Good Morning from the Comanche County Historical Museum.
Yes, we have been very busy-- lots of visitors coming in. For one thing, this is getting down to the last days of school. Now, let me let you in on a little bit of information about our Museum. Each year, we send out letters to all schools in our area about our Museum. We want schools to know about the tours that we can offer to all classes. For instance, for elementary students, we can tailor tours with stories that would be of interest for young students. For junior high and high school, if they will tell us what those students have been studying, we can have docents on hand to give tours for these age students. For instance, we had students coming in from Comanche, fourth graders in January, and Comanche students 7th graders coming in from Junior High, for a tour in February, and DeLeon second grade students coming in March.
On Wednesday, May 22, we had the seventh and eighth graders coming in from Rising Star. Mr. Greenfield, the principal, called to make our reservations for this tour.
We enjoyed these students so much. First of all, we visited the school room. Things were in complete disarray, as we are getting ready to paint in that room. However, I did the tour in that room. I told the students the story of education in our early day county. When Comanche County was formed in 1856, there was no organized school system in the state of Texas. Now parents wanted their students to learn to read and write, and to do ARITHMETIC, or in other words, to do math. Probably the mothers were behind this.
Anyway, this settler, Mr. Jones, living over yonder, told his neighbors, “We can build a one room log school house on my property”. So, here came the parents, bringing their axes, their saws, and other tools. Cutting down logs, trimming them up, and notching them so they would be a good fit. Pretty soon, here was this log building, with one door, and across from it, a window in the back of the room. Mr. Smith, living over yonder, had a girl who could read and write. She was hired as the teacher. This was a subscription school, in other words parents with children in this school would contribute money each month to pay the teacher. These were the first schools in the county. The first of 170 schools that eventually would serve the students for their education. I have my mother’s bonnet hanging in the room. I told the girls that girls and women in that time did not want to be sun burned, so they would wear either a bonnet or maybe carry a parasol (an umbrella) to school. The teacher would be boarding, or staying with parents of the students. She would have walked to school with the students. There is in the school room a bucket and a dipper. The students didn’t know about germs then, so they would all drink from the bucket and dipper. We also toured the Indian display, and Fain Mc Daniel, and Cris Bloyd took the students through the Civil War displays and others.
I tell the students that we could talk to them all day, and that all of the items that we have on display are either loaned or donated to us. These Rising Star students were so nice and well-mannered. We enjoyed them so much. I told them that I wasn’t so old that I could still remember getting on the yellow school bus and getting to get out of school for a while.
Hey, schools all over the county-- please call us at 325.356. 5115, and make plans to come to the Museum next year. Our excellent receptionist, Susan, will set you up with a visit.
And hey, yes you-- come to visit with us. We are the Comanche County Historical Museum, 402 Moorman Road, P.O. Box 22, Comanche, Texas 76442.