Schooling was very important to the pioneers of this land even though hard to come by for most, as children had to do their share of chores and farm work.  Many could only go to school during the winter months after harvest and before the spring weather would break.  Two of the best known teachers lived in Yale, as many parents and children were their pupils at one time or another.  They were the Richey sisters, Fern and Myrtle.  They would drive through mud and snow and even walk the last miles, if necessary, in order to teach in the rural schools.  They often times would return to teach several time periods at the same school.  One of these was Victory #2.  In the 1920’s, they taught the John Sipe children as Marilyn, Larry and Karen, Omar’s daughters and son, became their pupils.  Three generations of the same family attended this same country schoolhouse, for John Sipe, he being the grandfather to the youngest Sipe children, had gone there too as a boy.

 

(From “Yale’s Yeasteryears 1882-1982”, Jamaica Library, Guthrie Co., IA)