Ladies & Gentlemen- Your School Teachers of Lanark County 1898




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February 9 1898 Ottawa Journal

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Photo-One Room Schools

The first Beckwith schoolhouse was built in the 1820s at Gillies’ Corners on Lot 3 Con. 2 Beckwith.  The union school, U.S.S. No. 4 Drummond & No. 1 Beckwith, was replaced with a white brick building in 1881 and served the sections until 1966.  Donald Conboy was the last teacher at Gillies Corners School.




Photo-One Room Schools

S.S. No. 5 Beckwith – Tennyson School
U.S.S. No. 10 Drummond & No. 5 Beckwith existed at Tennyson in 1874.  The Tennyson School had a 30-foot well in 1877.  The school closed in 1966 and the children were bused to Caldwell School in Carleton Place.



Front row, left to right; Johnnie Byrne, Michael Furlong, Joe Farry, Johnnie Dowdall, Ralph Hanlon, Leo Mulholland, Norbert Doyle, Collingwood Smith, Jim Williams, Leo Dowdall, Frank Daughin, Jim Horan, Isadore Kane, Johnnie McGlade, tom Brady. Second row, left to right; Aileen Kane, Rebecca Jackman, Edna Crawford, Isabel Fenwick, Sadie Quinn, Vera Crawford, Marie McCarthy, Wilma Kane, Mary White, Helen Young, Kathleen Kane, Winnifred Lee, Kathleen McGuggan, Nellie Cooper, Victoria Brown, Emline Courtney, Anna Badour. Back row, left to right; Bernice DeWitt, Annie Nonan Brankin, Gertrude Hudson, Gladys Crawford.

The old wooden school building had four classrooms on the ground floor with another 4 rooms on the second floor. It was taken down and replaced with the present St. John’s School in 1926. During the rebuilding period, classes were held in St. John’s Hall (McMartin House)


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School and students at McDonald’s Corners about 1880-Charles Dobie

The school is still used on a daily basis as a community centre and craft studio



Photo from the Charles Dobie CollectionSchool Classs, Smiths Falls, Ontario, 1917-18

This photo was purchased from an antique store in Perth, Ontario, around August, 2013. The names of the students are hand-written on a sheet of paper which is taped to the back of the photo. Below the names is written “Sent in by Mrs. Leon S. Robbins”.

Back Row, L to R: Grace Fields, Winona Scott, Aurelia Lane, Marguerite Dewey, Ivy Cooke, Winnifred Chalmers, Bessie Mason, Florence De Val.
Third Row, L to R: Grace Young, Margaret Elliott, unknown, Grace Allan, Lillian Dorman, Jessie Loucks, Willis McIntosh, Inez Wynne, Dorothy McGillvary, Mary Young.
Second Row, L to R: Dolly Gowland, Arnold Hall, Malcolm Parks, unknown, unknown, Andrew Johnston, Harry Kilfoyle, Charles Eldridge, Olaf Scott, unknown.
Front Row, L to R: Clarence Swayne, Kenneth Eldridge, unknown, James Crate, Claude Anderson.




Tatlock School and was taken between 1927 – 1937-Charles Dobie Collection



Pakenham School from-The One Room Schoolhouse



Burgess Township The One Room Schoolhouse


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S.S. No. 9 Ramsay – Leckie’s Corners, School, Hillside Public School or The Tannery 1953 Ramsay Con 8, Almonte–Photo-The One Room Schoolhouse



Former one-room girls schoolhouse in Merrickville, Ontario– Photo-Flickr Hive Mind



South Elmsely Township –Photo from The One Room Schoolhouse




Hopetown–Photo from–The One Room Schoolhouse



White Lake-Photo-Waba Cottage Museum

The old log schoolhouse, which was built in 1878, and a church, which was originally built in the village of White Lake for the temperance society. Visit the Waba Cottage Museum


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SS # 5, Herron Mills school, which was originally SS # 5, Gilles Mills when John Gilles sold his mills to John Herron, in 1871. Photo- Michael Umpherson

Among the teachers was Margaret Weir, the future Mrs. W. C. Stead for the year 1885-1986

The Perth Courier for Friday, May 29, 1885 lists the “Honor Roll for SS #6, Lanark, Maggie Weir, teacher.

Fourth class – Annie Walker, Annie Herron & Lizzie Walker.

Third class – John Herron, George Armstrong & Michael Gallagher.

Second class – Matt Armstrong, Alan Roberts & Eliza A. Gallagher.

Junior class – Mary Herron, Lizzie Johnston & Nellie Gallinger.



The population of SS 4, Clayton, of 1949 are shown. In the front row, from left to right, are Gary Hudson, Clarence Drynan, Louie Ladouceur, Howard Wark, Keith Drynan, Bruce Anderson, Leslie Ladouceur, and John Bellamy.  In the middle row, from left to right, are Dawna Mather, Marian Drynan, Ester Wark, Margaret Godwin, Elizabeth Ladouceur, Anita Murray, Elizabeth Drynan and Isobel Wark. In the back row, from left, are Russell Wark, Harold Barr, Norma Mather, Ann Rath, Dorothy Craig, teacher Shirley Hudson, Alice Murray and Raymond Rath. Our thanks to Dorothy Reid for use of this week’s Pic.

Taken from the Almonte Gazette.



Galbraith School, located on the Galbraith Road and the Tenth Concession-Photo- Isabel Drynan

related reading:

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

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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