Smoking Toking Along to the Log Driver’s Waltz



When adverse winds delayed timber drives for several days in the lower Mississippi, some 24,000 sticks of square timber lay in the river between Appleton and Almonte at the end of June.  Owners were the Caldwell, McLaren, Mackie, Campbell and Buck & Stewart firms.


Bill Glover always had a special pipe for some of the logging boys who visited his blacksmith shop which stood on the banks of the Mississippi River where the Carleton Place town stable once stood. The special smoking mixture consisted of some sliced tobacco named INDEX, with a sprinkling of  filing’s from a horse’s hoof. Why the logging gents were not asphyxiated was a mystery to all.


Mississippi River, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada

Photo from the North Lanark Regional Museum

647 River Road
Almonte, Ontario
(613) 257-8503


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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