Farming Could be a Dangerous Business in Lanark County? Who Do You Know?


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Ernest Miller – Lanark County

From the Perth Courier and the Almonte Gazette

March 7, 1851 – John McDiarmid, a respectable farmer residing in 5th Concession Ramsay, while the threshing machine was in full operation, slipped his footing and fell backwards. His left arm was caught in the machinery and greatly mangled, requiring it to be amputated.

November 20, 1868 – Patrick Furlong, living on the 6th Concession of Bathurst, while assisting at a threshing machine, fell from the top of a straw stack to the ground. His shoulder striking against a log, severe contusions were afflicted on his shoulder and arm. It is supposed that severe internal injuries have been sustained in addition. At last accounts, he was suffering very great pain.

Dec. 15, 1871 – A lad of 14 years, Charles Boyle, son of a widow residing in Almonte, came to a violent death in the following manner. He was attending a threshing machine on Monday when he came hastily out of the barn and put two span of horses in motion. Before the driver could succeed in stopping them the unfortunate lad was caught in the coupling which attached the horse power to the spindle driving the machine, and which dragged him roughly around. His leg was badly broken also his ankle, his neck badly cut, besides other injuries. He lived only two hours after the accident.



Picture of P.M Campbell with horses and his son Lindsay Campbell in the background-courtesy of Robert Campbell


July 19, 1872 – James Gamble, a wealthy and respectable farmer living on the 4th Line Bathurst, came to his death in a very sudden and unusual manner. He was engaged in mowing with a machine and one of the wheels ran into a hole causing a shock which threw him off his feet in front of the machine. The horses were stopped as soon as possible by his son and other friends but not before the old gentleman had been dragged a little distance. When extricated the unfortunate man was found in his last gasp and a few moments after he was quite dead.

Sept. 22, 1876 – A young man named Charles Connell, while attending a threshing mill in Poland, 14 miles from Lanark, fell upon the cylinder of the mill, severely shattering one of his legs. He died in six hours after the accident. November 17, 1876 – A young man named Gaskin met with a severe accident while threshing at Mrs. Halliday’s, South Elmsley. He meant to step on the horse power but missed his footing and his leg slipped into the whole wheel. In an instant it was seized by the revolving teeth and badly crushed, both bones being broken and the flesh dreadfully lacerated. The horses were almost instantly stopped or the leg would have been torn off. He died last Saturday from his injuries.


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From Dualsport Diary


July 20, 1888 – A sad accident occurred in Montague last Friday whereby Mr. D. McIntyre lost his life. It appears that Mr. McIntyre had been engaged in hauling hay when his team became frightened at something and ran away upsetting the hay wagon and throwing the driver head first on a pile of stones, breaking his neck. Death was almost instantaneous. July 20, 1888- On Friday morning, Findlay and Thomas McIntyre were drawing in hay and the horses became frightened and ran away across the field, jumping the fence and Thomas who was on the wagon, was thrown to the ground and dragged for several yards and when his brother Findlay reached the spot he found him insensible. He breathed only a few minutes and passed away.



Picture of the Balderson Cheese factory was established in 1881 by local dairy farmers of Lanark–Drummond North Elmsley

November 2, 1894 – One of the old landmarks is gone from the township of Darling in the person of James McIlraith who died at midnight on Saturday, 20th October after little more than a day’s illness caused by injuries from falling while he was running after a sheep in his orchard. The injuries sustained were of such a nature that little could be done beyond allaying the pain and he gradually sank until he died just 36 hours from the time of the accident.

July 15, 1898 – James H. Taylor of Lanark died from his attack of sunstroke on Wednesday night of last week.

July 28, 1899 – Maberly News: Last week Charles Strong was injured by digging stones with a crowbar and a short time after he died.


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


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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