The Day Mike Muldowan’s House Burnt Down

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It was in the 60s that the Carleton Place Canadian reported that a house was gutted and an adjoining garage was  damaged in a flash fire. That house belonged to famous chip maker Mike Muldowan on Franktown Road in Carleton Place, and the local Ocean Wave fire dept had it under control within 15 minutes.

At 11:30 am one Friday morning a crew of town employees passing the house noticed what seemed to be smoke coming from the building. Fred Harrington said the whole house seemed to just blow up, and the house and the garage were in flames in seconds. The alarm was turned in from the adjoining grocery store and residence occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Muldowan.

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Photo from Jennifer Fenwick Irwin from The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

 

The dis-used house was used to store Mr. Muldowan’s grease for his potatoe business, and also his potatoes. Columns of black flames and smoke were visible for blocks and his loss was expected to be a heavy one.

Some 2500 feet of hose was needed to control the fire, and the house was once occupied by Mile Muldowan and years ago was the residence of Dunky Demers.

 

Historical question

Who was Dunky Demers?

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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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