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?
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