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Caldwell 1959 Tom Page and a few other photos

Caldwell 1959 Tom Page and a few other photos

Thanks to Tom Page Caldwell 1959

Bri DickieI am with Donna ^ – heartbroken. Having had Mrs. Menzies as the teacher that inspired me to become one, I have always had a respect for their remarkable relationship. They were so kind to so many. Having roofed their house a few times, I experienced their hospitality and kindness repeatedly. I think we all loved their desire to help “the old folks” even when they were in advanced years themselves:) He sure cut a pretty suave picture when he and Mrs. Menzies cruised around town in their Jaguar.

Donna Lowe WardBri Dickie lovely words. I was lucky enough to have Marion Menzies as my Grade 3 teacher and then when I began my teaching career at Caldwell I was her Grade 1 teaching partner. She took me under her wing and she and Bob treated Lee and I like family. Such a special couple.

Norma Ford
February 8, 2016  · 

The picture below is from 1951 taken on the front steps at Calgary Church School on Victoria Street when it housed a couple of grades before Caldwell Street School was built. Can anybody fill in the ? for me.
Left to Right – 1st row – Teacher – Dorothy Craig-Reid, Sandra Donnelly, Sharon Irwin, ?, Diane Hamilton, Arlene Hurdis, ?, Janet Hurdis, Norma Drummond, Norma Clark.
Left to Right – 2nd row – Gail Buffam, Janice Hale, Lorna Hurdis, Janet Switzer, Peggy Cole, Shirley Williams, Norma Dorman, ?, Eddy Lackey.
Left to Right – 3rd row – Jack Shail, ?, Delmer Waugh, Bobby Scott, David Hamilton, ?, Peter Wilson, Gary Eastman, Terry Julian.
Left to Right – 4th row – Bobby Stanzel, David McGee, ?, Danny Desrosiers, Richard Mason.
Caldwell Gr 7 Mrs Duncan — Caldwell Street School, Carleton Place.
and then they went to Carleton Place High School…. 1970-71

Doreen VaillancourtBrl Jamie Bridge, randy Amiotte ? John Armour Terry Preisto ? Steve ?, Doug Porteous, Tim Neil, Bill Featherstone, ?Mrl Me Doreen Mahoney, Heather White, Sherri Reynolds, Julie deschamp, Terry Illingsworth, Lee ann Brisco, ? Lynch, Jeff Drummond, ? Russell, ?Frl Janet Tuttle, ?, ?Hastie, Barb RIntol, Peggy McDermid, Diane Lowe, Susan Morris, ? Morrison

Caldwell 1971-1972
Caldwell 1971-1972

The Things I did in School?—Tribute to Corey Sample

The Things I did in School?—Tribute to Corey Sample


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Yesterday Karen Blackburn Chenier and her brothers gave a great eulogy about their late mother Doris Blackburn. Doris, known to many was a no nonsense teacher, but the students that came out of her class became the better for it.

I really did not like school because I felt there was nothing in school for me that would help me become the fashion designer I wanted to be and became for decades. I love history and English Literature and Composition but had no passion for anything else. Some people are scholars and some are not, and I was no scholar.

Every year I pulled something off– which wasn’t huge in anyone’s eyes– but in my mind I  thought I had blown it. Even if I wasn’t known for my brilliance I did try- I swear I did. Okay, so I tape recorded the teacher scolding one of the Dover kids in Grade 7 and got caught. I was notorious for passing notes as I can never keep quiet, and no doubt if I had been in Doris Blackburn’s class I would have been eating those notes.

I don’t remember too many awful things happening in school except the pencil sharpener tacked to the wall was way overused by myself included. The object in question was a graphite-chomping thresher that more often than not left your pencil gnarled and twisted. Not only that, but the sound of its grinding was so loud, the class basically had to stop what it was doing while you finished destroying your writing implement mid-exam. Basically the only good thing about this pencil sharpener is that it provided you an excuse to get up from your seat during class.

No doubt that Mrs. Blackburn had the pencil sharpener as well as everything else in her class under control. But there was one thing that annoyed Doris and the Blackburn family told a story about Corey Sample and their Mother at her funeral Monday. Seems that Corey was a “fidgeter”and that was definitely “a no fly rule” with Doris. So, without blinking an eye one day when Corey began fidgeting, well  Doris took action. In one fell swoop she went to her desk and came back with a big roll of tape and taped his hands to his desk.

What happened to him that day made a lasting impression on him, so much so, that he wrote the family when he heard of her passing. He said there was no one that put the fear of God in him like Doris Blackburn– well maybe his Grandmother. Corey told them he was sorry he could not be there, but he was raising a glass to her memory. He also added that he was now was able to do that with his glass because his hands were no longer taped to a desk.







