The coat room or entry provided hooks for hanging wraps (coats, jackets, snow pants) and also a space for a wash basin and water cooler. Clothes pins attached to the wall were used to hang the individual towels or sometimes a common towel for drying hands.
Teachers were hired for one term of three months. A Fall term, Winter term, and Spring term, with hiring for another term directly determined by the evaluation of the teachers performance by the director.
Excerpts from board minutes of
Walnut Grove School
Proceeds of May social ($11.00) will be used for purchase of a bell.
Proceeds from sociable held in the schoolhouse, $4.27 to be used for purchase of an organ.
Director shall have a new partition built between the schoolhouse and the outhouses.
The school was equipped with world and US maps contained in a wooden cabinet hung on the wall. The door could be opened and individual maps pulled down.
A globe was hung from the ceiling for easy access. Pictures of American Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln hung on the classroom wall.
Walks through the timber provided many science lessons. An abundance of wild flowers and small animals, insects, butterflies and birds made for a big out-of-door classroom.
The typical curriculum in 1906 included:
Civil Government Physiology
The teacher playing the pump organ provided music for daily singing and for special programs.
In the mid 1940's rural electricity came to Cedar Number 7 (Walnut Grove). With no janitor service this meant one less job for the teacher.
Lamps needed to be filled with
kerosene and the chimneys
always needed washing.
In 1997 when the township no longer had a use for the building, the Mitchell County Historical Society bought the former Walnut Grove, Cedar Number 7 school building. Interested citizens put in over 1000 hours of volunteer time renovating the structure and restoring it to its original classroom condition.