Cotton-patch schoolhouse by Susie Powers Tompkins

By Susie Powers Tompkins

Cotton-Patch Schoolhouse is a memoir of the author’s 12 months as a tender and green instructor in rural Marengo County, a number of miles from Linden, Alabama, in 1926. looking to make money to proceed collage after her freshman yr at Alabama university in Montevallo, the writer welcomed the chance to educate 8 little ones at 5 diverse grade degrees in a one-room schoolhouse in the course of a cotton box. younger enthusiasm, local wit, and a feeling of event helped her remodel the straightforward schoolhouse right into a position of studying and excitement. 

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But Mr. Dick, roads wouldn't defeat me because I can ride a horse. " "Yes, but there are other drawbacks. It's just a seven-month school and pays only seventy dollars a month. " "Well," he sighed, "there is one bright side. " "That's all right," I said, taking the contract out of his hand for fear he would change his mind. He reluctantly handed me his pen, and with a sigh of relief I signed on the dotted line. Mr. Dick stood up and put on his hat. " "Yes, sir, we surely will, if you insist. But Mr.

When Mr. Shedd purchased this vast acreage, he told his new business acquaintances that he knew nothing about farming in the South and even less about the black people who were so necessary to the operation of such a plantation. Page 8 Egypt, the sixteen-hundred-acre plantation where I grew up He then asked whether they knew of anyone who was experienced along these lines and might be interested in the job of helping him. "Mr. Dave Powers would be an excellent choice, if you could get him," they told him.

I think perhaps he will. He told me how many pages were in a preprimer, and he knows his ABC's. " "That's good. " In a flash she was gone. It was surprising that one so large could move so fast. I had not told Miss Bunker that my oldest pupil, Dan, was older than I. I did not think I would tell anyone. If it got back to Dan, it might embarrass him and have an effect on the others. I felt that I had a good teacher-pupil relationship and I wanted to keep it that way. When I reached home, the good smells from the kitchen Page 41 were overwhelming.

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