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Clippings of Miss Schoular

Clippings of Miss Schoular

Born in Tatlock, Darling Twp., Lanark, Ontario, Canada on 2 Dec 1895 to James Scoular “Schoular” and Margaret McKay. Elizabeth Ann Schoular passed away on 22 Jan 1985 in Almonte, Lanark, Ontario, Canada.

When Elizabeth Ann Schoular was born on December 2, 1895, in Lanark, Ontario, her father, James, was 32, and her mother, Margaret, was 33. She had three brothers and three sisters. She died on January 22, 1985, in Almonte, Ontario, at the age of 89, and was buried in her hometown.

Heather MoatYou brought back memories of Miss Scholar’s class yes not enough books so we shared.That was a long time ago,you have a great memory.Cheers

from Don Andrews… “hello almontemay years ago when i was in grade one, mrs scholars class, i wonder how many people remember her.there was always a shortage of books and we had to double up.i was always paired up with elizabeth warner, me being from the country and being very shy, i think i was doing a lot of blushing.she moved away and i have thought of her many times over the years”,-Don Andrews

Norma QuinnMiss Scholar was my grade one teacher and also taught my dad

Janet I. ScottMiss Scholar taught my brother David Ritchie too.

Sandy FranceMiss Schoular taught my father in 1918 and me in 1946.

Susan Elliott ToppingDuncan J. Schoular’s daughter Elizabeth, is also a retired teacher.

Dave RooneyI delivered the Ottawa Journal to her in the 70s until the Journal shut down. Very nice woman.

Margaret Jones DrennanMiss Schoular taught me in 1950. I remember that I loved her class. Every Hallowe’en I remember her well because she showed us how to draw and colour pumpkins.

Margaret McNeelyIf u check out the pic of my 1943 school class Miss Schoular is in the background.

1943 school class

Janet I. ScottShe taught my brother in Grade 1. Probably 1954 at Church St. Public School.

Judy MortonLoved Miss Schouler, my first grade teacher. I was only five years old in Grade 1. I went over to the school with a friend when his Mom was registering him for Grade 1 and since there was an xtra desk, Miss Schoular said I could stay, so that’s how I started school at age 1!

Peppy MockoI remember her as a real nice lady & a character

Sheila BelrangoIt was ‘Miss’ Schouler and she taught Grade one in the ChurchStreet Public School. She taught both my Mother and myself. There are a very few teachers today as dedicated as she was.

ill a discussion—- Marte Sheldrake

I remember Miss Schoular also, although she never taught me as I moved to Almonte from Windsor in 1952 when I was placed in Miss Ross’s Grade Four class with Don and his cousin, Bob Andrews. We went through the next four years in the same classes and you’re right Don–you appeared very shy, an admirable quality in hindsight!
I met Jack De Sadeleer once as his sister, Judy, was one of my best friends until she married and moved to southern Ontario.As to the photo of the grocery store (see story), I don’t believe it was ever Harry Gunn’s. In the fifties it was owned by a Mr. Pobst ( sp.? ) until he closed it . But you would buy items at the counter and he or his assistant, Harold Woermke, would climb a ladder and take the items off the shelves, wrap them in brown paper, tie them with a string and hand them to you. Kind of like a sketch from “the Two Ronnies “.He closed the store in the late fifties and it became Mappins Jewellry Store, managed by Mr. Pobst. In 1965, my father, Perce Baker, bought the building from Bob France and it became Baker’s Gifts and Flowers, as my dad had also purchased The Flower Shop on Farm Street from George Gomme.Harry’s grocery store was on Bridge Street, just behind our building. He later had a dress shop across from Peterson’s Dairy on Mill Street. Since my husband Derek died almost two years ago,I now spend my time living between Ottawa and London, England where my fiancé lives and when people there ask me where I’m from, I very proudly say ” ALMONTE ” !Marte ( Baker ) Sheldrake

