Report of the Schools of New Brunswick
going to Gram’s after school as Aunt Sadie always made certain
to have some freshly baked treats with lots of frosting waiting on the
kitchen table. But today, things were different. A lady, in a blue
satin dress and a fancy hat, was sitting in the parlour talking to Mum
and Gram, while Aunt Sadie was busy in the pantry preparing a lunch for
Before Mum even finished introducing her, as a former teacher in the
community, she started questioning me on how well I was doing in school
and if I made a 100 per cent on Arithmetic. She went on to say that the
years would quickly slip by and before I knew it, the provincial
Matriculation Exams would be facing me and that I should strive to be
among the top students.
When I asked her if she had made top marks in school, a dead silence
fell over the room. By the look of embarrassment on Mum’s face, I knew
that when we got home, I would be receiving a lecture on being
respectful to adults.
From the Annual Report of the Schools
of New Brunswick by the Chief
Superintendent of Education for 1921 - 1922
which was published
the top student of the Matriculation exam for 1922 was Fred Forbes of
Sussex Grammar School
There are lots of interesting facts in the 1923 Annual Report. To name
In 1922, Herbert Harrison Trimble of Hampton tied for first place in
the examination for Grammar School at Normal School. Bertha Eugenie
Goulette of Nash Creek came first in the First Class examination
followed in second place by Leah Margaret Frost of Hampton Station.
A very interesting section gives in alphabetical order the Teachers’
Student Teachers at Normal School were given an allowance of
mileage at three cents a mile for travelling expenses. In 1922, Harris
C. Harper of Westmorland County received $13.08, Irving W. McFarland of
Kings County $8.76, Grace E. Calder of Restigouche County $13.26, Helen
Kilfoil of Victoria County $5.40, Emma E. McKee of St. John County $
4.20, Audrey M. Lackie of Kings County $6.48 and Estelle Dugas of
Gloucester County $12.00.
The average salary in 1911 for a First Class Male teacher was $677.26.
By 1921, it had been increased to $1524.68. A First Class Female
teacher received $402.38 which was increased to $965.46. A Third Class
Female teacher received a yearly salary of $228.99.
The report of the Trustees for Saint John names the staff at the
twenty-two schools and the orphanages, including salary and class of
The comments in the reports by Inspectors give an insight into some of
the obstacles that were in the path of learning, the steps taken to
improve the situation and personal information on the teachers. For
example: The schoolhouse at Bay du Vin River is too small, the seating
capacity being less than the enrollment. Miss Caulie McInerney had to
resign as principal of the Rexton Superior School due to ill health.
The inspector gave a glowing account of her achievements. Pokiok School
received new hardwood floor and outside painting.
The “Annual Reports of the Schools of
New Brunswick by the Chief
Superintendent of Education
” are available for viewing at the
Provincial Archives of New Brunswick and at the New Brunswick
Several educational records from 1869 through to the1980s can be found
at the Saint John Free Public Library.
Conwell - Donahoe
Conwell and Susan Donahoe were married in Saint
John, New Brunswick 12 Sep 1854. They had five children Mary Ann 1855,
Daniel 1856, Edward 1860, Susanna 1863 and John 1864. I am interested
in finding the names of John's siblings and parents and where he was
born as well as where and when he died.
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Fowlie - Kierstead - Holmes - Kennedy
William Fowlie and Bethia
Kierstead were married 30 May 1822 at Sussex, Kings County, New
Brunswick. Witnesses at the wedding were David Kierstead and George
Holmes. His second marriage was to Mathilda Kennedy on 3 Feb. 1841. I
am interested in finding the names of William’s parents, his siblings,
his date and place of death.
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