Aldborough School Section No. 1

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Aldborough School Section No. 1

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c1818-1965

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The first school in Aldborough Township opened in this section in 1818 or 1819. It was taught by Malcolm Robinson in his own house which was located on Lot 7, Concession 12. About the same time, there may have been a schoolhouse kept by Lachlan McDougall on Lot 2, Concession 13. As with all schools of the early 19th century, these would have been paid for through private tuition. The first permanent school building was built in the mid-1820s on Lot 4, Concession 13. This building was made of clay and timberand was likley replaced by a log structure a few years later. The next school was situated on Lot 1, Concession 13. The school section boundaries were laid out in the 1840s with School Section One running from the townline in the west to Lot 10 and from Concession 9 in the north south to the lake, These boundaries were realigned in 1874, greatly reducing the size of S.S. 1. About 1890, a new white frame school was built on Concession 12 and later moved to the intersection of Black's Lane and Highway #3. It was replaced by a red brick structure sometime between the years 1890 and 1913. This school was destroyed by fire on the evening of December 8, 1913. Construction of a new school started immediately, and was completed in the spring of 1914. It was made of brick with two front doors and a belfry at the peak of the roof. This school was used up until June 1965, after which the pupils attended the new Aldborough Central School. S.S. 1 was one of the few schools which did not have a name attached to it, except for the second structure, which was referred to as Squaw's Hill, because of a story that it was built on the site of an Indian burial ground.

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