Benajah Julius Record is my husband's 2nd Great Grandfather on his mother's, father's side. (Grandpa Record has a little look of his Grandpa Benajah) Benajah was born August 2, 1867 and died March 15, 1959. I found a little story that he wrote in 1951 at the age of 84.
"When I was about six years of age, I attended summer school, and during the hottest part of the day, I would get so sleepy that I could not hold up my head, the teacher would lay me down on one of the benches and put her bonnet under my head and let me sleep as long as I cared to, the teachers name was Polly Huffman, she was an old maid, but everyone loved her for her kindness to the children, they all called her Aunt Polly.My next teacher was another old maid who was just the opposit in her disposition, as no one liked her as she was so unkind, her name was Bell Maynes. My next teacher was Sylvester Pribble. I attended his school for two terms, he was a good man, as well as a capable teacher, the next teachers were just average but the best the county could afford to hire as funds were not available, teachers were not selected for what they knew, but for how strict they were with the children, I have seen them whip children for practically no reason at all except to give vent to their hatred for children.
The only whipping I ever got was from Bell Maynes, she wrote words on the black board for the children to read, when it came to my turn to recite the word it that came up, I pronounced it Hit and got a whipping for it. It was two years before I found out what the whipping was for, that incident gave me a dislike for old maids that has stayed with me all of my life. I have learned something from that experience and that is "If you want to know haw to raise your children, just ask an old maid and she can tell you how"."
How I would love to find more about his sweet teacher Polly Huffman. I did some research and found one Polly Huffman in Kentucky who is about that age. I would love for it to be her, to have a face to the name, but I am not possitive. Benajah describes her as unmarried and an old maid. This Polly Huffman was married earlier, but maybe her husband died. It could still possibly be her. I will for now picture this woman as Polly Huffman until proven otherwise.
Mary "Polly" Huffman