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Remembering School In The Old Historic Building
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 5, 2008

The following story was first published in the “BISD Reunion Report” in 1995. The mystery and the mischievousness of a young boy adding excitement to an otherwise boring school day, can only bring a smile and memories of a day gone by when pranks were recognized for what they were. The author of the following story is anonymous, but surely the “statute of limitations” has expired. It is time to “fess-up”!

The Big Bang

In the good old days walking was the primary means of getting to school, the outdoor restroom facilities were “standard 3 holers” – girls on the west and boys on the east, and the classroom was heated with a very large wood stove. The presence of such an extreme safety hazard in a classroom today would be completely unacceptable, but a sixth sense in all students of that day told everyone “that thing is hot, so don’t touch it”! Boys were allowed to add wood to the stove as needed. What an opportunity for a boyish prank to interrupt the tranquility of a class in session. A simple devise was used to create the desired disturbance. A piece of green oak about 3 inches long and 1½ inches in diameter with a hole the size of a large firecracker drilled in the end. Insert the firecracker, pound in a wooden plug in the hole, get the devise in the stove between classes while the teacher was absent and stand by for action which would occur in about 5-7 minutes. Now everyone knows some burning logs can pop, but properly prepared, you can get a “BIG BANG” out of a small stick.

Although the teacher knew “something unusual” had been put in the stove, the fact that I can report this story is proof she didn’t know what, when, or how and with all the evidence already gone up in smoke there was no evidence available to support any prosecution. The name of the person responsible for this disturbance remains a mystery to this day.

To the author of this story and to former students of BISD, if you have any more stories filled with mystery and mayhem, please send them to the Blanco ISD Renovation Committee, at 814 11th Street, Blanco,Texas.

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