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.

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Read more about Mrs. Jarley here…

Mrs. Jarley’s Wax Works -Creepy Entertainment

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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