It never fails that I cross paths with someone I’ve previously met. Pauline Hughes was in attendance. She, along with Lynn Clelland, continues to offer a wonderful program to Grade 3 students from Renfrew County schools at the restored one-room school, S.S. No. 2 Admaston (see p. 183 of my book). Students are so fortunate to experience life in a one-room school circa 1900.
Pat Patterson told me that his wife, Margaret Jamieson, went to S.S. No. 5 Wilberforce, a one-room school near Lake Pore. She told him that in the early 1940s, students brought jute potato bags to school. Students would all go into farmers’ pastures and pick the cottony pods off the milkweeds. The bags were picked up at school and they went away for the war effort, supposedly used to fill lifejackets.
Earl Martin went to S.S. No. 12 Westmeath on the road between Beachbury and Pembroke. He had some lovely memorabilia on display and I hope he will send me some pictures and information I can add to my website.
Jim MacGregor went to S.S. No. 7 Douglas. If anyone has any pictures or information about this school, please let me know.
Judi Luker Brisco attended Rosebank School (S.S. No. 8 Admaston) on Highway 17 from 1954-1962. She said students were always under the impression that the inspector came to judge the students and they had to be on their best behaviour. Her teacher, Mrs. Ivy Latendresse, for her first three years at Rosebank, eventually taught her daughter in Kindergarten twenty years later.
Aunt Luella was Bert Brisco’s teacher for eight years at the Northcote School (S.S. No. 6 Admaston – see page 61 of my book) Discipline at his school was important and was fully supported by the parents. He remembered that if he did anything improper, be it noisy, sloppy, bad language, talking back and if his mother found out, the punishment was worse at home than at school. And with one sister and two brothers at school at the same time that he was, his Mom always found out!!!