Lillie’s School

(S.S. No. 12 Elizabethtown S.S.No. 9 Front of Yonge)

Location of school on a map from 1861-62

Lillie’s School was located at Lillie’s about five miles from Lyn on the Graham Lake Road. The original school was built of wood and located on the west corner of Hendry Road a quarter of a mile west of the new school. The wooden structure blew down in a wind storm. It was replaced by one made of brick in 1880. This school was 40 feet long by 30 feet wide and could accommodate 35 students. The new brick school was used up until school consolidation in the 1960’s. The school was closed in June 1963, and was demolished in 1988.(R&T Focus on the District Feb. 1980)

The school also served as a church and services were held there every two weeks on a Monday evening by Methodists Ministers from Lyn. One the first graduates of Lillie’s School was John Booth who became a provincial land surveyor and helped to survey the counties of Leeds and Grenville.

Lillie’s was a shared school between Elizabethtown and Front of Yonge Townships. This means that students from both areas used the school and costs were split between the two townships.


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, size 26×36, construction date 1845, condition: Poor

1854: Stone building, first opened in 1842

The following information was extracted from the motion papers of the Elizabethtown Council 1855-1872

That $36 dollars of Clergy money be divided amongst the School Sections of this Township in the following manner, namely Sections No 1 $10, No 12 $5, No 26 $9, No 27 $9.31 cents, No 28 $5, No 29 $2, No 30 $5, No 31 $6 bring union section all the full Sections will leave the sum of $13.11 cents each and the Clerk ? the sum to be paid to the Trustees of each School Section – 1873 (Lyn Museum Archives)


1902 Class – Front Row: Lorne Bolton, Hazel Marshall, Casper Booth, Gladys Booth, Unk 2nd Row: Clifford Bradley, Maydalene Vickery, Loretta Flood, Unk Bolton, Lena Flood, Ernie Bolton, Myrtle Marshall, Harry Marshall, Irene Imerson Back Row: Stanley Bolton, Anna Marshall, Mabel Marshall, Harold Marshall, Iva Marshall (Photo #1)


1911 Class at Lillies (Photo #2)


1914 Class at Lillies (photo #3)





1917 Class – Front Row: Unk, Unk, Maurice Edgley, Vada Edgley, Lorne Bolton 2nd Row: Florence Booth, Birle Chant, Irene Chant Back row: Vada Marshall, Harvey Vickery, Madeline Vickery, Mandy Tait (Teacher), Unk Marshall (photo #4)


1921 Class (photo #5)



1923 Class (photo #6)


1928 Class (photo #7)


1929 Class (photo #8)


1929 Class (photo #9)


1929-31c Class- Only a few identified Front Row: Lyle Cobey 2nd Row: Patricia, Edgely, Jowett Twins Back Row: Edgley, Lawrene Nixon, Marjorie Darling (photo #10)


1939c Lillies Class (photo #11)


1940 Class at Lillies (photo #12)


1941 Lillies Class (photo #13)


1942 – Front Row: Shirley Hendry, Freda Vickery, Verla Booth Back Row: Dorothy Vickery, Margaret Weir; Myrtle Hendry (photo #14)


1942 Lillies Class (photo #15)


1943 Class Front Row: Carl Jowett, Freda Vickery, Eddie Booth, Stuart Salter 2nd Row: Shirley Hendry, Verla Booth; Bernie Herbison; Harold Salter, Jack Darling Back row: George Hendry, Garnet Darling; JohnHendry; Phyllis Vickery; Myrtle Hendry; Margaret Weir – The teacher was Helen Mallory (photo #16)


1944 Lillies (photo #17)


1945 Lillies Class (photo #18)


1946 Lillies Class in the winter (photo #19)


1947 Class at Lillies: Front Row: Rita Sauve, Rene Sauve, Rheal Sauve, Ernest Maisonneuve, Eleanor Hendry, Betty Hendry Back Row: Freda Vickery, Verla Booth, Shirley Hendry, Eddie Booth, Jack Darling, Carl Jowett (photo #20)


1947- Lillies Class (photo #21)


1951 Class (photo #22)


1952 – School Choir for the Lions Club Music Festival (photo #23)


1953 -Front row: Ron Cross, Hugh Edgley, Bob Edgley, Fred Vickery, Terry Darling, Jerry Edbley, Marvin Darling 2nd Row: Nancy Darling, Karen Darling, Myrna Darling, Diane Edgley, Renske Grendel, Anita Merier, Carol Jowett, Frances Vickery, Mary Cross Back Row: Jim Edgley, Dwight Darling, Feike Grendel, Lorraine Mott, Alvin Darling, Mrs. Myrtlee Stainer (teacher) (photo #24)


1954 – School Choir- Lions Club Music Festival (photo #25)


1956 – School Choir Lions Club Music Festival (photo #26)


1957 – School Choir Lions Club Music Festival (photo #27)


1959 – Front Row: Steve Darling, Eddie Zufelt, Violet Pankhurst, Kathy Edgley, Linda Darling, Janice Edgley, Roger Darling, Heather Charles; Raymond Darling, Dave Darling, Sam Dunster 2nd Row: Brenda Edgley, Mary Cross, Charline Darling, Sharon Darling, Nancy Darling, Gloria Charles, Larry Darling, Marvin Darling, Michael Wright Back row: Myrna Darling, Anneta Marier, Diane Edgley, Mrs. Stewart (teacher) Jerry Edgley (photo #28)


1959 – Inside Lillies School (photo #29)


1959 Inside Lillies School (photo #30)


undated photo of the early interior of Lillies School (photo #31)


Lillies School- no date (photo #32)


1988 A closed Lillies School with Garnet Darling sitting on the front step (photo #33)


James (Jim) Cobey, taught at Lillies for 9 years in the 1920’s (father of Rosolin, Fred, Kathleen, Lenora, Genevieve and Lyle (photo #34)


Cobey Family all attended Lillie’s School Front Row: Genevieve, Lenora, Lyle, Kathleen Back Row: Rosalina, Fred (photo #35)


The James Cobey Family (photo #36)


can anyone identify or date this photo (photo #37)


Photo #38



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