Old school pictures: My little country school house built in 1927. All twelve grades in here and you can see everything but the gym at the back. Second picture is from about 10years ago, converted to Middle school. My senior class was 54 and 2019 class was 659.
They built a new high school in 1971, it was torn down in 2007 and replaced with new campus style complex.
Well It is Syrup Season! From Shorpy.com September 1940. "In the early fall during 'syruping off' time, many of the children stay home from school to eat the freshly boiled-down sorghum cane syrup. The cook usually goes to the various farms in the neighborhood and for his work takes a share of the syrup. On the highway between Jackson and Campton, Kentucky." Photo by Marion Post Wolcott.
Well not a Photo for your enjoyment but let us never forget: from Shorpy.com Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Walter Reed Hospital flu ward." One of the very few images in Washington-area photo archives documenting the influenza contagion of 1918-1919, which killed over 500,000 Americans and tens of millions around the globe. Harris & Ewing glass negative.
A friend who works for USCBP is also an avid history buff. He was doing some headstone work in a local cemetery and ran onto some un kept sections in the rear of the plots. He found some odd stuff, I forget exactly what it was, and researched it. Turns out there are mass graves in the cemetery from the "Spanish Flu". Apparently it was one of those things people did their best to forget ASAP.
My Grandfather was at college during the Spanish Flu outbreak....they got it in their heads that the open air was healthier for the patients so they set up a tent city in the greens between the dorms. Grandpa was in ROTC (or whatever they called it back then) and said twice a week he did stretcher duty....hauling the bodies from the tents. Michigan in the winter is no time for sick people to be camping. Grandpa was convinced the cold exposure helped kill many.
Well, having spent a lot of time in canvass tents in winter, I wouldn't think it's the best place for a sick person. But then neither would be a old style hospital with little fresh air exchange and coal heat. I think in those days fresh air and sunshine was about all the real medicine they had in many cases.
Yup, historical society site. Just about wall-to-wall housing in the area now. Wondered how a kid in school always had lots of $$, new bemer bike every year, etc. Found his extended family owned ~ 7 sections (square miles) of land in the county back in the early 1900s, mostly north of the old Oxford community. All developed homes now. Not as much as some of the Tx spreads but as mostly orchards, wheat and dairy farms, pretty good sized. Several pics of schools back into 1850s. Not much left of the ol indian Mission school that I remember from GS. Interesting ads in some of the papers. Auto garage ad said Ford and Fordson mechanics. Fordson is the Ford truck and tractor division from 1917-1931. Ford started the gas tractor industry in the plains states. I do remember seeing many old steam tractors rusting in the fields (monster cast lugged wheels) as a kid. Did see my folks old home was on the edge of the militay road to Ft. Scott and the Santa Fe trail head. Many skirmishes there during the 'uprising'. Major's old farm house (Oregon trail supplier) was just across the state line, bout 2 blocks away. Area was a slave corridor to free land areas, escape creek was just down the street. Oxford community stareted as non-free but 'got' converted from ballot stuffing. Big skirmish just east of Stanly and north of Ft. Scott.
Sounds like they are building tent hospitals in the US, as we speak!
I enjoy reading some of the labels on those provisions in that shelter. My wife trades in some of those old containers and wooden boxes. I didn't notice any surplus supply of toilet paper either!