‘Reney, Get Your Hiney Down Here!

Delaware Run School Detail 1926
Detail of a photo of children in front of Delaware Run School, 1926. Credit: Watsontown Historical Association

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8 Responses

  1. Barbara Huffman says:

    Amazing story ! imagine a lard sandwich ? And to actually know where the windmill is ?

    And I hadn’t heard or seen the word ”hiney” in many years !

    I love this story ! Thank you , Mark

    • Mark Hagenbuch says:

      You are welcome. I only wish there were more stories like this. I’m glad I remember many of the ones that I was told.

  2. Judy Hagenbuch McAlpin says:

    My brother, Barry Hagenbuch, and I also attended one room school houses. Ours were for two grades at a building. Cedarville for 1st and 2nd, Hopewell for 3rd and 4th, and Fairview for 5th and 6th. One teacher for each school. We heated the classroom with a coal burning pot belly stove. We had outhouses for each school. The schools were about 2-3 miles apart. The big yellow bus picked us up to take us to school. We lived in Williams Township outside of Easton. My brother has photos of each school and has posted them on FB in the past.

    • Mark Hagenbuch says:

      We didn’t know it at the time, but it was a wonderful way to grow up and appreciate what we have today. See my brother Dave’s comment next as we went to similar schools but did have indoor bathrooms, but didn’t have indoor ones in the farm houose until I was about 6 years old. Thanks for your message.

  3. Dave+Hagenbuch says:

    Although we lived on a dairy farm in Montour County, Pennsylvania, I went to California Elementary School. My father and grandfather helped dig out the foundation when the school was built. The school had four classrooms, but at the time I attended, only three were being used for the six grades of students. Two grades to each room. The school had a flat roof, and one of the teachers, Mr. George Strouse, would go up on the roof every couple of weeks to retrieve the soccer balls and basketballs that would find their way up there! I’m sure there were less than one hundred kids that made up all six grades at any one time. We had only three teachers to watch over all of us at recess time. Ottawa was just over the hill, I had cousins that lived no more than 10 miles away on Mexico Road. Paradise wasn’t too far away, and Exchange, Strawberry Ridge, Whitehall, and Jerseytown weren’t too far away either. What a wonderful place to grow up!!!!

    • Mark Hagenbuch says:

      For sure, brother. And, there were a lot of “characters” we rubbed elbows with. I could write a book!! Oh, I guess with what Andrew and I have written over the past 6+ years we have a couple of books!! Thanks for your memories.

    • Sharon says:

      What a wonderful story. I can here your Mother’s (Irene) voice telling it. We have about a foot of snow this Feb. 1st 2021 in Limestone Township, Montour County.

  4. Mark Hagenbuch says:

    Thanks for the message, Sharon. We have about 5 inches or so here in Dillsburg, we may escape with a foot at the most as I am waiting until tomorrow to “blow” snow. My parents told great stories, I’m glad I remember most of them, but as with most family historians, I wish I would have asked more questions!! Stay well.

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