The Home Permit– School Records

The Home Permit– School Records



Years ago some children had to work on the farm or look after family and could not attend school so they needed a Home Permit.. Wanda Lee Morrison gave me this Carleton Place Home Permit and it is cherished.

Ellen Glinka

In time gone by children sometimes left home as early as 7-years-old to pursue another field of education or apprenticeship ( instances of cheap child labour in factories and shops) They were exempted only by attaining home permits that indicated their guardian needed them to be either home for sickness or farm work or apprenticeship.

Ray Paquette– That picture of the permit above and the reason for it’s issue brought some less than pleasant memories back to me. The McNeely family, and in particular Grant and Robert were childhood friends and I remember the night when Mrs. McNeely succumbed to her illness. I was attending an evening movie at the old Roxy of the Disney production of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” when the film was interrupted by a typewritten note asking Grant to come to the box office. When I returned home, following the movie, Grant was there to spend the night as neighbours stepped in to relieve Mr. McNeely of the responsibilities for the younger children. Joan and Glen were old enough to understand what was going on but I’m sure Grant, Bobbie and Wanda were having trouble taking this in the loss of their mother, who I still remember.

Thank you Ray for your comment.





Ellen Glinka asked

Is there any site where one could look at the records? What years were involved? Would love to learn more about them.

Unfortunately there is not a set place you can find them– and this is a start. But I do believe it is because it is a privacy issue.. CLICK here.


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  21 Apr 1942, Tue,  Page 4



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

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.



Suspended Teacher —Appleton School 1931 — Miss Annie Neilson

Ladies & Gentlemen- Your School Teachers of Lanark County 1898

School Salaries of 1918

The Fight Over One Room Schools in 1965!


Friday October the 13th– 6:30.. meet in front of the old Leland Hotel on Bridge Street in Carleton Place (Scott Reid’s office) and enjoy a one hour walk with stories of murder mayhem and BOO!.. Some tales might not be appropriate for young ears. FREE!!

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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