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What You Didn’t know About the Innisville School SS #17

What You Didn’t know About the Innisville School SS #17

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The School House Innisville, Ontario–The Municipal Review of Canada in October of 1928. Linda Secccaspina —The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 13- Code Family–S. S. No. 17 Drummond, Innisville

1. In June 30th of 1967  held an official closing party to celebrate 104 years of operation

2.Some 225 persons attended this event including former teachers, pupils and guests at the oldest school in the Drummond School area.

3. There were no records of the building of the first school in Innisville, only that it was a log building and was back up on the hill from where the existing one was. Some even think it could have beena  house that was converted into a classroom in 1830.

4. Records in the Registry office show that on April 24, 1848 a school site was secured for S.S. 17 Drummond. In 1863 the school was built making it 104 in 1967. In 1880 another additional half acre was added to the school grounds.

5. Some 80 years later on Arbour Lay 4 maple trees were planted in the schoolyard by 4 pupils: W. J. Hughes, Ernie Ruttle,William Crmapton abd Edward Martin.

6. In 104 years there were over 809 pupils, 43 different teachers, and 7 secretary treasurers. The first woman trustee was: Mrs. S. Charles Crampton, elected in December of 1920.

7. The first Provincial Library Grant was received in 1916 and a large bookcase was donated by the basketball team in the 1920s

8. Playground equipment was donated by Mr. T. A. Code in 1928- Read-The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 13- Code Family–S. S. No. 17 Drummond, Innisville

9. Indoor toilets were not installed until 1929 and it was also one of the first rural schools to have electricity in January 1940.

10. An organ was donated to the school in 1940 by the Misses Margaret, Katie, Hazel and Iva Cooke.

11. Innisville School won the silver cup in 1916, 1917, 1918, and the shield in 1919, 1920, and 1921 as part of the Township School Fairs.

12. The school suffered two fires- in 1923 when it was slightly damaged and again in 1965 when the woodshed was destroyed.



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The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 13- Code Family–S. S. No. 17 Drummond, Innisville

Bill Armstrong and The Innisville Museum


S.S. 18 Knowles School — Nearby to McIllquham’s Bridge

Bill Armstrong and The Innisville Museum

Bill Armstrong and The Innisville Museum


In 1967 SS#17 Drummond –the Innisville School– closed its doors along with the rest of the Lanark County schools and a local man had a dream that this once busy building be turned into a museum. Bill Drummond who lived across the street once went to school in that building in the 1900s and already had a growing collection of Pioneer artifacts sitting on his front verandah– not to mention the ongoing  community donations once folks heard there might be a museum in Innisville.

It made sense to him that this former thriving community should have permanent memories from the once sizable population. Most of Innisville had been destroyed in a  fire in the late 19th century and a lot of the town had moved away for a better future.

Sadly the Innisville & District Museum in Drummond Township closed in 2007, and the Lanark & District Museum agreed to take on the Innisville Museum Collection in order to preserve that district’s heritage. That meant the dairy corner with the separator and the wood butter prints would be moving along with the lovely spool bed, clocks and hanging lamps. Innisville history along with the Teachers desk that had sat there through the years along with the writing slates and quill pens would still be shared with the Lanark County folks.

Thank you Bill Armstrong for caring so much about our local history to have given your free time to anyone who was interested in finding out about the past.

“History is not just something that happened long ago and far away. History happens to all of us all the time. Local history brings history home, it touches your life, the life of your family, your neighbourhood, your community.”




Nancy Hudson–
Bill was a quiet modest man with a quick wit and sense of humour. My best memory of Bill was as Santa Claus at our Christmas concerts in the old Orange Hall, he was a very ‘slim’ Santa! If Elsie Kilfoyle was the “Ma” of Innisville, Bill Armstrong was definitely the “Pa”


December 20, 1977        William John Armstrong

Mr. William John Armstrong of Innisville died December 20, 1977 at the home of his grandson, Robert Armstrong, Ottawa. He was in his 80th year, and had been in failing health for some time. He was born September 10, 1898, at Gilbert Plains, Dauphin, Manitoba, the son of an Innisville couple, John W. Armstrong and his wife, Annie Hudson. He was educated at Scotch Corners and Innisville. He resided in this district for 73 years, and prior to his retirement he was a farmer, and also worked as a truck driver for the Department of Highways, Steel’s Cartage, Carleton Place and Reynolds’ Cartage, Carleton Place.

Mr. Armstrong was active in the community. He was curator of the museum at Innisville from the time of its inauguration until his death. He was Past Master of LOL No. 92, Innisville, a member of RBP, Carleton Place; Past Master of St John’s Lodge No. 63  AF and AM Carleton Place; a former member of the 100F, Carleton Place, and secretary of St John’s Cemetery Committee. Predeceased by his wife, the former Annie Gardiner. They were married at Trinity Church, Ottawa, July 18, 1923. Survivors include a son, Stanley W Armstrong, Ottawa; grandsons, Robert John Armstrong and William Edwin Armstrong, both of Ottawa; and sisters, Bella (Mrs. Ernie Miller) Pakenham; Maggie (Mrs Ernie Rathwell) Smiths Falls; Carrie (Mrs. William McCall) Carleton Place; Alma (Mrs. William Voege) New Jersey, USA; Essie , Mrs Clyde Emerson) Carleton Place and Annie ( Mrs. Carl Morris) Peterborough. Ont. He was predeceased by a sister, Ethel (Mrs. James Johnston) and two brothers, Thomas and Herb Armstrong. The funeral service took place Dec. 22, 1977 at St John’s Anglican Church, Innisville, with the Rector, Rev. Roger Young, officiating. Interment will be in St John’s Cemetery. Pallbearers were two grandsons, Robert and William Armstrong, and four nephews, John Armstrong, Gordon Miller, Robert Brydges and George Gardiner.

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News and now in The Townships Sun

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