Gwen Du Vall Boyles told me a great story during her time at a one-room school outside of Chrysler. In 1962, her family moved from Cornwall to this rural community. As this was primarily a French-speaking area, the English children were bused by the local post master, Leo McGillvery, to the one-room school off Highway 43. The children derived a unique way to ensure they had more time outside to play baseball. In the spring, they would pick the wild garlic and leeks and stuff as much as possible in and on top of the stove. By the time the teacher arrived in the morning, there was quite a distinct smell that required everyone to be outside until it abated. Gwen also recalls frying dew worms on the stove during the rainy weather.
June Akins told me she attended S.S. No. 11 Goulbourn from 1945-1952. As she thumbed through my book, she noticed several people that she knew.
Arriving from London, England to live in a rural community outside of Pembroke near Lake Dore was quite a shock for a minister’s son. Tom Busing attended Rankin School from 1949-1951 before moving on to his father’s next charge.
As each school in Manitoba came into existence, they were numbered. Jim Lowe went to No. 544, otherwise known as the Springbrook School in Austin, Manitoba (1947-1955). He feels he was blessed with excellent teachers. He spoke fondly of Miss Pasco who was probably only 18 years old when she taught him. Even though this ‘permit teacher’ didn’t have the teaching certificate from the Manitoba Normal School, she had come from a teaching family and did an wonderful job with her charges.
Gordon Mackenzie was there at the Rose Valley School in Prince Edward Island. Later his son, Brian attended in 1965 uIt was located between Charlottetown and Summerside in Queen’s County on Lot 67. The island was divided into lots, and there was a school every three miles so children could walk to them before they were bused to high school in Charlottetown. Gordon used to throw a big log into the stove to knock out the back of it so the kids would be sent home. Brian told me of another pupil getting the strap for writing a bad word in the dirt of the teacher’s car.