The Death of Miss McEwen of Drummond



Perth Courier, Oct. 9, 1885



Particulars of the dreadful murder in Dakota mentioned in last week’s Courier will be found on our fourth page.  The victim, Miss McEwen, is a former resident of Drummond, near Innisville and was about 45 years old. Her brother, Peter McEwen, is well known around Innisville.  He lives now near the place where his sister was murdered and his mother and sisters still reside near Innisville.


The Norwegian who ravished and afterwards killed Miss McEwen of Rosseau Lake near Olga, Dakota was captured last Wednesday three miles west of Wallholin  and taken to Olga and delivered over to the officers of the law who were preparing to leave with their prisoner for Pembina jail when they were met by about 200 settlers who took the prisoner and hung him to the nearest tree.

He confessed to the crime and some of the murdered girl’s property was found in his possession.  A machine expert who was present at the hanging gave some particulars.  Olson had called the day before at the claim shanty occupied by Miss McEwen and asked her for what she would sell her claim and not receiving any encouragement to other conversation he went away.

The next night about dusk Olson was seen by a neighbor crossing the field in the direction of her shanty which he knew to be unoccupied at the time.  After a short interval Miss McEwen came along and was told by the neighbor in a joking way that Olson had just passed towards her house.  She said that if he did not leave at once she would throw some hot water on him.  What transpired after this is shrouded in mystery.

Her shanty was broken into by friends who found her murdered in her bed.  Suspicion at once pointed to Olson who was followed by a large body of men who captured him within a short distance of where the crime was committed, but not until he made another attempt on another lady who successfully resisted him.  He was taken to Olga about five miles from Rosseau Lake where he was held and brought before a Justice of the Peace for a preliminary hearing before being taken to Pembina for safe keeping.  Everything indicated that Miss McEwen had put up a desperate struggle before Olson accomplished his purpose.  Her body was terribly bruised and her face beaten beyond recognition.



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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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