Education Along The Canal
The One Room Log School House
— Wabash & Erie Canal Park Village —
How Would You Like To Sit On A Log Bench All Day?
The structure before you depicts a one room log school house of 1834. If you were between the ages of 5 and 21 in rural Indiana in the 1830s you would have attended a one room school very much like this one. Yes, you would have sat on a split log bench or puncheon through the entire school day.
Schools of this period were referred to as "Subscription Schools". The cost of attendance was approximately $1.50 to $3.00 per student for a period of three months. The fee was generally paid to the Schoolmarm or Schoolmaster in kind. Since actual money was scarce quite often the payment was made in the form of farm produce, animal skins or hand crafted items. After the Canal was completed to Delphi in 1840, markets opened as far away as the East coast and the Gulf of Mexico, thus generating higher incomes in this region. This new mode of transportation also brought the newest in fashions as well as books, paper and educational supplies.
Conventional school supplies were scarce or nonexistant. Books for recitation were whatever was available at a student's homestead.
Selecting A Teacher
Schoolmasters were chosen locally from the most learned members of the community. Sometimes lawyers were chosen. It was not unusual to choose soldiers because of their ability to keep discipline among the rough pioneer boys. A problem boy got five strokes with a hickory stick, a girl got three. It wasn't until the 1850s that trained teachers from the East, mostly women, became available.
In addition to the daily lesson, students were expected to help cut wood,
pump water, and clean the room. Paper was scarce so most students used a
slate and chalk to complete their daily lessons. Later, as paper mills began
operating, lessons were carried out using a quill pen made from a buzzard or
goose feather and ink made from wild berries or the husks of walnuts.
Erected by Mike and Pam Luenz.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Waterways & Vessels
Location. 40° 35.517′ N, 86° 40.817′ W. Marker is in Delphi, Indiana, in Carroll County. Marker is on W. North Washington Street, on the right when traveling east. The marker is on the Grounds of the Wabash & Erie Canal Conference & Interpretive Center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Delphi IN 46923, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Cooper (here, next to this marker); Broom Maker (here, next to this marker); The Broom Making Process (here, next to this marker); The Paper Maker's Shop (a few steps from this marker); Cabin Homestead 1830s (a few steps from this marker); Fouts Kitchen And Medical Plants Garden (a few steps from this marker); Loom House Weaver (within shouting distance of this marker); An Herb Garden (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Delphi.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 25, 2020, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 103 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 25, 2020, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.