MT. PLEASANT SCHOOL
(Written by Stella Osborn)
This schoolhouse is about five miles west of Liberty and stands in the edge of a beautiful grove. It is near the roadside surrounded by attractive scenery.
The first school was taught in the little old log church which stood where now stands the neat little Mt. Pleasant Church. It was while teaching at this school that the young teacher, who was studying for the ministry, would at noontime practice his sermons, with the stately trees of the forest for his audience.
In 1856 it was decided to build a new house. Then the old log church was abandoned. This new building was called the Connaway schoolhouse because the land on which it was built was purchased from a pioneer farmer by that name.
This schoolhouse was used for two kinds of instruction — one for the intellectual training and the other for the imparting of the moral and spiritual truth.
The first teacher in the new schoolhouse was John McCalanam. He was followed by others who gained quite a prominence in their work. In 1886 an energetic young minister decided that they would have a house for worship independent of the schoolhouse; and so the new church was built, dedicated as the Mt. Pleasant Church. Since then, the school building has been called the Mt. Pleasant School.
Not only is the school property and surroundings beautiful in the summer, but we pupils thought it more beautiful in winter for on the hill we had such a fine place for coasting. How
Slow were our steps when we went to our schoolwork in the morning, arid how fast when the time came for recess.
Sometimes when in a meditative mood, I have thought in looking at the old seats and desks, what stories they could tell if only they could speak.
We, who have been pupils in this old schoolhouse, can never forget the voices that have called us from play. I see passing before me those that have almost finished their life's work, and those that are just starting on the journey. I wonder how many of them have or will so well follow their training that the teachers would be proud to say, "these are mine."