Where Did you Learn to Swear in Carleton Place?




Douglas Brown was quoted in the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum files that he and his friends learned to swear from the mouths of the Findlay Foundry workers they saw on their way to school. Sometimes their new-found words earned them a sampling from a communal bar of soap. It got so bad that there was a basin with a bar of Sunlight Soap at school waiting for the offending parties. Anyone caught swearing would have their mouths washed out immediately. Not that that threat stopped anyone. It never really has, has it?


Cliff Flynn Photo from —Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Deputy Mayor of Carleton Place Jerry Flynn– posing right next to illustration of his father Clifford Flynn who worked at the Findlay Foundry in Carleton Place– Photo is hanging in the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


It seems the tradition carried on throughout the years in Carleton Place. This morning Lew Lloyd left me a comment stating that Deputy Mayor Jerry Flynn of Carleton Place pictured above carried on the tradition of listening to the Findlay workers on his way to school. Lew’s exact words were:

“Jerry Flynn taught me how to swear in the old  Victoria Public School. He walked by the foundry on his way to school. I didn’t”.

In Memory 

BROWN, Douglas B. P.Eng.  passed away in 2012.
Quietly in the evening on Sunday Nov. 25th, 2012 at Specialty Care Granite Ridge, Douglas, 82, passed away. Son of the late Bert and Gladys Brown of Carleton Place, ON. Predeceased by daughter Jocelyn and by brother Kenneth. Survived by his dedicated wife Jackie, his loving children Paul (Debbie) , Scott ( Kim), Jennifer (Art Webster). Beloved Baumpa/Grampie to Evan and Lindsay ; D.J. and Adam; and Leah. Much loved brother-in- law of Dee Brown, and gregarious “Famous Uncle Doug Brown of Carleton Place” to Mitzi, Kenneth Jr., and Richard, all of Tennessee. Heartfelt appreciation to all Doug’s amazingly compassionate caregivers at Granite Ridge. A private family service was held on Wed. Dec 5th, 2012. For those wishing, donations to Specialty Care Granite Ridge or Alzheimer’s Society would be appreciated by the family.



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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