CDHS History Post

Jan 2021 Newsletter – Provincial Fame & The Evolution of Erasing

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Provincial Fame

Some CDHS alumni and current students might not realize, but an English teacher received provincial recognition for something not related to teaching. If you have been to the Campbellford area in roughly the past 60 years, you are likely aware of a certain place commemorating her family name.

Many might not know, but she taught in Campbellford High School.

Ferris Provincial Park which was established in 1962 is named after the Ferris family who owned the property and donated the land.

Kathleen ”Kate” Ferris was a Campbellford High School teacher. She passed away in 1982.

Did you know the CDHS connection to Ferris Provincial Park?

Have you been there?

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The Evolution of Erasing

Remember when you would get a new pencil with a pink eraser on the top of it?

Through the school year, you would turn the pencil around and rub out wrong mathematic answers or other goof-ups you made. You probably graduated to using a trapezoid shaped single pink coloured eraser because the pencil eraser became smudged with over usage.

If you were in Art class or Drafting class, you might use a white plastic eraser which cleared away the lines or smudges you didn’t want to have.

The technology of typewriters brought a new age of erasing. The correction fluid (Wite-Out TM) (That is the correct spelling and it’s trademarked) covers many typing errors when you used manual typewriters in the Business and Commerce programme. Some of us could use that stuff by the gallon or litre, even later in life when using a pen.

Those students with flying fingers in speed likely used electric typewriters. In addition to the electric typewriter, another advancement in typewriter technology was a combination typewriter ribbon and correction ribbon. With the press of a key, the typist could strike the key hit in error which would make the letter appear white. No more correction fluid which might drip into the type guide.

The computer age made was an advantage for us. Many revisions of one document can be saved and altered. Errors can be “erased” by hitting the “Delete” key which can erase letters or words to the right of the spot where the cursor (note the correct spelling) is. The Backspace (left direction arrow) key does exactly what it is called. It backspaces and removes the characters until you stop pressing the Backspace key.

I wonder what the next innovation for erasing will be.

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