 Friday night October 5- FREE! Donations to the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum would be appreciated–

AND it’s on!!! Explore the amusing and ghastly tales of old Carleton Place. Escape into the past as your offbeat guide Linda Seccaspina provides you with an eerie, educational, yet fun-filled adventure. Learn about many of Carleton Place’s historic figures and just like you they walk the dark streets of Carleton Place in search of nightly entertainment, yet, they don’t know that they themselves are the entertainment. Walkabout begins Friday night October 5 at 7 pm in front of Scott Reid’s Office–224 Bridge Street– the former Leland Hotel –and ends at the Grand Hotel. About one hour.


Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and theSherbrooke Record and and Screamin’ Mamas (USACome 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. Tales of Almonte and Arnprior Then and Now.

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Remembering Doris Blackburn

Remembering Doris Blackburn



For the last year Karen Blackburn Chenier has been a rock for me, as both her Mother Doris Blackburn, and my Mother-in-law have shared the same horrible disease-Dementia. My mother-in-law was nowhere near what Doris was having to endure- but I cannot explain how hard is to accept this disease.

I  sadly knew this day would come with Doris as her eating habits were declining. There was a sad inevitability about it all. When someone has dementia, as a caretaker, you have to prove to yourself that you can put your needs above your own emotions. Every time you see them, you grieve a little bit more, but you never, ever show it—and her daughter Karen Blackburn Chenier helped me understand this. Thank you Karen for all you have done for me otherwise I could never do this.

Doris and I had been friends for years. I met her first at St. James Anglican Church and then at Caldwell Elementary School when I volunteered there. To tell you the truth Doris Blackburn scared the crap out of me. She was a no nonsense lady, and you didn’t muck around with her-trust me. I was never known for fitting in anywhere in town, but Doris accepted me– and she laughed and rolled her eyes at me when she disapproved of what I wore– which was frequent. But Doris had a heart of gold, and she never failed to show it. She cared about her students and made sure they got a good education.

She told me one day that being a teacher was a privilege for her. Doris reminded me that parents were not only sending their children for a few hours a day to learn– that they were also entrusting their hearts to her. No matter how many things went on, or the daily pressures, she did not forget that her voice, insight, knowledge and respect for each child was not only important; it was necessary to give each child the best learning experience they could have.

Last night I sat with lots of Doris’s historical memories in my kitchen, and my stairwell, and then I sat down on the stairs and had a good cry.  You don’t realize how much someone has done for our community, and how you are going to miss them, until they are gone. Every day that Doris was on earth was a blessing. Everything that her daughter Karen brought me to record is being done and then I will pass it on the museum. Doris will always live on in this community, I will make sure of that.



Doris Blackburn in front of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Museum


I have never been one for goodbyes. Never really saw the point. But someone having Dementia is different. Because of the disease we feel robbed of the ‘goodbye’ we somehow believed ourselves entitled to. In the end Doris had little quality of life, and regardless of whether or not we were ready,  she  died with the dignity she deserved. Her family and friends made sure of that.

When a loved one passes away, we feel we have lost something precious. We are left with a gaping hole in our heart, and we often wonder why they were taken away from us. But at the same time we can be grateful for the very fact that they were given to us in the first place. We were blessed to have such a beautiful soul like Doris Blackburn in our lives. In time all souls will be reunited. In the meantime, let us be thankful for the gift of each day we had with her.

One day I remember her shaking her head and saying, “Linda I swear they only made one of you!”  You were probably right Doris, but I never changed and neither did you– we both stood our ground and tried to do our best. It takes a big heart to teach little minds, and today we all grieve because we lost you Doris, and your heart. I miss you already.

Doris Ethel Blackburn | 2018 | Obituary please click




Deirdre Gillespie and Doris Blackburn Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Awards program


Mindy Merkley One of the best teachers I ever had.

Donna Timmins Lovely pic,Karen! A dedicated teacher! Her students were so lucky to have her.

Beth Sweeney Lovely lady and great teacher

Bill Crawford One of my favourite teachers & a family friend…I had her two years in a row (grades 4 & 5 ) in two different schools. Say hi to her for me Karen.

Craig Wilson I had her for both grades 3 and 4…she taught me all about yellow rulers and cleaning chalkboards. I still give her credit for giving me sheer will and desire to make something of my life.

Wendy Healey I had her for a Grade 5/6 split and learned so much. Very memorable!

Allison Kirkpatrick A lovely lady, soft spoken and kind just like the rest of her family.

Christi Barry She had to deal with all four Barry kids!

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Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and theSherbrooke Record and and Screamin’ Mamas (USACome 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. Tales of Almonte and Arnprior Then and Now.


