An Explosive Highway 7 Tale

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A long time ago Highway 7 was just a little bit more than a wide cow path. Nat McAllister was sent to Ottawa one day with his truck to pick up some dynamite for a job he had to do in Carleton Place. On the way back, for safety’s sake, he decided to stick to the centre of the road. McAllister was no rocket scientist, but he was taking no chances of his truck going into the ditch with two tons of dynamite.

Near the Dwyer Hill 4 corners an oncoming car stopped dead in its tracks seeing that McAllister wasn’t giving any leeway to him. The owner of the car was frantically waving for Nat to stop the truck. Nat being an obliging man stopped and was immediately faced with a tirade of what was called ‘wicked words’ ending with the man claiming Nat might have killed him.

Nat never lost a beat and said to the man,

“It would better be the car than the truck, for I’ve two tons of dynamite on that truck.”

In  the flash of an eye, the driver of the car jumped into his car and put a wide space between the both of them in a couple of minutes. No doubt the driver just didn’t want to be involved with “a whole lotta shakin going on”.

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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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