Beverly Blake Whyte went to S.S. No. 13 Gloucester from grades 1-6 and again for grade 8. Grades 7 & 8 student had been sent to Hopewell Avenue Public School (O.B.E.) for some years, but due to increasing cost a new two-room school was being built at RAmsayville. This was being constructed the years she went to Hopewell for grade 7. Her father, Cecil Blake went to S.S. No. 13 as a boy and she remembers him being a trustee when she was a student. The year she went off to Lisgar High School, her mother started to teach in the Junior room of the new school and did so for some years. When she left, it was to go as a grade one teacher at BLossom Park. Beverly taught for many years for the Carleton Board of Education in many school in the eastern part of Carleton County.
Belma Alexander Hull attended S.S. No. 18 Gloucester on Russell Road from 1935 to 1943. Mary Brown was her first school teacher. She was just eighteen and it was her first teaching job. She boarded with the Ebbs family right next door to Belma's grandparents, the Childs. Belma walked to school with her teacher in the summer and her Uncle Dick Childs drove them in this horse and cutter in the winter. Mary was Belma's teacher for five years. After she married Thorlow Frazer and lived in Ottawa, she was a supply teacher and sometimes taught Belma's children. Over the age of 90, Mary passed away recently at the Lord Tweedmuir on Bank Street.
I also met Susan and Mike Grohn. Susan was a librarian with the Ottawa Public Library. Her husband went to a one room school in Peace River Alberta. He talks about traveling to school in a horse and cutter. There was even a stove in the cutter to keep the children warm while going to school.