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Dave Campbell and Margee O’Brien arrived in period costumes to present the past to students.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Margee O'Brien gives historical perspective to third graders at Metolius Elementary, with the help of Dave Campbell, in front of his 1925 Chrysler. The students were engrossed, especially when learning what became of older catalogs.Third grade students at Metolius Elementary School welcomed two special visitors Friday afternoon, June 7.

Dave Campbell and Margee O'Brien arrived in period costumes for an educational presentation in a rare 1925 Chrysler and parked it on the playground. Students gathered while being informed of life "in the old

days" — Jefferson County in the early 1900s. O'Brien shared artifacts on loan from the Jefferson County Historical Museum.

"Students were awed and amazed with tales told about having no television, taking lunch to school in an old lard bucket, and only bathing once a week," said O'Brien. "Evenings were spent reading, doing needlework, playing board games or cards, or doing chores."

Perhaps the highlight of the presentation was discovering the

uses of the Sears, Roebuck and Company Catalog. Students learned once the catalog was outdated, it was relegated to the outhouse and used as toilet tissue.

Campbell also played his fiddle while students clapped the beat or danced to the tune.

Each year, all third grade classrooms in the 509-J District are encouraged to schedule this free 30-minute presentation provided by the Jefferson County Historical Society, O'Brien added.


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