One of the funniest ‘confessions’ I heard about occurred at S.S. No. 7 Alice in Pembroke. Frank Witt was best friends with the minister’s son. The two seven-year-old lads hated painting and schemed for weeks as to how they could avoid the art lesson. Finally the day came when the teacher wasn’t in sight. The two boys opened the powdered cans of paint, peed in each one, and closed up the cupboard. Can you imagine the smell when the teacher opened the door a few days later??? After careful questioning, the culprits were apprehended. Frank remembers looking through the keyhole realizing his fate, as his friend was over the teacher’s knee and getting hit with a ruler.
Joy Forbes - Author of Perseverance, Pranks and Pride - Tales of the One-Room Schoolhouse.