1961 Wreck Cove School
Back in the winter, I became acquainted via e-mail with a cousin who formerly lived on the North Shore of Victoria County. It was through her that I acquired this photo taken fifty-eight years ago.
The students in the picture attended Wreck Cove school situated opposite Murdoch Morrison’s store on the Cabot Trail. The school was a one-room structure with a pot belly wood stove as the only source of heat. It was devoid of indoor plumbing and the washroom facilities were, to say the least, very basic. The teacher’s role would have been a challenge with the work involved in the preparation of lessons as well as teaching pupils from grades primary to nine.
Unfortunately, I cannot find a document whereby trustees of the school had acquired the piece of land on which it was built. It is my understanding that sometime after the school closed, it was moved a short distance north from its original location to the Shaw property. There again, I am unable to find a supporting document. In any event, it is not extant.
Years ago, practically every small community in Victoria County had its own school. The North Shore was no exception with schools in the communities from Jersey Cove to the foot of Cape Smokey. In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, the Department of Education had begun construction on the latest trend which were consolidated schools. In Sept. 1961, the North Shore Consolidated School opened. It was centrally located in the community of Plaster with bus transportation provided, marking the end of an era of individual schools in communities up and down “The Shore”.
This 1960-61 school picture was the last year at Wreck Cove School.
Back Row (L to R): Teacher, Alice Macqueen ( South Haven), Murdoch Shaw, Donald Smith, George Dauphney, Dennis Smith, Dorothy Macleod, Donna Morrison, Robert Dauphney, John Maclennan, and Marion Macdonald. Front Row ( L to R): (seated): Buddy Dauphney,...