Sitting on a Bench Outside Devlin’s Store Looking for Stories


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This is a picture of the Devlin family. Their family and store meant a lot to everyone in the area. Please leave comments on Facebook or WordPress of your memories so I can include them in the second book about Carleton Place I am presently compiling called: “I Found My Thrill on Dunlop Hill”.  Out in July

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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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  1. Linda – Devlin Collision – Almonte – 613-256-1723 – Steven Devlin – (owner) is one of the five sons of Evelyn and Mervin Devlin. The family was one of the most treasured families that grew up in Appleton. I am sure he would be proud to tell you about his family.

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  2. Hi Linda,
    My father-in-law Mervin gave me and his oldest son Jeff the only “talk” I got on the bench outside the store 38 years ago… He sat us both down on the bench after we told him we wanted to get married, and after some unconvincing conversation, he told us “Fine, but if you burn your ass you will have to sit on the blisters”😉 Jeff and I are still happily married and I miss both my in-laws tremendously. We have so many fond memories of that store, I don’t know where to begin! Actually we could likely write a book about the shenanigans that went on there 😍 I met so many great people at the store and I am looking forward to seeing the memories that are posted.


    • HI Lori, Merv and Ev, what great folks to work for 🙂 really enjoyed those teenage years working along side them, their boys and you girls(Lori, Brenda, Judy, and Fiona) and Cyndy Woods! Such a busy spot, the cottagers stopping in for their steaks on the way to the cottage, the deli, scooping ice cream, gas and chipstand. Hard working, Ev always happily doing what needed to get done. Sweet lady! Remember making Merv his favourite, a cheese, onion, mustard sandwich! Many a visits with Nanny and Poppa and Fay and Ray. Dreaded cleaning that chip stand at the end of the day but always a fun day at work:-) and agree, if those walls could talk, there would be many a stories, not necessarily G lol


  3. The owners prior to the Devlins were the Shackeltons. They were an English couple that had emigrated to Canada in the 1950’s with their two boys, Leon and Frank. I believe that Leon has passed away and Frank my be in the Toronto area. After they sold the store, I believe Mr. and Mrs. Shackleton returned to England.


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