"I well remember the first school I ever attended", said Jerry Jenkins and old timer of Little Beaver Creek in Douglas County, Mo. "The school was taught in a log house that stood on the west side of the creek and I had to cross the creek to get to the school house. The school was taught by Mr. Thomas Witty. It was a three months subscription school and I went in my shirt tail. My two brothers John D. and Jim Jenkins went with me, and we had a tow nearly every morning with Tol Roberts children while on our way to school. Jake Roberts was the oldest boy then there were Bob, Matthew, Wash, and Harvey the last named was the youngest. Before reaching Mr. Roberts house we had to pass by a long field and the boys would see us coming and watch and get ready for a fight. I and Harvey who was a shirt tail boy like myself would run together and do battle while the other boys were engaged with the same sort of business. This has been a long time ago and I and Harvey are good friends now. I learned my lessons in the old blue back spelling book. I got as far as Baker before the school was out."
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