Should I Stay or Should I Go?–A Tall Lanark County Tale about Wives, Cattle and Tomfoolery

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You know, sometimes things just doesn’t work out in love. The spark goes, the flame flickers, the fire dies – and love has a regrettable habit of fizzling out. There is a tall tale that a wealthy farmer in Lanark County grew tired of his wife– or was it married life, and decided to do something about it.

 

At one of the largest cattle auctions in the late 1800s, he decided to offer up his wife for auction to the highest bidder. Word was she was no longer happy with her husband either, and encouraged him to auction her off among the Jerseys and the Holsteins.

 

People scoffed and laughed at the idea, and soon the farmer decided to offer up one of his homes as well  to encourage the sale. The seller also wanted to throw in the family–but the buyers rejected that idea knowing full well that laziness and tom-foolery ran amuck from the head of the household to the youngest.
The auction ended with a recorded low bid winning the wife who happily went off with the winner. So who won the female counterpart of the unhappy family? No other than the farmer’s next door neighbour. Some people say marriage is like looking at a restaurant menu and then wishing you had ordered at your neighbours table. Wonder how this all worked out. 

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News

 

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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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