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"My scholars consisted of the Sudderth children. The family lived in two hewn-log cabins with a covered hallway between. Everything was extremely primitive, but they were satisfied. They had no books, papers, or any of the other refinements of life except a tiny organ left by a preceding teacher. On this organ the eldest daughter Boline was able to play many of the hymns from a hymn book. This was their only resource against loneliness.

I had a few books - a complete edition of Shakespear in a very fine print. I read it several times, I wrote a novel. It wasn't much of a novel, and I burned it the day before I left Axford. But it gave me an interest.

I should have loved to go into the woods and explore, but was severely warned of the dangers of getting lost, eaten by 'varmit' or falling and breaking a leg. In consequence, my travels were mostly confined to walking to the schoolhouse and back. I suppose we had about three miles to travel. Two miles of this was over a trail - or path - that cut off a mile or so of distance.

In winter, when all the vegetation was dank and dripping, five minutes after entering the trail I would be as wet and cold as if I had been plunged into the river. If I had been gifted with a little sense I would have done as the loggers did, and worn overalls and a mackinaw. But, it probably would have cost me my job, as Mrs. Sudderth had an exaggerated sense of propriety and would have considered such apparel an evidence of total depravity. Why the schoolhouse was located so far away from any place, I'll never know."


NOTE:

Richard Walker says:

"The schoolhouse was built on a corner of their homestead, at a point most convenient for Sudderths and Clydes to attend. At this particular date the children of the Walker family had outgrown the school, and the Clydes had moved to Olympia.

Mr. Walker also recalls that previous to Miss Burch's arrival, a Seventh Day Adventist young man had his wife with him. No doubt one of these teachers left the organ. After being indoctrinated by the two teachers, the Sudderth family became strong adherents to the Adventist church, and had little use for Prebyterians, Methodists, or other denominations."