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Zionsville Times Sentinel
LIFE & TIMES
Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2003
Another year, another teacher
another adventure for Coffman
Twins join Aud family
Christopher and Lauri Aud of Woodland Hills, Calif., formerly of
Part II of a three-part series
Zionsville, are proud to announce the birth of their twin son and
In the mid-1800s,
daughter. Nathaniel Brock weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces and was 19
schools in Indiana were held
inches long. Emily Lauren was 6 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 18-
only where a group of parents
1/2 inches. They were welcomed home by sister Rachel, 2 1/2.
hired someone to teach their
Maternal grandparents are Bob and Barb DeWeese of Zionsville.
children. A log cabin to house
Paternal grandparents are Sandra Aud of Nashville, Tenn., former-
the school was provided and the
ly of Zionsville, and Ernest F. Aud Jr. of Chicago.
teacher hired based on an “arti-
cle” he or she passed among par-
ents in the district laying out the
length of the school term and the
amount to be paid for each pupil,
often part cash and part produce.
Ryan Dale McCandless and Karel lee Weeks, both of Zionsville.
Marrin Troy Jessee, Muncie, and Cynthia Marie Snider,
Matthew Edward Barnes and Misti Yuette Yates, both of Sheridan.
Jerry Lee Hedge and Terry Lynn Osborne, both of Lebanon.
Joan P. Lyons
Stressed, achy bones,
Because pay was so meager,
From “The Story of Indiana and Its People” by Robert Judson Aley, Ph.D.,
young people who had recently
and Max Aley, O.P.Barnes, Chicago, 1912.
Treat yourself or a friend to a massage.
This drawing of the one-room school attended by Abraham Lincoln in Spencer County shows a cabin
completed their own schooling
much like the one described by W.J. Coffman in the first part of this series.
were the usual applicants. Once
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they had other mouths to feed,
“The writer being one of the
examination. And a remem-
and in the eight school branch-
they could no longer afford to
captains of the yellow jacket
brance of those awful hours as I
es, and then wrote some prob-
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teach. Occasionally, circum-
brigade, whose uniform was a
walked along in the dust, the one
lems on the board for me to
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tow shirt and breeches of the
burning wish was for success.
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ation, such as the one described
same, was called upon to go
After making some inquiries, I
satisfactorily and was quite
by William J. Coffman in con-
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inside and take possession of the
found him busily engaged in his
proud to carry home my first
clusion to the story begun in last
pets. Shortly after reaching the
license for twelve months,
week’s “Past Times.”
bottom of the stump and taking
“I told him my business. He
though it was written with pen
“In the spring of 1840 an arti-
possession of the three young
replied, ‘all right; I will have to
cle was put forth in this district
buzzards, the teacher called for
examine you during school
“I now had the reputation as a
by one who agreed to teach all of
hours.’ He invited me in and as I
common school teacher, an
books. It was then that every one
the right branches. He was a man
passed along the aisle of the
occupation which was limited
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of Adam’s little sons left us with
of fine culture and very small in
room, I saw from the text books
to very few at that time, though
stature and by intemperate habits
our bounty and a prisoner in the
his pupils were using that they
the profit derived was not as
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had become a victim of poverty.
stump. We tried to climb and
were well advanced in their
much as the public in its inno-
He had a wife and five children
yelled for aid, but found our-
studies. It was then that I felt my
cence generally believe. My
to support, and as there was no
selves a prisoner. Our face,
ignorance and hastily wished
wages were about $1.80 a day.”
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vacant house in the district the
hands and uniform had become
that I was away from there.
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patrons agreed to let him occupy
as black as the stump.
“He drew me up before his
Coffman faces another examina-
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one end of the school house dur-
“Our place was missed in the
school and examined me oraly
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“At this school, classes were
they board the bus
formed in the spelling book and
When Coffman was in his 21st
we were taught the rules in con-
year, he found himself on the
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cert, giving the sounds of the
other side of the desk. As you
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will note, a township trustee was
Read about school
everything relating to pronuncia-
responsible for organizing the
activities on B8.
school, and prospective teachers
had to be examined to qualify for
“The boys who attended this
a license to teach. He told that
school ranged in age from eight
story in The Zionsville Times
to twelve years. At the noon
April 7, 1904.
hour our time was spent in
“It was in the year 1852 that a
climbing and bending saplings
trustee in Marion county told me
or fighting yellow jackets. There
if I would get a license he would
was one adventure that made a
employ me to teach a school.
lasting impression on my mind.
“The first examiner at
After several victorious battles
Indianapolis was Benjamin F.
with yellow jackets, we found a
Lang, who was teaching at that
buzzard nest in an old hollow
time the old academy and had
sycamore stump, about eight
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taught there several consecutive
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at one time and was black inside
the trustee, I walked nine miles
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