Remembering E.P. Clement from Almonte—By Susan Elliott Topping



Great Grandparents– Grandma Clement,Gr. Grandpa Clement Photo from Susan Elliott Topping

Susan Elliott Topping sent me a story the other day and I just wanted to share this. If any of you have some information you would like to share with the world — please send them to me on Facebook or email

Hello Linda,

I love reading your posts about Almonte and it’s rich history. I grew up there and it will always be home. My Great Grandfather E.P. Clement was a great part of Almonte. I can still see him in his three piece suit and cane (which we think was just for effect) strolling downtown to pick up the paper. I know he also backed some businesses to help them get started.


School Class picture 1942 – St. Mary’s, Almonte, Ontario.

Vincent Morrow’s and Margaret Morrow’s surname should be “Moreau”.

The manger scene  at St. Mary’s church  every Christmas was built by him many, many years ago. Mr. Finner, who lived nearby and a couple other helped him take it to the church when it was finished. It was built in the Finner’s garage. The bells you hear ringing from the same church were donated by my Great Grandfather. My Mom says every time she hears them, she thinks of Great Grandpa.


L-R Front Row-Marie, Gr. Grandma Clement,Gr. Grandpa Clement,Beatrice,Edna–Back Row-Pat, Frank (Cheese-my Grandpa),Della,Trixie,Vi and Orville.–Photo from Susan Elliott Topping

He also did a lot of work on the old St. Mary’s School.   His home was actually the first jail in Almonte, where he and my Great Grandmother raised raised their large family! There are two of their children left now. Theresa (Trixie) Robillard, and Vi Larose, who is turning 102 years young in November!! Whenever I had to do a project on Almonte in school I would head to Grandpa’s and my Great Uncle, Fred LaRose’s houses, because I think between them, they knew just about all there was to know about Almonte!

Thank you Susan– I really appreciated you sending this. Keep them coming!!


The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
28 Oct 1975, Tue  •  Page 31

Remember November the 5th–


Going through my files here are just a few related Almonte Stories–

Remembering John Kerry from Almonte—By Karen Hirst

The Almonte Fire– Bridge and Water Street 1903

The Almonte Fire of 1909

Let the Merchants take over Carleton Place and Almonte?

So Where was the Location of the Almonte Illustration?

Cancer and Family 1903- Almonte Gazette

The Population of Almonte 1851

The Lonely Grave of Barney Shiels of Cedar Hill

Shocking Murder in Almonte–Michigan Charlie

55 years ago–One of the Most Tragic Accidents in the History of Almonte

The Telephone and its History in Almonte

Is Almonte Now Powered by Gnomes?

Crime and Punishment? –Tales from the Almonte Post Office

The Funniest Anti-Dog Letter to the Editor–Almonte Gazette

Constipation Guaranteed to be Cured in Almonte

Over the Falls- June 1984

Seeds of Love–Almonte Cinema – Then and Now

Dr. Andrew Elliott of Almonte — Tarred and Feathered

The Name Game– Changing Almonte Street Names

Before there was Baker Bob’s There was The Almonte Bakery

No Banker Left Behind – Bank of Montreal Almonte Photos

Down by the Mississippi River- Almonte Falls Photos 50s

If You are Unemployed in Almonte- Hitchike to Carleton Place

40 years later-by L. G. William Chapman, B.A., LL.B.


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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