I’m Hard to Beat— The Resume of the Century



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In doing some research this morning I found this item in a 1908 Almonte Gazette-


Hard to Beat 1908 Almonte Gazette

The Merrickville school board recently advertised for a principal for the public school. A number of replies were received but the following one establishes a record.

The applicant said : “ Hold first class ( A l ) certificate- Have taught for 12 years. Highest references. Good disciplinarian. Fully up, in calisthenics and music. Good looker, fine talker. Don’t smoke. Don’t drink. Take me– I am all around hard to beat. If the trustees don’t catch on Dr., they’ll make the mistake of their life.”

A the bottom of the-hand comer a P.S. is marked and the word “ married” is inserted.





On hand to receive their awards were the winners of the School historical essay contest. This programme was initiated four years ago by the Historical Society to engender interest in local history among the youth of Merrickville & district. The winners were all from Merrickville Public School; Harry Hitsman, winner from the grade 4-5-6 category wrote about the “History of the Corktown Road” while grade 7-8 winner Devon Coates told about the “Ghost of Sam Jakes Inn”. Thanks to Mrs. Lorraine Allen, Principal and the teachers Miss Elizabeth Telford, grade 8 and Mrs. Kathy Porter, grades 5,6 for their encouragement of the students and their cooperation with the contest. All of the student essays will be on display in the Blockhouse over the summer. Drop into the Blockhouse over the summer and read the talented efforts of these budding authors.– 2005 Merrickville & District Historical Society Newsletter

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Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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