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





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.

Giant Beaver.jpg

—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.

Fire Hall.jpg

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


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.


Carleton Place 1887–


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.—

552896_517466114984316_572783265_n (1).jpg

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



About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s