Edrie Swanson, "Winter in a Country School," In The Midst Of, Cokato Historical Society (Winter, 1984) vol. 2 no. 2.
This is the way it was the winter of 1943 in Myrback, a one-room school located nine miles northeast of Cokato, at the
crossroads and on the hill. With the excitement of the Christmas program and its auction of donated articles to raise funds for library books, and the two-week vacation over it was back to school routine. Bundled in mittens, scarves, and four buckle overshoes, the eleven students enrolled in grades one through eight reluctantly trudged through the snow which covered the field (sometimes used as shortcuts) and the seldom traveled roads to the chilly classroom.
The teacher had arrived in her Model A, which was equipped not with snow tires, but with chains.
Cokato Museum Staff, "Butter Bandits Escape By A Thin "Margarine"." In The Midst Of, Cokato Historical Society (April, 2022) vol. 42 no. 1.
What thief doesn’t get twitchy fingers when they come across golden bars...of butter that is. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, gangs of butter thieves robbed Minnesota and Iowa creameries and stole their transport vehicles. Creameries that provided butter for companies, such as Land O’ Lakes, had the leverage of the companies offering large rewards for catching the thieves. The Cokato Enterprise reported in a January 19, 1928, article that “Land O’ Lakes Creameries, Inc has been instrumental in securing the conviction of three different gangs of butter thieves, all of whom are now serving time in the Stillwater penitentiary.”
Museum Staff, "Country Schools," In The Midst Of, Cokato Historical Society (November, 2019) vol. 39 no. 4.
From the late 1890s and early 1900s, approximately 21 country schools dotted Stockholm, French Lake, and Cokato townships. Built during an era with no bus service, country schools were constructed to be within a mile or so walking distance for students. Primarily a one-room school house filled with grades 1-7, each grade had to take turns at lessons with the teacher. After completing country school, students either went right to work, or commuted to Cokato Public School for high school. Although relatively similar in concept, each country school experience was a little different.
Blog articles are subject to copyright.