Abandoned Properties — What a Shame

Abandoned Properties — What a Shame



Omar UriarteAbandoned Ottawa-Gatineau

There was a story on these photos that a butcher murdered his family and then took his own life. I could not find any record except an old story from 1924.

I hate the fact there are abandoned homes. How do you claim an abandoned home in Canada? To ensure you can make a legal claim of abandonment, take the time to do your due diligence. That means trying to locate the right owner. Remember that even though the property is abandoned, that doesn’t negate the fact that it’s still owned by someone.

How To Acquire Abandoned Real Estate In Canada–Click



Omar UriarteAbandoned Ottawa-Gatineau



Omar UriarteAbandoned Ottawa-Gatineau


Feb. 20, 1924– The dead bodies of Joseph Whistle, -and his wife and their 17-year-old daughter, were found in the Wissel home, four, miles southeast of here, early today. The body of Louis Kuntz  a butcher of Homer, 111. brother of Mrs. Wissel, was found a short distance away.

Near his body was found the gun with which all are, believed to have been slain. Kuntz left bis home in Homer about midnight Monday to call on the Wissel family. From the position of the bodies the gunshot wounds and other factors in the case, officers who investigated believed that Kuntz shot and killed his brother-in-law, his sister and niece, and then took his own life. The shooting was done with a rifle.

Trouble between Russell Kuntz of Homer and his cousin, Luella Wissel, the 17-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Wissel. who live on a farm near here, was thought today to be the cause of the shooting by Louis Kuntz of Mr. and Mrs. Wissel, their daughter, Luella, and himself.

The shooting is said to have occurred Monday night, but the bodies were not found until midnight last night. The bodies were found by George Kutledge and Tom Richards, the latter a constable of this place. According to. their story, they were asked to search for Louis Kuntz, – who had been missing from Homer since Monday evening.

They went to the Wissel home, where they first found the body of Mr. Wissel lying near the cow barn. When they went into the house they found the bodies of Mrs. Wissel and of the 17-year-old daughter, Luella. The girl had been shot twice. Apparently Kuntz had then turned the gun upon himself and died shortly after.

It is not definitely known whether the alleged relations of Russell Kuntz and Luella Wissel was the cause of the killing, but it is generally thought so here. Kuntz. who was in business wit his father here, is married and lives here with his wife.




Omar UriarteAbandoned Ottawa-Gatineau




The Decatur Herald
Decatur, Illinois
21 Feb 1924, Thu  •  Page 1




The Abandoned Appleton Mill

The Abandoned Smiths Falls Hospital 2011

Photographer Finds Money in a Local Abandoned Home

The Abandoned Farm House in Carleton Place — Disappearing Farms

The Church that Died

Inside the Old Honey Pot — The Henderson Apiaries Carleton Place

Burning Down the House — Literally in Lanark County

Investigating the Basement of the Carleton Place Canadian – If These Walls Could Talk

Channeling John Gillies

Keith Morrison and the William and Catherine Struthers Morris Family

Keith Morrison and the William and Catherine Struthers Morris Family



Know your People of Carleton Place—We have the Morris Room in the Carleton Place town hall. I did not know much about Keith Morris. We all do now.

Know your People from Carleton Place


This is Keith Morris’s Great Grandparents.. the picture is of William Morris, Catherine Struthers Morris and son William.. The picture accompanied an article entitled the Scottish weaver... Donna Mcfarlane


Jo-Anne Dowdall-Brown A true gentleman!

Donna Lowe Ward Such a lovely man. Keith and his wife Beth were our neighbors on Charlotte Street and were so kind and friendly.

Janet French-Baril A wonderful man, full of kindness.

Theresa Fritz He was a great guy and great CAO. He wrote me the most beautiful letter of reference when he reitred. I still have it to this day.

Marlene Springer Started and went to school with his eldest daughter, Ann, Keith worked for Findlays in sales until working for the town. Again he had my dad repair town parking meters!

Stephen Giles Keith was one of the most ethical men to have ever walked through the doors of the Town Hall. Keith, his wife Beth and their family were the nicest people you could know.

Karen Blackburn Chenier One of my favourite people ever.Grew up on Charlotte St and probably spent more time at the Morris home than my own.I can still hear his very distinct chuckle. Great sense of humor which his kids have inherited.!

Laury Foubert Wonderful Boss. Very fair and approachable. Those were good times at the Town Hall.

Karen Dorman This is my uncle. He was married to Beth Stanzel. They have 5 children. Linda , the Morris violin at the Middleville museum was donated by his family.

