Straight Outta Carleton Place High School — Wava McDaniel Baker


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1963 Carleton Place High School Annual– Wava McDaniel Baker who ran the Carleton Place High School Cafeteria


This is Wave’s Inn, located on Franktown Road and was run by Wava McDaniel Baker in the 1950’s and 1960’s. The building is still there, but is now a private home. According to many a newspaper article I have read today– Wave’s Inn was the place to have your wedding reception back in the day.



Who remembers Wave’s Inn? Wava Baker took time to pose with Santa as she prepared to host a 100 Club Christmas Party there in 1955.


24058942_1639731636083724_5820242664711274661_n.jpgHere’s a shot of Wava, taken in the CPHS cafeteria in 1962. Can anyone identify her helper?

Very Short Memories of My High School School Cafeteria

Was it Monday or Tuesday that the Cowansville High School cafeteria delicacy Beef Stew was served, or was it Macaroni Soup? Every week without fail; the mimeographed menu was circulated like a wanted poster from the Wild West on the walls. No matter what treat was served up for the day; we lined up along the basement wall of the new wing each day hoping it might be hot dogs.

For a whopping 50 cents; we were entitled to have about 15 minutes to eat our interesting meal that came with either white or chocolate milk from the Cowansville Dairy.

The worst part of the whole ordeal was to have the teacher of the day scrutinize what we were shoveling into the trash. Too much off the plate, got you a scowl that you remembered for the rest of the week. Sometimes that scowl turned into words you just didn’t need to hear to brighten up your day.

Sadly, I can’t seem to remember any food fights, and that’s kind of sad, because those grayish hot dogs would have made excellent projectiles. In High School I never went out for coffee like some; as I found it kept me awake for the afternoon. As William Shakespeare kind of wrote in King Henry the V:

They gave us great meals consisting of beef, iron and steel so we would eat like wolves and fight like the devil. Did we?

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 03 May 1955, Tue, Page 20StraightOuttaSomewherecphs

Photo Courtesy of Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

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.

2 responses »

  1. I think that Wave’s helper was Fred Keuhn, who came to town in about 1960. I was in classes with both Fred and his older brother Rainer.


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