Mrs Jarley and her Waxworks Hits Lanark– and they call me strange:)





Author’s Note– my oldest son says that is a wonder that people do not find me creepy with all my puppets and old knickknacks around the house.. I think I have met my match.:)

Almonte Gazette-Friday May 24 1901–Read the Almonte Gazette here

Mrs. Jarley created a sensation with her waxworks in the Lanark town hall on Friday evening, when they exhibited a special feature at an entertainment given by St. John’s Episcopal church, under the management of Rev. Mr. and Mrs. Heaven.

Mrs. Jarley certainly had a ‘‘marvellous and stupendous collection” of automata. The graphic description given by this aggressive dame of the different characters amused the large listening audience, and merriment waxed to a high pitch.  When the figure of her long lamented late husband,  Mr. Jarley, was brought forward the sight proved too much for the poor lone widow and she wept bitterly. So did John, an assistant, who could not bear the sight of a woman’s tears.

Mrs. Weekes, of Carleton Place, impersonated Mrs. Jarley, and Mr. C. Forbes took the part of John. The other portion of the program was devoted to singing and instrumental music, also a pretty Maypole drill by a number of little girls. The Misses Strong, Carleton Place, were loudly encored for their duets. They -sang “Goo Goo Eyes” in a manner which left nothing to be desired, and have established themselves as warm favourites here in the village. Master W. Buffam sang well “Two little shoes of blue.”



Messrs. Patterson and C. Forbes gave a duet “Tie Pilot Brave” and Mr. C. Forbes entertained the audience with some new songs and sayings. Altogether the entertainment was a most enjoyable one, and Mr. and Mts. Heaven are to be congratulated on its success. The accompanists: were Miss Drummond, of Perth, and Miss Laura Doiway, Miss Maud Richardson and Miss Montgomery, of Lanark. Mr. R. Beatty filled .the chair. Proceeds raised were over sixty dollars.

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

Read more about Mrs. Jarley here…

Mrs. Jarley’s Wax Works -Creepy Entertainment

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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