Sunday, April 5, 2009

The Farmer School in Lincoln Twp

  The Farmer School was located in the center of School District #6 in the southeast corner of Lincoln Township west of Numa.  This information relates to the school around 1945-1946 and was sent to the editor by Richard Inman of Hamilton, Ohio.  It originally came from Donald Inman of Bonner Springs, Kansas, who was a student in the Farmer School in the mid-1940s.

The Farmer School Building

Farmer School Teacher: Helen Burkhiser

Donald Inman, Dorothy Hibbs, Eleanor Barkley, 
Kenneth Inman , and Jimmy Condra
Farmer School Students

The Farmer School Song

You ask what school I like the best
  Farmer, 'tis Farmer
It's better for than all the rest
  Farmer, Oh, Farmer
The pupils do their work each day
  And after work, there's time for play
I'll always go there if I may
  Farmer, Yes, Farmer

The Farmer School Poem:  If

If you can keep your head when those about you
  Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
  But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
  Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
  And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise.

If you can dream--and not make dreams your master,
  If you can think--and not make thought your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
  And treat these two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
  Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
  And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools.

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
  And risk it to one turn of pitch-and-toss
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
  And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
  To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
  Except the Will which says to them "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
  Or walk with kings--nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
  If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
  With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
YOURS is the Earth and everything that's in it,
  And--what is more--you'll be a Man, my son!

-- Rudyard Kipling 

School Motto:
There are many spokes in the wheel of success!

School Colors:  Red and Violet

School Flower:  Violet
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School Year 1945-46

  Our school started Mon. Aug. 27.  There were seven of us. Sonya, who started to school this year, Jimmy in second grade, Donald in third, Eleanor and Dorothy in sixth, Larry in seventh, and Kenneth in the eighth.  We were happy to have Joann join us in February. She was in the fifth grade.
  Some Highlights of the Year
  We had our program and candy supper Oct. 25.  Some of the things we remember about our program are how cute Sonya looked dressed up in her witch's costume.  Donald and Jimmy the two "brave" boys who Sonya scared.  Dorothy, very natural and business like, as the teacher who was talked out of punishing her mischievous pupil Donald.  Eleanor, who was very charming, as the aunt who was frightened by a mouse in her nephew's pockets.  Larry, as the high pressure salesman and also the very "fine" looking bum.  Kenneth, as the mischievous nephew, but perhaps what we remember about him most were his biscuits made from his own recipe.
  In November came Thanksgiving vacation. 
  We had a program and a Christmas tree in December.  All of our parents came.  We thought our tree looked very pretty as we used colored electric lights on it.  We had a week's vacation at Christmas time.
  In February, we celebrated Valentine's Day with a party and a Valentine box.  One of the highlights of this party was a Treasure Hunt with candy hearts and candy bars as the treasure.
  On April 4th we celebrated Mrs. Condra's birthday.  We each one brought something for dinner. We had sandwiches, pork and beans, potato salad, deviled eggs, fruit salad and an angel food cake with happy birthday written on it in pink letters.
  Our next event was a weiner roast.  We had it the Friday before Easter.  We went to the woods, built a fire, and toasted weiners.  Everyone ate until they were full.  Then the boys ran and played in the woods while the girls picked flowers.  We have our plans all made for the biggest event of the year--the last day.  We plan to go to the park in Centerville and have a picnic dinner.  After dinner we plan to attend the show at the Majestic Theater. 
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  Larry Gatrel was a student at the Farmer School 1943-1946; Jeanette Condra was the teacher at the Farmer School during this period; Larry believes that the above summary of the school year 1945-1946 was written by Jeanette Condra. 

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