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Late Eastern Townships Man Honoured in Milby

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larger_Milby.School.JPG--September 9, 2010

The late Lloyd George, who grew up in Milby and who attended the Little Hyatt one-room schoolhouse as a child, was honoured this past summer at the former school.

The unveiling of an etched granite plaque in George's honour took place at the end of July at the schoolhouse, which is a historic site established by the volunteer-run, non-profit organization Ascott Heritage, working in association with the Little Forks Branch of the United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada. The Little Hyatt One-room Schoolhouse in Milby is open to visitors during the summer months and by appointment. Earlier this year, a large interpretive panel was erected at the site to convey the history of the local area.

This time around, however, "we wanted to do something to acknowledge Mr. George and to show his family that we appreciate his and their contributions towards this little schoolhouse," Bev Loomis of Ascott Heritage told Townships Heritage WebMagazine.

Loomis said that over the years Lloyd George had donated money on several occasions towards the schoolhouse project. "Not only that," she said, "but his family has given us 100 copies of George's autobiography to sell as a fundraiser for the school. To date we've raised about $2,000 from the sale of these fascinating books. We still have a few copies, but at $35 a piece they're going fast."

Loomis said that George led a long and fascinating life and that his life's story makes for interesting reading. Included in his book, which is titled "Twasn't Just Luck: My Life and Times," are stories from George's childhood, including tales of his antics while attending the school in Milby (he was apparently quite a terror, at least from the teachers' point of view), and anecdotes from his days as a pilot during World War II, when he flew the famous De Havilland Mosquito planes, which were nicknamed the "Mossies. "

Lloyd George passed away in 2008, at the age of 86. His memory will live on through his autobiography, and now through a new plaque erected in his honour at the Little Hyatt School.

To reserve a copy of the book, "Twasn't Just Luck: My Life and Times" by Lloyd George, call Bev Loomis at (819) 346-6746