Trapped in 1887–Down the Lanark County Time Machine once again

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Yesterday I got trapped in 1887 in the newspaper archives.. if  a marching band had entered my home I still would not have heard them. Seriously folks.. some days a 12 step program is needed.. Seen in the Almonte Gazette 1887 and click here and read away.

—An old man named Hutton, living near Oxford Mills, had his feet very badly  frozen during the recent severe weather.

—The Carleton Place citizens have acted promptly and nobly in assisting Mr. George Campbell, who was injured by a falling tree. $115 in cash and a quantity of the necessaries of life have been raised for him.

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—A beaver weighing 48 pounds was trapped by Mr. Napoleon Laviolette recently at Gillies Bros’, limits on the Coulonge.

Mr. Wm. Patterson, of Carleton Place, is going into the undertaking business

Fishing for eels through the ice is popular at Brockville just now. One party secured 76 in one day.

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Brockville 1887

 

Mr. E . Dowlin, of Carleton Place, purchased a car load of beef at Ottawa the other day, which he shipped to that town. M r. Dowlin says the fine Quality of beef can be purchased much cheaper in Ottawa than in Carleton Place

—The car shops at Perth are again in full blast. A large amount of work is on hand, and about 200 men will be employed. Besides repairing, 706 box cars are to be built. They will be turned out a the rate of five a day.

—An Ottawa paper says that a Scotch woman of Perth proposes to wheel her eight month old child from that town to London

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Perth RememberedMr. J. T. Henderson came to Perth in 1861, and established the mercantile house which has been eminently prosperous since its inception.

 

A thick crust has been formed on on the snow in the woods by the recent soft and hard weather. It is very hard on horses engaged in the shanties, and many of them have been completely used up with sore legs. The deep snow has also caused an unusual number of accidents to men by rendering it difficult for them to get out of the way of falling trees.

 

It looks as if the necessity for soup kitchens has not been delayed until the Liberal party comes into power. In Ottawa, at the present moment, there are hundreds of families almost on the brink of starvation. This is no idle statement, in evidence of which the following remarks, made by the Rev. Father Dowdall, in his sermon at the Basilica there may be quoted : “There are many families in Ottawa at the present time on the brink of destitution who are unable to obtain work. I also know of widowed mothers with families in this city who go to bed at night cold and hungry, and who have no idea how they are going to obtain their breakfasts.” The demands upon the charitable institutions of the city to relieve the sufferings of the unemployed and destitute were never greater.

Last Thursday morning Mr. Thomas Killough, of  Ramsay, came to Carleton Place with a fine team of horses and a load of wood. After delivering the wood to Messrs. Barton & Corbett, he backed his team on the street, just opposite the Herald office, when one of the horses fell down. H e seemed to have ho intention of rising, and after being unhitched, gave one short snort and expired. The animal was ten years old and valued at $125 or $140, quite a heavy loss to its owner. The body was removed shortly afterwards, and a post mortem examination revealed the fact the horse was suffering with disease which was the cause of death.

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Carleton Place 1887–lindaseccaspina.wordpress.com

 

We learn with regret that the safe of the Peterboro Examiner office was, on Saturday evening, robbed of $40. This fact, should it become widely known, will have a deplorable bearing on the profession throughout the country. People will now think that if one office has money—even $40—-all may have, and consequently editors and printers may be called on to pay up. Then, too, the burglarizing burglar may set out to raid printing offices is all over the land. Publishers having so much as $40 left on hand on Saturday night should take warning and either put the money down cellar under a bundle  or else submerge it in the composition kettle. Just think of it ? $40 on hand Saturday night, and yet they say there is no money in this country.—

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Smiths Falls & District Historical Society–Annual Poultry Fair circa 1888

 

It is reported that Mr. Alex. Hunter, of Carleton Place, has been offered $2,500 for the trotting mare Little Vic. As this phenomenal animal is attracting considerable attention of late by her speed, some facts concerning her history may prove interesting. The mare is only about seven years old and was first owned by Mr. Star Merrick, grain dealer of Carleton Place and formerly of Prescott.

A Kingston man before his cow went dry, froze about thirty quarts of milk and packed it away in straw. He has now, consequently, enough on hand to do his family till the cow gives another supply. The idea is a good one, and should be adopted by many.

Smith Falls-M a s q u e r a d e .—The roller skating rink was the scene of a fancy dress carnival on Friday night of last week which proved fairly successful. Several prizes were awarded. The brass band was in attendance and aided very materially  enlivening the proceedings.

 

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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