Working the gold mines in Bodie was difficult, but also was being the town's school teacher. Mr. Cook the elderly schoolmaster would be taunted by the bigger boys by having his beard yanked on, and in winter they would hit him with snowballs.
When his school term was up, he left. A Mr.McCarty took over and promised to restore order even if he had to use his six-shooter. He did not use his pistol, but he did use a long handle iron hot poker from the stove, and asked 'toughs' when misbehaving if they wanted to test the poker's heat. One by one, the toughs left school and order was restored.
reference --- ELLA M. CAINE, "The Story of Bodie"
PS: Interesting to note on the school wall are maps of the United States, Europe, and South America. And the iron stove.
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serp2000 (41410) 2014-06-23 7:48
Hi, Ray, my neighbor today,
I don't rememebr similar photo of an old American school on the TE. But this view reminds me some historic movie decoration. Anyway, interesting and original topic, well done.
Noel_Byrne (26137) 2014-06-23 11:47
Like a combination of a scene from a horror film and the Mary Celeste, I have to wonder if the writing on the board s truly the last thing written or was it put there for visitors. Either way, the sense of desolation and abandonment here is palpable and in its own creepy way, very beautiful. You should be the tourism spokesman for this very cool place.
Thanks as always
amaryllis (35501) 2014-06-26 1:46
Superbe photo de cette école avec ce tableau, les tables et bancs et les encriers et aussi le poêle typique à l'époque de nos ancêtres