|The Sulpher Springs Schoolhouse is one of four one-room schools built of limestone donated by Elisha Camp from his quarry at Chaumont during the 1830s.||
Map showing "S.H. No. 19"
Teacher's Memories . . . .
As young women in the early 1930's, sisters Esther and Margery Washburn
became teachersMargery at Sulpher Springs Schoohouse No. 19
for three years, and Esther just down the road at Camps
Mills Schoolhouse No. 5 for two years.
In a telephone conversation with the author (Mark, their sister Beulah's grandson), that took place in 1996, Margery shared the following paraphrased description of her time spent teaching at Sulpher Springs Schoolhouse No. 19:
"When I was much younger, I used to teach at the Sulpher Springs Schoolhouse. In back of the school was a cemetery -- I remember being a brand new teacher and being scared to death because in the winter time it was too cold to bury the bodies, so they used to store them in the school for the winter until the ground thawed!"In a telephone interview on 13 February 2000, Esther Fee and Margery Gordonier, both now widows in the town of Adams, recounted their memories of teaching in those early days:
Mark: What made you decide to teach? Were you influenced by your grandmother, Esther Stoodley Washburn, who was also a teacher?
© Mark A. Wentling, 2000