The Great Fire of 1870

Friday April 17, 2009 – 7:30 p.m. at the Almonte United Church Social Hall

Speaker: Terry Currie

Topic: The Great Fire of 1870

We are in for another interesting evening!

Terry Currie was born and raised in the rural Ottawa Valley in Fitzroy Township. He has fond childhood memories of working on the family farm as a little boy and of going to school at SS#3 Fitzroy, where the thirty-odd pupils were more like a gang of brothers and sisters than just classmates. He attended Arnprior High School where he was a first class honour student in history and language and nearly failed math with annual regularity.

He taught French at Almonte High for most of his teaching career. During his time at Almonte He married a fellow teacher, Shirley Anne Jones and they raised four children on the Currie family farm before Shirley’s death in 1986.

He finally achieved a long-held desire when he returned to the University of Ottawa to complete his M.A. in History in 2005. His thesis topic was The Ottawa Valley’s Great Fire of 1870. He continues to write scholarly historical works in retirement on the farm and has not abandoned the idea of pursuing a doctorate.

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