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Update — Teacher Fired in Appleton School May 1931 –Annie Neilson

Update — Teacher Fired in Appleton School May 1931 –Annie Neilson

A bitter dispute that arose in the Appleton school section over the action of School Inspector J. C. Spence, of Carleton Place, in suspending the teaching certificate of Miss Annie Neilson, teacher of the junior room in the Appleton school, was settled, Tuesday, when Chief Inspector Greer of Toronto had a conference with Inspector Spence, the teachers and the school trustees. Appleton School has two class rooms, the senior one taught by Miss Ida Paul who has been there 34 years end the Junior form in charge of Miss Neilson who commenced her duties there at the opening of the last September term.

Miss Neilson comes from Appleton and taught school in Alberta for upwards of nine years before taking a position at home. The trouble began over the question of promoting a little girl. Miss Neilson’s predecessor is said to have recommended the pupil’s promotion when she was leaving, but Miss Neilson derided she would be better to remain a little longer in the grade -where she then was. Inspector Spence was appealed to and is said to have recom­mended that the child be promoted.

Friction followed and the Inspector, it is said, suspended the teacher’s per­mit to become effective on May 4, 1931. Trustees sided with Miss Neilson, and while the Inspector’s action made it impossible for them to use the room in the school formerly presided over by the teacher, they opened a temporary class room in the community hall and put Miss Neilson in charge of it. Lessons began there on Tuesday, May the 5th.

Several conferences were held at one of which J. A. Craig, M. L. A., for North Lanark is said to have been present to pour oil on the troubled waters. Apparently his oil was not effective, because a call was sent to the Department of Education and the chief inspector, Mr. Greer, was sent to Appleton to see what he could do about it. After a conference the purpose of which was to smooth over the difficulty it is said it was decided to leave the child where she is at present and the teacher, Miss Neilson, was reinstated in her position. The matter, it is understood, is still before the Department and the present solution may be but a temporary one.

Meanwhile several ratepayers of the Appleton School Section drew up a petition which is being circulated through the county and will be forwarded to other parts of Ontario praying the Government to discard its new legislation which greatly increases the powers of public school inspectors. Authors of the petition claim the new legislation, that came into effect recently, takes away all powers from school trustees. They can’t even buy wood without the school inspector’s sanction.

Trustees say the new control is the consolidated school system that Former Premier Ferguson tried to put over masquerading under another in the unit system. Those behind the petition claim this inspectorate is not the oniy one in which friction has arisen over the added powers the Government has given to school inspectors. It is the same in other districts and they think school boards representative of tax payers in country school sections should be given back the control over school administration that the trustees formerly enjoyed.

Under the new legislation school inspectors are no longer appointed by county councils, but by the Province had in return for this concession on the part of the county councils the Provincial Government has assumed the burden of paying the inspectors. When asked about the Appleton affair Inspector Spence said he did not care to comment. It was unfortunate, he thought, that the matter should be given publicity. There were only a couple of school sections in the district where trouble had been experienced and the more said about it the worse it would be for all concerned and particularly for the interest in education 

May 1931

read-Suspended Teacher —Appleton School 1931 — Miss Annie Neilson

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
19 Dec 1912, Thu  •  Page 14

Annie Neilson on right side of clipping

annies name is on the very bottom of the right hand column

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada19 Dec 1912, Thu  •  Page 14

CLIPPED FROMThe Lanark EraLanark, Ontario, Canada25 Mar 1908, Wed  •  Page 7

Miss Ida Paul — Sarah More

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
Marital Status:Single
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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