The Mysterious Tatlock Mine





The alleged ghost horse of Tatlock Road —from Granabby


Lorrie McCann and Dawn Jones were discussing the Tatlock Quarry on the  Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page. I will tell you I searched and searched for hours and could not find much. All I know is that work has carried on in the Tatlock Mines since 1900. Dawn mentioned Archie Guthrie– and so sad to say all I found is his obituary.


So if you have any stories send them about the Tatlock Mine to me at and I will try and put something together.

Here are the stats:


Tatlock Quarry Ontario Mining and Exploration located in Ontario, the Tatlock quarry is the largest calcium carbonate mine in Canada with its products being used in paints, plastics, construction materials , as well as paper and packaging materials. IMA-NA looks forward to continuing to highlight industrial mineral producers through partnerships for both North American Minerals Days and European Minerals Days.  Below you’ll find OMYA’s invitation to the local community to come learn about the Tatlock Quarry.
OMYA (Canada) Inc.
calcium carbonate
Location Tatlock Quarry – (Darling Township)

Employees 400






GUTHRIE, Archie Peacefully at Almonte General Hospital on Saturday December 9, 2006 in his 85th year. Husband of Lois Currie. Predeceased by his first wife Ida Bourk. Loving father of William, Wayne (Lynn), Wenda Cochran (Peter) and Wilma. Grandfather of 7 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Brother of Muriel Craig, Sudbury and Betty Green, Ottawa. Predeceased by sister Blanche Gale, brothers Glenn and Floyd. Fondly remembered by sisters-in-law Edna Armstrong and Amy Biggs (Reg) and by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Almonte Chapel of Tubman Kerry Funeral Home, 154 Elgin Street, Almonte on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Tuesday at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Rosamond Wing of the Almonte General Hospital would be appreciated by the family.


Good afternoon!–I was just reading the article about the mysterious Tatlock mine. Archie Guthrie was my uncle. My father, Floyd, also grew up in Tatlock and owned land there as well. Archie’s children (my great cousins) are still alive and well and may be able to share more stories too.

Barb Lemay (nee Guthrie).

Perth Courier, March 3, 1893

Tatlock—Died at Carleton Place on Sunday, 26th Feb., Eliza Frizzelle Tatlock, relict of the late Mr. Samuel Tatlock, aged 84.

Perth Courier, December 10, 1897–David McKinnon, when sinking a shaft for coal in Lot West 9, of the 9th Concession Dalhousie, came to a formation in which was a sparkling mineral which might be pyrite or silver scattered plentifully through it.  This formation was four feet thick.  The drills are now down to 38 feet.

Other mines—Hon. William Morris and Dr. Wilson owned Lots 18, 19, 20, on Concession 2(?) on the north shore of Myers (now Christies) Lake—the location of the Christie Lake Iron Mine.  And these two Perthites likewise held hundreds of acres of adjacent ground—probably to protect possible extensions of their iron deposits.  There were many Corry (or Korry), Deacon, and Elliott holders and Hon. R. Matheson, John Playfair, William Lees, and Thomas Brooke had sundry lots.

January 1901 Almonte Gazette–Messrs. McEwen & Son, of the Dominn Quarry, Beckwith, shipped 6,954 cubic feet of dressed stone from their quarries during the past season.



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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  1. Well Linda Knight you look pretty good for someone who was around during the invention of the wheel. I was just reading your Bio and it appears you have had somewhat of an interesting life and that you care about preserving history and telling tales. I actually dropped into Tatlock about a week ago and I didn’t realise there was a mine there. Too many things in our histories have been lost. I actually came across this blog as I have been trying to find out the history of the Tatlock Fire Department, since I have a passion for preserving Ontario fire service histories. Keep up the story telling and the promotion of the histories within Ontario. Hopefully you will find someone who knows more about the mine. Rob at


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