The Wall Mysteries of Lake Ave East -Residential Artists


I have written about Mr. Burgess of Carleton Place and the artists that painted the walls of our local hotels such as the Mississippi  and Queen’s Hotel but the stories increase. Here is what was under the years of wallpaper at the old Burgess house on Lake Ave East.











Some day I hope to be able to see the interior of this home as there are so many stories that I would like to document. Llew Lloyd, a local wallpaper hanger  who worked for J. G. Voyce that lived near St. James Anglican Church autographed the wall in the Apt. 3 ktichen in February of 1948. This may have been the time the house was broken down into apartments.


Picture of: J G Voyce painter and paper hanger of Carleton Place— Date is April 17/1916- grandfather of Joann Voyce- photo courtesy of Joann Voyce

The owners found  his autograph after they stripped down some layers of wallpaper. There was also a signature  of  Mr. Voyce  from 1916 under 4 layers of wallpaper.



It was popular to paint scenes of the countryside because it was the point of view for most rural folks. The emotional tendencies of that era was reflected in residential wall art and murals in local  business establishments like our local Carleton Place hotels.

Since I began writing about the town of Carleton Place last March I have found out all about the cisterns of Carleton Place- now this. What other secrets do we have in town?


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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  1. Regarding my comments about my dad L. W. Lloyd , my history was in correct . Before the war and for a short time after he was a foreman in the moulding shop at Findlay’s Foundry . During this time and the depression he also worked part time for Jack Voyce . The 1948 signature would have been written after he started his own business, L.W. Lloyd Painting and Decorating . He was still hanging paper for people in the early 80s.

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