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This school building was East Smithfield High School until it was replaced in the 1900s
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Very Early Smithfield Township Schools

Reminiscences of My Early School Days and Early Teaching Work
By Fannie Andrus Bailey

Typed for website with permission of Roger Wright, descendant of Fannie Andrus Bailey
This handwritten Memoir was written about 1918 and traces back to the 1840s in the schools of Smithfield.

 Early in my life my father, Dr. Andrus, built one of the memorable "red schoolhouses", near the bridge over the "Tom Jack" as the hill rises from the Hollow to the Wood Gerald house, and I think he taught the first winter school there.  Then followed, as the winters came around, Uncle Harry Bird, a Mr. Eruin from Monroeton, Cousin Lark Bird, and Alonzo Tracy.  As I became a teacher in 1844-5, in the Niles neighborhood, I had little work in the "red school house" until later when I taught there one summer.  (The wages of girls in those days amounted to $1.00 per week and "board round").  I continued teaching summers and winters in different parts of the town, and attending fall terms of school in the newly built building at the "Center".
 My second winter school was in the extreme north part of the town, and the district extended a long way over the hill and took in what was then called Wolcotville, from which came several pupils.
 The schoolhouse was a flat-roofed, log house, with improvised desks, and planks with legs for benches, and a little stove.  No blackboard, few books, with less uniformity of methods, and as many grades of advancement as there were scholars.  This was the equipment for teachers work, she having to bring forth from herself "things new and old"!
 I never again had such humble quarters for idea planting and thought improving, but even they were not wholly barren.  Years and progress eliminated many of them.
 Before referring to my schools in different parts of the township, I want to linger at the autumn terms in the new school building, which were attended by adult scholars from far and near, largely teachers in preparation for winter work.  The first teacher was Albert W. Martin, 1865.  And if ever the halo of perfection was bestowed by students his work was gratuitously crowned by devoted scholars!  He broke in upon old ideas and customs of teaching by introducing new ones.  He magnified and dignified the work of teaching.
 The next autumn, 1846, he taught again and I was his assistant for three months.  In 1847 the "Select School" as they were called, was taught by Elijah C. Tracy.  About these years I taught with Mr. Graves one term in the "Select School" but forgot the order of years.
 In 1851, a school was opened there by some forgotten one, which was discontinued, and Mr. M. N. Allen completed the term, which was my last school there.  But those terms of school were of great advantage to the young people of Smithfield, by creating new ambitions and affording greater opportunities of improvement.  I have always felt benefitted by the uplift received through them.
 Again taking up my own work, I taught, in all, twenty-two schools, ten of them in Smithfield, and all but two were public schools and for wages that would be an insult to offer the teachers today.  I remember a patron of mine once said about this matter, "A girl can get only $1.00 per week doing housework, and any girl had rather teach school, than do that!"  May his tribe never increase!
 But not withstanding those early years are remembered as of scant equipment and meager finances, they are rich in many ways and pay ample returns.  In one school I had as a pupil Charles Martin, who afterward was noted as an engineer on the great first bridge to span the Hudson River.  In another, my boys included three names the memory of which is very dear to me:  Alanson Tracy, who gave his life for his country during the "sixties", Chapin C. Tracy of blessed memories of completed work, and Griffin E. Tracy, whose life and work were rounded up beautifully.
 To add to the influences molding such young lives is a wonderful incentive far outweighing all material considerations.  As I think of those years of work for others, I do not wonder that I loved teaching!
 Two other of my schools were prominent in the "review", and are of precious memory.  In 1852-3 a private school in the family of Uncle Arobel Tracy was held through this winter, including besides family, relatives, several neighbors, and my brother Jusin F. Andrus.  Every thought of the activities of that winter is full of interest to me, and to the few who have survived these many years.
 The other school, not in the public line, was a private winter school for our neighbors and our own family, in our "dairy house", well fitted up for the schoolroom; for the "red school house" was not usable and it was too far to go to the Center.  My four brothers were pupils in the school, Justin F, Wayland B., Julian L., Lowman B.   That was in 1853-4.  Its memory is still fresh in my mind.
 Thus, I have told of my work at home.  Besides this, I taught two schools in Springfield, one in Troy, one in Factoryville, two in Ulster, and one in Chemung, one in LeRoy, two in Granville, closing my school work at that time, as I had consented to a proposal of Mr. Bailey to give him the rest of my life work.
 I am glad you Smithfielders are in Red Cross work.  Our family are all in it, with our "bits".  The second daughter, Helen, gives much of her time to this work.  My interest is in all that pertains to helping the soldier boys.  Please tell Roy a telegram came yesterday, Mar. 4, 1918 that Gen. Charles Justin Bailey and Staff arrived on a British ship, in New York, from France.
   Fanny Andrus Bailey

Note: The "Center" referred to the Village of Smithfield then called Smithfield Center.

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