For recreation [at school] the children played town-ball-the game which has been modified into the great National game of baseball. Other games were bull-pen, oldcat, Anthony over, marbles, tag and mumble pet. Jumping the rope and swinging the girls were also indulged in. In this age of luxury it must not be imagined that the children of pioneers did not enjoy life, especially during their school days.
-Past and Present of Livingston County, Missouri, Volume 1
This reference comes from a chapter entitled "All Over Reminiscences," that talks about life in Livingston County in the 1830s, 1840s and 1850s. Livingston County is in the north central part of Missouri.