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.

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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…

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  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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