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The Slomans and the CNR School on Wheels

The Slomans and the CNR School On Wheels

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted October, 2004

The Slomans and the CNR School On Wheels

Photo from Google Street View ©2011 Google - Posted March, 2011

Plaque Location

The County of Huron
The Municipality of Central Huron
In Clinton, on the south side of Victoria Terrace
2 blocks west of Victoria Street (Highway 4)

Coordinates: N 43 36.338 W 81 32.246


Plaque Text

In 1922 veteran educator J.B. MacDougall urged the provincial government to establish railway car schools to serve residents of Northern Ontario's outlying regions. Four years later two cars, the first of seven, commenced operation. One, the forerunner of this car, was staffed by a Clinton native, Fred Sloman. A dedicated teacher and ardent supporter of the innovative program, Sloman travelled the CNR line from Capreol, near Sudbury, northwest to Foleyet for 39 years. Aided by his wife, Cela, he taught academic subjects and the principles of democracy to children and adults, some with no previous schooling, and offered a variety of social services to those in need. The 'Dean of Car School Instructors', Sloman retired in 1964, three years before the program was discontinued.



Other Plaques in Clinton
The Founding of Clinton
Horatio Emmons Hale 1817-1896
Dr. Robert Hamilton Coats 1874-1960

Central Huron Plaques

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