Should we Really Keep Time in a Bottle or a Box?




Photo taken at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum


Time capsules can be pretty boring. But time capsule nerds like me live for those rare capsules with something really cool is found inside. I am supposed to have a time capsule in my home and this  year I was going to do something about it– but I didn’t. The reason is that I am afraid. What am I afraid of?

Maybe having Mr. Mahoney  pull out those cornerstones and finding nothing, to be precise, and have my anticipation shattered. My anxiety stems back to a former owner who owned this home for about a year, and when he lost it to the bank he stripped the house down to a mere light bulb. When we bought this home in 1981 even the brass push button light plates had been stripped. A home should be a treausure chest to the living–maybe it’s still there, and maybe it’s not– but we don’t know what we are missing until we find it. What if I don’t find it?


Photo taken at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum

A few weeks ago Michael Rikley-Lancaster from the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte showed me  what was in a time capsule a masonry crew had discovered encased in the stone wall of  the condo building, which once housed the Rosamond Woollen Mill.

The items in the time capsule included: newspapers, coins and a photograph of the mill’s founder James Rosamond. The newspapers: an Ottawa Daily CitizenAlmonte Gazette and Industrial World were dated August 17, 1880. The oldest objects were assorted coins, which date back to 1858. The time capsule’s note explained that the coins were removed from an earlier time capsule before being placed into the 1880 time capsule.


Photo taken at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum


So what is in mine if it is still there? The Morphys were one of the founders of the town– so one wonders what they have put in there. They seemed to be frugal people, as when my home was gutted in  a fire in 1995- the only thing found in all the exposed walls was a note from a child and a playing card.



Photo taken at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum

So should I just leave it there- or see what’s in there next year? This year I finally found out what the hidden room in the basement was– so is that enough excitement for one year? The trouble is you think you have time- time is not measured by clocks it’s measured by moments….

Why am I so apprehensive about this moment in time?



Photo taken at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum

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

Time Capsule in the ‘Hi Diddle Day’ House?


Update on the Time Capsule in Springside Hall

Unwrapping 164 Bridge Street in Carleton Place

Mississippi Valley Textile Museum related reading–

Does Fabric Make You Happy? Read This!!

The Rosamonds Would Love You to Come and Shop Vintage!

Guess What I Found?–A Purchase from the Yard Goods Store

Was Working in One of Our Local Mills Like Working in a Coal Mine?

Babies in the Textile Mills

The Rosamond Woolen Company’s Constipation Blues

Tears of a Home -The Archibald Rosamond House

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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