Before the Big Yellow Bus
Remembering the one-room schools of Richland County, Illinois
RON E. SCHERER
YVONNE SCHERER MECKFESSEL
September 16, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WITH PUBLICATION PRIOR TO SEPTEMBER 25, 2015
Contact: Ron Scherer, 618-830-7046
MUCH-ANTICIPATED BOOK ON ONE-ROOM SCHOOLS
WILL DEBUT AT OLNEY FALL FESTIVAL OF ARTS
A new book that has taken three years to research and write will make its local debut on Saturday, Sept. 26th, during the Olney Arts Council’s Fall Festival of the Arts at the Olney City Park.
The book – titled “Before the Big Yellow Bus: Remembering the one-room schools of Richland County, Illinois” – is a large-format book covering 98 county schools in 300 pages of text and 270 historic photographs, and containing hundreds of names of Richland County families that date back to the early 1800s.
The text details the history of formal education in Richland County – from schooling first conducted in the home, to the advent of subscription schools, to the development of public, tax-supported schools. In 1822, before the area was officially a county, the first local school outside the home was in a partitioned-off tavern with slab seats and board desks in Watertown, a now-defunct village located just west of Olney on the old Trace Road near the banks of the Fox River. Continue reading Before the Big Yellow Bus