Feb 22 1940–Almonte Gazette

Miss Eileen Snowden and Friend Conclude Tour of 9,200 Miles

Miss Eileen Snowden arrived home in Almonte, Sunday night, concluding a motor tour that took her to the Pacific Coast and back. On January 2nd, driving her own car, and accompanied by a girlfriend, Miss Juliette Leone of Montreal, Miss Snowden left for California.

San Francisco in the 1940s-60s by Fred Lyon (17).jpg

The two young ladies spelled one another off at the wheel and quite often did 700 miles in a day. They proceeded through Detroit, Chicago, Omaha, Salt Lake City, Reno and San Francisco. Miss Snowden speaks highly of the last mentioned city with its fine streets, one of which runs for a great distance without any intersections. The tourists spent some time in Los Angeles and visited several of the famous moving picture studios. Movie stars in the night clubs and other popular amusement places were so numerous as to be scarcely celebrities.




Outstanding among these noticed by the visitors were Warner Baxter, and Alice Fay. From Los Angeles the Canadian girls headed South, returning through Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and Niagara Falls. They found San Antonio, the great western Texas metropolis, a fine city. They visited Juarez in Mexico and had a look at life south of the Rio Grande.


The tourists met many Canadians in the Southwest, and upon making their nationality known were warmly received by the Americans down there who have a warm spot in their hearts for the Dominion. Main motor roads in Texas were excellent, stretching through the flat country for hundreds of miles with out a curve. In all the girls passed through 23 states of the Union, covered 9,200 miles and never had the slightest traffic accident. This is a record that many drivers of the alleged sterner sex might well envy.





Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 10 Oct 1941, FriPage 8

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 3 Mar 1942, TuePage 10

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The Ottawa Journal, 17 Aug 1939, ThuPage 18

Miss Stanzel had a pupil by the name of John Stanzell.. who was he?

The Fred Astaire of Carleton Place — John Stanzel

Christopher Gower — The Baryshnikov of Carleton Place


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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