“Teachester” Munro and the S.S. No. 9 Beckwith 11th Line East School




Photo-Archives Lanark Photoshopped by Linda Seccaspina

Good Old Days–“A load of townspeople were passing Mr. McNeely’s house near the 11th Line School a few days ago. Among them was ex-Mayor Pattie who pointed to the house and recalled how, some decades ago, when *Mr. Charles Munroe lived on the spot, the old house was burned down one night. The men of the town and neighbours next day resolved to rebuild it, and divided into sections, each with a distinct purpose. They went into the virgin forest, chopped down trees, hauled them out and hewed them, and framed, erected, shingled and clapboarded the structure and made it habitable all in a single day. At noon and night the women sent their contributions by the hands of their daughters, in the shape of refreshments. Those are the good old days one loves to hear about.”Howard Morton Brown

11th Line School? “Teachester” Munro(e)? Okay time to research and spread the word.

S.S. No. 9 Beckwith – Eleventh Line East School

S. S. No. 9 (11th Line East) was said that it was situated in one of the richest sections of the county. There was no library, but the school ranked excellent. In 1867 it was decided that a teacher should be hired at a *salary of not more than $140-160 per year. In 1966 this school along with the rest in Beckwith was amalgamated with Carleton Place. The brick school house was demolished shortly after it closed in 1966. It was bought by the Department of Highways in order to widen the right of way. (text info from Archives Lanark)


Photo-Archives Lanark Photoshopped by Linda Seccaspina


Photo- Bytown.net- Charles Wesley “Teachester” Munro(e) who lived near the 11th line in Beckwith- taken in St. Johns, Michigan, USA

So who was Charles Wesley “Teachester” Munro(e) Howard Morton Brown mentioned and what does his family have to do with the S. S. No. 9 (11th Line East) School?

Charles Wesley “Teachester” Munro(e) was born in 1819-20 in Glengarry County Ontario, and “moved to Bytown as a lad”.  He arrived in Lanark County in the early 1850’s and died
there around 1898. The 1851 census of Beckwith Twp, Lanark County shows Charles Munro (no “e”) living on Concession#11, Lot 15P, married to Margaret Munro with a 13 year old child William Munro.

Wife “Margaret” was previously married into the Moore family there and “William” is her child by that marriage. The family was apparently living in the town of Carleton Place, Ontario in 1881. On the back of the photo above it says: “Father’s photo, taken in St. Johns, Michigan, USA, the winter he lived with Louisa and me after Mother died back in 1896.” In different handwriting, it describes him as a Methodist. His son *Mr. John Gimor Monroe was the first teacher for S.S. No. 9 Beckwith – Eleventh Line East School in 1866-1867.-(bytown.net)

Again history all comes 360.


Rural Schools of Beckwith Township–If you would like a book, call 613-253-5464, 613-256-3130 or visit Archives Lanark— (1920 Concession 7 Road, Drummond Centre) to see if they are any available. Email is: info@archiveslanark.ca

1881 census records from Bytown.net:

Census Place: Carleton Place, Lanark South, Ontario, Canada
Source: FHL Film 1375869  NAC C-13233  Dist 111  SubDist H  Page 23  Family 106

Charles MUNROE Male Married age 60 Scottish born in Ontario
Occ: Labourer Religion: Church of England (Episcopal / Anglican)

Margret MUNROE F M 63 Scottish Ontario
  Religion: Church of England

Catherine MUNROE F  30 Scottish Ontario
Occ: Factory Hand Religion: Church of England

Mary MUNROE F  20 Scottish Ontario
Occ: School Teacher Religion: Church of England

*John Gilmor MUNROE M  23 Scottish Ontario
Occ: Book Keeper Religion: Church of England

Sophrone MUNROE F  11 Scottish Ontario
  Religion: Church of England

*In 1917 teacher Pearl Chamney’s salary was quoted to be at $575.oo per year. If she did not accept it there were two others in line that would. The teacher in 1919 was Pearl’s  sister Sadie Chamney– so I guess that would tell the rest of the story.

5757-74 William BRADLEY, 56, widower, weaver, Ireland, Beckwith, s/o Thomas & Margaret, married Elizabeth HOPKINS, 46, Ireland, Ramsay twp., d/o Robert & Jane, witn: John ROBERTS & Charles MUNROE, both of Beckwith, 27 Aug 1874 at Beckwith

Related Reading:

The Forgotten Clayton School House

Be True to Your School–SS #15 Drummond

Schools Out for the Summer in the County

School Salaries of 1918

Scotch Corners Union S.S. #10 School Fire

School’s Out at S.S. No. 14 in Carleton Place

The Fight Over One Room Schools in 1965!

The Riot on Edmund Street –Schools in Carleton Place


Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News and now in The Townships Sun

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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