Cancer and Family 1903- Almonte Gazette




Patients back then were fearful of doctors. Not only were cancers very uncommon compared to today, they appear to have differed in other key respects. These figures suggest that breast cancer during the Victorian period was significantly less rapidly progressive than is the case today, probably due to the Victorians’ significantly higher intakes of a range of micro- and phytonutrients which slow cancer growth.

They typically ate eight to ten portions of fruit and vegetables daily, in a diet that contained far higher levels of vitamins and minerals than occur in today’s nutrient-depleted, refined and processed foods. They also consumed less salt, sugar, alcohol and tobacco.


This would explain why they were so effectively protected against cancer, and heart disease,–surprisingly, figures show that in the mid-Victorian period, cancers and heart disease were under 10 per cent of the levels we are experiencing today.

In summary, although the mid-Victorians lived as long as we do, they were relatively immune to the chronic degenerative diseases that are the most important causes of ill health and death today.

However some did succumb to the disease and here is a tragic story of one poor woman in Almonte. Please read the Almonte Gazette.. your past history awaits you.

Almonte Gazette 1903

A tragic case, came before *Mr. E. W. Smith, Almonte Justice of the Peace, who committed a man for trial. The elected instead asked to be tried by jury, and was permitted to return to Perth.

The case is a sad one. His wife is incurable with cancer, and while her sister is doing what she can for her, circumstances are depriving the invalid of the nourishment she should have. The husband is said to be a good worker, and does not look like a man who would be wantonly cruel, but the fact remains that be has neglected to support his wife, and she is suffering from that neglect. What the outcome of the trial may be cannot be predicted, but in the meantime it is a case where help might very well be given. Private donations can be made at the Gazette’s office that we might help this woman.


1888 Almonte:  Isaac Needham of Pakenham, who appeared before Judge E.W. Smith, Esq., J.P.P. on a charge of threatening bodily injury to Hugh Gordon, and was bound over to keep the peace for one year and $200 and two sureties of $100 each.  Gazette

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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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