Rachel Oakes and Red Hill School

17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Thursday, August 8, 1912:  Hardly worth while and not worth the effort.

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Since Grandma didn’t have much to say a hundred years ago today, I’m again going to go off on a tangent. I’m always intrigued by what happened to the friends that Grandma mentioned in the diary. 

I recently found a picture of one friend,  Rachel Oakes, when she was an elderly woman. (She’s the one on the left.) It was taken in 1978 at a Red Hill School reunion. Red Hill School was a one-room school located at the southern end of McEwensville.

According to the History of the McEwensville Schools, Rachel taught at Red Hill School during the 1909-10 school year.  Later, during the 1910-11 and 1911-12 school years, she was the primary school teacher at McEwensville School. I suppose that it was considered more prestigious to teach at the larger McEwensville School.

Rachel must have been a few years older than Grandma and  her sister Ruth. (Ruth graduated from high school in 1911—and Grandma graduated in 1913.)

Note that the article mentions Ruth Gauger—that was Grandma’s sister Ruth’s married name. According to the History of the McEwensville Schools, Ruth taught at Red Hill School during the 1914-15 school year (and her other sister Besse taught there from 1906-09).

Recent photo of building that once housed Red Hill School. It is now a home.

12 Responses

  1. My great grandmother Irene told me about one room schools that she went to when she as a little girl. Made me think of Little House on the Prairie. I wish the one she went to still stood. Great post. :)

    • Did your great grandmother like going to school in a one-room school? It must have been really different from students’ experiences today.

      • I think she did. She always recalled one particular day, when they had to line up and in tern spell whatever word the teacher gave them. She and one of her siblings would always be laughing, and were sent to the back of the line. I have a copy of one of her report cards.

  2. I’m just always amazed at how you have so many of the original buildings in this town. My dad of course went to a small, one room country school that unfortunately is long gone. It must really be neat to look at it and think, “my family went there 100 years ago”. Awesome.

  3. Nice touch to have a picture of some of the former teachers of the school.

  4. The pictures are wonderful – I liked the article too. It is nice to put faces to the people. Blessings – Patty

  5. Time passes. they surely look different than they did in 1911.

  6. How true . . .

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