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DAVISVILLE / DEER PARK / DENNIS AVENUE / DEWSON STREET / DOVERCOURTEARL BEATTY / EARL GREY / EARL HAIG / EARLSCOURT / EGLINTON / ESSEX STREET / FERN AVENUE / F. H. MILLER / FRANKLAND

Davisville Public School (DAV-PS)

Carved stone with the inscription: 1860, B. Hammond, J. Davis, D. Matheson, school trustees.

Date stone outside Davisville Public School, Toronto. ©2014 Toronto Branch OGS

Location: 43 Millwood Road, Toronto, Ontario M4S 1J6 (east of Yonge Street; north of Davisville Avenue)

Opened: 1860

Alternate or former names:
School Section No. 1, York Township
Metropolitan Toronto School for the Deaf (in same building from 1962; twinned with Davisville from 2002)
Spectrum Alternative School (established 1978; located in Davisville school building)

Pre-1998 municipality: Toronto

Type of school: Elementary

History:
The village of Davisville was centred around the intersection of Davisville Avenue and Yonge Street. It was bounded by Eglinton Avenue on the north; Mount Pleasant Cemetery to the south; Bayview Avenue to the east; Yonge Street to the west. Davisville was named for John Davis who immigrated in 1840 from Staffordshire, England, and five years later started the John Davis and Son Pottery on one corner of Millwood—at the time just a lane. Davis was the first postmaster, a trustee for 25 years, and was instrumental in having the school built.

1860: Two-roomed (or one room divided by a partition that didn’t reach the ceiling) red brick school opened in Davisville. It was the first proper school building in what became North Toronto. Davisville lay mostly in Concession 1 East of Yonge Street, between the second concession road (St. Clair Avenue) and the village of Eglinton (third concession road). There were 1 1/4 miles between the roads. Yorkville (at Bloor Street, the first concession road) was the nearest incorporated village. Davisville and Eglinton were unincorporated. A pump behind the school provided water; coal oil lamps on the walls provided light; wood-box stoves with pipes reaching to the ceiling gave heat, and there were outdoor toilets. There was one male teacher and one female teacher. (Advertised salary was $1,200. for a period of six years.)

1889 Nov 22: The villages of Davisville and Eglinton and their immediate neighbourhood were incorporated as separate from the Township of York and named the Village of North Toronto.

1890 Mar 5: Village of North Toronto became the Town of North Toronto. Four rooms added to the school; coal furnace installed. Younger children had classes at Davisville Methodist Church; older children shepherded them across Yonge Street. Myrtle Cook played the school’s organ as children marched in.

1908: Four rooms added; two up, two down.

1910: Plank sidewalk laid along the north side of school because of muddy roads.

1911: John Davis sold a large tract of land to Dovercourt Development Company. The community began expanding.

1912: North Toronto annexed to the City of Toronto. Davisville became a city school with indoor plumbing and electric lighting. Until this year, children bought their own books. In early days, there was much rivalry among the village schools: Davisville, Deer Park, Eglinton (renamed John Fisher in 1915) and Bedford Park. The North Toronto School Board gave each school ten dollars for the scholar attaining the highest degree of efficiency on the Entrance exams. This sum was to pay tuition fees to high school, which was not free until 1921.

Framed memorials with names of soldiers who served.

Davisville Public School students of two world wars remembered side by side. ©2014 Toronto Branch OGS

World War I (1914-1918): Two school rooms were used at times for the instruction of soldiers. The government took over the Salvation Army Training College, just erected on land formerly part of the farm of John Davis Senior, for use as a military hospital. Recovering soldiers, walking or in wheelchairs, sat on benches at “the corner,” sometimes called “Whiz Bang Corner.” Davisville children took gifts of candies and books to the soldiers.

1960: School had 11 classrooms, including a large kindergarten, art room, library and visual education room; offices for the principal, the secretary and a medical office.

1962 Sept 4: Old building replaced. New building included Metropolitan Toronto School for the Deaf.

2002 Sept: Davisville twinned with The Metropolitan Toronto School for the Deaf, which had shared the school building since 1962.

2009 Sept: Davisville became a dual-track school, offering English in the regular program and Early French Immersion (SK to Grade 4).

2014 Sept: French Immersion expanded to Grade 5.

Published history:
Brown, Ron. Toronto’s Lost Villages: Discover a Toronto You Never Knew. Toronto: Polar Bear Press, 1997. pp. 64-66.

Davisville’s Centennial Story, 1860-1960. [Publisher not named. Toronto, 1960.] 56 p. Contains much school and neighbourhood lore.

Memorials transcribed:
DAV-PS-a: (WWI): (illuminated list) In the lower right hand corner “Illuminated = and = designed by = / Fred. W. Dixon — Markham — Ont.” Davisville / School / 1914 [two soldiers with field artillery on either side of a crest of Canadian symbols] 1918 / Scroll of Honour. Bottom of scroll: Lest We Forget. Four columns. Initials followed by surnames. Only two given names appear. Names in random order. No key. Seven names at the top of columns i-iv are boxed in, probably indicating death. NOTE: The ornate calligraphy makes many letters hard to decipher. As initials are used instead of given names, there is a possibility of errors. Researchers should study the photograph of this scroll.

