Jailhouse Rock in Lanark County Part 2


Return of Convictions for the Period Ending  October 5, 1888–Perth Court serving all of Lanark County.  I recognize some local names. Are any of your relatives here?


Mr. Charles Hamilton, laborer, having become deranged in mind, was sent to the gaol this week for safe keeping.


A young man named Holliday of Almonte was tried on Friday by Judge Senkler for breaking into Max Vineburg’s store in Almonte.  The evidence of a respectable witness who has turned Queen’s evidence resulted in Holliday being discharged.

An inquest into the cause of death of the late Alice Bissel at Merrickville was concluded on Friday last.  A large number of witnesses were examined, their evidence being a corroboration of what has already appeared in the paper.  Dr. Church being recalled, said one thing he noticed was her expression “I am going to die” and that the pain was in her chest these being symptoms peculiar to strychnine poisoning. This is conclusive to many that there was no collusion on the part of Mr. Bissell, that he would not be likely to know unless a professional man that there is something peculiar to this poison that persons taking it are impressed with the idea that they are going to die.  After a consultation the jury returned the following verdict “that the deceased Alice Bissell came to her death by strychnine poisoning taken by herself whether on purpose or in a fit of temporary insanity is not known”.

John McQuarrie of Lanark was confined in the Perth jail a year or two ago for insanity  and taken from there to the asylum at Kingston died in that institution and was buried in Lanark last week.

Emeline Ferguson, insane, sent to jail.


Among the new magistrates newly appointed by the Ontario government are Messrs. John F. Cram, Patrick Struthers and William H. Wylie all of Carleton Place.  The latter gentleman is a strong Conservative.

Return of Convictions for the Quarter Ending the 11th Sept. 1888

Drunk and Disorderly:

Hugh Devlin, $1

J.A. Arbo, $2

Insulting Language

Mrs. Margaret Collins, $1



Violation of the Canada Temperance Act, $50 each

Frank R. Pierce

Daniel Lee

John Fitzgerald

James Riley

Mrs. Moses Magot

John Kincaid

Samuel Dithfield

Richard McLare

E. Morris



Esther Craig, 6 months in gaol

Jane Willis, 6 months in gaol

Richard Holden, 6 months in gaol



Disorderly Conduct

  1. F. Bradley, $10


Peter McTavish, $5

George Berryman, $2.50

Louis Flegg, $5.00

Peddling Without a License

  1. Prenyon, $10

Carrying a Pistol

  1. Mortry, $20.00

Nonpayment of Wages

Thomas Swallwell, $16

Breach of the Town ByLaws

  1. Delauer and Jno Boulanger, to jail



“One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” in Lanark County


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.

One response »

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s