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jackbell
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You are thinking of the hand bell the teacher rang but many school houses also had a big bell in a roof belfry like a church. It could be heard a long distance and kids walking to school (or running) knew how long they had to get there before class began. According to my late grandfather who got paid fifty cents a week by the teacher to go in at 7, sweep the floor, wash the blackboard, build the fire in winter and ring the bell, it was rung half an hour prior and again 15 minutes prior. That was in the 1890’s. Usually this size bell is marked “26” indicating the diameter in inches but I’ve seen some marked with a single digit. Hillsboro bells are still fairly plentiful. Yours is a very nice one with no missing parts but not rare.