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Oconto County, Wisconsin
Mountain Memories
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people were making things and planning for this grand community occasion held every fall.
Each classroom was used to showcase the talents of the entrants from the community as the blackboards on the walls were covered with the students school work. Heavy planks were hauled up from the basement at the school to use as tables across the desk tops and Rudy Saffran well remembers helping to bring those planks up the stairs in making every display table ready. The manual training room in the basement then became a show place for woodwork projects to be put on exhibit.
The First and Second Grade room filled with canned fruits, vegetables, berries, and meats along with varied types of jams and jellies. The Third and Fourth Grade classroom hosted all the bakery items, and the Fifth and Sixth Grade classroom became a colorful room of beautiful handiwork such as knitted articles, yarns which were homespun, quilts, embroidery work, and crochet pieces.
The Seventh and Eighth Grade classroom, the last of the rooms on the first floor of the Mountain School, captured the attention of the agricultural crowd. Here were displayed the largest and the best of the harvest from the areas fields and gardens.
While all of these items were brought to the school to be entered into the various divisions, judges were selected to put these exhibits to the final test. One year my sister Pearl Rasmussen-Charlson was asked to judge the exhibits in her classroom where she was then teaching the First and Second Grade in 1927. She had brought jam to the Fair that year and so was asked to leave the room while the judging took place. Miss Lulu Wilson, Country Supervising Teacher was also a judge that year. When the doors reopened Pearl had won the Second Place Ribbon being that there was a bit of foam at the top of her jam. She didn't mind though, because Mrs. Mary Saffran, a fine friend of hers had won First Prize. Warren Bauerfiend also remembers the year his father won First prize in the potato exhibits and that was a true honor considering the many entrants in the Potato Division.
The cloak room was the center of much activity and excitement during the weekend of the Fair where the small children could try their luck at the Fishing
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Pond. For 10$ each child was given a fishing pole and would then 'fish' for a prize. The older children who took charge of this game could peek around the curtain to see whether the fisherman was a boy or a girl, and then made certain he or she caught the appropriate prize on the hook!
The school yard was the place to be on Saturday when games were held for all ages with races and prizes to be awarded for all the winners. Baseball and basketball games were enjoyed by girls and boys alike, and come evening a special program was held in the High School Assembly Room on the upper floor of the Mountain School. Here everyone gathered for entertaining music, local talent, and a movie picture show to top off all the events of the day.
Both dinner and supper could be purchased from the food committee, and by Sunday evening when everyone took their exhibits home, many of the residents of the Townships were honored with a Blue, Red, or White Ribbon attached to their entry. The ribbons were then shown to the Treasurer of the Inter-Township Fair in the days after the Fair in order to collect the premium amount of money so paid in that division.
One year Viola Rasmussen went home with a Blue Ribbon attached to her drawing of an apple which she had drawn while in the eighth grade. Viola went on to become an Art Teacher, teaching at the Suring High School for many years.  Viola is retired from teaching and now resides with Gladys in their home just next door to cousin Ivy Rasmussen-Schreffler.
We thank them for their memories and add that Ivy spent many hours this winter creating two blocks for a quilt which will be raffled off by the Oconto County Historical Society as a fund raising effort to replace thereof at the Oconto County Museum. Her hand appliqued pictures of the Mountain Grade School and the Tabor Lutheran Church will now be seen among the the other blocks that have been entered in capturing the history of Oconto County. We are very proud of Ivy for placing some of Mountain's history in the cover of the quilt in honor of our Centennial Year. Ivy spent many years teaching school and has now retired and maintains the home of her parents Mr. S, Mrs. Martin Rasmussen.
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