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Beech Grove School
Auburn Township, Susquehanna County, PA
Photo Taken by G. A. Seeley of Mullens, West Virginia in 1946
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More on Beech Grove School. This time about the teacher in 1887.
Carol Hoose Brotzman
Carrie Cogswell
Mansfield Normal School Album
Carrie Cogswell was the teacher at Bolles school 1887. This photo of her photo was in a 1889 Mansfield Normal school album.

She was the daughter of Jarvis Batles Cogswell and  Caroline "Carrie" Louisa James. She was born Tuscarora Township, Bradford County November 03, 1867. She died November 14, 1952 in Sharon, PA. She married September 27, 1900 in West Auburn, Susquehanna County, PA to Martin B. Rohrer. He was the son of Christian Rohrer and Emma Maria Buckwalter.

She wrote many poems, this is just one she wrote about West Auburn, PA

I’m going back to the old hometown,
To the friends where long ago,
Where the Tuscarora winds along and wild flowers grow,
Where we loved to fish in the Kinney Pond,
Or down by old Roberts mill,
When we all belonged to the barefoot group,
As we wandered o’er dale and hill.
The devils half acre was one of our haunts,
And we loved that rocky place,
I’ve often wished, as the years flew by,
We could keep in that small place
Our dissipations were singing school,
And a sleigh ride now and then.
An oyster supper was such a treat and a spelling bee thrills us again.
And sometimes we drew a big bob sled
To the top of Old James Hill
We all piled in, and lucky we were, if we finished without a spill
And I’ll never forget our Christmas trees
And how lovely hopes would fade
When the lovely doll with curly hair, went to some other maid
The lacey store was a meeting place
I thought it fine and dandy
When I was sent for groceries and given an eggs worth of candy
The old school house could tell great tales
And we loved this church no end
And neighbors stood ready day or night, to come to the aid of a friend.
West Auburn knew no motor cars, phones, movies, or radio.
And the horses ploughed thru the heavy mud,
With a gait that was sure but slow.
The old group has gathered here and there,
And some have wandered far,
And so many near and dear to us have peacefully “crossed the bar.”
But to us they have left a heritage
Of courage and faith and love,
Of high ideals and sacrifice
All wealth and fame above.
And ours is the duty to carry on, their memories to never mar
To serve as they served, and brightened each day
The corner where we are.

Devil's Half Acre mentioned in Carrie's Poem
Photo by Carol HOOSE Brotzman
Beech Grove School
Auburn Township, Susquehanna County, PA
Double Exposed Photo Taken in 1922
 Leo Bolles Collection 
Bradford County PA
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Published On Tri-Counties Site On 15 FEB 2007
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