‘I owe those people so much’

From our February 2013 issue

By Velda Currie – Morden, Man.

Carlton Junction School was located four miles south of Carlyle in southeast Saskatchewan.

My first teacher was Miss Alice Nichol. Alice now is Mrs. Van Hiklome of Manor, Sask. Alice was 100 years old in July 2012 and I was delighted to be invited to her birthday celebration. My husband, brother, and I attended this great occasion.

I started school April 3, 1934. The following winter was very cold and we lived three miles away. There were no winter roads or snowploughs then. However, our kind friends Mr. and Mrs. William Wood boarded Miss Nichol and they took me in also.

Miss Nichol shared her bed with this seven-year-old. I owe those people so much for helping me get started on my education.

Miss Nichol was a wonderful teacher. With assistance from her son and nearby friends, she still lives alone in Manor.

Carlton Junction kids ready for the Coronation Day parade, May 12, 1939. They are wearing red, white, and blue wedge caps made by their mothers. Back Left: Ron Beatty; Myrtle Dyer; Jean Cutler; Edna Beatty; Maurice Mills; Stan Mills. Middle: Velda Doty,; Viola Beatty; Luella Mowat; Donelda Mowat; Cecil Beatty. Front: Daryl Doty; Annie Savage; Frieda Beatty; Dalton Dyer; Isabel Beatty; and Victor Savage.