221 Facebook Shares!! Memories of Almonte update– Don Andrews and Miss Elizabeth Schoular

221 Facebook Shares!! Memories of Almonte update– Don Andrews and Miss Elizabeth Schoular

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Did you read Memories of Almonte by the Commonfolk?


Yesterday alone this story had 221 Facebook shares of the story and immediately I got comments about a local beloved teacher which I thought I would share. Stay tuned for Part 2 of Memories of Almonte by the Commonfolk coming in a few days.


The comment that began it all :

Hello Almonte–Many years ago I was in Grade one, Mrs. Scholars class; I wonder how many people remember her. There was always a shortage of books and we had to double up. I was always paired up with Elizabeth Warner, me being from the country and being very shy, I think i was doing a lot of blushing. She moved away and i have thought of her many times over the years,-Don Andrews




Judy (Reid) Hamre

For Don Andrews: yes I remember Miss Elizabeth Schoular – she had retired when I started at Church St. School in Mrs. King’s grade 1 class, but she would come in and read to us. Many years later at a flea market in the basement of an old church in Carleton Place, I came across her Singer treadle sewing machine. It had every part, the owner’s manual, and sews like a dream. I paid the princely sum of $35 for it! It is one of my greatest treasures and thanks to my dear friend Fran (Scissons) Briscoe, has travelled across the country to BC with me.


John Morrow

If I am not mistaken, the teacher’s name could have been Miss (not Mrs.) Elizabeth Ann Schoular 1895-1985. She started teaching about 1910 when she was 15 years old and was still available to do some supply teaching into the 1970s. She was a first cousin of my maternal grandmother, Effie (Dunlop) Robertson (formerly Cooper) and a second cousin of my paternal grandmother, Agnes (Napier) Morrow. She was quite involved with the United Church for many years and also served as the secretary-treasurer for the Auld Kirk Cemetery. Her nephew. Duncan, was also a teacher in Almonte for a few years before returning to his native Smiths Falls where he became principal of Central School, then Supervising Principal of all Smiths Falls schools until the county or regional boards were established in 1969, eventually serving as director of education before his retirement. After retiring, he served as a trustee on the Lanark County board until his death in 1992. His elder son, Jamie, was recently elected as trustee for the Smiths Falls area on the Upper Canada District School Board; his younger son, David, also served as a trustee on the same board a few years ago.

An interesting side note regarding Elizabeth Schoular teacher in Almonte and her sister Della. Apparently the were entertaining a couple of potential suitors in the parlor of their home on Farm Street one night, and about 9 p.m. Aunt Maggie (their mother) came to the head of the stairs and asked “Doesn’t somebody around here know enough to go home at a decent hour?” or words to that effect. That supposedly put an end to either of the sisters plans to marry




Photo from Almonte.com– So who did own this store if not Harry Gunn?


Marte Sheldrake

I remember Miss Schoular also, although she never taught me as I moved to Almonte from Windsor in 1952 when I was placed in Miss Ross’s Grade Four class with Don and his cousin, Bob Andrews. We went through the next four years in the same classes and you’re right Don–you appeared very shy, an admirable quality in hindsight!
I met Jack De Sadeleer once as his sister, Judy, was one of my best friends until she married and moved to southern Ontario.

As to the photo of the grocery store (see story), I don’t believe it was ever Harry Gunn’s. In the fifties it was owned by a Mr. Pobst ( sp.? ) until he closed it . But you would buy items at the counter and he or his assistant, Harold Woermke, would climb a ladder and take the items off the shelves, wrap them in brown paper, tie them with a string and hand them to you. Kind of like a sketch from “the Two Ronnies “.

He closed the store in the late fifties and it became Mappins Jewellry Store, managed by Mr. Pobst. In 1965, my father, Perce Baker, bought the building from Bob France and it became Baker’s Gifts and Flowers, as my dad had also purchased The Flower Shop on Farm Street from George Gomme.

Harry’s grocery store was on Bridge Street, just behind our building. He later had a dress shop across from Peterson’s Dairy on Mill Street. Since my husband Derek died almost two years ago,I now spend my time living between Ottawa and London, England where my fiancé lives and when people there ask me where I’m from, I very proudly say ” ALMONTE ” !

Marte ( Baker ) Sheldrake



Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)




Memories of Almonte by the Commonfolk

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Do You Know Where the Floor is From in the Almonte Town Hall?

Butter in pails, 17 to 18c-The Almonte Farmer’s Market 1898

One Night in Almonte or Was it Carleton Place?

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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