For the Love of Money-Gillies Gilmours and the McLarens



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

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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