Going to the Chapel –Drummond Whalen and Johnson of Carleton Place



Letters To Editor  Almonte, Ont., August 2, 1950.


Dear Sir: — Would you please put this correction in the paper in regard to an *item from last week of a bridal couple. The party did indeed commit an offence by not stopping at the stop sign, but were not stopped twice by Officer Osborne as printed in last week’s paper of the Almonte Gazette.

They were not stopped until reaching the Almonte town hall and did not receive a warning, but were stopped and promptly handed a ticket. There is a picture as well as many witnesses to clarify this statement. The picture shows that the couple were stopped in front of the town hall where Officer Osborne’s picture was taken.

It was also printed that the bridal couple sped through the streets. They did not exceed the speed limit- they were just in a hurry to get home. The newlyweds now live in Carleton Place, hopefully happily after ever and free from bad press.

Sincerely, H. R. DRUMMOND groom

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Photo by Linda Seccaspina


July 27, 1950-Almonte Gazette

*Happy Bridal Party Takes Time Off To Pay For Traffic Offenses

The law cracked down on a wedding party on Friday afternoon after a number of cars crossed the station yard. They failed to stop at the O’Brien Theatre corner, streaked down Mill Street, and did not stop at the intersection of Mill Street and Highway 44, with horns blowing all the while. P.C. Osborne caught up with the parade and warned the offenders of the consequences of creating a disturbance and failing to stop at a stop sign.

This information was not well received and a photographer who was present to take pictures of the bride and groom, gratuitously took a picture of the officer—to prove that he was not in uniform so therefore not on duty. As they proceeded up Queen Street, the exuberant motorists decided to flout the law still further by a continued blast of their horns. This was a mistake as it turned out as P.C. Osborne corralled them once more and ordered them to proceed to the town hall. The fines totaled $33 and were paid out of court.

The procession through the streets of the town was immediately following the wedding of Miss Marie Craig of Almonte and Mr. Harold Drummond of Carleton Place in Bethany United Church manse. Those in charge of the three cars which were stopped were Gilbert Johnson of Carleton Place, brother-in-law of the groom; Morley Whalen of Carleton Place, a guest, and Clarence Bradford of Toronto, uncle of the groom. The bride and groom were riding in Johnson’s car.

Authorities take a serious view of the all-too-common practice of bridal parties who speed through the streets without due regard for their own safety and the safety of others. It is particularly dangerous on Almonte’s hills. After this inauspicious start, as they say in the story books, “they lived happily ever after.”

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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  1. From what I have heard over the years the Almonte Gazette’s then editor/publisher, Adelbert Stewart “Stew” Hanna was quite a character, especially when he was inebriated (which apparently was not that unusual), and was not above a bit of “yellow” journalism at those times, and this appears to be one of them. My father told me one time it was frequently Mrs. Hanna, not Stew, who oversaw the Gazette’s weekly publication because he was in no condition to do the job.

    I also had occasion one time to sit down with Angus Edward “Gus” Dobbie, long-time editor of the Smiths Falls Record-News, who told me he and Stew Hanna maintained quite a running editorial battle in the pages of their respective papers. Gus Dobbie also commented about Norman E. H. Turner, who was editor and publisher of the Perth Courier during that time period, that Norm Turner was a great businessman as publisher, but as an editor “he couldn’t sharpen Stew Hanna’s pencils”.


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