What Your Mother and Father Never Told You About Carleton Place



Maureen Logan posted in the Tales of Carleton Place that she had never heard the story about her father Constable George McDonald as the fearless mermaid of Carleton Place. We say that anything posted on the internet remains forever, but really not much has changed. True, not everything is documented, but in years gone by, every little social tidbit was posted in the newspapers. Not all newspapers are archived, and sometimes you find just one sentence that leads you on to other things. Today I was researching an abduction in Carleton Place and through that one word I came upon an article that was posted on December 14th 1906 about a terrible injury to one of our local citizens.


Photo of the Edwards Farm from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum– courtesy of the Edwards family.

Right next to an advertisement of Granny Boots I would kill for was word that Mr. George Edwards was the victim of an unfortunate accident in 1906. Mr. Edwards and his son George were leaving the farm of a Mr. Wallace when he suddenly broke his right leg at the ankle, and the left leg near the knee joint. They were attempting to bring a load of hay into Carleton Place, and while perched on top of the load, one of the sleigh runners slipped off the cross-way throwing them both into the ditch.

The article stated that because the senior Edwards was of a heavier girth, he hit some stone, and the impact was so violent his leg bones snapped. It also said that due to his previous job at the C. P. R. he had suffered a bad fracture to his right thigh bone which had set him back a few weeks. The final sentence was that he was to be taken to Ottawa for hospital treatment.

I do believe George was related to Shane Edwards and maybe his Great Great Grandfather. Like Maureen, I wonder if the story was handed down through the ages or if he had ever heard this story. Some days you have to wonder how much your parents really told you. I think it’s probably about as much as we told them!


Hauling big rocks, little rocks, fence posts, firewood, poles, hay, clay for chinkin’, dirt, compost, manure, corn, fodder, wheat sheaths, ‘tators, watermelons, you name it. The different things hauled would usually dictate the design or characteristics of the sled. Some were higher off the ground, some had sides (removable or fixed), some had tail gates (removable or fixed), some had removable standards (the part that sticks up), and some were even built in such a way as to replace worn runners after a few years of heavy use on gravelly ground. And with a little “know-how” you could even assemble the entire thing without one nail…just simple wooden pegs.


 May 4, 1898—Is Maurice related to Blaine Cornell?

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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