Farewell to Miss Kaye Huckabone –S. S. 16 Drummond

Farewell to Miss Kaye Huckabone –S. S. 16 Drummond


Photo from: A History of Drummond Township by John Ebbs

On concession 10 the first log school  house was built in the 1850s. There are no records before the year 1871 with Miss Maria McNiece as teacher. However I did find a note that in 1867, the teacher was Agnes Forgie. The log school was later clapboarded and painted red. When a new red brick school was built in 1905-1906 Thomas Richards bought and moved the original school to his farm on the 11th line. (If you have a picture of this building please send it to me)

An odd note about this school was that when the new school was being built the basement used as a skating rink. Clair Sommerville and Richard Horricks hauled 1,400 bricks a day from Ryan’s brickyard in Smiths Falls by sleigh to build the newer red brick schoolhouse. Indoor toilets were installed in the 1930s and Mrs. Lila McFarlane taught between September 1952 and June 1968 when the school was closed.

PrestonvaleSchool2 (1).jpgPrestonvale School SS #16–Photo from DNE Township

Farewell to Teacher 1939

A very enjoyable time was spent on Monday evening at the home of Mrs. Minnie McLaren, when about fifty friends of Miss Kaye Huckabone gathered to bid her farewell. During the course of the evening the following address was read:

Dear Kaye:

We, your friends of S. S. 16 Drummond, have met here to bid you farewell on the eve of your departure from our midst. We appreciate your kindly, unselfish and untiring efforts in our school and are greatly pleased with the results you have attained. We cherish your friendship in our community and thank you for your generous assistance in our church life. We could not let you go without expressing in some tangible way our good-will to you and so we ask you to accept this small token of our esteem. As it ticks away the hours, days and years, may it ever remind you of your good friends in Prestonvale? Miss Huckabone was presented with a yellow gold Bulova watch and although taken completely by surprise, thanked her friends   for so kindly remembering her.



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal20 May 1943, ThuPage 20




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