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Oakland Public School with Kate Halliday Hunter


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Posted by Clayton Barker, 21 December 2010 at 23:59

This is incorrect: The Scotland Public School was a frame building built 1867 near the sidewalk and in 1924 it was relocated back away from the road and incorporated into a bricked modern continuation school. Pictures of the new building still show the outline of the original picturesque frame building which had three gables in the front and ornate vergeboard at side gables.

The building that is shown here in your digital project posted by the Hunters is incorrect and is not a building in Scotland Ontario. It may have writing on the back which says such things but this is entirely incorrect. I have many pictures of the Scotland Public School and this is not it!!

Clayton J. Barker Burford Township Historian / Archivist

Posted by Christine MacArthur, 22 December 2010 at 16:13

Dear Mr. Barker,

Thank you for noticing the typo in our title heading! This photo is indeed of the Oakland school, not Scotland, as was noted in the transcription and subject headings. We have corrected the title accordingly.

Regards, Christine MacArthur Reference & E-Resource Librarian

Posted by Clayton Barker, 23 December 2010 at 0:32

Thanks. Now your digital map to the right here will need to be up-dated, as I said before, this building is not in Burford Township yet the pointer on the screen here still shows it as being on our side of the Township line.

Regards Clayton J. barker Burford Township Historian / Archivist

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Oakland Public School with Kate Halliday Hunter


This postcard depicts a class at the Oakland Public School in 1910. The teacher is Kate Halliday Hunter, who briefly taught there; however, she was married on December 28th, 1910, and at that time married women were not permitted to teach. The postcard was sent to her, and dated 1912. The Hunter family is an early, prominent Scotland family. Samuel Gordon Hunter first came to Scotland with his first wife Emily in 1869. He was a horticulturist and established his farm on Simcoe St. The farm primarily grew the flowers that he sold for a living; he was particularly fond of dahlias. He also kept bees, and raised chickens, cows and geese. During the winter, he would often walk from Scotland to other communities such as Paris and Simcoe to take orders; in the spring, he would bicycle out to deliver the flowers. This photograph was provided by Charles and Margaret Hunter during a Digitization Day event held by the County of Brant Public Library. Do you have any historical items and are interested in helping preserve our county's history online? Contact the library at (519) 442-2433 for more information.