Pat’s wife, Laura Nesbitt Buck, and her three brothers, Harold, Earl and Russell all went to S.S. No. 4 Torbolton. They had several teachers including Mary Argue, Angeline Ebbs, Harvey Cauldwell, Eunice Dolan, Flora MacMurchy and Orville Kennedy who put the ‘fear of the Lord’ in them. Laura confessed she got the strap for chewing gum in class.
Bill Pennings attended Wilton School in 1953, northwest of Odessa (between Napanee and Kingston). The school burned down, but the cast iron school bell was saved. It lay in a shed for 40 years before Bill was able to buy it. The bell now sits on the roof of his garage in Kinburn. He also attended a one-room school south of Caledonia and a two-room school, S.S. No. 12 Puslich, in Wellington County south of Guelph. It is now a house.
Bill Duncan went to S.S. No. 7 Goulbourn from 1944-1952. He graduated from South Carleton High School before earning a degree at Carleton University in 1962. After working for 30 years for Imperial Oil (Esso), he retired in 1995 to farm in Kinburn.
I just learned that there were one-room schools on Indian Reserves with Native teachers. From 1936-1940, Helen Monture Moses attended S.S. No. 6 on the Six Nations Reserve. The teacher’s residence was attached to the school. She remembers playing baseball, tag, and Red Rover Red Rover. She left after Grade 7 to attend a one-room school at Tyendenaga, (outside of Belleville) and then went on to a career.