We don't know much about this except that Bertha Madge Warren was the teacher (top row, center). Copies were available for 35 cents from a Baker City photographer. You can see another photograph of her and learn more about her life in this post.
These photos are so interesting as you get such a broad view of what children were wearing in that era. Little boys in their short pants, some with long stockings underneath. Bow ties to long ties. Various types of boys collars. I don't recall ever seeing one like the little boy right in the front which is quite large.
Always the little guy with the bib overalls. Girls in dresses made very basic and some with a little frill of lace here and there. You can get a basic feeling of how prosperous the parents were by the clothing their children were wearing.
How about the little boy and girl sitting on the front row. They don't look like the happiest of school children. Maybe they just need a nap.
Definitely a one room school by the age variance of the students.
Charlott on 26th June 2020 @ 7:20am
And two with bare feet. Can we even begin to imagine, in this day and age, being so poor that we send our kids walking to school barefoot.
My mom, who grew up without a dad to support them would tell about her brothers having no shoes and their feet being thick with calluses. When they would get cracks in their feet it would take forever for them to heal.
L.E. on 26th June 2020 @ 7:43am
My grandmother used to tell about how her father would raise a pig and that was the " shoe pig." He raised others naturally. Each year the children got a new pair of shoes after that pig was sold. Until then, if your shoes were too small you just had to either go barefooted or squeeze your feet into them. If shoes had any wear left in them, they were handed down to the next child. All dresses, pants, coats that could be handed down were. If collars wore out on shirts, those collars were turned. Elbows in shirts were mended, and socks were also mended...
Nelson on 29th June 2020 @ 7:08am