up all ! sorts of information, good and ' had, fiom the oldrr ones. New j subjects hail no terrors we'd [ heard an older rlass struggle through them the year before. We I learned to deal w n h o \ e r - s u e d | bullies snrj to lonk out for the ' small fry, and we managed to spend our school days pretty hap- . pily together and to t u r n out rra- i sonably well, Maybe it was a bet- | | ter ^hoo! than most r u r a l schools : ! of t h a t clay; maybe not. , ! None of us would w a n t t h e old ! I days hark, hut there was a i-pr- i j rial fellowship in our p r i m i t i v e school life, and a deep r o n f k i r n r e '. t h a t education would grt us where wp wanted to co. ' Sontptimrs l f wonder i f those t h i n e * didn't out- i weish a b a l k y MOV*, and a rr,ld Jmi Bushy, outfielder for bhruit.- I hope .hey « , i l a l w a y s v,M.,hir.Klon Senator., be part ot our «chnols, no n u t t e r : T , u . ,, ... how 1,,, ,he i , u - r s a r,. or h ..,. v · T «»''-hnttlan Unlverittr (n many kinds of saUd we serve in "" a ''"'· tl "il scholarship, the lunchrooms. . ______ .v.m la believe'! to he «he only Adrertlw In the TIMER--It pin.' animal lhat laujhs. nly j i ?t)W? ALL GOOD WISHES to Our School Folk of Washington County For Another Prosperous Year RALPH L. TAYLOR TAX COLLECTOR when they couldn't satisfactory answer, by , , - nasiums -- or perhaps entirely new school buildings. 1 would like to leave ail of that to someone else and take you back some 30 years -- about one generation--and describe (he rural schools or t h a t period. Of course, this is just about i · -- -- * ------- - -··- Farminston. where I obtained all i lc llre up lhese two slovcs in lhf of my grade school education, but ' m °'' mn K- T h e balance of the wood it was probably an average rural I was bl ' uu 6hl in by the pupils, who wcie on| y lo ° ? la[ i lo Set away _ from their school work. These asking some smart alack about two grades lower who always seemed lo know. Our heating systems were larje pot-bellied, woodburning stoves. It was part o£ the j:mtor's job school. Back in those days there were g(, t rid of any oxtr 22 'fl b I no buies to be tuned up; no lunch f 0 . c ,L,_, ,' , rl e u ~ ronnu to stock when the new year ,,«, 'nTyo^i^ocS ham ' en '° began. As I remcmbcj-, about the only preparation t h a t was necessary was mowing the shoulder our bare feel. . O n c e in a J a , S J.T , n 3 £ ' ray u,t had fallen into the during the summer, and n well that ^ -- .,,-- -- , ,,..,, ,..,,. t W g were 10 iiave would have to be removed two or I opportunities than three? days before school started in order to let the water "clear up." N e x t to the last day of school, T t h i n k 1 enjoyed the first day most. The days lhat always seemed lo worry our teachers were those when the County Superintendent happened to drop in. The C. tion, and then we would all gather in the "big room" lor a pep talk. He would tell us how fortunate we were to have to many more our parents had had in the little one-room school (Old Ebenezer), which had stood in the cemetery across the road. 1 will never forget one of these superintendents -- Professor We simply reported, threw j Buck, he was called. Always, be caution and school records to the winds, and told the new teacher what grade we were going to be in. A list of bonks necessary for the various grades was written on the board, we copied it and headed for McAclam's Drug Store, which just about had the schoolbook business sewed up. 1 also remember t h a t t h r r e was a lot of politics in the s l a t e Hoard of Education; f i f t h grade hooks from the ynar before were no longer acceptable N e w books had to he purchased. The first few days were rough on the teachers and alike. The kids had done just about as they pleased for four or fore he began talking, he would remove a large gold watch from his vest pocket, hold it in his hand, and. all t h e time he talked, he would wave his hand in such a way as to keep the heavy gold chain winding and unwinding on his forefinger--a sort of hypnotic motion on a balmy spring dav. Professor Buck always had one story of inspiration to pass on to us. He never failed to tell us of the boy he had once known who had lived in a small community just about like Farminglon. He five months and were hard to handle. We always lined up in two incs when "books took up," and Jefore we were ordered to 'march," for some reason 1 will lever understand, those lines vould have lo be straight. 