Throw the Whole Family in Jail!



Village of Lanark -Perth Remembered


1889 Almonte Gazette

On Thursday morning Miss “Mag” Robinson at whose house in Lanark the lamentable tragedy occurred on Exhibition Day, was brought to town by the Lanark authorities along with six of her children and all were lodged in gaol to put in six month’s confinement under the vagrancy act.  The unfortunate family made quite a show in gaol.


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Carleton Place Prison facts:

Erected in 1872, the now Victoria Public School served the community of Carleton Place as the Town Hall and lock up until 1879, and as Victoria School  for 90 years until 1969.

Cliff Bennett told the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum that his great uncle Harris Bennett was one of the first students to attend the school after it was a town hall. He remembered that the “town lock up” was still in the basement and the local police had to bring prisoners through the front door and hallway, past the school rooms to get to the jail. Some, he admitted, were quite drunk.


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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