The Uni-Bomber of Carleton Place? Didn’t I Blow Your Mind?




Over a decade ago a Lanark inspector was shot and I thought it was an isolated case. Not likely around these parts pardner.

Perth Courier, April 11, 1884

A dynamiter has written a letter to the Carleton Place assessor in which he threatens to blow that official skywards.

The document was embellished with a skull and crossbones and other ghastly reminders of immediate mortality.

So what is an assessor? That would be an individual who is a local government official who estimates the value of real property within a city, town, or village’s boundaries. This value is converted into an assessment, which is one component in the computation of real property tax bills.

There was no mention of death in the next issues of the Courier or the Almonte Gazette, so I assume things were worked out some way or another.

Was this shades before the time of my hero Dan Miller of the Queen’s Hotel who also fought with the town of Carleton Place assessor? I do believe my favourite Carleton Place folk hero Harold Kettles was around at that time. Maybe he could have hooked Dan up with some dynamite?


Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Citizen,
  2. 21 Nov 1906, Wed,
  3. Page 5

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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