Many Honor Retiring Principal at Queenston
QUEENSTON — Baskets of roses, peonies and summer flowers formed a perfect setting in Laura Secord Memorial Hall yesterday afternoon for the reception given by the School Board and the Home and School Association for Miss Hazel A. Corman, retiring principal of Laura Secord Memorial School. The guest of honor is retiring from the teaching profession after 35 years as principal of the school.
Receiving the close to 200 per cent present and former pupils of Miss Corman, friends and relatives, were H. Boynton Fisher, Claude Erwin and Harry C. Vrooman, members of the School Board, and the president of the Home and School Association, Mrs. A. E. Huggins.
Presentation of a television set as the gift of the School Section was made to Miss Corman by H. Boynton Fisher. Miss Corman replied in her usual witty manner and briefly recalled numerous incidents which occurred during her long career at Laura Secord Memorial School. School inspectors J. C. Wilker and G. E. McLeod brought congratulations and best wishes from the Department of Education and the County of Lincoln.
Attending the reception were guests from Toronto, Hamilton, Burlington, Kitchener, Buffalo, Thorold, St. Catharines, Niagara Falls and district.
Photo: Miss Hazel Corman, who is retiring on super-annuation after 35 years as principal of Queenston public school, was guest of honor Sunday at a tea arranged by the Home and School Association and S.S. No. 4, Niagara, in Laura Secord Memorial Hall. On behalf of the school section, she was presented with a television set, and here, admiring the gift, are, from left, Trustee Claude G. Erwin, Trustee Harry C. Vrooman; Mrs. A. E. Huggins, president of the Home and School Association, and Miss Corman.
Party For Queenston Educator
QUEENSTON — An open house to honor Hazel Corman, principal of Laura Secord Memorial School in Queenston for 34 years, will be held tonight at the home of Mr. and Mrs. R. Aubrey Dickson, Queenston.
Miss Corman's friends and former pupils will greet her from 7-9 p.m.
A resident of Stoney Creek, Miss Corman became principal of the two-room school Sept. 1, 1918. In 1925-26, she spent a year in London, England, on teachers' exchange. She retired from the principalship in 1953. Miss Corman retains a complete record of her entrance classes with their marks.
Aug. 1, Miss Corman moved from her home on Queen St.
across from the school to the Ina Grafton Gage Home in St. Catharines.
Former Queenston Principal Honored
Former students of Laura Secord Memorial School, chat with Hazel Corman, principal from 1918-1925 and 1926-1953, at a party held at her honor at a Queenston home last night. From left are Mrs. Robert Campbell and Lou Harrod, both of Niagara Falls; Miss Corman, now a resident of the Ina Grafton Gage Home, St. Catharines; and Mrs. F. W. Condlln, Toronto. Miss Corman still has a complete record of all students who graduated from the school while she was there.
Laura Secord Old Boys, Girls To Honor Retiring Principal
Niagara Falls, June 15. — All roads will lead to the village of Queenston in the shadow of Brock's Monument, on Sunday, as old boys and old girls gather to honor Hazel A. Corman, principal of Laura Secord school for the past 35 years. Miss Corman is retiring at the end of the school term.
The Queenston Board of Education and the Home and School Association have arranged a reception to be held in the school, at Queenston village, Sunday afternoon from 3 to 6 o'clock.
Heading the arrangements are chairman Boynton Fisher, an old boy, and Mrs. Jean Huggins, president of the H. and S., who was associated with Miss Corman as a teacher in the original two-room school for the first 11 1/2 years following 1918 when Miss Corman was appointed principal. During the 35 years the capacity of the school has been doubled to four rooms and the enrolment increased to 150 students. Only two breaks occurred in Miss Corman's teaching career; in 1925-1926 she was granted a year's leave of absence to participate in the teachers' exchange, choosing London, England, and while in the British Isles travelled extensively on the continent. In 1945 she was in hospital for several months on account of back injuries due to a fall.
Miss Corman was born and spent her early life at Van Wagner's Beach, near Stoney Creek, and graduated from the Hamilton Normal School. She is an active member of Niagara Falls Business and Professional Women's Club, the Laura Secord H. and S., Queenston United Church.