Do You Remember Anyone Dying from Home Delivered Milk?


The government ordered pasteurization of all raw milk in 1932, in an effort to stem the tide of bovine tuberculosis, a bacterium that could infect humans and cause serious skin infections and even death.

“In those days, there were no supermarkets and the store didn’t really have much refrigeration equipment, but I can’t ever remember hearing of anyone dying from anything.


October 11th 1900


I remember when milk, bread, coal, ice and other household necessities were all delivered “right to your front door”. As a young child I can still remember the rattling of milk bottles in the milkman’s eight quart basket.



June 29,1899


ice cream

Allan Street Dairy Carleton Place

By the end of the 1950s, more and more people were able to buy their own cars and “one-stop-shopping” centres became the favoured place to buy things. Because of this, home delivery of food products all but disappeared by the 1970’s.


The best tasting milk still comes in glass bottles. I can still see the old bottles– milk at the bottom and rich cream on top. The home delivered milk came in glass quarts and cream in glass pints.


In those days, there were no supermarkets and the store didn’t really have much refrigeration equipment but again, I can’t ever remember hearing of anyone dying from it either.


So what are we afraid of now?

Photos- Colour ones- Linda Seccaspina. All the others from The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum.

“If you don’t know where you come from, you don’t know who you are!” —The late Edna Gardner Carleton Place

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

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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  1. in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s our milk was delivered by a milkman (I think his name was Forbes) . We left clean empty glass milk bottles on the front porch with the milk tokens sitting on top. The tokens were sized so that they would sit upright in the opening of the bottle without falling in. The milkman would pick up the empties and tokens, then leave the full milk bottles in the same place. When I was a kid, the milk tokens were the aluminum triangle shaped ones that appear in the picture in your article. The milk sat on the front porch all day regardless of the weather until I got home from school. …. I don’t recall any reports or concern of anyone getting sick.


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