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La Charrette Village

Interested in what Lewis & Clark, Daniel Boone, Zebulon Pike, John Colter, President Jefferson and other notables thought about America's newly acquired westernmost village? Enjoy the west...before it became distorted by TV, movies and novels.

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Location: Port Aransas, Texas, United States

A retired professor of Food and Animal Science at Texas A&M University, The University of Connecticut and Texas Tech. A cowboy in my previous life...never thought about being a professor or an author.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Back to School

Its time for a quiz. The Missouri Department of State Parks provides answers to questions along La Charrette's stretch of the Missouri River at the title link. Stop by and enjoy the quiz at the time when the Corps of Discovery and the Pike Expedition stopped by.

Children at La Charrette did not attend school until February of 1807. Anthony C. Palmer taught the 15 students in their one room academic institution. They walked across neighboring farm land to get to school, just like I did for my first two grades. Undoubtedly, the first school teacher to visit La Charrette would have been Jean Baptiste Trudeau when one of his fur trading crew members, Joseph Chorette, drowned there in 1795. Soon the creek became known as Chorette's Creek. Trudeau was the first school teacher in St. Louis starting in 1774 and continuing until 1827. Chances are that Palmer was one of his students.

My neighbor Ethyl Hulsey taught only 14 students in 1943-44, spanning grades 1 through 8, that first-grade year of mine in our one room facility. I had one classmate. Ethyl would arrive earlier than usual on cold winter days to start a fire in a pot bellied stove. She also swept and cleaned the place but did not need to worry about at a radio, TV, the Internet - not even a telephone. It was a nostolgic moment when asked to sign her copy of La Charrette: Village Gateway to the American West at my May 25, 2004 book signing as part of La Charrette Rendezvous in Marthasville Park. Spry as always, Ethyl was then approaching 90 years of age. Today students may participate in E-School Teaching and learn about La Charrette at http://www.quicktopic.com/23/D/SCnY9iNkkdJ.html

Any other questions? Leave me a comment with your e-mail address and I'll try to respond, or perhaps post yet another blog.

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