DAV-PS-b: (WWII): “For King and Country / Members of / Davisville Public School / who have volunteered for active service / with / Canada’s fighting forces.” Four columns. Surnames followed by given names or initials. No key, but a faint hand-drawn cross in the left margin probably indicates death. In the lower right hand corner: Paul Sears (presumably the calligrapher). List does not specify which war, but the presence of a World War I memorial, women’s names, and the use of an A.J. Casson document, indicate World War II.

Deer Park Public School (DEE-PS)

Location: 23 Ferndale Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4T 2B4 (east of Yonge Street; north of St. Clair Avenue East)

WWII memorial at Deer Park Public School, Toronto, ©2011 Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto Branch

Opened: 1888

Alternate or former names: S.S. No. 10 Township of York

Pre-1998 municipality: City of Toronto

Type of school: Elementary

History:
First Nations called the area “Mushquoteh,” meaning a meadow or opening in the woods where deer come to feed. The name Deer Park first appears on maps mid-19th century, referring to the southern 40 acres of Lot 21 on the west side of Yonge Street in the third concession north of Lake Ontario between St. Clair Avenue and Eglinton. Mrs. Agnes W. Heath and her son, Charles, acquired the property in 1837. A small herd of semi-tame deer lived on the northeast corner of the property; thus the name “Deer Park.” The nearest settlements were Yorkville (Bloor-Yonge) to the south and Eglinton (Yonge-Eglinton) to the north. St. Charles Separate School (frame in 1858; brick in1880; just south of entrance to St. Michael’s cemetery) was the first school in the area, but there was no public school until Deer Park School was built. The nearest public schools were Davisville (1860) and Cottingham (1887). The Trustees’ records for School Section 10, York Township, have been lost, but in 1888 they issued debentures to raise money to build a school.
1889 Feb 18: Agreement with Dr. Thomas Armstrong of Toronto and wife Fidelia to purchase land for the school. Architect: Mancel Willmot. The building faced St. Clair Avenue East. Brick west wing with basement. Coal- and wood-heated hot air furnace. About 80 feet north of the school was a play shed with bicycle storage and attached privies. The well was northeast of the school. House of the caretaker, Mr. Martin, was on the triangle of land between St. Clair and the ravine. First principal: William J. Thomson. Municipal and political meetings were held at the school. Every month, the local paper, The Recorder, named the top three students in each class; names of prize winners and runners-up at the end of June.
1891 June 30: Seventy-five parents and friends attended closing exercises for about 90 students.
1892: Two teachers: Mr. Thomson and Miss Jubb, each with their own room; 96 students. One-day closing in January because of illnesses, including diphtheria, caused by polluted well. Some students stayed home until the well and the privies were cleaned.
1904: Second wing added. Four classrooms, with an extra in the basement when needed. Gas lamps at the front of the rooms. Running water introduced; privies remained. Two hot air furnaces.
1905: New public library opened in the northwest tower room, second floor. Mr. Thomson was first librarian, helped by his son, Grant. Subscription was 50 cents per week for adults; 25 cents for children.
1908 Dec 15: Deer Park annexed to the City of Toronto. Library closed—1,200 volumes stored at the school—as no funds available after annexation. (Reopened 1911 at 1534 Yonge Street.)
1914: Addition and renovations costing $33,865. The caretaker still lived in a small house to the east of the school.
1924: Enrolment of 420; 10 classrooms with an average of 42 students per room; 12 teaching staff; no mixed grades; Board bought additional playground space from original sellers (an increase from 1.5 to 2.4 acres, including half acre of ravine land); old caretaker’s cottage demolished around this time.
1948: Jan 12: Formal start of Home and School Association.
1959: Board had acquired 21 residences on Ferndale and Heath streets at a cost of $464,284, in preparation for the new school (to face Ferndale Avenue).
1961 Mar 20: New building designed by Pentland and Baker (for 745 pupils) occupied by students. Board now had 3.1 acres, with an additional 1.5 acres of ravine land; old school demolished.
1961 Oct 20: Formal opening at 8:00 p.m.
1971: School library added.

Published history:
Heidenreich, Conrad E. and Nancy. Deer Park School; a Centenary Celebration, 1888 to 1988. Toronto, Ontario: Deer Park School Association, 1988. 116 p.: ill., maps, ports. Includes detailed descriptions of changes to the school and neighbourhood; enrolment information; reminiscences.

Memorials transcribed:
DEE-PS-a: (WWII) Bronze. For King and Country (Canadian coat of arms) Members of Deer Park / Public School who have/volunteered for active / service with Canada’s / fighting forces / 1939 – 1945. Names in relief. Twenty-one rows (no columns); four names per row. Given names (some with middle initials) followed by surnames. Surnames are in alphabetical order. Key: diamond shape indicates: Killed in action.
NOTE: No WWI memorial found.

