Do You Know What I Found?


In my book about Carleton Place called “Tilting the Kilt” I wrote about Jennfier Fenwick Irwin and I becoming a Nancy Drew of sorts. I had discovered names carved into one of the pews at St. James, and I wanted to find out who they were.

“This morning as I attended Thursday morning service I looked at two names that were crudely scratched into the top of the pew. I had seen these faded names hundreds of times throughout the years but I never really gave it much thought.

Who were E. Virtue and C. Mull I asked myself?
What were their stories?”

Well I discovered one great story, and also learned from Jennifer that all around Carleton Place clues are carved into trees, bricks, and pavement from days gone by. Behind the Leslie building on Bridge Street I found some more treasures.


So, a very long time ago in the late 1800’s the two Leslie sisters carved their names in the brick, and the imprints still exist today. There quite plainly is, M. Leslie, which would belong to Marjorie Leslie sitting in that canoe on the Mississippi River. The picture was found in Howard  Morton Brown’s book, “Founded Upon a Rock”.

What have you found?

If You Squint Really Hard Can you see a Yeti?

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News and now in The Townships Sun

About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

2 responses »

  1. Hi Linda!
    Congrats on the council seat. No more drama, let the revitalization of Carleton Place begin!! I belive that you will make a difference.

    I live in a condo in the Bolton Brown Mill and an currently in the condo board. We are very intrested in enhancing the look of this beautiful historical building. We would like to resotre the writing that is on the external wall of the North/ East side of the bulding, but we are not able to make clearly what the sign reads. I know that you have a lot of historical knowlege in our region. Would you know what the washed out sign says? Would there be pictures somewhere that would show the sign.

    You can email me and I can share the current photo.




Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s