Miss Ida Paul — Sarah More

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Miss Ida Paul — Sarah More
(The accompanying photo was taken at the time of the marriage of Ida’s sister in 1901.)  

If you don’t know who Sarah More is– well she is an amazing historian. I tell tales — Sarah documents technical history as well as stories and I greatly admire this woman. Mississippi Mills is so lucky to have her as well as all of us.

A little story about a much-loved Appleton schoolteacher=—By Sarah More

In the 1870s, William Paul of Mountblow, Ramsay Township (1841-1930), and his wife, Sarah Shaw, moved to just outside of Appleton where they raised three boys and four girls. 

William & Sarah’s second daughter, Miss Ida Paul, graduated at the head of her class at Normal School (Teachers’ College). She taught from 1898-1932 on the site of today’s North Lanark Regional Museum in Appleton. She was always concerned for a boyfriend who never returned from WWI, as well as, her youngest brother, Charlie, who returned with shell shock and damage to his lungs.

After the death of her parents, Ida came to live with her niece’s family. Ida’s niece remembers all of Ida’s students passed their high school entrance exams. Ida’s great-niece remembers receiving help with Algebra saying, “[Ida] was very kind and always used positive words to solve a problem.” “She expected high marks and encouraged the children to reach them.”

Christmas was fun, because the children were allowed in Ida’s room to open their Christmas stockings which were made of silk and could stretch to about five feet. She used to walk down to the pond to where the children were skating and throw candy on the ice to see who could pick it up the fastest.

The children were also fascinated by her little bottles of homeopathic medicines as most families tried to cure themselves first. Ida’s age was a well-guarded secret for unknown reasons. She even refused to have her year of birth inscribed on the family gravestone. (She died in her 93rd year.) Ida was raised in a Christian home and was a member of the Carleton Place United Church. 

Thanks so much Sarah!

I added the following clippings and genealogy about Miss Paul- Linda

Name:Ida A Paul
Gender:Female
Marital Status:Single
Age:17
Birth Year:abt 1874
Birth Place:Ontario
Residence Date:1891
Residence Place:Ramsay, Lanark North, Ontario, Canada
Relation to Head:Daughter
Religion:Free Church
Can Read:Yes
Can Write:Yes
French Canadian:No
Father’s Name:William Paul
Father’s Birth Place:Ontario
Mother’s Name:Sarah Paul
Mother’s Birth Place:Ontario
Neighbours:View others on page
Household MembersAgeRelationship
William Paul50 Head
Sarah Paul45Wife
William A Paul20Son
Effie Paul19Daughter
Ida A Paul17Daughter
Annie Paul14Daughter
Jessie Paul12Daughter
Franklin I Paul9Son
Charles H Paul5Son
Enumeration District:83
1891 census
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
09 Feb 1898, Wed  •  Page 8
he Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
09 Jul 1896, Thu  •  Page 1

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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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