My grandpa, Howard Fredrick Byrns, wrote this message on a chalkboard in the old one-room schoolhouse on my parents' farm. Isn't it marvelous that now, 43 years later, I can still see my grandpa's note? I wonder if it's still there on the chalkboard 14 years after I took this photo. I'll have to check sometime.
The schoolhouse served as a shop on my grandparents' and parents' farm for many decades. I remember spending time in there as a child while my dad was working. My brother and I would sort cans of nuts and bolts or something like that.
I'm not sure what was installed on May 7, 1965. I think my grandpa was referring to something that was placed in front of the chalkboard. Perhaps some cupboards or a furnace (was there a furnace?) Or perhaps he meant the schoolhouse was moved that day. It did sit in a location not far from the creek.
My dad moved the building again before this photo was taken and I think that's when this message was revealed; I don't recall seeing it during my childhood anyway -- and can you imagine how long a chalk message would last with children around? It must have been completely inaccessible! The old school/shop remains in the farmyard next to the new shop which was built in the 80s. I'm glad it's still standing. I've always liked having an old schoolhouse on our farm.
I think this school was from the Rocky Bluff School District which would have been on or near the present-day farm of my parents'. I actually have some very old books in my house that are stamped "Rocky Bluff School District". They had been left behind in the house on "The Walsh Farm"... Well, that's another story for another day!