Buttons and Quilts by Sherri Iona (Lashley)



shari—-Today’s guest author is Sherri Iona (Lashley) –Thanks Sherri! If you have family stories please send them to me so we can share with the world!

Shirley Montgomery And DONALD LASHLEY on their wedding day In September 1950 on grounds of Zion Memorial. Mom had recently graduated from Ottawa Civic in nursing and Dad was entering his last year in B. Sc Agriculture at U of Guelph.
They spent about one year in Bowmanville before settling on the farm at Montgomery shores and Dad became a biology and environment teacher and eventual VP at PDCI. When I was ten we moved to 214 High Street in CP. Dad finished his career as VP at SFCDI.
Local farmers, like his brother-in-law Wesley Craig and my mom’s cousin’s husband Murray MacCrae , would help during the harvest. My mom who couldn’t cook when they married, made the most amazing pies.
Above is A very young Elsie Lever Powell. My younger brother’s daughter Quincy looks exactly like her.
This is Shirley Montgomery LASHLEY in High School.
This is Don LASHLEY, Univ graduate. It was said they called him called him “wee Donnie LASHLEY” in high School. He ended up 5’11”. His sister Lois Ann was 6′
My grandmother Laura Bradley Montgomery, Summer 1972. She died August 1974.She is standing in the circular driveway at the front of the big Montgomery house. When I was little she made outfits for my doll. She taught me how to embroider. I still have a tablecloth I started while she was alive. I also helped her to make a bottom collection presentation. She one 2nd prize at the county fair in Almonte. I have the collection, which was displayed in Almonte a few years ago. I had an expert look at it and everyone was in awe.

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. I recently shared your blog on the Monterville sisters with Ev’s son David. Mississippi Golf Club celebrated its 100th anniversary last year and one of our members is collecting any articles that she can find on the women that were members there. The Monterville sisters were all members at Mississippi and I was lucky enough to be able to golf with them all. You recently published a blog on the old club house and I thought I had saved it but didn’t. If you could send me the link, I will forward it to Dianne. So Many records were destroyed in the fire we are working hard to recover anything we can. Thanks so much for all you do. I read every blog. Sandy Iwaniw

    Sent from my iPad



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