Mrs Schoular backrow

Name:Elizabeth Scoular
Racial or Tribal Origin:Scotch (Scotish)
Marital Status:Single
Birth Year:abt 1896
Birth Place:Ontario
Residence Date:1 Jun 1921
House Number:21
Residence Street or Township:Farm St
Residence City, Town or Village:Town of Almonte
Residence District:Lanark
Residence Province or Territory:Ontario
Residence Country:Canada
Relation to Head of House:Daughter
Father Birth Place:Ontario
Mother’s Name:Margaret Scoular
Mother Birth Place:Ontario
Can Speak English?:Yes
Can Speak French?:No
Can Read?:Yes
Can Write?:Yes
Months at School:B1-24
Employment Type:2 Wage Earner
Nature of Work:School B
Out of Work?:No
Duration of Unemployment:0
Duration of Unemployment (Illness):0
Municipality:Ward 3
Enumeration District:97
Sub-District:Almonte (Town)
Sub-District Number:44
Enumerator:John Lawson
District Description:Ward 3, Polling Division No. 1 – Comprising all that part of the said Third Ward north and west of a line formed by Bridge, Country and Perth streets
Neighbours:View others on page
Line Number:35
Family Number:21
Household MembersAgeRelationshipMargaret Scoular58HeadElizabeth Scoular25DaughterGella Scoular23DaughterAlexander Scoular20SonJames Scoular18Son

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Old St. Mary’s Almonte — Clippings Photos and Memories

Teachers —- I Wish I Would Have Had Mr. Souter

St. Mary’s Almonte 1890

St. Mary’s Almonte 1890
St. Mary’s Church 1890
The Church of the Holy Name of Mary
Almonte, Ontario
This large, mounted photo features an image of St. Mary’s Church toward the center and the presbytery beneath it.  There are also 11 photographs of the shepherds of St. Mary’s that begins with the first pastor, John McDonald, and ends with John Harkin who was pastor from 1903 to 1911.
“Within the walls of this hallowed fane and seen for long decades of time ere it rose m structural grandeur where it stands in all for four score years and eight these good priests commissioned from on high came to us from near and far and for us and for our fathers did break the bread of eternal life and spake the word divine by God the Son to man revealed.  May their souls rest in peace.  Amen”

The physical site of the present Holy Name of Mary Church was established in 1842.

Daniel Shipman made this gift of one and a half acres of land to Fr. John Hugh McDunagh, to enable the building of St Mary’s Mission church in the community then known as Shipman’s Mills. The 10m x 15m frame church was constructed in 1842.

A quarter of a century earlier, amid an influx of immigrants from Scotland and Ireland, Father John Macdonald regularly visited the settlement of “Sheppard’s Falls,” a hearty walk through the woods from Perth – for his parish was all of Lanark County.

The small community of mills on the Mississippi River started to flourish in the mid-1850’s, and in 1856 the town was officially (and quizzically) named Almonte. The famous Mexican general and diplomat who said “No” to los Yanquis was probably never aware of the honour paid him. On Christmas night, 1868 fire claimed the old wooden church. Immediately the faithful of the parish joined to raise a new stone church.

One parishioner, William Madden, even mortgaged his farm and home for $2000 to get the work started. The new church was almost twice as large as the old one. On Christmas Day, 1869 parishioners gathered for Mass at dawn. As was the custom, the letters A.M.D.G. were carved into the arch of the entrance. Those letters signal the banner of faith: Ad Majorem Dei Glorian, To the Glory of God! Three years later St. Mary’s became a parish in the Diocese of Bytown.

On October 7, 1875 it was consecrated by Bishop J. T. Duhamel. Although the parish has historically and formally been called Holy Name of Mary, with references to such in diocesan material dating to the 1930’s, the sign on the front of the church was not changed until after Fr. William Penney (1996-2002) took over as pastor. He engaged in a dynamic renewal of the parish and the church. Renovations to the bell-tower and restoration of heritage details in the interior of the church began under him in 2002.

