Believe it or Not! Tales from Caldwell Elementary School



The Ottawa Journal reported in October 1963 that D. L. Reilly, supervising principal of Carleton Place Public Schools had experienced a one in a million lifetime event. Reilly had spent the Thanksgiving holiday weekend hunting grouse around Lanark County without catching sight of any of the elusive birds.

Entering Caldwell Elementary School on the following Tuesday morning Mr. Reilly discovered that a large ruffled grouse had evidently been searching for him during the weekend. The bird had crashed through a double thermoglass window into Mr. Reilly’s office and was lying on the floor near his desk.

I guess the whole story would be similar to the old wives tale about shooting your first turkey.  Yup, that first shot scared the heck out of everyone in the frozen food section. Nothing but total craziness on a dinner plate.


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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