Cramahe Archives Digital Collection
An audio interview with Mary Buchanan (1922-2021), Cramahe Township teacher
Description
Mary Buchanan interview, Audio (MP3)
Mary Buchanan interview, Audio (MP3)
Creators
Mary Buchanan, Interviewee
Mandy Martin
, Interviewer
Trevor Joice, Audio Engineer
Media Type
Audio
Description
Information provided by Lenna Broatch, November 2021 - "Mary Buchanan grew up in Cramahe Township - her maiden name was Gummer, her mother’s family were Gerows. I believe they lived on Purdy Road. She attended I would think Purdy Public School and Colborne High School and then went to Normal School (Teacher’s College) in Peterborough.
She taught a few years in Brighton Township (Wade's Corner), Cramahe Township (Purdy School). Mary taught Bill Metcalf, a lifelong teacher at Colborne High School. Mary also spent years in Lakeport as principal of Lakeport Public School, and when that closed, she finished her career teaching at Colborne Public School.
She married Ivan Buchanan, who died on a fishing expedition in 1983. Her married years were spent on Church Street West in Colborne.
After Mary’s and Bill Pratt's retirement from teaching, they lived in Bill’s childhood home, east of Castleton. Bill and Mary had a good partnership as they had so much in common, attending Castleton United Church, all church suppers regardless of where they were, and cheering on their former students."
Notes
Interviewed December 10, 2019 by Mandy Martin with information from Lenna Broatch. The interview was first aired as a segment on FM Radio 98.7 Legacy programming series that captures profiles of Northumberland County residents. Permission to upload this audio file was granted to Cramahe Township Digital Archives.
Date of Original
December 2019
Subject(s)
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Contact
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Email:cramlib@cramahetownship.ca
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Agency street/mail address:
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PO Box 190
Colborne, ON K0K 1S0
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An audio interview with Mary Buchanan (1922-2021), Cramahe Township teacher


Information provided by Lenna Broatch, November 2021 - "Mary Buchanan grew up in Cramahe Township - her maiden name was Gummer, her mother’s family were Gerows. I believe they lived on Purdy Road. She attended I would think Purdy Public School and Colborne High School and then went to Normal School (Teacher’s College) in Peterborough.
She taught a few years in Brighton Township (Wade's Corner), Cramahe Township (Purdy School). Mary taught Bill Metcalf, a lifelong teacher at Colborne High School. Mary also spent years in Lakeport as principal of Lakeport Public School, and when that closed, she finished her career teaching at Colborne Public School.
She married Ivan Buchanan, who died on a fishing expedition in 1983. Her married years were spent on Church Street West in Colborne.
After Mary’s and Bill Pratt's retirement from teaching, they lived in Bill’s childhood home, east of Castleton. Bill and Mary had a good partnership as they had so much in common, attending Castleton United Church, all church suppers regardless of where they were, and cheering on their former students."