Dennis Avenue Public School  (DEN-PS)

Location: 17 Dennis Avenue, Toronto, Ontario  M6N 2T7 (south of Eglinton Avenue; west of Weston Road)

Historical Photos at Dennis Avenue Public School. ©2010 Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto Branch

Opened: 1891

Alternate or former names: S.S. No. 28 York Township (Village of Mount Dennis)

Pre-1998 municipality: City of York

Ward during WWI: York Township

Ward during WWII: York Township (Mount Dennis)

Type of school: Elementary

History:
School first held in two rooms of the Marshall homestead.
1891: Two-room school on Dennis Avenue opened. First principal was J.R. Trumpour, M.D.

Published history: Boylen, J.C. York Township, An historical summary. Municipal Corporation of the Township of York: York Township, 1954. pp 103-104

Memorials transcribed:
DEN-PS-a: (WWII) “For King and Country” (illuminated list designed by A.J. Casson). Four columns. Surname followed by initials (only nine first names listed). Symbol indicating death is a stick-on silver star. Memorial does not specify which war, but the use of an A.J. Casson document indicates World War II.

Dewson Street Public School (DEW-PS)

Location: 65 Concord Avenue, Toronto, Ontario  M6H 2N9 (west side of Ossington Avenue; north of College Street)

WW1 Memorial at Dewson Street Public School (DEW-PS-c). ©2010 Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto Branch

Opened: 1884

Pre-1998 municipality: City of Toronto

Ward during WWI: Ward 5

Ward during WWII: Ward 5

Type of school: Elementary

History:
The original school (corner of Concord Avenue and Dewson Street) consisted of a basement and four rooms on two floors. The land had been in the Village of Dovercourt, which was annexed to the City in 1910. The school opened December 1884 with 76 pupils; Mrs. J.S. Arthurs was head mistress. The building was replaced in 1968.

Memorials transcribed:
DEW-PS-a: (WWI) A—M (part). Framed, under glass “Roll of Honor” Union Jack, Red Ensign, crown, maple leaf, and “Canada.” “Greater love hath no man than this.” Four columns. First names followed by surname. Copyright R. Douglas Fraser, Toronto, 1916.

DEW-PS-b: (WWI) M (part)—end. Framed, under glass “Roll of Honor” Union Jack, Red Ensign, crown, maple leaf, and “Canada.” “Greater love hath no man than this.”  Four columns. First names followed by surname. Copyright R. Douglas Fraser, Toronto, 1916.

DEW-PS-c: (WWI) Bronze plaque (relief showing a running soldier, and an aircraft flying over him): 1914–1918 / In memory / of former pupils of Dewson Street School / who gave their lives in the Great War. Three columns. First names followed by surname. “Their name liveth for evermore.”

DEW-PS-d: (WWII) A—R (part). “For King and Country” (illuminated list designed by A.J. Casson). Six columns. Surnames followed by given names. Silver stick-on star is footnoted “Supreme Sacrifice”. List does not specify which war, but presence of World War I memorials, women’s names, and the use of an A.J. Casson document, indicate World War II.

DEW-PS-e: (WWII) R (part)—end. “For King and Country” (illuminated list designed by A.J. Casson). Six columns. Surnames followed by given names. Silver stick-on star is footnoted “Supreme Sacrifice”. List does not specify which war, but presence of World War I memorials, women’s names, and the use of an A.J. Casson document, indicate World War II.

Dovercourt Public School (DOV-PS)

Location: 228 Bartlett Avenue, Toronto, Ontario  M6H 3G4 (north of Bloor Street; east of Dufferin Street; south of Dupont Street)

WW1 Memorial at Dovercourt Public School, ©2010 Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto Branch

Opened: 1886

Alternate or former names: Dovercourt School Section No. 10

Pre-1998 municipality: Toronto

Ward during WWI: Ward 6

Ward during WWII: Ward 6

Type of school: Elementary

History:
1870s: The Village of Dovercourt, named for the Denison estate (west of Dundas and Ossington) was founded. Early residents were poor immigrants from England living in dozens of one- and two-bedroom tar paper shacks. The village was called a shantytown.
1886: First school in Dovercourt Village opened in a house at 158 Hallam Street under teacher, Miss Margaret McMillan.
1887: Pupils were accommodated in a community hall on Wallace Avenue, just west of Dufferin Street. Trustees authorized purchase of present school site for a four-room school.
1888: Classes started in new school under W.F. Chapman, principal.
1912: Toronto annexed the village. City services stimulate growth and development.

Published history:
A Short History of Dovercourt Public School. Toronto, 1939.
Early History of Dovercourt Public School 1887–1888. May 1976.
Franklin, Herbert. Street stories of Toronto: around the area of Dovercourt School and other places in the city: including life before, during and after World War Two, 1939–1945. Burlington, Ontario: H. Franklin, 1996.

