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

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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