Carleton Place Loves a Parade!


If you have not checked out the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum Facebook page you should. Many many great pictures! Sometimes the curator, Jennifer Fenwick Irwin, and I some how get on the same wave lengths. As I was about to publish a lonely black and white picture of the  150th Anniversary last Friday Jennifer put up some pretty spectacular colour pictures of the Centennial Parade on the Museum’s Facebook page.


                                        150th Anniversary festivities 1969


Carleton Place Parade 2014 so you can hear the sound that probably came from the old photo above

                                            150th Anniversary festivities 1969

Sunday skies greeted the third day of the 150th Anniversary festivities with a huge parade on Monday. Once again crowds lined Bridge Street and Lake Ave West as the parade winded down to Riverside park.

The parade was over a mile long, and it eclipsed the mammoth parade during the Centennial Celebrations two years ago. So many took part it would be hard to itemize them all.

There were clowns, a Snow Queen, Beckwith WI, Findlay’s Fire Dept. C. McIntyre old Steam Engine, Rolarks Cheque Services, Howard Johnson’s Men’s Wear, Marching Saints, Revelliers, Vic Bennett and many others.

The Festival Committee consisted of: Ormond Giles, Ernie Snedden, George Macklem, Elmer McIntyre and Ed Beaton. Eldon Henderson was the usual parade marshal. The day also marked the arrival of the Boy Scouts attending a jubilee camp set up in the territory south of Lake Avenue West near the High School The day concluded with fireworks and a dance at the Armouries






Centennial Parade in 1967- Photos from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum Facebook page.




Cathy Stanfield– This is the Rebecca Lodge float. My Mom and Aunt were members for years. The ladies either made or had made the outfits they have on. I know because I still have my Mom’s s dress and bonnet.  She’s on the far left with the black ribbon on her bonnet. Jean Bradford is driving the tractor. The Rebecca Lodge did a lot of volunteer work back in the day and were great supporters of the Marching Saints Drum Corp



Revelliers, from Carleton Place who were still from Carleton Place in 1967



Sigh, where has that old Bank of Nova Scotia building gone?






Do you know any of these people the 2011 Christmas parade?


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  20 Nov 1972, Mon,  Page 4

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  20 Nov 1972, Mon,  Page 4


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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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