I was delighted to reconnect with Deanna Dawson Stobo, who had played the lead role of Mrs. Goldbloom in my play “Let’s Pier into the Past”. She had so much fun acting along side her son, daughter-in-law and two granddaughters who attended St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School in Barrhaven. Deanna attended S.S. No. 13 Winchester, the Cass Bridge School starting in 1951. Her husband, Reg Stobo, attended Cloverdale school in 1949. Deanna remembers her teacher, Elva Kingsley, who boarded with a family near the school. Of course, teachers were not allowed to date, despite being at an eligible age.
Mrs. Vincent said her children went to a one-room school in Toronto in Warren Park, a valley on the bank of the Humber River. At first she and her husband were concerned at the quality of education their daughters would receive. Their children did very well with one daughter obtaining a PhD. This daughter still feels the four years she spent in that first school was a great starter.
Doris Darling Collier grew up in Cardinal village which at a school with two stories and four classrooms. She claimed that many of my stories sounded like her experiences in a small school. Her father, from Darlington in northern England, and her grandmother, from southern Scotland, were both teachers. She thinks some British and Scottish families who settled in the area came over to teach in the Darling School.
Sandra Wall-Foley thought it was great to read my book as she went to S.S. No. 2 Ramsay from Grade 1 to 7 (1955-1962). She felt she had the best education and spoke fondly of her teacher Mrs. Tina Hollinger.
Bill Duncan attended S.S. No. 7 Goulborne from 1944-1952. After graduating from South Carleton High School in 1958, he obtained a B.Eng. from Carleton University in 1962. He worked for Imperial Oil (Esso) for 30 years in Toronto, Sarnia, Edmonton and Tripoli, Libya. He is now a retired farmer in Kinburn. As you can see, a lot of successful people got their start in a one-room schoolhouse.