I Don’t Remember That!!



I used to watch a lot of “The Jetsons” when I was growing up. George Jetson and his family lived in a bubble-shaped, high-rise apartment building set on tall, thin columns, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows and lots of metal beams. Although the show took place in 2062 I had no problems with change. So why did a simple photo of the town I grew up in years ago baffle me. Nothing looked familiar– so why did I and others question it?

Yesterday I posted the photo above on an Eastern Townships board —-This is the Fire station, in Cowansville, Quebec circa 1910. Well most of my fellow students on the Cowansville High School Facebook  page disagreed…

Rob Forster– Guess it was a wet day?

Linda Seccaspina– I have no idea where this might be

Keith Le Chasseur –Well before my time sorry nothing looks familiar

Rob Forster– Since the fire station I know about was beside the old town hall on Main St, right where the shopping centre is now (pre hole) I at first assumed that view is looking roughly west towards the street, but enlarging the photo and looking more closely, there’s a boat at the foot of the land there. With that much presumably permanent water around, I can’t place this in Cowansville at all.

Keith Le Chasseur– Remember the old Rio firetruck peace of junk Tait Hauver’s dad was the fire chief

Keith Le Chasseur– Plus those telephone poles never were in Cowansville

Linda Seccaspina— So are you saying the McCord Museum has it all wrong? LOLOL

Wylie Forster -Yup

Keith Le Chasseur— yup

Linda Seccaspina– Should I write the learned folks a letter ? LOL

Keith Le Chasseur-– Not for me just saying we lived there.

Carole Beattie— Before my time too. Wow not often I can say that these days. lol I do not recognize anything either. They were either in a flood or in the river. 🙂

Rupert H Dobbin-– The extreme left there looks like bracing for the rail on a bridge. The sun is from the right so that’s south, south-east or south-west Hill beyond is gentle. Could be the south shore of the river at the bridge just above the dam. Otherwise I have no idea.

Linda Seccaspina— I agree with Carole.. it looks like a flood or river,.

Rob Forster— Consider that if the photo was in fact taken in Coansville, there’s a considerable and very steep hill right in back of that firehouse, especially in those days. The whole of Main Street is of course built on a glacial esker, a miles long continuous deposit of sand, that runs right through to Sweetsburg. I might grant that it could have been a snow melt pond or something on a small level patch of ground, but then there’s the guy in the boat. I don’t think that can possibly be Cowansville.

Linda Seccaspina-– see my new posting.. thanks to Ville de Cowansville


For anyone debating that the McCord Museum photo was not from Cowansville yesterday--Ville de Cowansville posted another photo– This is the fire station, around 1910, it was located on the north side of the bridge on South Street, where today is the beginning of the path that goes behind the building of Main Street. The Ritz was there, and after the Restaurant the Riviera.. Landscapes change through time.

Take this for example.. How many times have you walked by this building in Carleton Place Ontario and wondered about it? I personally thought it was just a lovely style of architecture, never thinking twice.


This is what the building used to look like below. The present Scotiabank building was constructed in 1974 replacing the 1902 structure. Originally the Bank of Ottawa and established in 1883 and operated out of the red brick building above, until a fire destroyed the upper part of the building.

When I wrote about this months ago people were just as baffled as I was about the Cowansville photo. Funny how we have no problem accepting the future– but have great issues with landscapes of the past.  As Walt Disney said-“If there was no change there would be no butterflies.”

Photos and information from The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


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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