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Brenda Peters rings the bell calling students to classes. Brenda Peters rings the bell calling students to classes.
Thomas Sidor picks up a Thomas Sidor picks up a "Union Reader" from one of the school desks to page through it.
Teacher Lowell Hawk points out places that were influential in his life on a Northampton County map which he donated to the Indianland School. Teacher Lowell Hawk points out places that were influential in his life on a Northampton County map which he donated to the Indianland School.

School's open during historical society ice cream social

Thursday, September 18, 2014 by ELSA KERSCHNER ekerschner@tnonline.com in Local News

The old school bell at St. Paul's Indianland one-room school rang out telling students it was time for class to start, but the only students were the parents and grandparents of the young people who were enjoying ice cream at St. Paul's United Church of Christ.

The Lehigh Township Historical Society held the ice cream social on Sept. 7 and the restored school was open with teacher Lowell Hawk waiting for his students.

He explained that some slates had a piece of stone tied to them with rawhide. The stones were used as pencils.

He lived in Northampton until he was 16, and moved to Cherryville where Turkey Hill is now. Two years in the Army followed.

When he finished his enlistment he got married and the couple bought land at the Turkey Hill site from his parents.

His wife, Shirley, was a nurse at the Osteopathic Hospital in Allentown and he taught science, at times as department head, in the junior high of the East Penn School District from 1960-82 when he retired. They both wanted to live closer to their work.

He became an agent for New York Life Insurance Company.

Hawk is glad he still has a picture of his father, Clarence, as a baby in 1890. Hawk had been born near the Catholic Cemetery. His mother was Anna.

He is glad and said he is blessed with a good mind. "That's why I like these things," he said.