The Name of the Man that Moved the Kennedy House



Remember the Kennedy house on High Street that was moved down the frozen Mississippi River to High Street in the middle of the winter years ago? Well in doing some research yesterday I found out the gentleman’s name that was in charge of the whole operation. The big then white frame house at one time was occupied by the Misses Campbell. The house originally stood in Ferguson Falls and was dismantled there and sent down the river to Carleton Place and erected on the present site.


Thomas Quinn of Ferguson’s Falls led the four teams required to move this house down the frozen Mississippi River and Lake to its present site


To improve traction on the ice for both horses and men, a simple form of crampon was used. Shown in the photo foreground are two stirrup like devices which would have been tied on over a pair of boots, most likely one under the ball of the foot and another under the heel. The spikes would prevent a nasty fall. Two different styles of horseshoes are shown in the background. The one on the left has wedge shaped extensions that would readily dig into the ice while the other one has blunt metal extensions.
Still what a feat this must have been!

Thomas Quinn Dies At 90 Years–1962

On Friday morning, June 3rd, death claimed one of the oldest of the residents of Ferguson’s Falls vicinity in the person of Thomas Quinn. On February 22nd, 1870, he was born at Ferguson’s Falls and lived on the farm there during his long life of ninety years. His genial and kindly disposition won for him a wide circle of friends and during the days following his death many persons who had known him called to offer their sympathy and prayers. The remains rested at Young Funeral Home and the funeral Mass was said, at the Sacred Heart Church in Lanark by the pastor, Rev. Joseph Healy. Burial was at St. Patrick’s Church Cemetery at Ferguson’s Falls. The pallbearers were Terrance Grey, Jas. Quinn, Francis Quinn, Francis Badour, Albert Forest, and Leo Quinn. He is survived by five brothers, William at Haileybury Hospital; James of Lanark; John, Frank and Charles of Ferguson’s Falls; and Sister M. Edward of Sacred Heart Convent, Arnprior.Among those who attended the funeral were his niece (Eileen) Mrs. James Mackler of Kirkland Lake; Leo Quinn of Cornwall; Loyola Quinn (Mrs. Desmond Piplonski) of Renfrew; Rev. Leo Hickey of Ottawa; Mrs. Hilda Hickey of Almonte; James P. Quinn and Miss Alice Quinn of Carleton Place.

The House that Skated to Carleton Place — Kennedy House


Clipped from The Ottawa Citizen, 05 Mar 1938, Sat,  2








august 22 2021- photos by Terry Latham—

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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