• Photo of the Beaver Marsh by Jeffrey Gibson.

    Cuyahoga Valley

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Going to School

In the 1930s and 40s, with limited bus transportation in the Cuyahoga Valley, many students walked or shared a ride to school. The roads were unpaved; dirt and snow made walking or driving slow and messy. Nevertheless, most children enjoyed learning and making use of the school playground.

Click to hear stories about the one-room school house in Everett, or find other stories below.

 
Students in front of Ghent schoolhouse, Bath.
Students and teacher in front of Ghent schoolhouse, Bath Township, 1911.
Courtesy/Bath Township Historical Society
 
Oral history audio.

In Their Own Words
Click the topics to hear stories about Cuyahoga Valley life.
Click here to read the text file.

Walking to School (1 minute 6 seconds)
Willis Meyers, from Cuyahoga Falls, describes his trips to school, his one-room school house, and his part-time job as a school janitor.

Playground (45 seconds)
Pat Morse talks about games she and fellow students played at their elementary school in Bath.

Unusual Places to Study (52 seconds)
Carol Haramis, of Heritage Farms in Peninsula, describes how she did her homework outside in her favorite places.


Did You Know?

Drawing of a mule driver on the Ohio & Erie Canal.

A young James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States, worked briefly as a mule boy on the Ohio & Erie Canal, an important cultural resource within Cuyahoga Valley National Park.