It was Friday the 13th on Napoleon Street in Carleton Place


Gerald Hurdis and Lawrence Belisle found the strangest thing in an empty lot on Napoleon Street on the 13th of January in 1956. They had no idea however, that what they had found had fallen from the sky that day.
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A mid air plane collision sent a RCAF jet fighter to the ground, while another plane flown by F.O Green limped home missing half a tail. Flt. Leut. John Kitchen of Alberta and navigator Flying Officer J. W. Delorey of Quebec City landed miles apart after the collision but neither was injured. Based in the Uplands airport, the planes were on a routine training missions when the accident happened heading west at 460 miles an hour.


Blown out of the plane at 13,000 feet they were seen by citizens of the Carleton Place area as the plane crashed in a bush lot owned by Al Munro three miles out of Carleton Place on Hwy 7. Joseph Chamney of Scotch Corners saw a parachute floating on the Mississippi Lake. When they arrived the found some footsteps on the frozen surface of the lake, and then found the pilot, and took him back to Scotch Corners.

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Bud Thake was driving along the 9th line when he saw a parachute hanging from the Hydro lines. Delorey had managed to get out of the entanglement and was trying to thumb a ride. A helicopter picked him up on the Ottawa Highway outside of Carleton Place. Talk around town was that maybe the pilots lucky ending might dispel the superstition of Friday the 13th.
However, Ft Lt. Kitchen felt differently as he recalled F. O Green had reminded him before take off that it was Friday the 13th.
“I hope he never does that again”, he said.
No word if young Hurdis and Belisle got to keep the airplane seat they found.

Here is another story about Napoleon Street

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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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