Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 2, Number 1, January, 1992 Page: 40
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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
had a hard rain. They rode a horse and it was dangerous for them when he had to swim
There was a low water bridge between the school and Columbus, and I
always had to leave ahead of the water. The trustees were our weathermen and they
always came to warn us.
Christmas was the big time for us. It was just that! There was always a big
tree (chopped down and set on a stand by our trustees) decorated with articles we had
made and a program. All the parents, kinfolks, and friends brought refreshments and gifts
and came for an evening of fellowship. Lanterns were our lights.
After the program of recitations and songs, Santa Claus came in the person
of Clifford Leyendecker, a former student and descendent of the old pioneer Zimmer-
scheidt family. Since the bigger boys knew who Santa was, they were always playing
jokes on him: like the time they tripped him. The little ones began crying because they
thought Santa might be hurt and he could not give out the gifts. Luckily, Santa wasn't
hurt, and after the tears were dried, a good time was had by all.
Those were the good old days when the teacher received such wonderful
gifts as sausage and baked goods.
Like most of the country schools, Zimmerscheidt was an eight months
school. Since the teacher was paid more than other one room schools, I received $840
the first and second years and $950 the third and last year.
By the end of the last year, my son was old enough to go with me some
Fridays. He had his own little desk where he sat and colored and looked at pictures in
our books and his books. He loved and looked forward to the Fridays he could go.
It was with much sadness that I turned the key in the lock that Friday in May
1948 for the last [time] and realized that one more little country school was no more.
But I was happy for knowing all those Zimmerscheidt people and for the privilege of being
a part of that community for three years.
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