1 am ure lhat the new teachers were often hard put to choose between the pupils i had always studied hard, respected hie parents, gone to church and Sunday school and had shied away from tobacco in all forms. "And | now," would say Professor Buck, ' winding his watch chain faster and faster and glaring at us over his thin musfacht, "that boy is th e head of a big bank and making A HUNDRED DOLLARS a month." Of course none of us ever believed BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS . . . Check The Wiring In Your House Your Home Wiring Is INADEQUATE... IP electric appliances must be disconnected to · · plug in others. IP arrangement of furniture is limited by the " · location of too few outlets. |p lights dim perceplibiy when appliances ore · · operating. JE heating appliances corns up (o temperature 1 · slowly. |p fuses muit bs replaced too frequently or 1 · circuit breakers reset. |P accidents sometimes occur as a result of · * entering dimly lit rooms. \f electric lamps consistently "burn out." Don't take chances with the lives and health of your family, faulty, inadequate wiring can not only cause serious accidents, but also fires. CM nt today and let us check your home, North Side Square Telephone 17 t h a t a boy from Farmington would j make that much money, but we were always glad to hear the I story; it rame almost at the end ! of his talk. : There is nothing like the oh I schools to give a person a well rounded education. W e came il. ' close contact with disease, religion and death itself. i A generation back it was lin heard of lo slay away from srhoo I simply because you happened to ! have a little cold. The victim was swabbed down with mentholalum mustard plaster, boiled onion juice kerosene--or a combination ot these and other foul smelling concoctions, and allowed to tramp through a couple of miles of muc and slush lo school. Others who didn't want the cold were protected by bags of asafoetida suspended from their necks, supplemented by a generous rubbing of onion juice about the chest a n d throat. On a cold day our overheated, under-ventilated school smelled like a combination grocery and drug store going up in flames. The revival meetings usually camp, in the spring. U'e were generally warmed up to these by a Fhort t a l k m the "big room" by the visiting preacher. Later we would march down to the churrh in a body and set Ihe real thing. As I remember, most of us usually got the f a i t h , but nearly all got co'd feet before the baptizing and hid out somewhere. There would always be another year. And death! As I mentioned previously, our school was almost across the road from the cemetery--which was used by a wide area--and, n a t u r a l l y , a lot of services were held there. People got Ihe idea someway that it would be disrespectful if th e school didn't turn out for all Ihe funerals We would line up, biq children first, .ind march over there in a body. :Ialf of the time we didn't oven ;now the deceased or any of the .unily, but t h a t d i d n ' t m a k e any inference. We still went. Some- limes it would be a zraveside fu- :ipral, and we would staiul m-er ipre for ·!.") minutes. During the bic i n f l u e n z a epidrrr.K of 1017-13. c wrre kept on the ^o, helping to mourn the flu v u t i m s . I re- nemher on more than one oi-rasinn u Id one t r i p ; we would simply divide our forces so no nnf would feel h u r t . It is an odd t h i n g t h a t . wi!h all t h a t experience, none of the -minglon boys evrr became undertakers. So you can see we didn't have hr artvanlafirs of present day ncthods of education. We didn't lave a school library or evrn R set of reference books. There w a n - n'l an a t l a s or glnbp in t h e bufld- nc. Any sort of laboratory t' i; i out ol the quetlion. Thl« w«i thi For Those Who Seek The Best In Educational Opportunities STUDENT UNION For more than eighty years, the University ol Arkansas has been the capstone of higher education in Arkansas. Its academic standards are high; its faculty of the best. 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