I am much interested in the research being done on schools in the town of Gilboa, and loved reading Kristen Wyckoff’s article. My mother taught at Owlsville, and it was quite a hike from where she lived in Flat Creek. Before I go any further, perhaps I should identify myself.
I am the daughter of Franklin Hess and Muriel Gordon Hess. When he was a child, my father lived in Broome Center and Franklinton, while my mother lived in the house now owned by Vernon Pickett in Flat Creek. My father was postmaster in Gilboa at the time the dam was being built. He and my mother bought the Raymond Brown farm in Broome Center, and I spent the first 13 years of my life there. When I was a teenager, we moved to the house opposite the Waterfall House. I have so many wonderful memories of Gilboa and Broome Center, and still have a variety of fourth cousins living in the area . . . including Bee Mattice, Bill Thorpe, Betty O’Hara, LaVerne Hubbard, and several others. It will always be “Home” to me.
Back to the subject of schools. You are welcome to keep and use all the items in the package I’m sending. . . . One more thing I just remembered: my mother substitute taught up on Doc Leonard’s Mountain several times. I went along and remember so well the old building, with its water bucket, lunch pails, and pot-belly stove. I believe this was the Rowe District. I remember there being only a few pupils. Mother once said when she taught in the winter, she had to arrive early in order to start the wood stove before the kids got there. How things have changed.
The attachments Joan mentioned in her letter were a lode of goodies, including the test items from the state for grades 5–7 in 1910. These are available as a PDF download. Some of her other attachments follow.
Joan Hess Mullen, Class of 1945, 518-747-7234 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org