Early Schools of Kings County, New Brunswick
I just didn't understand adults! They talked about attending school as if it were last week. Mum told the story of the boys in Bloomfield going in their bare feet. Dad chuckled over the tricks they played on the other fellows at Clover Hill. Addy said she had been hit in the eye by a ball in the schoolyard. Fred wondered if his initials were still visible in the woodshed.
School injustices by some teachers were never forgotten nor forgiven while acts of kindness were carved in the hearts of students forever.
It seems history repeats itself as I now find myself telling grandchildren stories of my days in school that happened fifty or more years ago as if it were yesterday.
In 1983, the Kings County Retired Teachers' Association decided to undertake the writing of a history of the rural schools.
Many hours of research and personal interviews were conducted to obtain as much information as possible on 180 schools in Kings County.
The records for 1862 for the Penobsquis School show the teacher received a yearly salary of $125 from the district and $125 from the government. There were 47 pupils. Subjects included spelling, reading, writing, languages (English, French, Latin and Greek), arithmetic, geography, history, book-keeping, geometry, measuring, surveying of land, navigation, algebra and other fields of study.
Oak Point had a one-room, log school, which was vacant in 1844 as there was no teacher available that term. Fifty years later, in 1894, a larger one-room school was built. The first teacher was Amelia Heustis.
Darlings Island School was in District Number 10 in the Hampton Parish and was probably built in the 1870s. A trustee's return dated 1890 gives the name and age of the 15 children in attendance with the family names of Henderson, Appleby and Morrell.
The Canaan Road school was known as District Number 10 in the parish of Havelock. The first return that could be found was dated 1877. The teacher was John Black and the surnames of the pupils were Thorne, Keith, Perry, Mullins and Burgess. Some of the early teachers were: Zelpha Saunders, Richard Thorne, Bessie Thorne, Amasa Ryder, Bernice Thorne, Albin McKnight, William Humphrey, B. Hughes, Minnie Coates, Spurgeon Jenkins, Ross Keith and James Thorne.
When James Brown, a member of a commission appointed by the government to look into the state of education in New Brunswick, visited the Tennant's Cove school in 1844, Thomas Davis of Earle's Wharf was in charge.
Schooling like religion was important to the Kingston Loyalists. In many areas, lessons were given in private homes before schools were built. The first log school was built in the heart of Kingston village in 1787.
The original Warneford school, in the parish of Norton was built on land of Oliver Barberie, later belonging to the Warnefords. It was on a hill, high above the road.
James McAnary was 56 years of age and married according to his license for Passekeag School (Patticake Settlement) in 1842 and he was in charge of the school for nine years. Surnames of pupils in 1844 were Crocket, Carney, Earle, Floyd, Hunter, Hughston, Jones, King, Matthews, Mitchell, McVey, Newel, Ogden, Stewart, Smith and Tease. Teachers from 1879 to 1900 were Edwin Hayes, Augusta Dodge, Mary Millar, Jessie Brown, David Wagner, Jennie Hanson, Augusta Titus, Omar Campbell, Caroline Raymond, Miss R. Ryan, Mabel Folkins, L. M. Colpitts, Maggie Fowler, Maggie Pickle, T. A. Leonard, E. J. Puddington, Laura Snodgrass, Ethel Moody, Ella Smith and Eugenia Keith.
‘Early Schools of Kings County, New Brunswick' published by the
Kings County Retired Teachers' Association holds not only information on
the 3 R's of education but lots of ABCs for the family tree.
To purchase a copy of the book visit http://www.rubycusack.com/Book-Kings-School.html
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