Lobster John and Arnold the Pig in Carleton Place



I have searched high and wide for Carleton Place’s Lobster John from the land of fish-sticks but the tide wasn’t bringing in any answers. Some of his lobsters must have went to the Big Brothers of Lanark County Lobster Stag Night in 1978.

The top door prize at Hanley Hall in Smiths Falls that night donated by our own Caldwell School in Carleton Place was pignapped during the festivities. That’s right, Arnold the Pig, a 30 pound live piglet, was lifted.


The local police and CJET were notified and he was soon recovered. No word where he was found, nor was Lobster John involved in the mix. Arnold was won by a local newspaper editor who, faced with the prospect of explaining away a live piglet to his wife at 2am declined the prize and auctioned him off.

Buy Linda Secaspina’s Books— Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac– Tilting the Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place and 4 others on Amazon or Amazon Canada or Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street in Carleton Place

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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