Not so long ago.
This Old Farmer's Daughter remembers her
older siblings went to the one room schoolhouse
on the corner of our rural road.
No central heat, no plumbing, walking uphill both ways in the dead of winter! Uh huh, yea!
A well out side and water in a bucket with a dipper inside.
Toilets, not quite. Pit toilets on each side of the entranceway, boy's and girl's,
at least they didn't have to walk outdoors. How did they keep the smell down?
Perhaps a handful of lime each day?
Walking, every day, parents did not spoil the children with a ride, even in bad weather. And our road did go up and down a little each way, but with a substantial hill
at the top of the road.
They did put on plays for the parents
(With interview notes from Old Farmer's Older Daughter : )