The Oldest Appliance in Carleton Place




In 1984 Ethel Day in Carleton Place described to the Ottawa Citizen that she still had a 100 year-old food chopper. Passed down through three generations, the Universal cast iron chopper was used by her grandother to grind meat, her mother ground peanuts and finally Day herself ground breadcrumbs and anything else laying around.

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The ‘Journal of Domestic Appliances’ declared in 1882, ‘Year by year domestic inventions of every kind are increasing; and no matter whether we desire to clean knives, or make stockings, peel potatoes, black shoes, make butter, wash clothes, stitch dresses, shell peas, or even bake our bread, all we have to do now is turn a handle…’.

How times have changed.  Now all we have to do is “plug it in”.  But what other appliance has stood the test of time like these grinders? U.S. made of cast iron and wood over 100 years ago and still in working order!  They don’t make anything like this anymore.  When is the last time you bought a kitchen appliance expected to last for a century?


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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