Just as we recently lost the last of the living World War I vets, time will remove, perhaps in the turn of another generation, the last of the women who taught in a one-room schoolhouse.
But for an hour last Thursday, three of the most charming such specimens from this neck of the Midwest stood before an audience of more than 50 and, with sturdy voices, relayed their memories of life in a country school.
At 17 years old, fresh out of junior college at Fort Scott, Bonita Holeman was in need of a job. One day she received word that the teacher at the Pleasant Ridge School, in Bourbon County, had just left her post. And so, without delay, Holeman straddled her horse and rode the 5 or 6 miles down the road to apply.