Singer Sewing Machines and Scandals



1889 Billhead Invoice-Singer Sewing Machine-$20


March 5 1889– Perth Courier

On Monday last, an agent for the Singer Sewing Machine Company named Chapman from Ottawa was brought before Charles Rice, J.P., charged with assaulting Mrs. Elizabeth Dewitt of North Elmsley near this town.  Complainant had bought a Singer Sewing Machine and gave a lien on it until paid.  One of the instalments coming due and not having been paid, the sellers removed the machine but in doing so held the woman to prevent her resistance also shutting her in a room.  The magistrate held that this is a true assault and fined Chapman $5 and costs.


Dec 14 1888- Perth Courier

Mrs. Tufts, inmate of the dwelling in which the late “Yankee Brown” died and Tim Ryan, who assisted to shape and dress the remains say that there is no truth in the report current that the  dwelling was made hideous by the alleged orgies and scandalous actions of certain persons in town.

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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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