How to Really Catch Fish With Dynamite at the Glen Isle Bridge


bridge to glen isle

Bridge across the Mississippi River to Glen Isle- Public Archives- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Glen Isle, Ontario 1897

One day I proposed a fishing trip to my friend Mike who was laid off and went with me in our canoe. The pickerel didn’t show up to suit Mike. So, paddling to a rock entirely bare of vegetation he said,

“Now, John, I ’ll show you how to catch fish.”

He had a dynamite cartridge in a bottle. He inserted a fuse, packed the dangerous stuff tightly in the neck of the bottle and said,

“I ’ll touch this off, toss it in the lake and heaven help the fishes.”

I argued against such unsportsmanlike slaughter, and Mike got rattled.

We were standing on a naked rock by the edge of the water. Mike’s foot slipped, and that infernal bottle dropped from his hand. Thankfully we were not blown to kingdom come as Mike just grabbed the bottle an inch or so from the rock. He threw it as quick as lightening out in the lake. There was a convulsion, a vast jet of water shot up in the air and hundreds of fluttering dead and dying fish lay on the surface.

I couldn’t have touched one to save me from hanging, and Mike simply said,

“That was close enough,” as he suggested returning to town.

From that day on,  I have been just a trifle discreet as you might say. After all, good things come to those who just bait. Well, that’s what they say anyways.



Glen Isle and Appleton by Air-The Sky Pilots of Carleton Place

One Day a Long Time Ago on the Glen Isle Bridge

The Hidden Hideaway On Glen Isle

Glendinning Burial Plot

Lot 20, Con 12, Beckwith Twp.

Burials – Unknown

Thomas Glendinning lived on Glen Isle near Carleton Place and it is believed that his wife Jane and his daughter are buried here.  They died of Cholera.  There was an iron fence around the site, but it apparently has been ploughed over.  Thomas moved shortly afterwards to Western Ontario. 

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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