When One Room Fit All

by Helen Boertje

From township to township, When One Room Fit All is a complete overview of the country schools of Marion County, Iowa. The book pinpoints the location of each school and lists the teachers who taught there. Through excerpts from old newspapers and interviews with former teachers and students, the author provides a glimpse of what life was like in the country schools of Marion County, Iowa. An appendix lists the teachers alphabetically with the names of schools where they taught.

Praise for the Book

“With this work, Helen joins a brave and important group—local historians, who work around the world to investigate and share the past. … Local historians tell our stories.

And if the Helen Boertjes of the world don’t tell our stories, no one will, to everyone’s loss.” – Dr. Bob Leonard, KNIA/KRLS Radio, Author of Yellow Cab


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