Hay Look Me Over! Big Bill Duff




Hay’s Shore at the foot of the Second Lake, was James Duff’s farm from about the 1840’s. William (Bill) Duff ran a farm and a retail dairy on the shores of Mississippi Lake. Duff’s Dairy on the 11th line was later taken over and sold to John Hays in 1918. Big Bill did a big business in Carleton Place, and *Fred Hunter of Carleton Place was once quoted as saying it was real milk, as there was no such thing as pasteurization  in those days.


William (Big Bill Duff), who started the Lakeshore Dairy’s retail business, died in 1914, followed in 1916 by his wife,  who was a daughter of one of the original Morphy settlers of Morphy’s Falls. Excluding cottage areas sold, it had remained since 1918 with the Hay Family.






North Lanark Regional Museum Reference Library Collection

Library Shelf 1 1974.18.1 Duff Family: Some Descendants of William Duff of Bankfoot and Beckwith Brown, Howard Morton Brown, Howard Morton L.K. Young et al Handwritten history of William Duff and his descendants. Duff Family: Some Descendants of William Duff of Bankfoot and Beckwith Brown, Howard Morton

Name: John Anderson Hay
Age: 28
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1884
Father Name: William Hay
Mother Name: Mary Anderson
Spouse Name: Elizabeth Percival Lowe
Spouse’s Age: 28
Spouse Birth Year: abt 1884
Spouse Birth Place: Town of Carleton Place Ontario
Spouse Father Name: Samuel Lowe
Spouse Mother Name: Maggie Hoover
Marriage Date: 20 Mar 1912
Marriage County or District: Lanark

*FRED HUNTER– Fred Hunter was the son of Alexander Hunter, father of the late Fred Hunter, was a blacksmith and axe maker of great skill.  He came here from Lanark village at the age of 36 to do the smith work in connection with the Boyd Caldwell and Sons sawmill when it was being built in 1869.  For many years he carried on his trade on Mill street.  He died here by drowning in December 1910.

1927 Typhoid Epidemic

In 1927, a typhoid epidemic from contaminated milk affected more than 5,000 people and caused 533 deaths in Montreal, despite a milk pasteurization city by-law. The law was not enforced and as with other typhoid outbreaks linked to contaminated milk, provincial health departments across the country were powerless to enforce standards.

Dr. John W.S. McCullough, Ontario’s Chief Health Officer and a charter member of the Canadian Public Health Association, told the Dominion Council on Health in 1928, “we have to go to the municipality and make a fight over [milk contamination], and it is often a long struggle before we can get a pasteurization bill carried. If we had the same control over milk by the Department of Health as we have over public water supplies, we would make a big step in advance.”

The Canadian Public Health Association and the Canadian Medical Association pressed for compulsory pasteurization of milk and in 1938, the Ontario government became the largest political area in the world to do so. Concerns about food safety grew as bacterial food poisoning incidents in Canada increased during the World War II years, prompting greater attention to food handling safety and restaurant inspections.


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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