EARLY SCHOOL DAYS NEAR BLOOMFIELD, MO.
By S. C. Turnbo

In speaking of early day schools in Southeast Mo., Mr. Austin Brown who has lived many years at Peel Ark. gives this account. "I was 12 years old I received my first schooling. This was in 1847 and we lived near Bloomfield in Stoddard County. The school was taught in a little log hut by a man of the name of Macum. Some of my school mates were Anthony and Daniel Clubb who were brothers and there were 3 or 4 of the teachers sons and a nephew of his who was also named Macum. When I was 16 years old or in 1851 a man of the name of Neville taught school on Delaware Creek 4 miles west of Bloomfield and I went to it. The only names other than myself that I call to mind who attended this school was Susan Chappelle and her brother Leiper. I studied my lessons in Noah Webster’s old Blue Back speller and during the first school I got to Baker and the next one I reached the pictures which pleased me well."

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