On our trip to Minnesota, we approached the town of Worthington where we'd be meeting my aunt and uncle. As we drove to the 3rd exit on the west side, I became very excited when I looked down from the interstate and spotted a group of little buildings on the county fairgrounds. It looked like a small town taken straight from the past. The next sign advertised "Pioneer Village," and I asked if we could visit it sometime during the weekend. On Sunday afternoon, Mom and I were finally able to go, and we had a nice time going through the shops, church buildings, and homes that were set up by the local historical society. I'll try to post other pictures from Pioneer Village, but our experience at the one room schoolhouse was especially interesting to us.
Posted near the door was the following Teachers' Contract from 1923:
This is an agreement between Miss xx, teacher and the BOARD OF EDUCATION of the xxx school. Whereby Miss xx agrees to teach in the xxx School for a period of eight months, beginning Sept. 1, 1923. The Board of Education agreeds to pay Miss xx the sum of ($75.00) per month.
Miss xx agrees:
1. Not to get married. This contract becomes null and void immediately if the teacher marries.
2. Not to keep company with men.
3. Not to loiter downtown in ice cream stores.
4. To be home between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. unless in attendance at a school function.
5. Not to leave town at any time without permission of the board of trustees.
6. Not to smoke cigarettes. The contract becomes null and void immediately if the teacher is found smoking.
7. Not to drink beer, wine, or whiskey. This contract becomes null and void immediately if the teacher is found drinking beer, wine, or whiskey.
8. Not to ride in a carriage or automobile with any man except her brother or father.
9. Not to dress in bright colors.
10. Not to dye her hair.
11. To wear at least two petticoats.
12. Not to wear dresses more than two inches above the ankles.
13. To keep the school room clean:
a. To sweep the classroom floor at least once daily.
b. To scrub the classroom floor at least once weekly with hot water and soap.
c. To clean the blackboard at least once daily.
d. To start the fire at 7:00 so the room will be warm at 8:00 when the children arrive.
14. Not to use face powder, mascara or paint on the lips.
So, ladies and gentlemen, what do you think? I don't know about you, but I think I've already broken almost every rule.... except a few obvious ones. :)