Spring Valley – A One Room School House in Elizabethtown

Spring Valley School 

(School Section #11)

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Location of School on a map of 1861-62

 

Spring Valley School was first located at the corner of W.E. Stewart’s field to the left of Ruben Davis’ driveway. The original school was an unpainted frame building that got so old, it could no longer be kept warm in winter. In 1878 the present school was completed further down the road and opened in September of that year. The foundation for this school was laid in 1877. The land was donated by Frank McCrae on condition that the building be used for both school and church purposes. The first contract to build the new school was not completed and later Harvey Hayes took the contract and hired James Davidson to do the work. Miss Jennie Grant was the first teacher in 1878. The first gathering in the school was a church service on Sunday conducted by Rev. Mr. Blair who was the Pastor of the Lyn Circuit. The enrolment of the school in  1902 was 27 pupils and in 1950 was 18 pupils. (The original name of Spring Valley was Niblock’s Corners)

The school had its last class on June 29, 1965, after which students were bussed to the new school at New Dublin.

The building is now the New Dublin Library and Town hall located at 4103 County Road 29

 

School Superintendents Report (Ontario Archives)

Shows the following information, which in some cases contradicts what we have already researched, and contradicts other filed School Superintendents Reports:

1850: Stone building, 22×28 in size, constructed in 1843, condition: Not Good

1854: Frame building first opened in 1816

 

The following information was extracted from the motion papers of the Elizabethtown Council 1855-1873:

 

That the sum of 20 pounds clear of all expenses be levied and collected on the rateable property of school section No 11.- 1862
Tax levies for School section No 11- 1862[1]

[1] Lyn Museum Archives

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spring Valley School

 

 

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June 1919
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Class Photo- no date
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Class of 1919
Spring Valley Calss Photo c1937 SF1#11
Class c1937
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Class Photo 1920

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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