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New York Folklore Quarterly, Vol. XVIII, No. 1, Spring 1962

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NEW YORK FOLKLORE QUARTERLY
Vol. XVIII, No. 1, Spring 1962

DISTRICT NO. 11 ACQUIRES A SCHOOLHOUSE
Ellen L. Hamilton

SIZE="-1">DOWN in Tioga County the Moores have lived on the same farm, more or less, for 140 years. Until recently, most of them attended school in a one-room country school, but not always in the same schoolhouse! And thereby hangs a tale.

Among my father’s prized possessions is an old notebook containing the records of school meetings from 1840 to 1902 of School District No. 11 of the Town of Nichols, New York. In general, they tell only the names of the officers elected for the next year, the amount of tax voted for wood for fuel, or occasionally for some other purpose, e.g. in 1861, “...Resolved that 11 shillings be raised by a tax to repair the house.” In 1871, a Special Meeting was called which Dad’s notebook reports in some detail. The George Moore mentioned was his grandfather. This is the account just as it is recorded....




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