When The Carleton Place Citizen’s Band Came Marching in to Lanark


Years ago Lanark Village was only known by a placard on a tree which stood as nearly as can now be determined on the middle of the present main street between Caldwell’s store and the Clyde Hotel, bearing the words, “This is Lanark”. It was only the strongest of pioneers that began their new life in Lanark Village, and they entered into the work with spirit and zeal.

I have written during the past year on the condition of the road between Perth and Lanark. Doubtless, a good deal of this was justifiable. But when a comparison is made between our present road and the bumpy line which our forefathers suffered, we are led to become devoutly thankful that we live in an age of good roads.


James N. Dobbie, was the original owner of  the Clyde Hotel. He died in 1929, and was only was 55 years of age. Born in Lanark Village in May 1868 he was the only son of Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Dobbie. There were two sisters; Charlotte (Mrs. James McFarlane) of Lanark and Annie (Mrs. (Dr.) McIntyre) o f Chicago, Ill. James was married for thirty five years ago to Eva Bond, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. George Bond of Glen Tay.


The Carleton Place Citizen’s Band was called upon one day to visit the village of Lanark and entertain the villagers. Dobbie’s Hotel decided to show their appreciation to the band and gave them a gift of sorts. So what was it? Free dessert? Complimentary bread? No, It was a rate of 20 cents each to the whole band for a full meal. What could we buy with that today? Wibnder what they got for 20 cents?


The Carleton Place Citizens Band of 1938, posing at the Town Hall on Remembrance Day.dobbie1

Files from: THE LANARK COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY and the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Photo- From the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

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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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