In 1998 Holy Name of Mary elementary school – a testament to Catholic education – changed building and location; from behind the church, where it had been since 1873, to its new locale on Paterson Street . The same year the Town of Almonte became part of the larger, consolidated municipality of Mississippi Mills, Ontario. From St. Mary’s

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
21 Jan 1907, Mon  •  Page 10
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
06 Jul 1910, Wed  •  Page 12

The Sad Tale of Willie Dinelle and Father Cavanagh

The Sad Tale of  Willie Dinelle and Father Cavanagh

Willie Dinelle, 11-year-old son of Peter Dinelle, whose home was in Almonte, lost his son on May 27, 1919. The boy was brought to a local hospital, suffering from an affliction of the ear, died shortly after an operation from a brain hemorrhage.

Mr. Dinelle states that his son’s illness followed a blow on the side of the head, which he alleges was administered to the lad in January by Father Cavanagh, Roman Catholic parish priest of Almonte. The allegation was made afterwards the boy’s ear became infected and paralysis of the side of the face set in, finally resulting in death.

In view of the circumstances in connection with his death, Coroner Dr. W. W. Saulter of Ottawa decided to hold an inquest. A post mortem examination was conducted by Dr. Campbell-Laidlaw, and medical testimony was submitted at the adjourned inquest.

Witnesses had been summoned from Almonte to appear here when the inquiry was resumed. Among those who have been called bv Coroner Saulter, is Father Cavanagh. According to the story of the father, Mr. Peter Dinelle. his son Willie was playing hooky from school. On the street he met Father Cavanagh, who admonished the boy and urged him to go to school. What happened, according to Mr. Dinelle, is that Father Cavanagh “boxed” the boy’s ears and took him to school.

A short time afterwards an infection of the ear set in, followed by paralysis of one side of the face. The lad himself, it is alleged attributed his condition to the slap on the head which the priest gave him. but whether his death was the indirect cause of the blow received, remained to be proven.

Dr. Salter declared the complications which caused the death of the boy might “conceivably” be from the result of a blow on the side of the head, but that generally it came as the outcome of a diseased condition of the ear. The coroner would not comment on the exact nature of the boy’s illness, stating that the inquest would reveal the facts. Endeavors are being made to secure witnesses who can throw any light on the cause of the boy s death.

The whole affair was the subject of widespread comment in Almonte. It was stated by the boy’s father that when Father Cavanagh approached him and asked him to take the family and live in Ottawa he was angry. Father Cavanagh urged hm not leave his wife and children all alone in Almonte and to stop drinking. He had also gotten the children some much needed clothes and food but regarding the alleged blow he said he could not recollect such an incident.

The townsfolk were showing much interest in the affair, however, and were anxious that the case be sifted to the bottom. The boy’s mother, Mrs. Dinelle. resided in Almonte with three other children. A sad circumstance is that three weeks prior to Willie’s death, another small member of the family was buried as she miscarried a child.

On June 11th, 1919 Father Cavanagh. the Almonte parish priest. was completely exonerated of all blame in connection with the death of Willie Dinelle a 12-year-old Almonte boy. The jury found that the youth died as a result of an abscess on the brain, and that no blame was attached to anyone. The boy had stated that he had been struck on the head by Father Cavanagh because he had not attended school. He afterwards complained of pains in the head. Medical testimony showed there was no sign of fracture. Father Cavanagh in his evidence said that the boy had admitted to him that he had been knocked down by some boys at school.

1908 Census

Pierre DinelleChef Male 29 Ontario

Elmire DinelleWife Female27 Ontario

They had a stillborn child that was never named

Willie Dinelle Son Male 3 Ontario

Leonie Dinelle Daughter Female 1 Ontario

( Leonie married a Forgie in Aylmer and died in 1982)

Item of Note-

Doctor Hanly liked to carry a cane when walking and he had quite a collection. He used a gold-headed cane for Sundays, but his favourite was an Irish blackthorn which his great friend and neighbour, Father W. E. Cavanagh of St. Mary’s brought to him following a trip the priest had made to the Holy Land of Ireland.

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
09 Jun 1919, Mon  •  Page 7
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
11 Jun 1919, Wed  •  Page 10
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
26 Mar 1935, Tue  •  Page 4

No photo description available.

