A Common Sight on the Side of the Road




It used to be a common sight to see a lad sitting by the side of the road with a piece of sandpaper roughing up the surface before coating it with cement and a rubber patch to repair a flat tire. If you forgot your jack to raise the car, well the nearest farmer’s fence was used —often breaking some of the farmer’s rails. Nine times out of ten the drivers never replaced the broken rails and drive off with nary a thought.

The farmers developed bad attitudes towards the local drivers, and the drivers could not understand why. Of course today, fences are never needed for a flat but a bad attitude is like a flat tire. You can’t go anywhere until you change it.


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Photo is from Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Lanark County Genealogical Society Website

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News

Rollin’ Down the Mississippi River —- Tunes and Cars of Carleton Place 1971

Should Cows and Smart Cars be Tipped?

Lost Ottawa— Lost Carleton Place

Life Inside and Out the Gillies House –Photos 1910

The Great Gatsby’s of Lanark County?

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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