Memorials transcribed:
DOV-PS-a: (WWI) “Our / Roll of Honour.” Illuminated list designed by Henry Birks & Sons, Limited. Highly decorative; includes a pictorial medal with letters GR over the words “For Bravery In The Field” within a laurel wreath. Four columns, with one name diagonally in the top left and right corners. Rank followed by initials, or given names, then surnames (not in alphabetical order); some are fading and difficult to read. Some notations below names such as “died effects of war” are in red ink and are also difficult to read. Key: Asterisk in black ink indicates “Killed in action.” Cross in red ink indicates “Wounded.” List does not specify which war, but the appearance of the document and the presence of three WWII memorials, means we can assume this list is WWI.

DOV-PS-b: (WWI) “Our / Roll of Honour.” Illuminated list designed by Henry Birks & Sons, Limited. Highly decorative; includes a pictorial medal with letters GR over the words “For Bravery In The Field” within a laurel wreath. Four columns, with one name diagonally in the top left and right corners. Rank followed by initials, or given names, then surnames (not in alphabetical order); some are fading and difficult to read. Some notations below names such as “died effects of war” are in red ink and are also difficult to read. Key: Asterisk in black ink indicates “Killed in action.” Cross in red ink indicates “Wounded.” List does not specify which war, but the appearance of the document and the presence of three WWII memorials, means we can assume this list is WWI.

DOV-PS-c: (WWI) “Our / Roll of Honour.” Illuminated list designed by Henry Birks & Sons, Limited. Highly decorative; includes a pictorial medal with letters GR over the words “For Bravery In The Field” within a laurel wreath. Four columns, with one name diagonally in the top left and right corners. Rank followed by initials, or given names, then surnames (not in alphabetical order); some are fading and difficult to read. Key: Asterisk in black ink indicates “Killed in action.” Cross in red ink indicates “Wounded.” List does not specify which war, but the appearance of the document and the presence of three WWII memorials, means we can assume this list is WWI.

DOV-PS-d: (WWII): Illuminated list designed by A.J. Casson. “For King and Country / Members of / Dovercourt School / who have volunteered for active service / with / Canada’s fighting forces.” Four columns. Surnames followed by initials. No key, but a gold stick-on star probably indicates death. List does not specify which war, but presence of three World War I memorials, and the use of an A.J. Casson document, indicate World War II.

DOV-PS-e: (WWII): Illuminated list designed by A.J. Casson. “For King and Country / Members of / Dovercourt School / who have volunteered for active service / with / Canada’s fighting forces.” Four columns. Surnames followed by given names or initials. No key, but a gold stick-on star probably indicates death. List does not specify which war, but the presence of three World War I memorials, women’s names, and the use of an A.J. Casson document, indicate World War II.

DOV-PS-f: (WWII): Illuminated list designed by A.J. Casson. “For King and Country / Members of / Dovercourt School / who have volunteered for active service / with / Canada’s fighting forces.” Four columns. Surnames followed by initial(s) except for women whose given names are in full. No key, but a gold stick-on star probably indicates death. List does not specify which war, but the presence of three World War I memorials, women’s names, and the use of an A.J. Casson document, indicate World War II.

DOV-PS-g: (WWI) Bronze plaque: The Great War / 1914 (emblem) 1919 / Dovercourt Public School / Honour and Loving Memory / to those who died. / Honour also and grateful tribute / to those / who daring to die. Survived / Erected by the School.

Earl Beatty Public School (ELB-PS-a)

Location: 55 Woodington Avenue at Glebeholme Avenue, Toronto, Ontario  M4C 3J6

Earl Beatty Public School between 1927 and 1930 (City of Toronto Archives Fonds 1257, Series 1057, Item 213)

Opened: 1924

Alternate or former names: North Danforth School

Pre-1998 municipality: City of Toronto

Ward during WWII: Ward 8

Type of school: Elementary

History:
Classes first taught on site in portables May 1924, with an enrolment of 128 pupils. By April 20, 1925, 12 rooms of new school occupied. Official opening Oct. 21, 1925.

Web sites: http://www.tdsb.on.ca/SchoolWeb/_site/viewitem.asp?siteid=10172&pageid=10318&menuid=11684
http://earlbeatty.blogspot.com

WW2 Memorial at Earl Beatty Public School (ELB-PS-b). ©2010 Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto Branch

Memorials transcribed:
ELB-PS-a: (WWII) A.J. Casson “For King and Country Members of Earl Beatty School who have volunteered for active service with Canada’s fighting forces.” Six columns of names. Surnames followed by given names. Many given names have a shortened version or nickname in brackets (before or after first name or initials): e.g. BARNES, (Barney) George F. Under the name YOUNG, (Jack) J.A. in column vi, a separate short list in random order appears. Silver stick-on star indicates “Paid the Supreme Sacrifice.” Blue stick-on star indicates “Prisoner of War.” List does not specify which war, but date of school opening, presence of women’s names, and the use of an A.J. Casson document, indicate World War II.

