Submitted by scott on Wed, 10/27/2021 - 09:53

Spring – Sam started school  at Mrs. Horr’s school in  Hannibal, a small log cabin at the  southern end of Main Street, near Bear Creek. Elizabeth Horr (ca.1790-1873) and  daughter Miss Lizziewere the only teachers. On Sam’s first day of  school he broke a rule twice and was told to go find a switch for his punishment. He kept looking for smaller and smaller switches until he came back  with a cooper’s shaving (a cooper is a barrel maker). Later, Miss Mary Ann  Newcomb(1809-1894) would help at the school [Wecter 54]. Sam, during his last visit to Hannibal in 1902, would say: “I owe a great  deal to Mary Newcomb, she compelled me to learn to read” [Wecter 84].  McGuffey’s Readers were the new rage.

In his Aug. 15, 1906 A.D. Sam recalled his first school:  “There were no public schools in Hannibal in those early years, but there were  two private schools in Hannibal—terms twenty-five cents per week per pupil, and  collect it if you can. Mrs. Horr taught the children, in a small log house…;  Mr. Sam Cross taught the young people of larger growth in a frame schoolhouse  on the hill” [AMT 2: 177].

Day By Day Acknowledgment

Mark Twain Day By Day was originally a print reference, meticulously created by David Fears, who has generously made this work available, via the Center for Mark Twain Studies, as a digital edition.