If any of you knew Mrs. Blackburn as a teacher when she was at Caldwell School– you knew she was a stickler for spelling and doing things correctly. Imagine the smile I had on my face when I looked at a book that Wendy LeBlanc had found at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum.
Notice the signatures- Notice Doris Chamney Blackburn’s signature among others in the book. I had to giggle how Doris had spelled Carleton Place knowing she would not have been too pleased if her students had done that LOL.
The other signatures in the book also made my day, especially the one signed by the late Lila Chamney:(
Memories — the way we were once were.
Karen Blackburn Chenier-— Ahh love this ! I will have to tease Mom about it. ! I notice Muriel Chamney’s name also .She is Mom’s first cousin and her married name is Code and her husband is Murray. Lifelong farmers,their original farm is on Code Road ,off of Hwy 7. Muriel and Murray both going strong and came to Mom’s party
Jim Kirkpatrick–I remember Grade 8 at Caldwell Street in 1963, still had spelling tests. A nameless student, not me, got 76 words correct out of 100, but since each mistake cost you 4 marks, her grade on the test was 4%!! Not overly encouraging in those days. Imagine the outrage today if that were to happen.
Wendy LeBlanc— Doris was a wonderful teacher. She was ‘of the old school’ who set high standards for herself and her students, and was widely respected for her dedication to her work and the families she served so well. Please note that I am not saying that teachers of today do not have high standards or are not dedicated, I am simply pointing out that Doris and her colleagues were from a different era in educational practices.
And the Carleton Place Citizens Band Played On For Leah Bryce – Jean Craig — Irene Chamney– and Ruth Brown