St. Mary’s Convent: a John Dunn story– CLICK HERE https://millstonenews.com/2017/11/st-marys-convent-a-john-dunn-story.html

St Mary’s Church 1924 Almonte Gazette- Sylvester O’Donoghue — Hilty Liberty, Frank McAuliffie, Wilfred Grace, Joe Rooney, Father Cavanagh, Mac Hogan, Jim Byrne–

1960 Accidents – Union Street and Blakeney

Was John C. Howard Guilty? 76 Years Ago in Almonte

Old St. Mary’s Almonte — Clippings Photos and Memories

They Nearly Demolished St. Mary’s

They Nearly Demolished St. Mary’s

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 - The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
15 Dec 1987, Tue  •  Page 8


St. Mary’s —Kerri Ann Campbell’s Artwork and Photos

St James and St Mary’s Christmas Bazaar 1998 -Who Do You Know?

Sir John A. MacDonald and St. Mary’s

U Can’t Touch This! St. Mary’s Basketball Team 1990

St. Mary’s —Kerri Ann Campbell’s Artwork and Photos

St. Mary’s —Kerri Ann Campbell’s Artwork and Photos



Jane Churchill identified—Top Row: Debbie McKinnon, Donna-Lee Brown, Lee Ann McIntosh; Bottom Row: Jane McIntosh (me), Karen Campbell and Kerri-Ann Campbell

Things have changed since I went to school. Some schools have tables that they share with other classmates and they have work stations. Really, this is not my vision of elementary school as I wonder how they will master organizational skills, or have a sense of their own private space?

How will they pass notes to friends, or whisper across the row, their heads under their desktops, while they pretend to search for a lost ruler? We as young students used to be thrilled to see our artwork on the outside walls outside our classrooms. Today, when I found this photo in a pile of old photos from the 70s from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum I knew I had to find the person that did it. Thankfully, we found the artist Kerri-Ann Campbell. Now I know why it touched me so much– truly, children’s artwork is so precious–because it is so very, very rare.



Kerri-Ann CampbellI believe the poster was for public health unit for dental week. In the 70s there was a big push for dental hygiene in the schools. We also had to do weekly fluoride rinses in the library. I went to St Mary’s and that was the winning poster.

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston–Kerri Ann is a  friend and neighbour, but didn’t become an artist but a GREAT nurse. She lives here in Carleton Place and works at our hospital.



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Julia Waugh Guthrie Photo–

-Well here is a blast from the past. St Mary’s School Choir. — with Julie St Jean, Jo-Anne Hancock, Lori Armour, Joan Russell, Tom Turcotte, Tom Turcotte, Bruce Guthrie, Janet Morris, Debbie Coburn, Kathy Coleman and Lynn Shepherd.

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Fay Tucker Most of the students in this photograph either turned 65 years old in 2017 or else they will in 2018.–The first class at the newly constructed St. Mary’s Catholic School.
Image may contain: one or more peopleAnother one from Julia Waugh Guthrie– The Angels of St, Mary’s–

Remembering E.P. Clement from Almonte—By Susan Elliott Topping



Great Grandparents– Grandma Clement,Gr. Grandpa Clement Photo from Susan Elliott Topping

Susan Elliott Topping sent me a story the other day and I just wanted to share this. If any of you have some information you would like to share with the world — please send them to me on Facebook or email sav_77@yahoo.com

Hello Linda,

I love reading your posts about Almonte and it’s rich history. I grew up there and it will always be home. My Great Grandfather E.P. Clement was a great part of Almonte. I can still see him in his three piece suit and cane (which we think was just for effect) strolling downtown to pick up the paper. I know he also backed some businesses to help them get started.


School Class picture 1942 – St. Mary’s, Almonte, Ontario.

Vincent Morrow’s and Margaret Morrow’s surname should be “Moreau”.

The manger scene  at St. Mary’s church  every Christmas was built by him many, many years ago. Mr. Finner, who lived nearby and a couple other helped him take it to the church when it was finished. It was built in the Finner’s garage. The bells you hear ringing from the same church were donated by my Great Grandfather. My Mom says every time she hears them, she thinks of Great Grandpa.


