Memories of Mrs. Gee’s Homemade Egg Rolls

Memories of Mrs. Gee’s Homemade Egg Rolls



Years ago there was a culinary tradition if you were in or around Perth you stopped in at a place called ‘Mrs Gee’s Homemade Egg Rolls’. There was no doubt that they made the best darn egg rolls in the world and were once a landmark in Perth. The egg rolls were always fried to perfection in a tidy neat wagon that was once located in the parking lot of Mac’s Milk on Wilson Street West.

The stand that was there years ago is gone, and as I am typing this I am trying to remember the taste and smell.  The egg rolls were huge, slightly spicy, and filled with veggies. They came in two sizes: either regular or jumbo size. In fact Mary Gee once said two jumbos were perfect for a truck drivers lunch. You couldn’t leave without one of their homemade almond cookies and a cup of fresh brewed  tea too. I also remember their factory produced fortune cookies which sold for a mere 7 cents each in the 70s.

Mrs Gee’s Egg Rolls was in such demand they decided to expand to Carleton Place in 1980 where it was was located on the Woolgrowers property. But 100 yards away troubled brewed when Sal’s Place complained about the new competition according to the newspaper archives.

The complaints made their way to the Carleton Place Town Hall that Mrs. Gee’s was located on industrial property and getting a free ride for a mere 75 bucks for a canteen license. Owner Sal Marinaz of Sal’s insisted to council that the mobile needed to move to another location.

Meanwhile bylaws were changing in Perth about whether or not the Gee’s egg roll emporium was either situated in a mobile or stationary wagon. Suddenly the health inspectors got involved and scratched their heads over the situation- as rules were different for either category.  Herbert Gee was baffled by everything that was happening, and his final statement was: “that over 100,000 egg rolls had been served and no one had died”.

It was said after Mrs. Gee’s Egg Rolls closed people would peek in the door of Jameson’s Restaurant on Wilson Street West with trepidation. Some would inch their way by the Largest Buffet in the County”  and quietly ask about Mrs Gee’s egg rolls.  But, the waitress knew what we were talking about, and they still made them with the original recipe, though only if people asked for them.

But now Jameson’s with the over  30 feet of hot and cold Daily Buffet is closed. The memories of Mrs. Gee’s Egg Rolls are now just one other thing from the past.  Now Mrs. Gee’s Egg Rolls is just a memory of good friends, good food and good times.

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Mrs. Gee’s had difficulties in Carleton Place



 - "The town must force Mrs. Gee's to' move to...

 - tors have been driving their food wagons around...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  18 Jul 1980, Fri,  Valley Edition,  Page 3

 - If you visit The Wool Growers Wool Shop,...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  08 Nov 1979, Thu,  Final Edition,  Page 43

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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.

8 responses »

  1. We drive to Perth about once a month….having moved to this general location 4 years ago…
    We always pass the sign for Mrs. Gee’s Egg Rolls and say ” next time we will stop in and try some”
    Little did we know that she was not there any longer…and worse still…political nonsense did her in!
    Thank God that the sign is still there….and it should remain forever…as a reminder to city hall of just how redicilous government meddling has become.

  2. In Pembroke Ontario there also was a Mrs. Gee’s Eggroll place and it was the same as what is mentioned in this article …..I wonder how many locations they had ? There eggrolls were amazing I would love for them to make a come back….Best eggrolls ever !!!

  3. If the Gee’s are still alive they should make a comeback…if they are no longer with us hopefully they left the family the recipe

  4. I remember them well. I recall the food truck and then one year it suddenly disappeared into the back of a parking lot. I actually had a Mrs. Gee’s tee shirt back then they were so good. Thanks for the info. I’d always wondered what had happened. Here’s to the good old days.

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