Before and After in Balderson




This hotel and later general store was built in the early 1850s. It was the location of the first post office. The village had 11 post masters beginning with Mr. McDonald in 1858 and ending with Earl Myers in 1989 in part of Myers’ General Store.






Perth Courier, Dec. 14, 1888

James McGregor has sold his last 100 acres in Bathurst near Balderson to James Balderson, Jr., for $3,450.  This is the original McGregor homestead farm.

Perth Courier, Dec. 28, 1888

Balderson—The young people in this parish met together on the evening of Friday, 14th inst., at the residence of Mrs. Jones for the purpose of presenting their clergyman with a fur coat, cap and gauntlets costing $60.  The presentation was made by John Butler.

Mr. J.R. Allan, clerk in the drug store of Jno. Roberts, Ottawa, spent the Christmas holidays with his father James Allan, Balderson.

Mr. C. H. McManus, Inkster, Dakota, is visiting the haunts of his youth around Perth and Balderson.

Mr. and Mrs. Duncan McGregor of Balderson, Drummond, celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary about a fortnight ago.  They were married in Scotland not long before coming to Canada.  At their Golden Wedding anniversary all the surviving children attended.  They are parents of Peter McGregor, M.A., Principal of the Almonte High School.

Oh Woe is Emily J Publow of Balderson

Being A Charles Dobbie Groupie — Balderson Before Selfies

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

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.

2 responses »

  1. The Myers General store was purchased by Emily Desjardins and Gerry Mcsweeney and transformed into a very successful ladies clothing store named Ema Lee Fashions.

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