Almonte Church Street Public School, 1950/51 -MARG DRENNAN

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Almonte Church Street Public School, 1950/51 -MARG DRENNAN

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Hi Again Linda,
I believe that these are all the students from Grade 1 through Grade 8.  When the Elementary school was built (opposite the High School) I went there from Grade 6 to 8, probably because I lived on Martin Street.
A lot of my fondest memories are from attending this school.
The picture is 33 inches wide by 6 inch high (and then a white border around it).  I have two extra copies if anyone shows any interest in having one.  Of course, I also have the file that I could forward to anyone who would like to have one printed for themself.  Not sure how I will frame it, but will have to look around.
Now I have decided to forward the email to you, the way it was sent to me.  I’ll do that after I send this message to you.
Thank you for your interest.  I hope some people recognize themselves.  Each student must have received this picture? because my family was poor and probably couldn’t have afforded it.
Marg
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Almonte Public School 1959– below…
This school had a girls’ entrance on the East end and a separate boys’ entrance on the West end. The playground was even divided into a girls’ playground and a boys’ playground and we didn’t dare cross the line. The full basement was divided into a basement for boys and a basement for girls to use in inclement weather at recesses. Also, a girls’ cloakroom and a boys’ cloakroom on each floor and a girls’ stairs and a boys’ stairs to the second floor and to the basement.

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Anyone remember Church Street Public School? With Miss Ross on the piano?- Ian McDougall Tokyo

Every morning the whole student body would gather in the foyer and sing, God save the Queen, Oh Canada and Don’t Fence Me In. I lived there for a short time, less than a year, but remember that I really loved the town.-Prudence Hutton Florida

Wayne Diotte

1961, grade 6 with Mrs McIntyre, 62, grade 7 with Mrs Rintoul , 63. Grade 8 with Mrs Cavanagh. In grade 8 the principal Mr. Farnham taught a few special classes. Standing in line and marching into class to the sound of a bell being rung felt ridiculous! A couple of senior boys were always borderline bullies:wannabe tough guys; me and Art Morton practice running on the railway rails(not the ties) and drove them nuts because they couldn’t catch us. Mr. Giffin lead the way with innovative athletic activities such as making curling stones out of big size tomato cans/cement. I was the Quarterback for the football team and Arden Sonnenberg was the Center/snap. A lot of fun dances (let’s twist again) at that school.
Being elected as treasurer for grade 8 class felt so good at the time as did perfect attendance but the ‘hick’ attitudes, chronically irritated strict teachers; well that’s a whole chapter in someone else’s book.😊

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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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  1. Hello folks. I have some class pictures from the school. The library did not want them. Let me know if you would like them or not

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  2. 1961, grade 6 with Mrs McIntyre, 62, grade 7 with Mrs Rintoul , 63. Grade 8 with Mrs Cavanagh. In grade 8 the principal Mr. Farnham taught a few special classes. Standing in line and marching into class to the sound of a bell being rung felt ridiculous! A couple of senior boys were always borderline bullies:wannabe tough guys; me and Art Morton practice running on the railway rails(not the ties) and drove them nuts because they couldn’t catch us. Mr. Giffin lead the way with innovative athletic activities such as making curling stones out of big size tomato cans/cement. I was the Quarterback for the football team and Arden Sonnenberg was the Center/snap. A lot of fun dances (let’s twist again) at that school.
    Being elected as treasurer for grade 8 class felt so good at the time as did perfect attendance but the ‘hick’ attitudes, chronically irritated strict teachers; well that’s a whole chapter in someone else’s book.😊

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