Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Back in Time - Eberle School

Eberle School
near Edgemont, SD
mid 1920s
My mom (back row far left) and her siblings (Albert - back row far right, Marie - front row center, Oscar - front row far right) and several neighbor children attended the school located on the Eberle ranch.

Mom adored their teacher (Katherine Moore) and kept in touch with her for many years. I think Miss Moore may have stayed with the family during the school year. My mother eventually attended high school in Edgemont, SD, but she did not graduate.

I can't begin to imagine how difficult it was for teachers to deal with such a variety of ages in one classroom: I'd love to know how they planned and delivered the lessons.


  1. Great picture! School has certainly changed a lot since then. My grandmother started her teaching career in a one room school house. I wish I knew more about her experiences.

  2. I agree with Tracy - school HAS changed a lot! Teaching in incredibly challenging - both then and now for different reasons. My hat's off to all those who educate our youth. My husband attended a 2 room school in the Nebraska sandhills in the late 60's and early 70's.

  3. I've always been amazed at those country school teacher's abilities to juggle so many age groups. My grandmother taught one term in a country school by Grand Forks ND about 1910.

  4. Part of me wonders if maybe it was easier because:

    1. Bigger kids helped the youngers
    2. Kids were much more well behaved

    I think learning in a multi-age environment would be awesome!

  5. Nancy

    Each photo makes Wyoming look so desolate ! The boys look like trouble and fun, and the bout those haircuts!

  6. My mom used to talk about being in a school house classroom with several grades together. She said it built long and close relationships. The big kids were charged with caring for the younger ones and there was a lot of sharing. It sounds idyllic.

  7. My husbands Mother was a rural school teacher, she said she just made it work, she had 1 to 4 grades, the older ones helped the younger ones. Her penmanship was beautiful!
    I enjoyed seeing your old photos:)

  8. Oh my goodness, I got a chuckle at the one in the front sticking his tongue out. My mom's youngest brother did that in many photos or had some kind of face going on in photos. I remember my mom saying that my grandmother (her mother) would get so mad at him.


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