Grandma walks to school…..by Christina Rowland

When I was eighteen and told Grandma I was going to Rockhurst College in Kansas City, she told me this story…

When I was a little girl, we lived some times in town and sometimes in the country.  When I was about six years old, we moved back into town, but our house was not near any of the public schools, so I would walk to the Catholic grade school and that is where I went to school for two years. So I guess you can go to a Catholic college.

I don’t remember if she said if she walked by herself, but it sure sounded like it to me.

9 thoughts on “Grandma walks to school…..by Christina Rowland

  1. She told me about when she was a little girl and lived in town she had to walk to the brewery everyday and get a bucket of beer for her father!(I guess they sold it by the buckets full back then) I know where her house was and have since found out where the brewery was In the old Munichburg area. She got ice from where the grocery store on the corner is. In the old days it was a Ice House.
    I wonder if she went to St Peters school? It would be the closest one and was there at that time.(across from the Capital).
    She also told me one time that before she was married she worked at Woolworths! I remember Woolworths! I love to imagine her walking the streets of my hometown and how it must have looked back then.We should think about buying a brick in her name for the Old Munichburg society. I have no info of the cost but could find out if enough people are interested.

  2. Wow! I didn’t know Grandma had ever worked off the farm! That is interesting….some day when I am in JC you will have to show me where her house was…..I don’t think anyone has ever pointed it out to me before.

  3. Hello family, I was going to write you a story about Mother and her friend named Mary Cleopha Brenneisen, who I was named after.I was going to tell you the story that I thought mother always told me.Whic was that she had a friend who she played with( I always thought that friend was older then her and took her to school with her, to St Peters School.)This morning I went to Ancestry.com and did my research and found out that Mary Cleopha wasnt born until 3 of April 1904. When Mary Cleopha was born Mother was already 6 years old.That makes me wonder about the whole story. Maybe Mother walked Mary Cleopha to school??? I guess we will never know. I could go to St Peters and see if Mother was ever enrollled in School there. I have done research there before but it to hot to think about it.

    • Cleo,
      I’m fairly sure the name of the girl she went to St. Peter’s school with was named Sophie Schleer. She told me someone used to bake bread and other bakery items for Father Helias and the other priests at St. Peters and mom and Sophie were the delivery girls who took the items up to St. Peters rectory. (Of course there is always the chance the lady who baked the bread was named Sophie Schleer. Maybe you can find out her age on Ancestry.com and see if she was close to mom’s age or quite a bit older (old enought to bake bread).

  4. Weren’t those buckets of beer the same size as the little buckets she put around your necks to pick blackberries in? It seems to me they were.

    • When I heard the story about mother going out at noon to get Grandpaw beer to eat with his lunch, i always thought of it in terms of it being the size or the molassas buckets that we used when we made molassas, I think they were half a gallon buckets. Of course we used them for everything and anything. We used them for lunch boxes at times and berry picking. Those were the good old days.

      • Grandma was 13 years old when the capitol burned down.., she told me that she remember when it burned. There is going to be a ceremony to commemorate the very hour of the fire 100 years later. see below for details.

        BREAKING NEWS: CAPITOL ON FIRE
        Posted on January 25, 2011 by sarah@visitjeffersoncity.com
        Submitted by Suzanne Fox

        On February 5, 1911, due to inadequate fire equipment, citizens and fire fighters of Jefferson City watched helplessly as the state capitol burned. After the fire had subsided, prison inmates were sent in to retrieve important documents and files.

        At 6:15 p.m. on February 5, 2011, 100 years later, the Jefferson City Fire Department will parade fire trucks from Bolivar Street to the Capitol. Mayor Landwehr will also be doing a presentation to commemorate the exact hour of the 1911 fire.

        Following the parade and presentation at 7:30 p.m. (until 10 p.m.) will be a reception at Cottonstone Gallery, located at 116 E. High Street. The reception will kick off a month long exhibit which will display photos, a new painting by gallery owner Jim Dyke and artifacts saved from the fire. Some of the artifacts include a door from the Governor’s office, a desk from the Secretary of State, gates from the entrance and much more.

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