Memories of Growing Up in Marysville


Editor’s note: This is the 73rd of a series about growing up in Marysville during the late 1930s and the 1940s written by Bill Boyd. Each article is a snapshot of the people, businesses and activities during that era as seen through the eyes of a young boy.
Boyd was born in Marysville in 1932, graduated from Marysville High School in 1950, and lived the greater part of his life here.
The art of cleaning erasers
Every classroom in the old West Elementary School had lots of blackboard space. The black slate slabs ran wall to wall across the front and back of each room, plus all the way down one side. And teachers used every square inch of it, since during the 1930s they had none of the more advanced teaching aids that are available today.
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