Adding to the Past- Morris Green from Almonte




Photo- Linda Seccaspina editing from a photo from Up the Line by Steve Evans


When Jennifer Fenwick Irwin (curator of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum) and I had a conversation yesterday, she told me I was  “obsessed”. She is right- for almost two years now I have been documenting interesting tidbits about Lanark County. My computer is surrounded with books- my bookmarks on my computer are overloaded, and my computer just shuts down sometimes when it has had enough. Yes, maybe I am obsessed, but I do not need or want a 12 step program. I love what I do and every single day is a new journey.

My friend Vicki Racey from Almonte worked on a series of local books, and I had no idea until I picked up one of them called: Up the Line by Steve Evans. Inside there are a vignette of local folks with photos. These are the people I like to write about. They are people just like you and me– but I want to know more about these people.

On page 189  of Up the Line by Steve Evans stands Mr Morris Green from Green’s Upholstery in Almonte. Morris began to work at the old Frost and Woods place in Smiths Falls and after the war he moved to Almonte where his wife lived. His mother was a seamstress so they decided to open up next to dry cleaners in 1947 and it just somehow expanded into upholstery. After his brother and mother died he carried on with Green’s Upholstery and worked from Monday to Friday– and on Saturday he put on his “Sunday best” and went out “courtin” business.

So what else do you know about Morris? What personal memories can you add to this brief bio?





Jennifer BarrUncle Misty. Great picture!!

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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