ELB-PS-b: (WWII) Bronze plaque: “Honour and grateful tribute/to the boys of Earl Beatty School/who gave their lives/in World War II/1939—1945” Initials followed by surname. At the bottom: “There name liveth for evermore.”  Displayed with the memorials are two photographs taken on 4 May 1948: (i) the unveiling of the bronze plaque; (ii) the opening of the school’s Memorial Library.

Earl Grey School (ELG-PS)

Location: 100 Strathcona Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4J 1G8 (south of Danforth Avenue; east of Pape Avenue)

Earl Grey School, Toronto (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1257, series 1057, item 263)

Opened: 1910

Alternate or former names: Jones Avenue Public School

Pre-1998 municipality: City of Toronto

Type of school: Elementary

History:
1909: School board bought five acres of land, fronting on Jones Avenue, a short distance south of Danforth Avenue, from Sam Bulley. Cost: $12,500.
1910 Jan 5: Name changed from Jones Avenue Public School to Earl Grey School, after Albert Henry George Grey, 4th Earl Grey, 9th Governor-General of Canada (1904 to 1911); donor of football’s Grey Cup; supporter of Canadian arts, fitness and sport.
1910 Sept: One-floor, six-room school designed by Charles Hartnoll Bishop, opened with 310 pupils. Immigrants from England, Ireland and Scotland, or the children of those immigrants, comprised about 90% of the area’s population. G. Elliott was principal from 1910 to 1941. During Second World War, he taught bookkeeping and accounting to RCAF secretaries at Central Commerce.

War memorials (ELG-PS a, b, c) at Earl Grey School, Toronto, ©2011 Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto Branch

1911 May 24: Earl Grey saw the name “Earl Grey School” on an Empire Day floral tribute for Queen Victoria’s monument at Queen’s Park. He had forgotten that the city’s newest school had been named after him; immediately arranged a visit to the school.
1911 May 26: Earl Grey signed the first page of the school’s guest book. “I remember when the Governor-General, Earl Grey, visited the school. I was asked to present flowers and was mortified when he kissed me as I wasn’t used to being familiar with a stranger. I was in Kindergarten.”—Dorothy Elliott. (The Toronto Star Weekly, March 24, 1917. p. 11)
1913: Second and third floors completed. School had 19 rooms; 23 teachers; 1,103 students in kindergarten to senior fourth (Grade 8).
1918: Household science and manual training now taught at Earl Grey. Before this, students travelled to Riverdale Technical School (now Danforth Technical School).
1919-1920: West-side wings added to back of school. 27 rooms; 30 teachers. Phone number was Gerrard 67.
1920s: Commercial class program began.
1924: Surge of growth in the area was now over. School had 32 classes, including an auxiliary class, one senior commercial class and two junior commercial classes. Phone number changed to Gerrard 0067.
1925/6: First school secretary on staff: Julia A. Bartliff. Commercial classes moved to newly-opened Eastern High School of Commerce.
1930s: Local stores donated unsold fruit. Teachers helped grade 4 to 8 students can tomatoes and applesauce for the needy.
1950 June 6: Home and School Association formed with 70 charter members.
1952: Changed to a senior public school.
1954: First edition of yearbook, The Mirror.
1956: Commercial classes moved from Earl Grey to Earl Haig Public School. During the 1950s, residents of British origin decreased from 80% to 60%; Italian population increased from about 1% to 10%. By the 1960s, many people of Greek origin settled in the area.
1962 June 13: New building formally opened.
1965: The old Earl Grey building, 540 Jones Street, became Jones Avenue Adult Education, providing English as a second language classes and other services. The sign on the northwest side of the old building still (2011) reads: Jones Avenue School. The old and new building are close together in a backward L-shape. The old school faces the north-south running Jones Avenue; the new faces Strathcona Avenue, which runs east-west
(1969 Sept: Blake Street Public School opened in temporary quarters in old Earl Grey building.)
1985: Seventy-fifth anniversary.
2010 Nov 6: Celebration of 100th anniversary.
NOTE: Earl Grey was used for some segments of the Degrassi TV series. Linda Schuyler, creator/producer of the series, had taught at Earl Grey.

Published history:
Earl Grey School 75th anniversary reunion, October 19, 1985. (Toronto: Earl Grey Public School), 49 pp. Staff and students who gave their lives in World War I are listed on p. 10; World War II on p. 22; Korean War veterans on p. 27 – see ELG-PS-d (below).

Memorials transcribed:
ELG-PS-a: (WWI) Bronze plaque: De Bon Vouloir Servir Le Roi*. / 1914 – 1918 / In loving memory / of the boys from / Earl Grey School / who gave their lives / in the Great War. At the bottom: Their name liveth for evermore. Two columns. Initials followed by surnames.
*French: To serve the king with good will. (Motto of Earl Grey’s family.)

ELG-PS-b: (WWII) Bronze plaque: 1939 – 1945 / World War / In Memory of / Earl Grey Ex-Pupils. At the bottom: They died for Canada – May we live for Canada. Three columns. Initials followed by surnames.

