Schools Out for the Summer in the County



Photo-Prestonvale School SS #16-Photo from Drummond/ North Elmsley website– Did you know that in 1876, a teacher at McLean’s School earned $160.00 per annum

Farewell to Teacher 1939

A very enjoyable time was spent on Monday evening at the home of Mrs. Minnie McLaren, when about fifty friends of Miss Kaye Huckabone gathered to bid her farewell. During the course of the evening the following address was read:

Dear Kaye:

We, your friends of S. S. 16, Drummond, have met here to bid you farewell on the eve of your departure from our midst. We appreciate your kindly, unselfish and untiring efforts in our school and are greatly pleased with the results you have attained. We cherish your friendship in our community and thank you for your generous assistance in our church life. We could not let you go without expressing in some tangible way our good-will to you and so we ask you to accept this small token of our esteem. As it ticks away the hours, days and years, may it ever remind you of your good friends in Prestonvale? Miss Huckabone was presented with a yellow gold Bulova watch and although taken completely by surprise, thanked her friends   for so kindly remembering her.


BURRITTS RAPIDS, June 26: – Special – Miss Lila G. Ferguson, principal of the senior room of the local Public School for the past three years, was honored by the pupils of both the junior and senior G rooms, and the junior teacher, Miss Laura Christie, yesterday, when she was presented with two handsome silver gifts: Edith plant made the Presentation and Cora Plant read the address, Miss Ferguson expressed her deep appreciation to the pupils, and Miss Christie.

Photo from Rideau Canal a walking tour

Stop 8 – 11 Centre St. – John Muir bought this property in 1859 and erected a home. Later he either sold or donated the building to replace the old log school house in the village. This school operated until 1964 and the building was sold and converted back to a private home.

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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.

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  1. Hey Linda – Andrea over here in Burritt’s Rapids. I’m looking for more information about Miss Lila G. Ferguson. Specifically, her relatives just got in contact with me and they have a class photo from the 1934/35/36 school year(s) and are trying to confirm that it was actually taken in front of the BR schoolhouse (the one that still stands). You don’t have any class pics from that time period in BR that might corroborate the picture? Thanks, Andrea

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