As the Carleton Place Barber Pole Spins



Local barber Thomas McCafferty had a customer sitting in the chair facing Bridge Street, and only one side of his face shaved. The customer noticed out of the corner of his eye that a friend he wanted to talk to was walking by the barber shop.

The customer quickly jumped out of his chair and bounded out the door. On his way out he slipped and fell full width of the pavement flat on his face. McCafferty stood at the door shaking his head with a razor in hand.

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W.W. Cliff, editor of the Central Canadian, who was also passing by at the same time was astounded to hear the barber (who was known for his quick wit) say to the customer now lying on the Bridge Street sidewalk,

” And don’t come back into the shop again!”

W.W. stopped, looked at the large unshaven chap on the pavement, then at Tom, and went on his way without any comment.

I guess you are only as good as your last haircut, or in this case a shave.

Historical Fact

9328-00 (Lanark Co): Thomas McCAFFERTY, 23, barber, Glasgow Scotland, Carleton Place, s/o John McCAFFERTY & Catherine McCONNELL, married Rebecca WILSON, 24, Carleton Place, same, d/o William WILSON & Eliza McLAREN, witn: William A. WILSON of Smith Falls & Mary CLYNE of Carleton Place, 17 Jan 1900 at Carleton Place

Files from the 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.

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