BACK TO SCHOOL TIME -- For educator Winifred Hart (standing, back row, far left), who taught circa 1925 in the one-room Majors School in rural Beaver County, PA, the start of the new year meant a room full of children from grades one through eight. Most were from farming families, including some who were first generation Americans as the offspring of Eastern European immigrants. Many of these students never advanced to high school, choosing to forego education and begin their working careers, often to help support their struggling families.
For more than three decades, Winifred taught at the Poplar Run School in Fayette County, PA and then at Baker, Boggs, Majors and Fairview Schools in Beaver County. Her sister Florence (Hart) Pfeifer taught for 33 years at Poplar Run in Fayette and at Mullins, Steele, Ohioville (Smith's Ferry) and Fairview Schools in Beaver. They were the daughters of William Harrison and Sarah Ellen (Enos) Hart.
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