Union School Section No. 15 Bruce and Saugeen

Picture courtesy of Carol Grant

In 1858, a school was built of logs on the southwest corner of Lot 30, Concession 13 on the farm of Donald McGillivray. Most of the labour was done gratis. They were fortunate to find as their first teacher a well educated young man, Archie McDonald, who had studied for the ministry in Edinburgh, but because of health failure had come to Canada to the home of his sister, Mrs. Peter McArthur, to try to regain it. He was known as the "Baptist", and it was he who started the first Sunday School in the community, which continued for 69 years.
The first records show that in 1860, the trustees received $145.18 from the township treasurer. In 1874, the deed for one acre of land on which the school stood was secured for $68.50 paid to Donald McGillivray, on which a new brick school was built by Mr. John McArthur. The contract was for $1493.50 but increased by $57.50 because one foot more was added to the height, the brick pointed and a date board put on.

A fine red brick schoolhouse was erected on the same site, and opened in January 1919. During the construction, classes were conducted in the woodshed of the old school, which had been moved to a corner of the grounds. The school board consisted of J.W. Howe, Secretary-Treasurer, Alex Thornburn and John Cumming. The cost was $5600.00, paid for in two years. J.S. Dewar of Paisley was the mason and plasterer and Neil McAllister did the carpentry.
One of their outstanding teachers was Miss Nellie MacGillivray, who taught for over forty years, thirty two of them at No. 15. Since its closing, it has been owned by Bernard Hudecki. 

Taken from "Bruce Township- Tales and Trails from early days to 1983" written by the Bruce Township Historical Society  (with permission)

U.S.S. # 15 1906 newspaper  Picture courtesy of Marion Dunlop
U.S.S. # 15 1939 Class & names   Picture courtesy of Mona MacLean
U.S.S. # 15 Red Cross about 1943   Picture courtesy of W.I. Tweedmuir book
U.S.S. # 15 1944 Class & names   Picture courtesy of W.I. Tweedmuir book
U.S.S. # 15 1945 Class & names   Picture courtesy of W.I. Tweedmuir book
U.S.S. # 15 1953 Class & names   Picture courtesy of Marion Dunlop
U.S.S. # 15 1958-59 grade 1-4  Picture courtesy of Carol (Bender) Grant, former teacher.
U.S.S. # 15 1958-59 grade 5-8  Picture courtesy of Carol (Bender) Grant, former teacher.
U.S.S. # 15 at SS9 for a field day, 1959  Picture courtesy of Carol (Bender) Grant, former teacher.
U.S.S. # 15 at SS9 for a field day, 1959  Picture courtesy of Carol (Bender) Grant, former teacher.
U.S.S. # 15 at SS9 for a field day, 1959  Picture courtesy of Carol (Bender) Grant, former teacher.
U.S.S. # 15 classroom desks, 1960  Picture courtesy of Carol (Bender) Grant, former teacher.
U.S.S. # 15 class, 1960 with names  Picture courtesy of Carol (Bender) Grant, former teacher.
U.S.S. # 15 class, 1962-63 with names  Picture courtesy of Edith (Cumming) Beech.
U.S.S. # 15 building in 1994  Picture courtesy Margarite Coldwell

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