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The One, Two, Threes of Pioneer Life

 

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Seven dinner pails

   Seven students put
their dinner pails on
a high shelf

dinner pails

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7 Dinner Pails
--Photo courtesy of the Johnson
County Historical Society
P.O. Box 5081
Coralville, IA 52241-5081
http://www.jchsiowa.org/


The lunch pails in the photograph are in the cloakroom of a schoolhouse built in 1876 in Coralville , Iowa . The old brick schoolhouse is now a museum. When Laura and Mary first attended school in Walnut Grove , Minnesota , they shared a dinner pail. At noon all of the other children and their teacher went home for lunch, but Laura and Mary lived two and one half miles away. They ate their lunch of bread and butter sitting in the grass next to the schoolhouse. When Almanzo's sister, Eliza Jane, opened their dinner pail, Almanzo, Eliza Jane, Royal and Alice had bread-and-butter, sausage, doughnuts, apples and four delicious apple turnovers to share.

 

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