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kept hard feelings still resurface when recalling the day the Union
High School closed its doors to those in need of a local school of
learning, but through transportation the children in these northern
were still uble to go to high school at Suring.
the town of Mountain lost its high school, promises were made to
the structure for an elementary school and a gymnasium. At the meeting
nan/ felt the decision had been made long before wringing it to the
a sham and mockery of our democracy, but with tears in their eyes the
smiled in order to give their children the education :hey deserved at a
school far distant than the one that stood atop the hill in Mountain.
is probably the best kept memories of ones 3ays in school. When Rusty
about the antics Dn the playground, Rudy Saffran reminded him of a
they played called 'shinny', and so he wrote; Shinny was really a form
of hockey, but without the skates. The puck was usally a square block
«x>d, a solid rubber ball, or an empty evaporated nilk
can of the
smaller size. I recall when one of :hose items couldn't be
a small frozen horse dropping sufficed just as well.
boys searched the woods to find a straight stemmed young tree with a
curved extremity ,o serve as the hockey stick, and after having so
ourselves, we paired off into teams. The puck 'as then placed at the
of the field and the ace off began! On either side, 20 to 50 boys
to get the puck over the line at either end if the playing field.
was a rather rough game, with so many swinging lubs arid an oft
puck, that after 4 to 5 ears of this form of mayhem, the school
forbade the playing of this game.
us to entertain ourselves in a less busive manner, we then pursued the
game of ootball with vigor! Here again there were 30 to 40 layers on
side, the object of this endeavor , 3 put it mildly, was to get
and the foot-
past the opponents and live! Of course we had our own rules and
to suit the conditions. The ball was kicked off from one side of the
field and was advanced by kicking it along the ground. Our
were that if the ball became air-borne as a result of a kick, the ball
could then be caught and advanced by carrying it, otherwise the ball
only be • advanced by kicking it along the ground.
again, ripped trousers, torn shirts, sprained ankles, and bloody noses
brought an end to our glorious activities.
early fall we played ball in the big yard back of the school. We had
baseball diamonds, two for the younger boys and one for the high
The girls played hopscotch, jacks, and jumped rope. There was no
while we were out for recess and very little trouble.
the first snowfall we created a big circle in the snow and made
within its border as if you would slice a pie. We left a hub in the
to be so marked as the 'safe' place and then spent much of our recess
playing Fox and Geese. Other times we played 'Prisoners Goal1 using the
south side of the school building as one goal and the fence running
to the school as the other. The playing of this game was for a few in
center to catch us as 'prisoners' as we ran from goal to goal. This
can also be compared to football, as it trained many a young boy with
ability to outrun and out dodge the capturer while making the attempt
cross the playing field.
were no school buses when I went to school and no hot meals were
Most of the kids walked to school, but some were lucky to catch a ride
with their fathers as they brought their milk into the cheese factory,
and so rode by way of horse drawn sleighs or waggons. After our
was over for the day we all walked home.
carried our lunch wrapped in paper or carried in a syrup or lard pail.
We used to go down to the furnace room and toast our bread over the hot
coal fire, and almost everyday there were sure to be a number of
that fell victim to the fire. Peanut butter, jam and jelly, and an
sandwich of sliced.