Return to Haileybury - Fifty Years Later
I enrolled in what was then known as the Provincial Institute of Mining in the fall of 1953. I had just turned 18 years of age, had graduated from a mining course at Kirkland Lake Vocational School, and already had over a year’s experience working at Noranda Mine in Noranda, Quebec. The school was quite well known in mining circles having commenced life in the 1930’s as a training ground for a booming gold mining industry in Northern Ontario and Quebec. It had then been known as the Haileybury School of Mines. 

The name changed at the end of WW2 as veterans returned from Europe and enrolled in the school, sitll for the most part young men in their early twenties. These were a tough breed of men, having left their homes and farms to fight for their country in one of the most violent times in history. They were serious about getting an education and the school turned out many of these to become leaders in the industry for years to come. There were still a few of them attending the school when I enrolled, but there were also vets returning from the Korean War. All of this had an impact on we younger guys who had never suffered hardship in our lives, mixing with these men of the world. Childishness in class as some carried on from their High School approach, were eliminated very quickly by men who wanted to learn.

I was one of the younger students at the school, although I had already worked in the industry, more than most others. The student body consisted of a wide range of men, ranging in age from my 18 years to 30. There were actually a few professors younger than their students. At any rate, it was a wonderful time in my life, and I made life time friends while there, graduating in 1955.

I returned for the 50th Reunion of our Graduating Class, in the Town of Haileybury in 2005.
The Graduating Class of 1955
Actually there were 38 Graduates in 1955, and the above 11 were the only ones to make it back. Almost a dozen had died or been killed in accidents, mostly on the highway or drowning, most of the rest too far away or not able to make it.
From the left, myself Jim Smith, Frank Tordon, my closest friend Bob Cannon, Harold Watts, Peter Schultz, Glenn Foster, Lud Strah, Lloyd Hanninen, Terry Schorn, Gilles Proulx and on the extreme right Bob Kirkwood, another close friend.

We were honoured to be there on the day that a bench was dedicated to the late Hughie Moore, the driving force behind the Alumni Association for the School for many years.
Not certain we really want to look at these, but the above 11 guys are shown fifty years ago and today!
The Three Musketeers of 50 years ago, terrors of the streets in the Tri Towns, but totally harmless now! Bob Cannon, Bob Kirkwood and myself. Bob and I where from Goodfish Road in Kirkland Lake, had gone to high school together and were friends. Bob’s mother rented an apartment for the school year and I boarded with them. Bob Kirkwood was a local resident of Cobalt and became our guide and leader. Where he lead us was a different story.
Bob Cannon and wife Joyce with Gail and I. The new campus is shown in behind us. Bob and I worked together after graduation in Val D’or and Chibougamau and our children were basically born at the same time.

Bob Kirkwood, Terry Schorn, Jim Smith, Harold Watts and Bob Cannon.
Lud Strah and myself. Lud organized the event and we appreciated the time and effort he put into getting us all together.
Gail Smith, Grace Hanninen and Francoise Foster on the "Rockwalk" outside the school.
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