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This School Day 'Souvenir' is from my Great-Aunt Sadie Kelly Raeder's files. --Gloria Rutulante, May 9, 2006

Bedell School
District No. 6
Roxbury, Delaware Co., N.Y.

Term 1905 - 1906

Compliments of Mary Streeter, Teacher

Elmer E. Streeter, Trustee


Lola E. Kelley          15
Edna F. Streeter         9
Ward Streeter            5
Carson W. Kelley         8
Tommy Constable          5
Frank E. Constable      12
Merrick Bellows          4
Lucinda De Wire         10
Matie De Wire            7
Edna Symonds             6

Not for School but for life we learn.

When time, who steals our years away
Shall steal our pleasures, too,
The memory of past will stay
And half our joys renew.

With books or work of healthful play
Let your first years be passed
That you may give for every day
Some good account at last.

Hard indeed must a man be made
By the toil and traffic of gain and trade
Who loves not the spot where a boy he played.

Life is a page of paper white,
Whereon each one of us may write
His word or two and then comes night..
Greatly begin; though thou has time
But for a line, be that sublime;
Not failure, but low aim is crime.

A pebble in the streamlet scant,
Has turned the course of many a river;
A dewdrop on the infant plant,
May warp the giant oak forever.

Close of School
Another school year now we close;
Our course we’ve bravely run;
Our text-books doubtless seek repose
Until vacation’s done.

Through autumn’s cool yet cheerful days,
Through winter’s chilling blast,
We labored on, mid blame and praise,
While schooldays flitted past.

We labored to foundations lay
And superstructures build.
That should be monuments for aye,
And not to only gild.

For gilt, you know, cannot withstand
The ravishes of time;
Twill wear away as does the sand,
Or does the morning rime.

We have too much of gaudy show
On this Terrestial ball.
Far better ‘tis in Truth to grow
And list to Duty’s call.

Still sits the school house by the road,
A ragged beggar sunning;
Around it still the sumach grow,
And blackberry vines are running.

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