ELG-PS-c: (WWII) “For King and Country” (illuminated list designed by A.J. Casson). (WWII): “For King and Country / Members of / Earl Grey School / who have volunteered for active service / with / Canada’s fighting forces.” Six columns. Initials followed by surnames (only six first names listed). Memorial does not specify which war; no deaths are indicated on this list, but deaths appear on ELG-PS-b, which specifies WWII.

ELG-PS-d: (Korean War). Earl Grey School 75th anniversary reunion, October 19, 1985, p. 27. Six names are listed under heading “Korean War Veterans, 1950-1953.” Given names followed by surnames.

Earl Haig Public School  (ELH-PS)

Location: 15 Earl Haig Avenue at Coxwell Avenue, Toronto, Ontario  M4C 1E2
(Note: The street name was Haig Avenue until about 1925 when it became Earl Haig. The school had both names from the start.)

Earl Haig Public School after 1928 (City of Toronto Archives Fonds 1257, Series 1057, Item 214)

Opened: September 1922

Pre-1998 municipality: City of Toronto

Ward during WWII: Ward 8

Type of school: Elementary (There is also a secondary school named Earl Haig.)

History:
School opened with an enrolment of 395 pupils. At a Board of Education meeting on September 27, 1922, an autographed photo of Earl Haig together with a photo of Earl Haig School (also autographed by Field Marshall Haig) was received. The Globe of September 28 reported that they would be framed and hung in the school “which bears his name.” The same article noted the following teachers assigned to the school: Miss I.S. Norwell, Miss C.M. Amoss, Miss Mary McDiarmid, Miss Ada D. Farr, Miss Lillian V. McBride, Miss E. Marguerite Staples, Miss Gladys Brown, and Maud Middleton. (Miss Norwell, an exchange teacher from England, was dismissed from her position in March 1923 when it was discovered she was a Roman Catholic.)
January 1923: The Board of Education’s Property Committee recommends the addition of eight more room and the construction of a “shell” for eight more at a cost of $160,000. By autumn of 1923, 160 students were being accommodated in portables.
November 1926: The cornerstone was laid in the presence of “a large assemblage of children” by Board of Education Trustee Dr. W.R. Walters.

Memorials transcribed:
ELH-PS-a: (WWII) “For King and Country” (illuminated list designed by A.J. Casson). Four columns. Surnames followed by given names. List does not specify which war, but date of school opening, presence of women’s names, and the use of an A.J. Casson document, indicate World War II. No indications of deaths, etc.

ELH-PS-b: (WWII) “For King and Country” (illuminated list designed by A.J. Casson). Four columns. Surnames followed by given names. List does not specify which war, but date of school opening, presence of women’s names, and the use of an A.J. Casson document, indicate World War II. This is the shorter list. Names are printed on pieces of paper pasted onto the memorial. No indications of deaths, etc.

Earlscourt Junior School (EAR-PS)

Location: 21 Ascot Avenue at Dufferin Street, Toronto, ON  M6E 1E6

Opened: 1889 (present building opened 1966)

Alternate or former names: S.S. #13 York Township; Bracondale School, now Stella Maris Roman Catholic School (elementary)

Pre-1998 municipality: City of Toronto

Ward during WWI: Ward 5

Ward during WWII: Ward 6

Type of school: Elementary

History:
Erected in 1889, officially named S.S.#13 York Township, the two-room school was known by the community name of Bracondale. In 1907, as the new community of Earlscourt developed, the school was expanded to six rooms. In 1910, Earlscourt was annexed to the City of Toronto. Between 1910 and 1923, the school grew to 32 rooms. Earlscourt Junior School was closed on June 30, 2000.

Published history:
Cockburn, Lily M. A history of Earlscourt Public School (1889-1964). Toronto: Earlscourt Public School, 1964.
An historical perpetual date book in honour of Earlscourt Public School’s centennial 1889-1989. Toronto: Earlscourt Public School, 1989.

Memorials transcribed:
EAR-PS-a: (WWI) “Roll of Honour/Earlscourt Public School/Old Boys.” Framed illuminated list; ornate script is difficult to read; the first names are listed before the surnames. Cross symbol appears to indicate death. Was transcribed before Earlscourt was closed. Present location of memorial is unknown.

EAR-PS-b: (WWII) “For King and Country.” Illuminated list designed by A.J. Casson; surnames followed by given names. Cross symbol appears to indicate death. This memorial is now housed in Regal Road Public School.

EAR-PS-b-DEC: Decorations are listed below columns i and vi lists

Eglinton Public School (EGL-PS)

Location: 223 Eglinton Avenue East at Mt. Pleasant Road, Toronto, Ontario  M4P 1L1

Opened: ca. 1912

Alternate or former names: John Fisher School (There is another school called John Fisher.)

Pre-1998 municipality: City of Toronto

Ward during WWI: Ward 2

Ward during WWII: Ward 9

Type of school: Elementary

History:
Built by North Toronto Public School Board. On December 13, 1912, North Toronto was annexed to Toronto.

