The ‘Crowded House’ of Central School in Carleton Place

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Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum posted this pictures this week.

1958—Back row: Roger Easson, Jack McLaughlin, Bobby Richardson, Brian Clifford, Bobby Nesbitt, Teddy Letts, Tim Walford, Alan Dryden. Third row: Jean Baker, Joan Baker, Christine Corneil, Lou Ann Cochran, Linda Johnston, Deborah Johnston, Linda Miner, Cathy McNeely.

Second row: Brian Saunders, Alan Poirier, Allan Stevens, Barry Richardson, Victor Bennett, Paul McDowall, Steven Dickie, Ricky Coyles . Front Row: Keith Jinkinson, Ruth Wilson, Diana Wilson, Raymond Coulon, Bonnie Rasinhurg, Ross Trimble, Carol Ann Dalton, Gerald Beyers. The teacher is Miss Ollie Robertson.

 

Thanks to Terry Kirkpatrick for the name changes– this is how we keep history alive by working together and getting it right.

Bobby Nesbitt not Bobby Besbitt; Ricky Coyles not Ricky Caylis; Lou Ann Cochran not Lan Ann Cachran; Alan Poirier not Alan Parier; went to school with all of them by the time we got to Caldwell and High School. Fun to see this old pic. I went to Victoria School, then Prince of Wales but knew almost all of these kids. I know you probably tried to decipher the names from handwritten notes on the back of the photo
again thanks Terry!!

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Talk about your portables at other elementary schools…

There was such a scarcity of accommodation for the pupils of Central School that it got to a point that they had to do something. So what did they do? Tents? A scenic view from the roof? Teachers struggled to be heard above the din of 40 plus kids per class, and kids struggled to hear the teacher and keep up with instruction. Central School was definitely leaving no child behind, they were burying them.

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There was no portables in those days, and they had to come up with a solution for the over-population of each classroom. So they made the only solution they could. A partition was erected in the centre of Principal Caswell’s room to provide an extra classroom. No word on how much privacy Principal Caswell had!  The Central School was located where the present Post Office is and was torn down in 1963.

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Photos from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Facebook page.

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About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

6 responses »

  1. I feel very fortunate! I did a search for Central School and found a pic of my class… And there I am in the front row!
    It was a lovely old building, and now that I have a broader perspective, I feel lucky to have been raised in such a lovely town.
    Thanks for your documentations.
    Bo Hutchison, formerly Bonnie Rosenberg, (Daughter of Max and Betty, now deceased; youngest sister of Trudy, now deceased, and Marilyn. We lived in CP from 1951 – ’60, at 20 Antrim St. The Wings next door, and the Tuttles across…

  2. Bobby Nesbitt not Bobby Besbitt; Ricky Coyles not Ricky Caylis; Lou Ann Cochran not Lan Ann Cachran; Alan Poirier not Alan Parier; went to school with all of them by the time we got to Caldwell and High School. Fun to see this old pic. I went to Victoria School, then Prince of Wales but knew almost all of these kids. I know you probably tried to decipher the names from handwritten notes on the back of the photo – my attempt to correct spellings is not a criticism but a help if you want it.

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