They must be setting on the stack of "cord" wood for the furnace. I remember even in the late 1940's the year or so my grandfather was the custodian at Pine Grove him stoking that big old furnace with the wood that was cut off with the bark around the wood they were going to mill. Winter time found him just about living in that furnace room to keep that school heated up enough for classes.
Love to "interloper's on the left side of the photo. Good image of the various attire worn to school, from the tie to the good old bib overalls.
Charlott on 12th August 2016 @ 7:08am
Appears to be the same 4' cord wood used in many school furnaces. In a school I attended we could help the janitor wheel a cart of it down a ramp into the basement furnace room but were not allowed near the firebox. When school started in the fall there was enough wood outside for the entire school year.
Kenn on 12th August 2016 @ 12:05pm