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  1. Fred Vickery
    October 24, 2018 @ 8:35 am

    Great pictures of Purvis Street School and students. Picture #2 however is of Lillies Schoo studentsl. My Dad, Harvey Vickery and his sisters Ellen and Maydalene only went to Lillies School.


    • John
      October 24, 2018 @ 9:22 am

      Thanks I will correct that


  2. Diann Turnrr
    October 24, 2018 @ 9:27 am

    These are amazing!! It is wonderful to have these photos and chronological documentation of the years Purvis Street school was open. It’s so rewarding to scroll through and view the photos while bearing in mind that these were/are vital members of this community. Thank you to whoever did all this compilation and posting!


    • John
      October 24, 2018 @ 9:32 am

      Glad you enjoyed the photos. It’s so important to preserve our history for us and future generations., John


      • Kathy Van Dusen
        October 24, 2018 @ 5:45 pm

        How nice that you included Purvis Street School in your website. I have never seen most ofthese pictures before and include family members and neighbours from a long time ago.

        I believe that picture #14 is Myrtle Bellamy Johnson. Maybe someone else will reply to this also.


        • John
          October 25, 2018 @ 8:04 am

          Glad you enjoyed these photos. We debated for a while if we should include them, now we are glad we did., John


          • Diana Purvis
            June 5, 2020 @ 2:58 pm

            Hi John
            I’ve been reviewing pictures after my brother Allen Purvis passed on May 14th.
            I’m noting that picture #18, Allen was in back row(the tallest), picture #23, 1958: back row was Harry Purvis & Allen Purvis(left to right),
            Picture #24, back row, 2nd from left(tallest with glasses) is Allen Purvis.
            Thanks again for all your work recording these school records.
            Also, picture # 21, 1957 Janet Purvis, visiting school not teacher.
            Picture #22, Diana Purvis who graduated in 1957.

            Thanks again. I’ve so enjoyed reviewing theses pictures.

            Diana Purvis

  3. Bill Purvis
    March 25, 2019 @ 8:46 am

    Thankyou so much for these pictures, My first teacher was Miss Bellamy then Miss White, Mrs Warren, Miss Welch , These young women were right out of school themself I think , some of them use to board at Gibsons across the road from us.


    • John
      March 25, 2019 @ 9:07 am

      Glad you enjoyed the story and photos. If you have any class photos that you would like to add, please send them to us at


  4. Diana Purvis
    May 22, 2021 @ 2:30 pm

    Hi John

    Love seeing these pictures

    #12 is Diana Purvis not Janet Michie
    My amputated finger is my hand.

    Thanks, Diana


  5. Diann Turner
    May 23, 2021 @ 10:03 am

    An excellent compilation of pictures and history on the Purvis Street School. Loved viewing these and imagining what it was like in those precious one room schools. Thank you for posting. Treasures from our past!!!!!


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