2014-10-24 / Community

School days



Residents of Atria Kennebunk visited the one-room N.C. Watson School House Museum of Buxton, which was used to educate students between 1900 and 1951. The tour was given by Atria Kennebunk concierge, Stacey Gagnon, who is a member of the Buxton Historical Society, board of directors and chairman of the school house committee and director of programs for the school house. Two residents who attended the outing attended oneroom school houses and told of their experiences. Lucy McDonald attended one in Whippleville, New York. She said the students came from a cluster of small farming communities and that she had to walk 1.4 miles every day. Marian Hanson of Dayton said, “I remember there was one particular boy the teacher would always send out to the neighbor’s. His job was to fill a bucket with water for all of us to drink.” Marian adds that she had the same teacher for nine years, Grace W. Smith, and that she used to live across the street from Goodwins Mills General Store, where a fire station is today. Other residents who attended were Louise Bradbury, Wanda Banks, Ted Pressure Wash Services Lenz, Ethel Mae Theriault and Thays Krueger. (Courtesy photo) Residents of Atria Kennebunk visited the one-room N.C. Watson School House Museum of Buxton, which was used to educate students between 1900 and 1951. The tour was given by Atria Kennebunk concierge, Stacey Gagnon, who is a member of the Buxton Historical Society, board of directors and chairman of the school house committee and director of programs for the school house. Two residents who attended the outing attended oneroom school houses and told of their experiences. Lucy McDonald attended one in Whippleville, New York. She said the students came from a cluster of small farming communities and that she had to walk 1.4 miles every day. Marian Hanson of Dayton said, “I remember there was one particular boy the teacher would always send out to the neighbor’s. His job was to fill a bucket with water for all of us to drink.” Marian adds that she had the same teacher for nine years, Grace W. Smith, and that she used to live across the street from Goodwins Mills General Store, where a fire station is today. Other residents who attended were Louise Bradbury, Wanda Banks, Ted Pressure Wash Services Lenz, Ethel Mae Theriault and Thays Krueger. (Courtesy photo)

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