Memories of Days at Schools Attended
by Alice Leichtman
I had 12 years of school that I remember with many different feelings. First of all I do truly remember the strong sense of duty and responsibility that became the #1 goal in my life. There were times when I felt a sense of wonder at being able to accomplish some unique and wonderful things. Entertainment and joy were a reward I could count on when I performed my duties as expected.
I started the 1st grade in Hartford, Washington. It was a 2- room school with 4 grades and 1 teacher in each room. In the third grade I moved on to another 2- room school in Mukilteo, Washington for about 9 months and then moved again to another 2- roomer in Lowell, Washington. for less than a year. After that we were headed to live in Denmark where my parents both lived till they were in their 20”s and immigrated to America. We stopped in Gordon, Nebraska to see my Father’s brother on our way to take the boat across the ocean. My uncle talked my Dad out of going to Denmark and to make our home in Gordon, Nebraska. I went to a 1- room school there until the middle of the 5th grade. We had 1 room and 1 teacher for 8 grades. Then we moved back to Hartford, Washington and I finished up through the 8th grade. After that I went to Lake Stevens, Washington. for my 4 years of high school. The students from Lake Stevens called us the Old Hartford Gang, insinuating we were hicks and not too bright. I showed them!! I turned out to be scholastically at the top of my class. On occasion, I wrote poetry and articles for our newsletter. As valedictorian, I made a speech for our graduation ceremony.
During all this confusion of going from school to school, I did enjoy the learning part. I liked reading and working to remember what was important to remember. I also liked working with numbers, adding things together, taking some away and multiplying and dividing. It was always interesting to see how everything turned out, correct the errors if necessary. It was a challenge. I enjoyed the whole 12 years of it. There were always disappointments that had to be overcome and plenty of times that were bad and unpleasant. Those came, went away, and the good ones showed up.
Then there was another school I went to. After I was cast aside for another woman by my first husband I had to support my two little boys and myself. I did not have any job training and no college education to qualify me for any job, so I went from door to door more or less pleading for help. After a few minor jobs a man who owned an accounting business hired me. Then it happened!! The man sensed that I would be a good accountant. Instead of answering my questions he handed me the book of accounting he had used in college and said “READ IT.” So I read it. Now I am retired after about 40 very wonderful years working in accounting.