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One room schoolhouse opens in Champlain

Former student, now 89, donated land, restored schoolhouse.

 Addie (Ashline) Barnes, Ken Lord and Edward Bechard in the one-room schoolhouse they attended together in the 1930s.

Addie (Ashline) Barnes, Ken Lord and Edward Bechard in the one-room schoolhouse they attended together in the 1930s.

— “It’s nice. Eddie Bechard did a good job getting it and fixing it up.”

Lord remembers riding his horse, Prince, to school in the morning. When he arrived, he would turn Prince around, and the horse would find his way back home. At the end of the day though, Lord would have to walk himself back home.

Eighty-seven-year-old Addie (Ashline) Barnes has her own memories of life in at Schoolhouse Number 9.

“We had to bring our soup and Mrs. (Nellie) Wood (their teacher) would heat it up on the stove for us,” she remembers. “But she used to taste it, and I didn’t like that.”

She also remembers having spelling Bee’s, which she says she never failed.

Her days at the schoolhouse must have had a lasting impression on her, since she works in the school system now, two hours a day, in Garden City, Long Island, as a teacher’s assistant.

“I’ve got 19 Kindergartners and 22 First Graders,” she says proudly.

The Coopersville Schoolhouse of History will be open for tours and during special events. Those interested in scheduling a tour can contact Susan Moore at 570-2052.

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