Constable George McDonald — The Fearless Mermaid of Carleton Place?



In 1965 Carleton Place Constable George McDonald became known as the Lloyd Bridges of Carleton Place in the newspapers. Reminiscent of the  popular TV show Dragnet, George was chasing a car through town. Suddenly, the driver stopped on the bridge which spans the Mississippi River and chucked his evidence over the edge. What was it?


Stolen Property?

Nope, it was a full case of beer. A 2-4 to be exact!

Undaunted, fearless George borrowed a pair of leaky hip waders and carefully made his way through the chilly waters to reclaim the evidence. No mention of where the liquid goods went after that–or if Lloyd Bridges called to use the story for the TV show Sea Hunt!

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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  1. Hi Linda: It is me again Donald Lee I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your articles great writing and it must take a lot of research keep up the good work.

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    • Donald– thank you.. I don’t think people realize that I spend 5-6 hours a day doing this 7 days a week and then I think about history the rest of the time LOL ( I prefer the word focused over obsessed:).. If you go to the go to the Lanark County Genealogical FB page there are 15 new items a day and about 6 on The Tales of Carleton Place– So you can see how my brain works. I do it so young kids using a media device years from now can click on something and go “wow” that is kind of interesting..:) Well let’s hope anyways..:) Then I get this very kind email from you and smile. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to comment. You have no idea..:) Thank you


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