Who Was Mickey Morphy? Noteworthy Paddles to Portage

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This Saturday the Fall 400 Dragon Boat Festival returns to Carleton Place –here is a little history to go along with the poster.

 

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Read about Dave Findlay here.

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    1970’s Carleton Place Canadian

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                                                                      1970’s Carleton Place Canadian

in 1900 the Carleton Place Canoe Club was reorganized as a racing association and joined the new international canoe association.  A district grouping to include Ottawa, Brockville, Aylmer, Britannia and Carleton Place clubs was planned and they ordered their first war canoe.The club was originally conceived in 1893 as the Ottawa Valley Canoe Association. Our Carleton Place Canoe Club is the only surviving charter member of the association, and the oldest existing sprint racing club in Canada!

Who is Mickey Morphy? Watch the Carleton Place Canoe Club Trailer below. There is also a brief glimpse of John Edwards in the clip

February 1956

 

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  13 Feb 1956, Mon,  Page 30

Photos from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

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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.

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  1. Also Linda, when you talk of the Carleton Place Canoe Club, you can’t forget Fred Trafford. I was never involved in the club, but there are many people around that were, and I know Fred and Rita, with their 2 sons, Logan and Dale, were involved in the Canoe Club for years. Logan did live on Lake Park Road at one point, and I’m sure he would be a great source for a lot of info for you for the canoe club.

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