The images below were taken by Shirley Lalond and generously donated for them to be added to the school's history site.
ABOVE LEFT TO RIGHT
Standing - Left to Right
Bill Ouderkirk, Janice Ouderkirk, Scott Anderson, Rock Taylor, Valerie Ellis, Jacquie Tarnowski, Marylin Ellis, Cathy Clackett
Bernard Eng, Pat Chan, Sandra Luopa, Wendy Ashton
Seated - Left to Right
Roberta McMullan, Sara McNichol, Martha Gagnon, Haroldine Ainslie
What follows are articles from the Mid-North Monitor newspaper about the anniversary celebration.
100th birthday celebration for AB Ellis school is good to go
On Friday, Aug. 2, the Knight Cruisers Car Club delivered on their promise of cars from every decade the AB Ellis School has been in existence, arranged per decade around the building’s schoolyard. The oldest vehicle was a Ford Model T from 1919 and the newest was a Ford electric car from 2019. Each vehicle had the model year posted on their windshields. There were a number of older trucks, none as old as the Model T, but all in fine shape, along with a very impressive number of muscle cars from the 70’s. When they were pulling out to leave the revving of their powerful engines was appreciated by the remaining bystanders.
After the car show many celebrants made their way to the Espanola Legion Branch 39 for refreshments and to view all of the memorabilia arranged around the main dining hall. There was also a slide show, from the collection of teacher Jason Morrow. Gary Clackett set it up for those attending.
Tables were arranged around the perimeter of the room with a magnificent assortment of historical items. The walls also held historical photos along with decorative artwork from the AB Ellis students. The history of the school and Andy Ellis, the man it was named after, was there along with a future look at what the school could become when it is repurposed.
There was sports memorabilia, trophies and photos of local sports heroes, many photos of former students and teachers, along with yearbooks, and a large number of newspaper articles about the school. There was enough information to keep people occupied for hours.
The Legion was also a quiet place to gather and socialize Saturday evening after the 100th birthday celebrations and again on Sunday morning for a farewell brunch.
There was a fantastic variety of breakfast foods, from fruit to pancakes and French toast, bacon, scrambled eggs, ham and sausage, as well as macaroni casseroles, Swedish meatballs, and a mound of desserts. Lots of choices to satisfy any appetite. About 20 intrepid travellers turned up for the brunch, and some more friendly chat, before heading their various ways. There were even some that planned on staying a little longer in Espanola to avoid the holiday traffic.
During the weekend, raffle tickets had been sold for five prizes made up of an assortment of items donated by local businesses. There were two gift baskets from Domtar, prizes from Wajax, a curling iron from Hair Plus, gift certificates for Tommy Nails and Homestyle Foods, an assortment of Tim Hortons coffee, tea and hot chocolate, along with some mugs and Chicken Soup for the Soul books from The Moose. The names of the winners were picked Saturday evening but most of the prizes weren’t claimed until the next morning at brunch. Winners were Janice Ouderkirk, Bessie Budge, Thomas Clark, Linda Stinson and Helen Morley.