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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Comanche County: 1916

Comanche County: 1916

Oct. 10, 1916. Comanche County, Oklahoma. "School #45, Ash Grove; Miss Hazel McKay, Teacher. One-room school in fair condition. Opened Sept. 4 for 8 month term. Enrollment 22, average attendance 15; last year: enrollment 27, average attendance 15. The balance are picking cotton and also five more that have not enrolled at all. Pickers may be out two weeks more. Teacher expects 30 enrolled after picking is over." View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Wooden Supports on Schoolhouse

Just a guess... but maybe extra protection from tornadoes?

Supports

I would like to know why the schoolhouse has wooden supports on each side.

 
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