In 1871 farmers settled near
In 1970 three men from
The schoolhouse still sits on Hwy # 24, north of Beloit, basking in all its glory of 95 years, a beacon of learning and forming those precepts which are the foundation of our freedom loving country. A program of 21 classes a day was about the minimum for eight grades. Teachers were leaders in the community and held the respect of almost everyone. From 1877 to 1902 salaries ranged from $10 to $40 a month. Very few stayed longer than one year before moving on to a better paying job or to marriage. Many school systems required the teacher, especially women, to be single.
Children learned from each other, were self-reliant and worked quietly. Instead of using class time to teach multiplication tables, children sang them to each other in the school yard to the tune of "Yankee Doodle". States and capitals were learned to the tune of "Old Aunt Rody". McGuffey Readers provided the basis in reading and literature, and each pupil read in his/her "level" of reading, regardless of age, size or grade. Oral reading was stressed, thus much program material was developed for their entertainment. Webster's Blue Back Speller provided information besides spelling words.
Repetition is the law of learning and country school children heard the same lessons every year they attended, and by the time they reached eighth grade, they knew about all the right answers. That accounts for the excellent foundation that the "older" generation has and their ability to retain fundamental facts.
The pot belly stove usually set in the middle of the room. On cold days, dinner pails that usually rested on a shelf were put under the stove to keep them from freezing and sorry was the student who failed to put his bottle of ink under the stove at the end of the day. The next morning he would find it had burst or the cork stood up two inches out of the bottle. Favorite pranks included bullets in the hot stove, pigtails in the inkwell, snakes and mice in the teacher's desk, live chickens in the toilets and plenty of snowballs as pupils dashed along the paths to the two important little buildings in the rear corners of the playground.
Sponsorship of this unique project was assumed in 1979 by Alpha Pi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international teachers society. It is open to visitors by appointment. Contact the Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce --- 785-738-2717.
The community is grateful to all the people involved for preserving this typical old school as they fast gave way to consolidation and modern expansion. It brings fond memories to those older guests who were pupils in the old schools.
You will always be welcome at the Little Red Schoolhouse in Beloit, Kansas.
Contact: Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce - 785-738-2717
or Sharon Treaster - 785-738-3058
Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce
(785) 738-2717 • firstname.lastname@example.org
123 N. Mill · P.O. Box 582 · Beloit, KS 67420
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