Published history: Ritchie, Don. North Toronto. Boston Mills Press: Erin, ON., 1992. pp 130-133.

Memorials transcribed:
EGL-PS-a (WWII) A.J. Casson illuminated list. “For King and Country/ Members of/Eglinton Public School/ who have volunteered for active service/ with Canada’s fighting forces”. Six columns. Surnames followed by given names. Red cross symbol is footnoted “Killed”.

Essex Street School (ESS-PS)

Location: 50 Essex Street, Toronto, Ontario M6G 1T3 (north of Bloor Street West; west of Christie Street)

Opened: 1901

War memorial (ESS-PS-c) at Essex Street School, Toronto ©2013 Toronto Branch Ontario Genealogical Society

War memorial (ESS-PS-b) at Essex Street School, Toronto ©2013 Toronto Branch Ontario Genealogical Society

Alternate or former names: Essex Street Public School, (Christie Public School—See: History), Essex Junior and Senior School

Pre-1998 municipality: City of Toronto

Type of school: Elementary

History:
1900: Board awarded contracts for “new building on Essex Street.” A four-roomed school for Grades 1 to 8 built west of Christie Street on Essex Street. Cost: $7,337.00.
1901 Jan: School opened with 162 pupils registered. Principal: Charles G. Fraser.
1901 Sept 16: At a Toronto City Council meeting, W.C. Wilkinson, Secretary Treasurer of the Public School Board, requested that “Essex Street, between Shaw and Christie Streets, be opened up and that sidewalks be laid on the north side of Essex Street, and south of Garnet Avenue.” Essex was the first school in the area, which was known as Seaton Village. (Bloor Street to the south; CPR tracks to the north; Christie Street to the west; Bathurst Street to the east.) Before that, students went to Palmerston and Dovercourt schools. The Christie Sand Pits, operating until the early 1900s, supplied materials for Toronto roads; now a recreational area, just south of the school. [Northwest of the school site was Christie Street Veteran’s Hospital, which housed wounded and disabled soldiers, mainly from WWI, but a few from the Fenian Raids of 1866 and the Boer War (1899–1902). Overcrowded and outdated after WWII (1939–1945) the hospital closed when Sunnybrook Hospital opened in 1948.]
1902 Jan 2: Official opening by Alfred Jones, Chairman of the Board.
1906: Addition.

War memorial (ESS-PS-c) at Essex Street School, Toronto ©2013 Toronto Branch Ontario Genealogical Society

War memorial (ESS-PS-c) at Essex Street School, Toronto ©2013 Toronto Branch Ontario Genealogical Society

1907: Addition.
1912: Addition, making a total of 23 classrooms.
1915: Annex built.
1948: Department of Education, in cooperation with the Toronto Board of Education, opened an Art Centre, to determine the best teaching procedure for a modern developmental art program.
1952: Senior school established in annex.
1955: Annex damaged by fire. Third floor removed; rest of school rehabilitated.
1956: Site enlarged.
1956 July 15: New building started. Cornerstone laid November 30.
1957 July: Annex demolished.
1958 May 12: New building opened. (During the year the school was being rebuilt, students were bused to Charles G. Fraser or Ryerson schools. They were paid for any damage to any belongings. Total: $622.55.)
1977 Sept: (Hawthorne II—originally Hawthorne, a private school located at Vaughan Road and Bathurst Street— opened under the Toronto Board as its only bilingual alternative junior school in part of the Essex building.)
1980: Ninety-four-year-old former student, Amy Moore, (born 13 August 1887) interviewed by current students, recalled the end of the Boer War in 1902. Neighbours gathered wood from wherever they could find it and built a bonfire in the middle of the street to celebrate. A local man returning from the war was surprised that everyone would honour him.
1989: Combined with Christie Public School to form Essex Junior and Senior Public School. (Christie had opened in November 1964 to form the junior section of Essex).

Published history:
Essex, Christie  from 1901: a story of our community [Toronto: s.n., 1980?] 17 leaves: ill. (Research done by six grade six students and their teacher at the Toronto Board of Education and by interviewing former students.)

Memorials transcribed:
ESS-PS-a: (WWI) Bronze plaque: 1914 [coat of arms, labelled underneath: Dominion of Canada] 1918 / In Memory / of the former pupils of this school / who gave their lives in the Great War. A torch on each side of the wording. Two columns. Given names/initials followed by surnames. At the bottom: Their name liveth for evermore.

ESS-PS-b: (WWII) A–L (part). Illuminated list designed by A.J. Casson. “For King and Country / Members of / Essex Street Public School / who have volunteered for active service / with / Canada’s fighting forces.” Six columns of names. Surnames followed by initials; women’s names given in full. List does not specify which war, but presence of a World War I memorial, women’s names, and the use of an A.J. Casson document, indicate World War II.

