Historic Blaine Schoolhouse
Nick Ogle, MaryJane Butters’ husband, grew up farming the land that surrounds the cluster of farm buildings known as MaryJanesFarm. Nick’s mother and father and aunts and uncles and neighbors grew up learning the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic from within the walls of the Blaine one-room schoolhouse. The school was once surrounded by the thriving town of Blaine, which is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from MaryJanesFarm. During better times, there was a church, a livery stable, a blacksmith shop, and a hardware store. All that remains today is the schoolhouse. Originally, it housed grades 1 through 12. There was a teacher and an occasional pianist, but mainly, the older children taught the younger.
Nick’s father, Ivan, didn’t stay for all 12 grades. He chose to ride a horse the eight miles into Moscow, Idaho, every day to finish out the last couple years of his formal schooling, and he would stop along the way to pick up a neighbor girl, who sat behind him for the long ride.