Dot Smith Great great gentleman very sweet to everyone , Town Hall had a gem when Keith worked there 👍🏼💚

Sandy Dobie Keith was a very special, gentle man who played golf at Mississippi when he finally retired.



all photos Donna Mcfarlane




Another child of William and Catherine Struthers was Janet who married her first cousin John Cleland.. (taught in Ramsey) one of their daughters Nettie married Albert McGonigal and she would be Bill McGonigals grandmother.. the two girls are Nettie on left and Annie Cleland– the couple are Nettie and Albert McGonigal…





Comments and Memories About the Carleton Place Findlay Company

Those Were the Best Days of Our Lives!

The 1968 Tribute to Naismith










Dr. James Naismith standing in front of the school he attended as a boy in Bennies Corners, Ontario, Canada – University Archives

 We were so thrilled to have Jim & Beverly Naismith visit us this morning. Jim & Bev travelled all the way here from Texas so we sure appreciate them dropping by. Jim is the grandson of James Naismith and they are huge supporters of our museum. Does anyone notice the striking resemblance between Jim and his grandfather?

We were fortunate enough to have the Naismith’s in for tea and scones yesterday at Tea and Cake!

Maple Grove School Names Names Names

Maple Grove School Names Names Names






An Article About the Lanark Schools — Mr. Joseph Tennant

The Cook Girls – The Mary Cook Girls- Peter Bradley

The Cook Girls – The Mary Cook Girls- Peter Bradley


PLEASE PLAY while looking at photos– The #17 song of 1958.

These are the sleek fashionable ladies/models of  the iconic Mary Cook from Cook’s Store on Bridge Street

Photos from Peter Bradley– that he and his father took.


All photos from Peter Bradley- “Me and my father took them as they were great friends with Mary and Wally Cook”.



























Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and theSherbrooke Record and and Screamin’ Mamas (USACome and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place. Tales of Almonte and Arnprior Then and Now.


Mary Cook Photos Of Carleton Place

 Do You Know Where Mary Cook Once Worked?

And Then There was Cook’s– and Most of All Mary Cook

Mary Cook’s Deportment Classes for Young Ladies in Carleton Place

Carleton Place Mod Fashion Show 1960’s

The Story About My Cinderella Hat

The Story About My Cinderella Hat


Kym Brown

Some days I am sure all of us wonder if we are making a difference in life by writing words, or with other forms of communication. Through my life I have tried hard to make people understand that they mattered, and hope that maybe I made their day brighter at some point in time.  But, I have always wondered if I did enough, and had I really made a difference to anyone.

Saturday I was at Fibrefest and Kym Brown’s Bombshell Revival Designs really wowed me. I loved her creations immediately. There are many of us that see things differently than everyone else, and you probably know someone who is like that in your life. Being different isn’t a bad thing, it just means you’re brave enough to be yourself and Kym’s line was for those that want to make a statement.




I took another stroll around the Almonte arena looking at all the amazing things, and once again I was back at Kym Brown’s stall. When I returned she asked,

“Did you once own Flash Cadilac in Ottawa?”

I nodded my head, and she got quite excited and said,

“I was in my teens when my friend and I shopped at your store in the 80s and your store made a big impact on me. It meant so much to me and my friend and its memory carried on with me in life.”

I felt like crying on the spot as each customer in my store was important to me. I want to stress that I will never take credit for anything–nor do I need thanks. All of the former customers and friends that have told me the same thing had it in them–some more than others. You just needed a wee push. It was always there my lovelies, always there.



Me and Kym’s hat design with Randy Hillier at Harvest Fest in Beckwith yesterday. Photo- Jennifer Fenwick Irwin




I think every person has their own identity and beauty. Being different is really wonderful. If we were all the same, it would be a boring world. All of you that shopped in my stores touched my life, whether it be staff, customer, or friend. I want you to know that you mattered, you helped, and you cared. You will forever be a pivotal name in the book of my life, so carry on Kym Brown, you have so much talent, and I am thrilled I met you on Saturday. You rendered me speechless. (which is difficult) Thank you for making my day and for this wonderful hat design that is now part of my life and collection. It meant a lot.


Kym’s site click here

Facebook page click here



HER HATS click here







The Last Skull of Savannah Devilles

Stayin’ Alive — Reconnecting With the Friends of Flash Cadilac

Should I Have Done that on Television?

The Stack Perm or the Disco Wedge ? 1970s Hair Fashion

The Lanark Fair 1904 Names Names Names

The Lanark Fair 1904 Names Names Names




The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
13 Sep 1904, Tue  •  Page 4