Oh Woe is Emily J Publow of Balderson



Early Victorians idealized the notion of an end slow enough to give the dying the chance to say goodbye to their families and to prepare themselves spiritually for this all important moment. Families would cluster around bedsides, hoping to catch profound last words of their loved ones or witness religious raptures before death.

Heavily edited stories of death scenes were expounded in Evangelical memoirs and journals, highlighting the dramatic battle of the dying in the days before death. The reality however was less romantic, leading many to comment on how rare that much romanticized rapture was. Indeed by the late Victorian period people had largely discarded these notions, hoping instead for quick, painless deaths over melodramatic, drawn out affairs.

droppedImage.jpgBalderson United Church

Perth   Courier, March 29, 1878


Publow—Died, of consumption, on Sunday, March, 24, Emily L. Publow, aged 18 years.  The subject of the above notice was the eldest daughter of Mr. James Publow, blacksmith, Balderson’s Corners.  Strange to say, her death occurred on Sunday last, practically one year (by the days of the week) after her lamented mother’s decease.

Early last summer she very wisely suffered the Holy Spirit to lead her to Christ and though at times troubled and perplexed about her general welfare, grace finally triumphed and during her long and patiently borne illness she exhibited much of the Excellency of the knowledge of God.

Unselfish, full of sympathy and beautifully confiding, she won for herself many friends and enjoyed in a large measure the affections of those around her and they mourn her loss with unfeigned sorrow.  A short time before her death, on being questioned by one of her spiritual comforters as to the possibility of there being any doubt about her going to her heavenly house she replied that there was not even a “shadow of a doubt” thus powerfully testifying to the “Stoning Blood of Christ”.

After a long illness she has triumphed over death and has entered into the rest that remains for the people of God.  Her funeral sermon was preached by the Rev. Mr. Robertson from the following text (chosen by herself) “For we know that if our earthly tabernacle were dissolved we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (2nd Cor. Chap 5 Verse 4).


The bereaved family have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community in their bereavement.  Her remains were followed to the grave in the Episcopal burying grounds in Lanark Village on Tuesday last by a large concourse of friends and relatives and there interred awaiting the morning of the Resurrection.

Want to see more? 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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