The last picture appears to be the Norman School I taught at in 1965-66. I followed Jim Coleman and taught there for one year. I actually have pictures of the track and field team as well as a picture of Mrs. Eady and one of both of us. I also have pictures of each of the three grades I taught. As well I have a picture of the school. If you are interested I can get them to you. John and Reg Byrnes are my brothers.
Nice to read things about Norman school--and yes it was considered the other side of the tracks--but a good place. - Jim Byrnes
In looking at the picture I have of the school, the second picture shows part of the school but not it all. I looks like the left half of the school actually Jim Byrnes
Jack Higgins wrote: Hi Gary, enclosed find this picture of the old Norman School (Picture below) burning either in late 1944 0r early 1945 as we had to go to the old curling club by the east crossing for 1 year & the YMCA for another while the new school was being built in time for 1947 I believe.
My Mother taught my Sister Shirley & myself in these years before Mrs. Lynn & Mrs. Eady. Also I have pictures of the new school & some of the students who have previous written letters on this subject, given to me by Jim Coleman who taught the classes of 1962, 1963 & 1964. I agree with Joe Dennie. I grew up Norman and these pictures further down are not Norman schools.Jack Higgins adds:
Hi Gary, Hope this puts this question to rest. In my first email to you I said I
believed the lower of the two pictures was the old school that was pictured burning.
I did not state that I agreed with Joe Dennie. If you compare them it looks obvious.
,such as the windows chimney & front entrance. I took both pictures over to Tommy Bell who lived next door to both the old & new schools & attended the original one & he agrees the bottom original picture was the first norman school that burned down.& the second school is the one Jim Coleman sent us the photos of along with some of his students. Take care, Jack.
The original School in Norman
The then, new school in Norman
Joseph Dennie wrote
Russ MacDonald wrote:
Gary, I grew up in Norman and the big shack in the bottom pic sure brings back memories. I went to that school thru grade 4(1969). We then got transferred to Capreol public school (the old school on the Mazzuca corner where the flashing stop light is. S.E. corner) Spent one year there and went to C.R.Judd for grades 6 thru 8(1971-1973. I had to walk from the far end of Norman to the Mazzuca corner in the very cold winters. One saving grace was the sweet smell of Dapp's bakery. No school buses for us back then. 3 miles up hill both ways(ha ha). Russ MacDonald...
P.S. Gary. The teachers in Norman were Mrs.Eaddy and Mrs. Ferguson. Mr.
Steve Vallance wrote:Hi Gary,
The picture on the top is with out a doubt the school house that I went
to in Norman. I spoke with my Mother Joan and she tells me that she has a
picture of herself with some other kids sitting down in front of the school.
I will try to get it and scan it as soon as I can. I will also get the names
of the other children as well.
Regards Steve Vallance
P.S. my mother says the first school house burnt. I'll let you know.
Laurie Tagliabracci wrote...
My father spent a lot of time in Norman growing up with his friends; he says that
the building that is under construction was neither in Capreol nor Norman.
Earl Harvey as well as Tom Bell attended Norman school; they are both still living
Anyone who lived on the other side of Norman Road attended Norman school. Norman Road is the main road that leads to Norman beach.
Linda Derkacz wrote:
I tried to email you concerning the Norman School @ the address in there but it came back saying you were unknown,tried twice.
Anyway, I spoke to Walter's aunt in Belleville yesterday mentioning the Norman School. She said there was a small school there then they rebuilt a bigger one where her inlaws lived in Norman. So possibly it is the same building, one older,one newer. She remembered going to a dance there while dating Matt,he didn't have a vehicle then. It was winter time and someone took her overshoes and she had to walk home with her dress shoes in a lot of snow.She married Matt Nesbit and was a Derkacz.
Unfortunately she does not have access to a computer,is a very spry 80 year old and not sure if she will attend the big party in August.Trying to still coax her to come down.