Lost Ottawa— Lost Carleton Place



Thanks goes to Lost Ottawa for these photos I had not seen before. I have seen many of the Gillies family.. but these I had not seen before

Sunday Drive … with members of the Ottawa Valley’s famous Gilles family hamming it up near Carleton Place.

This would be your old school drive in horse and buggy.

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Ladies dressed for a drive up the Ottawa Valley in Carleton Place, on Bridge Street in 1912.

You needed all the clothes you could get to drive around in an open touring car of that era. Nice hats too!

Driver is Elsie Gillies. David Gillies stands on the sidewalk, looking a little unsure about the whole thing. More Gillies clan in the back seat.

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This one similar to my Gillies Photos..

Saturday Outing … Up the Ottawa Valley in Carleton Place, two members of the famous lumbering Gillies family get ready for a drive in 1912. Elsie Gillies at the wheel, I believe.

At this time it would be good to have a man along for the ride — to start the car using that crank you see below the radiator. On the “do my bidding principle,” as Mrs. Lost Ottawa calls it.

This car is identified in the original caption as a Packard. What say you, car guys?

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And now back to our regular programming … Best dressed boaters of theCarleton Place Ladies Canoe Club in front of Findlay’s Foundry, 1903.

‘m envisioning what they’d all look like after tipping that canoe ūüôā The hats floating away…..

Postcard from Carleton Place: Tourists have their picture taken on the bridge over the Mississippi River.

Looking downriver there are buildings. The one on the left (hydro plant) has disappeared, and the one on the right has been turned into condos … but hey, it’s still standing.


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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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