The Copper Man of Carleton Place



Maurice Burke, a cooper, made barrels across the street from where the Carleton Place post office now stands.

The art of coopering dates back centuries, and the basic trade has remained unchanged. Coopering requires skill, intelligence, and strength. The tools of the trade are often handed down for generations.

Coopers crafted casks which:

  • Held flour, gunpowder, tobacco, and other commodities
  • Served as shipping containers
  • Stored liquids from wine to milk

His sister Julia taught school in the Public School for many years.  Passerby’s often heard the youngsters rhyming c-a-t  CAT, r-a-t RAT, etc. in her class through an open window  Julia was burned to death as was Levi Brian’s wife in the same tragic house fire that I am still trying to track down.


John, head, 22 Jan 1841, 60, b Ont, Irish, cooper
Julia, sister, 1851, 60, b Ont, teacher.

Buried Beckwith Tp, Lanark County, St Mary’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, Reference: OT-86-11 (from Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid)

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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