BOLSTON OREGON IS A TINY LITTLE COMMUNITY LOCATED 20-25 MILES OUT OF DALLAS. THE OLD BOLSTON SCHOOLHOUSE [C. 1872] REMAINS THERE TODAY; WELL TENDED IN A PARK-LIKE SETTING. THE STRUCTURALLY SOUND BUILDING STILL HARBORS A NUMBER OF OLD ARTIFACTS FROM OREGON'S TREASURED PAST. ONE SUCH ITEM BEING A SIX-SIDED MOUSETRAP, WITH THE CAPABILITY OF CATCHING SIX MICE AT ONE TIME!|
THE FOLLOWING LIST OF RULES IS FOUND POSTED ON A WALL INSIDE OF THE SCHOOL, WHICH REMAINS LOCKED AND CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.
1. Teachers each day will fill lamps, clean chimneys.
2. Each teacher will bring a bucket of water and a scuttle of coal for the day's session.
3. Make your pens carefully. You may whittle nibs to the individual taste of the pupils.
4. Men teachers may take one evening each week for courting purposes, or two evenings a week if they go to church regularly.
5. After ten hours in school, the teachers may spend the remaining time reading the Bible or other good books.
6. Women teachers who marry or engage in unseemly conduct will be dismissed.
7. Every teacher should lay aside from each day pay a goodly sum of his earnings for his benefit during his declining years so that he will not become a burden on society.
8. Any teacher who smokes, uses liquor in any form, frequents pool or public halls, or gets shaved in a barber shop will give good reason to suspect his worth, intention, integrity and honesty.
9. The teacher who performs his labor faithfully and without fault for five years will be given an increase of twenty-five cents per week in his pay, providing the Board of Education approves.