Don’t Eat Yellow Snow? How About Erasers?- Ewan Caldwell



While I was looking for more information on logger Sandy Caldwell I came across a funny story by descendant Ewan Caldwell that he wrote for the opening of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum in 1989. It seems years ago his Great Grandfather, local magistrate and publisher James Poole, sustained bodily harm inside the old Victoria Public School that is now our local Museum.



The second floor at that time before the school was one large hall used for gatherings and holiday events.  It was also known for some rollicking events in Carleton Place. His great grandfather once attended a huge political event and told family and friends that he had been hit on the head by the local butcher after a heated agreement with the meat cutter. It was noted that his great grandfather recovered, but there was never any ending to the story. What had happened to the butcher, or had he just been ignored out of fright? I guess that old motto that “if you have a question you should ask your butcher” is not that solvent.

Later on the building situated on Edmund Street in Carleton Place was used as The Victoria Public School. Ewan Campell attended the school and had to share his desk with an anemic child by the name of Sydney Wynn. Wynn was a strange child and wasn’t happy with the group he sat with, so he consoled himself by eating erasers. That boy insisted on consuming a whole 5 cent eraser almost every single day.


One day Sydney Wynn did not show up for school and it was said that his family had moved away. The children discussed his disappearance for months until someone came up with what they thought was the most plausible answer. They all agreed that the Wynn family had been asked to leave the town of Carleton Place because the local store that sold the 5 cent erasers was threatened with Sidney’s unseemly consumption of erasers.

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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