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

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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