Vera Service Janisse

Profile Updated: August 12, 2009
Class Year: 1952
Residing In: Amherstburg, ON Canada
Spouse/Partner: Gerry
Occupation: retired Registered Nurse
Children: 3 children - all adopted

daughter - Marie
daughter - Lilli
son - Matthew
Yes! Attending Reunion
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I spent 13 years in that little school on Esdras Place in Riverside .... from Edith Cavel Public School - Grade 1 to Grade 13 in Riverside High School ..... all in one building. My sister Eunice and I walked to school in the morning, walked home for lunch, walked back to school after lunch, than walked home after school was over at 4PM. The weather made NO difference - we walked!!

We played outside after school and after supper, we had to come in when the street lights came on. We swam in the Detroit River and played on the street or in an empty lot. In the winter Mr. Girard would flood his back yard, so we could skate and play hockey. Ours was a carefree and happy childhood.

As a teenager, I spent alot of time at the Barlow's house. They were our neighbours and welcomed us kids. Their door was always open. I wonder now , how Hec and Charlotte stood it! We would pour out all of our problems and heartaches .... they listened to our love affairs, our new boy friends, our troubles at school, our fights with our parents etc. etc. They listened and always understood our side, even though many times they must have laughed to themselves.

It was a wonderful time growing up in our little town of Riverside and spending so many years in one school - where you knew everyone and everyone knew you. Granted, we didn't have a TV or cell phone or a computer with e-mail - but we had so much else!


School Story:

The day before I started Grade 1, my mother took me by the hand and walked me to Edith Cavell to register me and show me the way.

The next day I was so excited and thrilled to finally be a "big girl" and go to school all by myself. I went to the same door my mother had taken me, which was unfortunatel the "TEACHER'S ENTRANCE".

I was sitting outside on the porch waiting for "school" to start - when this huge old lady with a long black dress (as I remember it) came up to me and yelled "What are you doing here, little girl! You should be way over at the Girl's Entrance. Get on your way!!"

She was so nasty and loud and she scared me to death. I started to cry and ran all the way home bawling and told my mother what had happened!! I was just terrified and said I would never go back to that "School" again!!

With great difficulty, the next day both my Mother and Father took me back to that "School".
They must have told Miss Case (my Grade 1 teacher) what had happened, because she was exceptionally nice to me and I decided to stay, after all!

I later found out the ogre was Miss Willians who taught Grade 5 and who wasn't so bad after all - but to a little girl at her first day of school, she was a terror!!







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