Mad For Hats!! Doris Blackburn’s Hat

They Still Call Her Mrs. Blackburn!

So Who is Doing the Tennessee Waltz with Doris Blackburn?

Memories of Spelling Mistakes–Doris Chamney Blackburn

The 1977 Pow Wow Caldwell School

The 1977 Pow Wow Caldwell School

The 1977 Pow Wow Caldwell School



1977 Photos were by Michael Bennett Carleton Place Canadian thanks to Doris Blackburn/ Karen Blackburn Chenier. The photos were laminated so I apologize for the glare.


Sharon Flint and Kim Thompson prepare the wood for Chief Principal Bill Widenmaier to light.


Greg McIntosh, Paul Dack and Krista Lee


Cheryl Thomas




Sue Coyles


Susan McCann


Sharon Flint


Doris Blackburn





Caldwell School– 1971-1972– Words of Wisdom from Bob White

Caldwell School– 1971-1972– Words of Wisdom from Bob White


Bob White is in this photo.. Im on the look out for Blair!!

Caldwell Primary Literary Page 1971-1972

All photos thanks to Wendy Healey

The Two Lambs

Leslye didn’t know that her mother brought two baby lambs. The lambs talk back and forth. They are really noisy.



B. White Grade 1


Onions make me cry. My friend likes onions but I don’t like onions. I don’t like onions on my hamburger. Onions smell awful! Onions grow in the garden.


All photos thanks to Wendy Healey


All photos thanks to Wendy Healey




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 and The Tales of Almonte


Caldwell School Talent Show 1964

Caldwell School 1990 Relay Team

Believe it or Not! Tales from Caldwell Elementary School

Lobster John and Arnold the Pig in Carleton Place


Random Caldwell Student Photos Etc…




Caldwell Gr 7 Mrs Duncan — Caldwell Street School, Carleton Place.–CPHS 2012 Reunion

and then they went to Carleton Place High School….


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CPHS 2012 Reunion


More photos-

Caldwell School Talent Show 1964

Caldwell School 1990 Relay Team

Believe it or Not! Tales from Caldwell Elementary School

Glory Days in Carleton Place– Norma Ford



Photos Courtesy of Norma Ford


This is how The Tales of Carleton Place  on Facebook goes.  I write, people comment on my posts, and I document them on the story. Then some send me stories which I love. Another guest author today– Carleton Place’s very own Norma Ford– Thank you Norma!

James Moulton was my Grandfather and Harriet Walker Fisher my Grandmother
who had a farm across the street from us on Sarah Street.All the children were born at 26 Sarah Street, in later years it was changed to 92 Sarah Street.  They owned the
land that Caldwell Street is built on (used as their hay field for the
cattle) and also owned land at what was the end of Woodward Street where the
subdivision is now.  They sold it to Allan Doucett,  Councilman Brian Doucett’s father for a
housing development when they were unable to farm any more, probably the late

My grade was one of the first classes to attend Caldwell Street
School and because it had been a hay field before that, at recess the boys
would find the snakes and throw them at the girls.  I had one wrapped around
my neck (it was alive) and I just about died of a heart attack.  To this day
when I see one but my sweetie is kind to me, kills them, and gets rid of them
so I don’t see them.


Joseph Moulton and Mary Ford- Photos Courtesy of Norma Ford


My Grandparents had the last farm in Carleton Place and I had the pleasure
of milking the cows and shovelling ‘what they produced intestinally” as a young girl.  My sister and I were the only Girl Guides to get the milking badge in Carleton Place as we
had access to a cow.  We learned how to separate and make butter and loved the left
over, fantastic buttermilk.–Norma Ford





This is a picture of Norma Ford’s family cow on the old Caldwell Street farm.  Donna McLaren posted it as she loves this cow..thank you!



Guest Author Series-

Glory Days in Carleton Place– Lynne Johnson

Lobster John and Arnold the Pig in Carleton Place



I have searched high and wide for Carleton Place’s Lobster John from the land of fish-sticks but the tide wasn’t bringing in any answers. Some of his lobsters must have went to the Big Brothers of Lanark County Lobster Stag Night in 1978.

The top door prize at Hanley Hall in Smiths Falls that night donated by our own Caldwell School in Carleton Place was pignapped during the festivities. That’s right, Arnold the Pig, a 30 pound live piglet, was lifted.


The local police and CJET were notified and he was soon recovered. No word where he was found, nor was Lobster John involved in the mix. Arnold was won by a local newspaper editor who, faced with the prospect of explaining away a live piglet to his wife at 2am declined the prize and auctioned him off.

Buy Linda Secaspina’s Books— Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac– Tilting the Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place and 4 others on Amazon or Amazon Canada or Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street in Carleton Place