On April 17th, Mary Boyd (p. 41 & 42) invited me to speak to the Gloucester Historical Society. The members were very engaging. I was delighted to receive “Hawthorne Reflections” compiled by Laurel Sherrer for Hawthorne’s 111th anniversary. Hawthorne Public School was a one-room schoolhouse built in 1899. Several students, including David Stanley, Barbara Stanley Brady, Paul Adams, Bill Stwart and Dawna Winges spoke very highly of their teacher, Vera Gorsline who taught in the school from 1927 until 1967. Students were encouraged to have self discipline - working away on their own until the teacher was dealing with their grade - while at the same time they couldn't get away with anything, and punishment was swift if and when they did break the rule. What really stands out in this book is how proud everyone was to attend this school.