In 1967 SS#17 Drummond –the Innisville School– closed its doors along with the rest of the Lanark County schools and a local man had a dream that this once busy building be turned into a museum. Bill Drummond who lived across the street once went to school in that building in the 1900s and already had a growing collection of Pioneer artifacts sitting on his front verandah– not to mention the ongoing community donations once folks heard there might be a museum in Innisville.
It made sense to him that this former thriving community should have permanent memories from the once sizable population. Most of Innisville had been destroyed in a fire in the late 19th century and a lot of the town had moved away for a better future.
Sadly the Innisville & District Museum in Drummond Township closed in 2007, and the Lanark & District Museum agreed to take on the Innisville Museum Collection in order to preserve that district’s heritage. That meant the dairy corner with the separator and the wood butter prints would be moving along with the lovely spool bed, clocks and hanging lamps. Innisville history along with the Teachers desk that had sat there through the years along with the writing slates and quill pens would still be shared with the Lanark County folks.
Thank you Bill Armstrong for caring so much about our local history to have given your free time to anyone who was interested in finding out about the past.
“History is not just something that happened long ago and far away. History happens to all of us all the time. Local history brings history home, it touches your life, the life of your family, your neighbourhood, your community.”
December 20, 1977 William John Armstrong
Mr. William John Armstrong of Innisville died December 20, 1977 at the home of his grandson, Robert Armstrong, Ottawa. He was in his 80th year, and had been in failing health for some time. He was born September 10, 1898, at Gilbert Plains, Dauphin, Manitoba, the son of an Innisville couple, John W. Armstrong and his wife, Annie Hudson. He was educated at Scotch Corners and Innisville. He resided in this district for 73 years, and prior to his retirement he was a farmer, and also worked as a truck driver for the Department of Highways, Steel’s Cartage, Carleton Place and Reynolds’ Cartage, Carleton Place.
Mr. Armstrong was active in the community. He was curator of the museum at Innisville from the time of its inauguration until his death. He was Past Master of LOL No. 92, Innisville, a member of RBP, Carleton Place; Past Master of St John’s Lodge No. 63 AF and AM Carleton Place; a former member of the 100F, Carleton Place, and secretary of St John’s Cemetery Committee. Predeceased by his wife, the former Annie Gardiner. They were married at Trinity Church, Ottawa, July 18, 1923. Survivors include a son, Stanley W Armstrong, Ottawa; grandsons, Robert John Armstrong and William Edwin Armstrong, both of Ottawa; and sisters, Bella (Mrs. Ernie Miller) Pakenham; Maggie (Mrs Ernie Rathwell) Smiths Falls; Carrie (Mrs. William McCall) Carleton Place; Alma (Mrs. William Voege) New Jersey, USA; Essie , Mrs Clyde Emerson) Carleton Place and Annie ( Mrs. Carl Morris) Peterborough. Ont. He was predeceased by a sister, Ethel (Mrs. James Johnston) and two brothers, Thomas and Herb Armstrong. The funeral service took place Dec. 22, 1977 at St John’s Anglican Church, Innisville, with the Rector, Rev. Roger Young, officiating. Interment will be in St John’s Cemetery. Pallbearers were two grandsons, Robert and William Armstrong, and four nephews, John Armstrong, Gordon Miller, Robert Brydges and George Gardiner.
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