As a member of the Gloucester Historical Society, Mary gave me access to information about schools in Gloucester Township. She and her parents went to the Forsythe School (S.S. No. 18 Gloucester) and her story can be found on page 41 of my book.
While I was researching at the Osgoode Museum in Vernon, I came across a photocopy of a charming picture (p. 69) with Chris McPhail’s name and phone number on it. When I called his number, Chris, who is a member of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa, told me his neighbour had the original picture. Imagine my surprise when I learned that his neighbour was Peggy Carss, a longtime friend of my parents. Chris’ grandfather taught Peggy’s mother, aunt and uncle at S.S. No. 9 Dalhousie near Poland, Ontario in 1897.
I also met Arlene Mason, a former student of Chloris Bradley Brown (p. 149) at Merivale Public School (S.S. No. 13 Nepean). She was delighted to learn that ‘Miss Bradley’ is still alive and kicking!