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.

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.

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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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