L-R Front Row-Marie, Gr. Grandma Clement,Gr. Grandpa Clement,Beatrice,Edna–Back Row-Pat, Frank (Cheese-my Grandpa),Della,Trixie,Vi and Orville.–Photo from Susan Elliott Topping

He also did a lot of work on the old St. Mary’s School.   His home was actually the first jail in Almonte, where he and my Great Grandmother raised raised their large family! There are two of their children left now. Theresa (Trixie) Robillard, and Vi Larose, who is turning 102 years young in November!! Whenever I had to do a project on Almonte in school I would head to Grandpa’s and my Great Uncle, Fred LaRose’s houses, because I think between them, they knew just about all there was to know about Almonte!

Thank you Susan– I really appreciated you sending this. Keep them coming!!


The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
28 Oct 1975, Tue  •  Page 31

Remember November the 5th–


Going through my files here are just a few related Almonte Stories–

Remembering John Kerry from Almonte—By Karen Hirst

The Almonte Fire– Bridge and Water Street 1903

The Almonte Fire of 1909

Let the Merchants take over Carleton Place and Almonte?

So Where was the Location of the Almonte Illustration?

Cancer and Family 1903- Almonte Gazette

The Population of Almonte 1851

The Lonely Grave of Barney Shiels of Cedar Hill

Shocking Murder in Almonte–Michigan Charlie

55 years ago–One of the Most Tragic Accidents in the History of Almonte

The Telephone and its History in Almonte

Is Almonte Now Powered by Gnomes?

Crime and Punishment? –Tales from the Almonte Post Office

The Funniest Anti-Dog Letter to the Editor–Almonte Gazette

Constipation Guaranteed to be Cured in Almonte

Over the Falls- June 1984

Seeds of Love–Almonte Cinema – Then and Now

Dr. Andrew Elliott of Almonte — Tarred and Feathered

The Name Game– Changing Almonte Street Names

Before there was Baker Bob’s There was The Almonte Bakery

No Banker Left Behind – Bank of Montreal Almonte Photos

Down by the Mississippi River- Almonte Falls Photos 50s

If You are Unemployed in Almonte- Hitchike to Carleton Place

40 years later-by L. G. William Chapman, B.A., LL.B.


U Can’t Touch This! St. Mary’s Basketball Team 1990



St Mary’s Basketball team from the files of the Carleton Place Canadian from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum.



Top song of 1990- U Can’t Touch This- Just like the gals of St. Mary’s who won the Lanark County Junior Girls’ Basketball Championship that year!

Well, We’re Movin’ On Up to Franktown Road






St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church – Carleton Place, Ontario – First mass was on Christmas Day, 1884. Photo 2002.


So what happened to the rectory you see in the back beside St. Mary’s Church? Photo- Dave Young

Did you know they moved the manse that used to be  part of St. Mary’s to a location on Franktown Road in 1993?

Photos of 1993 manse move by Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum





Sandra Hurdis Finigan- I was working at Giant Tiger that day. I remember them coming in to tell us they were shutting off the power because I think they had to take the lines down as the house passed. We had to write down what customers were buying and use a calculator. I don’t know who entered it all in later but I’m glad it wasn’t me. We all stood at the Windows to watch the house drive by.

Terry Latham —To get it around the corner at Bridge and Lake Gib Drummond went to Mac’s Milk and got all their dish soap and put it on the tires and ground so it could slide sideways.. I think one window cracked that was it.



photo– Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Thanks to Cathy Mulvihill for the newspaper clippings. Jan 2023

St James and St Mary’s Christmas Bazaar 1998 -Who Do You Know?


For a few years I used to convene the St. James Bazaar in Carleton Place. Memories like that you will never lose. Today, I came across these pictures out of the Carleton Place Canadian files from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum. I swear Flora has not aged at all. She looks even more fabulous!






Flora 1998 at the St. James Church Hall


Flora 2015 at the Almonte High Tea