BATES-AUSTIN, OREGON "GOOD OLD DAYS"

 

By: Eileen (Endicott) Masonheimer

 

As most of you that read this book of memories will recall ... they could not keep a principal.  The older and larger students (some were practically young men) prevailed until the school hired Arthur Cardwell.  It did not take him long to take control and show some semblance of order.

 

There are so many good things; a few fricassees to look back upon during our school days.  One incident in particular, was the time our only football ended up in the outhouse (it didn't have a roof!) so we had to recruit a volunteer to retrieve it.  Two of the larger boys "selected" a volunteer, and while hanging on to his ankles, lowered him down to get the football.  Fortunately everything went well and the football was retrieved.  The retrieval was necessary as our playground equipment was very limited.

 

In the late 1920's, our school entered the Grant Country Track Meet, which was held in John Day.  We did not have a good practice area, as there was hardly a level spot to practice our high jump.  I can remember that our parents did not give us much encouragement.  They said we didn't have a chance.  We were a little bit reticent and awestruck, as John Day was a big city to us.  But once the events started everything went great.  Baseball throws, races, high jumps, etc.  They named me the Jumping Flea, and everyone did well.  In fact, our little school had the most point overall, so I guess we were the champs.

 

Anyway, it is great to reminisce about the good old days at the Austin-Bates school.