ESS-PS-c: (WWII) L (part)–Y. Illuminated list designed by A.J. Casson. “For King and Country / Members of / Essex Street School / who have volunteered for active service / with / Canada’s fighting forces.” Six columns of names. Surnames followed by initials; women’s names given in full. List does not specify which war, but presence of a World War I memorial, women’s names, and the use of an A.J. Casson document, indicate World War II.
NOTE: The A–L (part) memorial is headed “Essex Street Public School.” The L (part)–Y memorial is headed “Essex Street School.”

Fern Avenue School (FER-PS)

Location: 128 Fern Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M6R 1K3 (east of Roncesvalles Avenue; south of Dundas Street West)

Opened: 1895

Pre-1998 municipality: City of Toronto

Ward during WWI: Ward 6

Ward during WWII: Ward 6

Type of school: Elementary

History:
1895 Jan: Three-storey school opened with 461 pupils. Principal: Henry Gray. Fern Avenue was originally named Ruth Avenue.
1954: A two-storey primary wing was added to the three-storey old central building.

Published history: Fern Public School:100 years of excellence, 1894-1994.  Toronto: Fern Avenue Public School, 1994. unpaged, ill.

Web site: http://fernavenuepublicschool.blogspot.com/

Memorials transcribed:
FER-PS-a: (WWI): Bronze plaque; black background: “In honour / of those who served / and fell in / the World War / 1914-1918 / Erected by / Fern Avenue School / Old Boys Association.” (No names are listed).

FER-PS-b: (WWII): Illuminated list designed by A.J. Casson. “For King and Country / Members of / Fern Avenue School / who have volunteered for active service / with / Canada’s fighting forces.” Eight columns. Surnames followed by given names or initials. A separate B to W section begins in the middle of column vii and ends at the bottom of column viii. There is no explanation for this section. No key, but a silver stick-on star probably indicates death. List does not specify which war, but presence of a World War I memorial, women’s names, and the use of an A.J. Casson document, indicate World War II.

F. H. Miller Public School (FHM-PS)

Location: 300 Caledonia Road, Toronto, Ontario M6E 4T5 (northwest corner of Caledonia Road and Rogers Road)

WW2 Memorial at F.H. Miller Public School. ©2010 Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto Branch

Opened: 1925-1926

Pre-1998 municipality: City of York

Ward during WWII: 6

Type of school: Elementary

History:
1925-1926: Red-brick, four-room, steam-heated school with basement, opened by York Township School Section 13. Estimated cost: $34,000. Named after Fred Harold Miller, first (York Township) Board chairman. First principal: Beecher Cryderman; vice-principal: Thelma Robinson. Staff members: Flora Machean and Dorothy Lock. Caretaker: Mr. Middleton, who stayed at F.H. Miller until 1946. James Alley came from Vaughan Road Collegiate to succeed Mr. Middleton, retiring in December 1955 at the age of 79.
1946 Sept. 3: Four-room addition including a kindergarten and grades 6, 7 and 8 opened; 335 pupils in the eight rooms.
1948, 1959, 1969 and 1973: Additions.
NOTE: The school displays a list of principals from September 1926.

Web sites: http://www.fhmillerschool.com

Memorials transcribed:
FHM-PS-a: (WWII) (illuminated list designed by A.J. Casson) “For King and Country / Members of / F.H. Miller Public School / who have volunteered for active service / with Canada’s fighting forces.” Four columns. Surnames followed by given names or initials. No deaths indicated. No key. Names are not on the document itself; instead, names are printed on separate pieces of paper, one for each column, pasted onto the document. Considerable fading. List does not specify which war, but date of school opening, presence of women’s names, and the use of an A.J. Casson document, indicate World War II.

NOTE: By 2008, two memorials for Hughes Public School (closed June 2000) were also displayed here. Both schools were on Caledonia Road, but originally under different school boards. Hughes was a Toronto Board of Education school; F.H. Miller was in the Township of York.

Frankland Public School (FRA-PS)

Location: 816 Logan Avenue, Toronto, Ontario  M4K 3E1

Newly constructed Frankland Public School, Toronto (Toronto Reference Library, Baldwin Room, B13-47)

Opened: 1910 April

Alternate or former names: Logan Avenue School

Pre-1998 municipality: City of Toronto

Ward during WWI: Ward 1

Ward during WWII: Ward 1

Type of school: Elementary

History:
1909 November 18: Board planned a new 11-room school on Logan Avenue.
1910 January: Board named the school “Frankland”
1910 April: Classes first opened in two portable rooms with 121 pupils enrolled.
1910 October: First classrooms in new school occupied with 360 pupils enrolled.

Published history: Myrvold, Barbara. Historical Walking Tour of the Danforth. Toronto Public Library Board: Toronto, 1992. p 25.

Web site: http://frankland100.wordpress.com/

Memorials transcribed:
FRA-PS-a: (WWII) “For King and Country” (illuminated list designed by A.J. Casson). Eight columns. Surnames followed by given names. Symbol indicating death is a stick-on star. A separate “A to H” section begins in the middle of column viii. There is no explanation for this section. Two names (in pencil) are at the bottom of column viii. Memorial does not specify which war, but the presence of women’s names, and the use of an A.J. Casson document, indicate World War II.