Another Example of Local Random Acts of Kindness- Zion Memorial United Church

Another Example of Local Random Acts of Kindness- Zion Memorial United Church



Miss Moore  -from the files of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Photo from the files of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Tragedy struck in February of 1954 when dense smoke hung over the Memorial Park United Church after a horrible fire devastated the church. However, the congregation rallied immediately, and the Carleton Place council put the Town Hall at the church’s disposal.

Committees were formed to explore a possible union with the Zion Church on one hand or rebuilding on the other. At a largely attended meeting it was decided to rebuild and in the Spring of 1955 a brand new page was written under the leadership of Harold Griffin and his talented wife and also with the citizens of Carleton Place.

The  Memorial Park United Church may have been knocked off their feet, but they quickly got right back up again.  Any fire or tragedy in Carleton Place has always brought out the best in the people. Carleton Place is a community that reaches out every day as this is who we are, and this is what we do each and every day.

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1955 Ottawa Journal


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1917 snapshot of Howard Morton Brown heading to the Beckwith arena. The family lived on Judson Street, and he is running across their “cornfield” towards the Memorial Park United Church on Franklin Street. The frame arena in the distance stands where today’s Public Library is. From the files of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


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Zion United Church during the blaze. …poured out, driving him back across the main portion of the church. The room is directly over the boiler room. Hueston ran to the manse and roused the minister, who called the fire department.

Rights and Licenses

Toronto Star License


From the Toronto Star Archives

File Location:

G2–Canada-Ontario-Carleton Place-124c-GO-354



Photo City of Ottawa Archives-1954-02-07



Always share random acts of kindness 

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  21 Nov 1900, Wed,  Page 7

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  19 Jul 1912, Fri,  Page 2


Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Citizen,
  2. 27 Sep 1920, Mon,
  3. Page 3

The reunion picture was taken after the fire at the Memorial Park United Church was rebuilt. The stained glass windows above the choir loft were donated and dedicated to my great grand parents, James and Rosina Lowe. My grandmother MacPherson’s parents.
The second picture is one of my grandmother Myrtle MacPherson and her five daughters. There were nine children in the family the youngest being 2 yrs when she lost her husband. They are left to right: Florabelle (Keays); Myrtle Claire (Dolly)(Casson; Grandma Mac; Myrtle MacPherson; Ina (McAllister); Ruth (Peters); and Jean (Coleman).
She was an amazing lady and I admired and respected her. She taught me a lot of things and I think of her regularly.
(Ruth Sawdon)

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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