Days of Yore
as recounted by

Bill Day



Miss Fowler's

In the ere of 1916 at 65 Center Street lived two spinster sisters, Miss Rebecca and Miss Elizabeth Fowler, remaining members of an old Haddonfield family.

In an upstairs rear room of their little double house Miss Elizabeth had a classroom set up where she taught elementary education to no more than approximately 10 children in one year.  There were double desks, and one side wall held a blackboard, and another was lined with hooks for coats and hats.  No definite grades were adhered to and as a pupil's ability progressed he advanced in his subjects.  There were no report cards but Miss Folwer was always available to the parents.

The pupils were attending Miss Folwer's for different specific reasons.  A shoemaker's son in town ws there because his father did not approve of vaccinations.  His sister was a pupil because she was behind in school because of her health.  The two Peacock boys went there because schools in what was then Delaware Township were few and far apart.  Their farm is now Haddon Towne on the Berlin Road.  Margaret Downs attended for the same reason, and her farm is now Downs Farm.  Harry Atkinson, the florist, was a pupil.  An excellent education was received by all until they were ready for either Junior High or High School.

Well remembered is being sent to school every Monday morning with $1.75 wrapped in a piece of paper to give Miss Fowler for another week's tuition.

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