Black's School, School Section 14
Early Days
Most of the early settlers of this locality came from England, Ireland and Scotland. Among those were Mt. John Black, Mr. Oliver Gaffield, Mr. John Ghent, Mr. Thomas Dodd & Mr. Henry Williams. Also there were the Holmes and Carruthers families. The first school on record in this locality was a log building in Cramahe Township about 80 rods north--‐of the present school. This school, of course, was of the pioneer type. Rudely constructed and poorly equipped. The seats in this building faced the walls. The lighting was poor as there were only a few windows. The pupils came many miles to attend and on the winter days a goodly portion of the forenoon would be spent warming frosty fingers and toes after the long walk through the deep snow. The older boys attended only in winter as they spent the other months helping to remove stumps and planting and harvesting the crops at home. When the two adjoining sections united, a new school was built only a few yards west of the present school on the line between Cramahe and Haldimand [Townships].
This was a frame building approximately 24’ X 36’ with one porch at the front. The entrance was between the two large pine trees which still stand. This school was poorly built, and as is too often true of those early days, was sadly neglected. An elderly resident of this sections [sic] tells how he remembers being able to see the sky out through a hole in the roof. It was lath and plastered only from the wainscoting [sic] up, and the clapboards with many knot holes in them were falling off. It was heated by an iron box stove equipped with gang pipes. Across the front of the room were two long benches were recited. One day, as is told by a resident who attended this school, the pupils and teacher were startled by a sudden roar. It was immediately discovered that a fire was in progress close to the stovepipes. In a short time the boys had it under control. It was found, however, that the old registers and papers had been filed around the chimney, evidently with some purpose as the boys thought as new school was badly needed. There was no well nearby and water had to be carried from a swamp nearly half a mile away.
Mr. W. Dickson, one of the residents of this section who attended this school, tells how frightened the pupils were when they heard the shout of the inspector with great long eyebrows entering the room. There was no library in this school but maps of all kinds covered the walls. Some of the teachers of this school were Mr. Marks, Mr. Joe Black, Mr. Chas. Radcliffe, Mr. Ermond Burr, Mr. Andy Ross (a retired minister), Mr. Alger and Miss Leslie. Mr. Frank Dodd taught at this school & also the present one.
A stone facade is being installed at the private residence, the former School Section 14 Black's School, 109 Pipeline Road, Cramahe Township in June 2018.
A stone facade is being installed at the private residence, the former School Section 14 Black's School, 109 Pipeline Road, Cramahe Township in June 2018. Details
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