For the Love of Money-Gillies Gilmours and the McLarens

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Lanark County logging. Hauling squared timber to rivers. Negative No. C19837, Public Archives of Canada. Perth Remembered

The first men to start the lumber business here in Lanark County were all of Scottish blood. There were the Gillies, Caldwell, Gilmour, McLaren and others. They were a hardy, determined, ambitious and honest. But, all were exponents of their national virtue- thrift.

One day one of these earliest pioneers was approached in his office by a local young man looking for a position as a wood foreman. Hat in hand, he respectfully, but earnestly told of his experiences, which were ample. He also added diplomatically that he believed the firm was the best one on the Mississippi River to work for.

The old gent had listened intently, his hand cupped behind his ear, as he was slightly deaf. He answered,

“O aye fine, and how much wages would you be expecting?”

“Well, sir, I thought $12.00 a month would be fair,” said the applicant.

The great man recoiled as if he had been slapped in the face.

“Twelve dollars a month! Better if I take ye in as partner, it’s more than I make!”

 

And so go the past tales of life and work on the Mississippi River.

 

Loggers– Arborists– Then and Now in Lanark County

You Don’t Waltz With Timber on a Windy Day

Smoking Toking Along to the Log Driver’s Waltz

 

Sandy Caldwell King of the River Boys

Your Mississippi River, Ontario Fact of the Day

 

 

 

 

 

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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