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For the past two months some 5,000 rural and small town schools have been in session, but with less than 10 percent of those boys in the upper grades that ought to be there. Where are they? . They are out doing the work of full grown men, threshing, plowing and marketing grain. . All this physical hardship has nearly made a physical wreck of the country boy as a class. He should stand upright as an arrow, full of chest, square of shoulder, strong of limb, and clear of eye. But, look at him, the productor rather, the byproduct of our boasted twentieth century civilization.

It was life preparing wistfully for the future. James Rooney, in Journey from Ignorant Ridge, 1976 Still sits the school-house by the road, A ragged beggar sunning; Around it still the sumachs grow, And blackberry-vines are running. John Greenleaf Whittier, "In School-Days," 1869 Page 20 Photographs have been moved to the back of the book. Page 21 Photographs have been moved to the back of the book. Page 22 Photographs have been moved to the back of the book. Page 23 Photographs have been moved to the back of the book.

Other schools had names such as Brush Creek, Broken Bone, Windy Point, Dunkley, Fly Gulch, Moon Hill, Elk Head and even Barefoot Nation. Hundreds of schools were named Fairview and Prairie Rose. Schools were named for settlers who had donated the land (Mohler, Mercer, Hansen), families who had the most children in attendance (Ise, Petersen, Stumpf) and the dreams of settlers (Beulah, Excelsior, Victor and Enterprise). In Kansas, animal names for schools included Buzzard Roost, Wildcat, Oriole, White Eagle, Possum Hollow, Poor Puss and Snake Den.

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