Andrea Lavigne graciously welcomed David and me to the Walden Village Retirement Residence. One of the residents, Mr. Johnson shared a fantastic picture of his former school, S.S. No. 1 Huntley (now the Cheshire Cat Pub) in the 1920s. It turns out his sister, Erma Johnston, is mentioned in my book. As a Grade 8 student, she was a marvelous help to her eighteen-year-old teacher, Ruth Hill (Bradley). Their picture is still found in the schoolhouse today.
Happy Birthday Ruth Hill Bradley 10/11/2010
I was delighted to help celebrate Ruth Bradley’s 85th birthday party. She looked fabulous in her high-heeled shoes and mini-skirt! One of the funniest stories in the book is about Ruth and her students. I had the pleasure of teaching with her at W. Erskine Johnston School in Kanata back in the 1980s.
Oxford Township 10/12/2010
The Oxford Historical Society invited me to speak tonight in Kempville. Jean Newans, a wonderful music teacher whose story is in my book, introduced me to the members. A very interesting discussion resulted after my presentation. Excellent questions and comments were made comparing the educational system then and now.
Home of Larry Robinson 10/19/2010
I was at the Marvelville Community Centre today – home of Larry Robinson of the Montreal Canadiens fame. Ladies who went to this old school still meet regularly for coffee, tea and treats. Also in attendance was Michael Daley, a local historian who has help record many stories from Osgoode Township.
While researching for my book at the Osgoode Museum in Vernon, I was so fortunate to have met and work with Linda Robinson. It was through her that I was able to share the family story of Brian, Larry, Linda, Carol and Moe Robinson.
In the afternoon, I gave my first speaking engagement in French to residences of the Centre Jean Urgel in Embrun. I was sad to learn that the sister of one of the ladies had interviewed had passed away. I’m so pleased to have included her story in French in my book.
Jubliee Group 11/03/2010
Today found me presenting in front of members of the Jubilee Group at Woodroffe United Church. It was fun to reconnect with some CFUW/Ottawa women. It was through the Canadian Federation of University Women that I was inspired to write my book to begin with. Three women in attendance enjoyed sharing some of their experiences in one and two-room schoolhouses in southern Ontario. After all, one-room schools dotted the countryside throughout North America, so people across Canada and the United States can really relate to the stories in my book.
CBC Radio (91.5 FM) “All In A Day” 11/04/2010
Wow! What a day I’ve had! I taught French all day and then left St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School and drove downtown to CBC headquarters in Ottawa. It was quite an experience walking by hundreds of hardworking CBC employees with tons of monitors broadcasting from many locations. Alan Neal interviewed me on his show “All In A Day”. It was a wonderful opportunity to promote my book and the One-Room Schoolhouse Tour that the Canadian Federation of University Women in Kanata are hosting next May 29th.
I also gave a presentation at the Ottawa Public Library, Hazeldean Branch in Kanata. In attendance was Shirley Monkhouse. Her great great great great grandfather and his son were pioneers in March Township and helped build S.S. No. 1 March.