Danny Orona: Danny’s old white dog, Mike, followed Danny to school and got in the outhouse — down in the hole, and couldn’t get out! The kids were beside themselves. The teacher found a crowbar in the trunk of her car, and pried the seat off. What a mess! Mike had a grand time chasing the kids as they screeched and ran for dear life.
One of the kids rode an old ugly horse to school. Danny painted “Pineapple Princess” on the horses’ hindquarters. “Pineapple Princess” was the name of a popular song back then by Annette Funicello. The rider of the horse didn’t appreciate Danny’s humor.
Frances Blew, now 83, was present for the reunion. She taught for seven terms at the Liberty School, from 1954-1961. Frances believed that the “seat of education was just below the hip bone.” In actuality, she only raised her hand to one child. And he had it coming!
One of the biggest treats for the school was the arrival of chocolate milk in cartons. It was like “seventh heaven!” Some ornery boys broke into the school in the dead of night to do nothing but drink chocolate milk.
Another great treat for the students was when it became “their turn” to go home with the teacher. The teacher lived in Belknap, which had a skating rink. Nothing quite compared to spending the night at the teacher’s house and roller skating.
Ron Mace: His father contributed an acre of his 80 acres for the Liberty School building.
Many of the one-room schools, as with the Liberty School, have been torn down. (Davis County had 100 one-room schools.) Sometimes referred to as “free-range kids,” the students of these one-room pillars of education, have a wealth of memories. Frances Blew perhaps stated it best, “Schools can be torn down, memories live forever.”
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