Bell's Corners, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada SS #4,
Class Photo, c. 1920
January 21, 2007:
I had been planning on writing to you for some time to share the attached
photo with the people who visit your web site. The photo was taken around 1920,
at the SS 4 school in Bells Corners. With the help of my aunt (Margaret O'Connell (Byrne)
and the former Reeve, Mr. Aubrey Moodie, they were able to identify most
of the people in the photo and for those they could not identify, they indicated
the names of the people who should be in the photo. The name of the photographer
I have delayed doing research on the Byrne family as I am writing a book on the
History of St. Joseph's Parish in Sandy Hill. I expect the book to be out in
... Terry Byrne
S S #4 - Bell's Corners
Photo - Left to right
Note 1: Miss Miller married John Davidson
Note 2: School relied on outside toilets
Note 3: People who should be in photo but not yet identified:
Scharf girls Viola and Edna?
|Top Row||Rita Byrne||Ernie Wilson||Millie Rae
||Theresa O'Mara||Leonard Belford|| ? || ?
|6th Row ||Leo Hamel||Gordon Thomas||Margaret Hamel||Teacher Miss Miller|| Millie Roy ?
||Bill Moore||Clarence Cowick||------
|5th Row ||Mervin Belford||Frank Hamel||Edmond Hamel||? Scharf
||Clifford Moodie|| ? ||Eddie Rock||Aubrey Moodie
|4th Row ||? Rock||Mable York||Jenny Driscol||Eileen Boucher
||? Scharf||Emers Williams||------||------
|3rd Row ||Paul Cornford||Anna Moore||Jenny Williams||Jean Boucher
||Margaret Moore||Monica Hamel||Eddie Wilson||------
|2nd Row||Irene moore||Delilah Hamel||Helen Bompas ?||Isabelle Belford
||Nellie Driscoll||Kathleen Driscoll||Maggie Byrne||Jean Rae
|Front Row||Leo Driscoll||Gordon Thomas ?||Walter Thomas||Edgar Daly ?
|| ? ||Clarke Hamel|| ? ||------
October 20, 2007:
Good Evening Gents,
I'm writing to you with a bit of further info on names for the SS#4 photo, so kindly
posted on the site. A picture of the names is attached. Could you please forward it
to anyone else whom you know to be interested?
My father and mother built in 1957 in Arbeatha Park, and still being there, my
father is very interested in local history. I took the liberty of sending the photo
to several old timers in the neighborhood, and Margaret Moore (nee Williams, sister
and future husband Bill Moore in the photo). She kindly made a few suggestions for
updates, which I have edited into the picture boxes in italics.
I remember the schoolhouse, which by my time in the early 60's was the Community
Center and hockey rink, as well as the Moodie farm, and the Blue Bonnet Truck Stop
just west toward the railway overpass .
The park in Bell's Corner's next to the Roman Catholic Church was named for Margaret,
Jenny, Gordon and Russell William's parents, I am told.
I hope this helps!
Gordon MacKenzie and father, Donald.
March 17, 2008
Saw the picture. Individual identified as Edgar Daly in correction, 5th from
left does not appear to be him based on other school pictures I have of him at
same age. My son Frederick and nephew Patrick who have done the genealogy of Daly
family from Bells Corners will start string to gather additional info. Much connection
to McBride, Kennedy, Muldoons.
Ken Daly, (son Edgar Daly)
October 14, 2011:
Good morning Al. I was looking at photo of Bells Corners school which has my father Clarence in it. Someone was trying
to find out one of the Rock boys name. James Rock (Roche) was one of the pallbearers for one of my later than late
relatives. I would imagine it is one of his sons. So if someone would go to the censusrecords, he would be on there
and it would name his children. Also one of the Rock 's have headstone and is married to a Kelly, who is part of the Brennan
family Headstone is in St. Isidores parish at South March on. Have a good day.
... Doris Cowick
Thanks for this, Doris:
I'd bet that the Rock pallbearer was one of the descendants of the Roche families who came to this area in 1823
with the Peter Robinson Settlers. Remember, we speculated that the Cowick family likely came to Canada already knowing some earlier
arrivals? Most of the Roche's came from County Cork.
E-mail Terry Byrne, Gordon and Donald MacKenzie, Ken Daly and Al Lewis
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