Memories of Spelling Mistakes–Doris Chamney Blackburn

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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.

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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 LeBlancDoris 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.

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In Memory of Lila Chamney of Carleton Place

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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. 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.

    Jim Kirkpatrick

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  2. I have very fond memories of Lila. We were good friends through High School and I was so very sad when she passed away. She will always be 18 and smiling in my mind.

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