Memories of Maberly



Karen Prytula–photo from-“Mooreville” Maberly

October 1897– Perth Courier

Maberly:  An old landmark of our village was removed this week—the log building in the rear of Mr. Korry’s residence.  This was one of the first dwellings erected in Maberly and was built by John McGregor some 40 years ago.  It has passed through many hands and sheltered many a weary traveler in the days of yore and if its walls could speak it could tell many a tale from the early days of our village.  Mr. Korry will erect a kitchen, and wood shed in its stead.


Today I found this glorious blog called:

“Mooreville” Maberly with our very own Karen Prytula from the Lanark County Geological Society featured


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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  1. Hi Linda, This is kismet. Yesterday I was at Lanark Archives researching the Family Forest, as I call it. I’m twin tagging, Mahon’s and Moss’s. Why not do both sides at the same time. Sanity not be thy name. The Moss’s landed in Maberly in the mid 1840’s. I presume to escape the famine. There is a long history of them there. Thomas Moss, the original settler of the family, built the Moss School. Yesterday I found a transcript of one of Thomas’s sons who was killed building the K&P. It said another brother was killed there a year earlier. Sadly it fills in the missing pieces. I’m a member of LCGS and am wondering if Karen is the go-to-person for that area? I know the location of the original homestead but am trying to fill in some blanks.

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