In the Summertime…


Playfairville, Ontario : Picnic, about 1880’s


This photo was purchased at the Walter Cameron estate auction, Fallbrook, 1989. Photo Charles DobieCan you provide names, corrections or comments?
Please email Charlie Dobie.

Large group of people, 1880’s? Photo is from the Walter Cameron estate. Playfairville is at the junction of county roads 7 & 12 about a mile north of the village of Fallbrook, and eight or nine miles north-west of Perth, Ontario. Up to about 1900 Playfairville boasted several saw mills and even an iron mine. All that is left now is the church and three or four houses.


Steamboat Carleton 1893 at Lake Park, Carleton Place

A small steamer makes three trips a week to Carleton Place– Mail triweekly from Innisville. Distance from Carleton Place which a station of Canada Central and Brockville and Ottawa railways is about 9 miles..Canadian Business Directoty foe 1871

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Swimmers at Mississippi Lake in Carleton Place Photos from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Taken above the bridge in Carleton Place, Caver’s Planing Mill in background at right with tall smoke stack (since demolished)


You can see Moffatt Street across the river –1894

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Two Women in a canoe Carleton Place in the Mississippi


Across from Riverside?

the boat

The boat picture.. Can we ever figure out how they did not go down the falls– or did they ever go under the bridge? Curious photo indeed!


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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