The hot-rodder who became a one-room school teacher

Bob McLuhan took over the Proton Township school just three months after he had graduated from Grade 12. There was no contract to be signed, just a handshake and a promise to do his best


Bob McLuhan was one of the last of the one-room school teachers. He made it to the front of SS#3, Proton Township, Grey County, in September of 1956. He had just graduated from Grade 13 the previous June.

Two years earlier, at age 16, he had been spending a lot of his spare time doing endless loops of Mount Forest’s Main Street in his 1929 Model A Ford. The car had cost him $20. It was usually packed with a mix of boys and girls picked up along the way.

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