I found this online and felt it needed to be out in the world.

Information submitted by Leona Kidd from a newspaper article out of the  Carleton Place Canadian. Beckwith Heritage Committee



Three courageous youths were credited with saving the life of a young swimmer, Robert Henderson, 9, of Carleton Place, last Wednesday afternoon. Robert Henderson, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Henderson, of George Street, was swimming in the Mississippi River, near Manney’s Pier with a young friend. They were both in shallow water but the current caught them and pulled them into a deeper spot. Robert’s friend who could swim a bit, was able to make his way back to the shore but Robert, a non-swimmer, was trapped. The three youths who saved him, Lloyd Brunton and Bert Leach of the Prospect district and Allan Salter of Montague Township were sitting on the shore at the time of the accident.

In an interview with this writer, last week, at the Carleton Place High School which the boys attend, the youths told this story of the incident: “We had taken part in the Carleton Place High School Cadet inspection and afterwards had gone down to the river to cool off in the water,” said one.

“We saw the two young boys jump into the water and splash around. Suddenly one of them, Robert Henderson yelled for help, while the other boy came back to the shore. We thought that maybe the fellow in the water was just pretending to be in trouble, so we asked his friend if he could swim. He said no, so we jumped into the water to help him.”

“Since I was standing in a shallow a part I was able to grab him and keep his head above the water, explained Allen Salter, “but the current was pulling me out of my depth and since I couldn’t swim I let go.” “That’s when I got hold of him,” Lloyd Brunton told the Canadian,” and I did the same thing but I was caught in the current too, and I couldn’t swim either, so I had to leave go of him.” “We rushed back to the shore and pulled out in a boat that was there”, said Bert Leach, “and rowed out to where the boy was going down. We pulled him into the boat before he could go down again. He was in a semi-concious state so when we got back to land we applied artificial respiration and brought him around in a few minutes. This was about five o’-clock.”

When the Canadian asked the principal of the High School, Mr. W.G. Motherwell, what he thought of the incident, he said that it was just luck that had saved the boy’s life. Apparently the river is out of bounds to the pupils, and if it hadn’t been for the cadet inspection and the hot weather the boys would never have been near the river to save the lad. Lloyd Brunton and his wife Joyce reside in Brockville. Bert Leach and his wife Jean live in Stittsville. Allen Salter is deceased.

While I was doing research I found this also. Some brave people in Carleton Place I tell you.

Perth Courier, Sept. 26, 1884

Some weeks ago Alexander Menzies having an office in Messrs. Bower Bros. Drug Store, saved the life of a young man named Robert Henry by jumping into the Mississippi Lake near Carleton Place and rescuing him from a watery grave.  We learn form the C. Canadian that a substantial testimonial is to be given Mr. Menzies in the shape of a $40 medal bearing the following inscription:  “Presented to Alexander Menzies by the young men of Carleton Place in reward of his bravery in saving the life of Robert Henry on the Mississippi.

With files from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

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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