mabel's premarital life

excerpted from mom's mother-story
as a young teacher she rode a horse to her school 2 miles from where she boarded at the john s. anderson farm. at the school of course, she had to start the fire, clean, dust, teach, be alert to health problems. she even scrubbed heads with kerosene to kill head lice when parents didn't take care of the problem. was glad zippers weren't around - much harder than buttons! mind you doing all this in high necked, long sleeved, floor length dresses, with your long hair piled up on your head - and then rode your horse home over mud, snow, ice, dust, rain!