The Notorious Bridget McGee of Perth



From Perth Remembered–*see description below.Lots of snow on Foster Street c. 1880. Foster Street looking West from Gore Street to Wilson Street showing the north side of the street

Perth Courier, October 20, 1871

The “grocery” of Mrs. Bridget McGee near the post office has lately acquired the reputation which may be justly termed “notorious”.  This has been principally owing to the frequency and magnitude of the rows which have during the past fortnight developed themselves around that little nook.  One time, the windows were smashed from within by some missile of war hurled by the fair hand into the window at some rowdies outside; another time the glass was shivered from the outside by excited and indignant prowlers.  Last Sunday evening when people were returning from church, a lighted lame was seen sailing through the window like a falling star from the interior into the river below, aimed at some outside foe.  The damages to the windows are always promptly repaired the next morning.  The hotel de McGee has decidedly a hard name and must be a pleasant neighbor to others in that vicinity.

Perth Courier, August 9, 1872

On show day, a misunderstanding arose between Mrs. Kane, proprietor of a grocery stand at the entrance to the circus grounds, and the well known Mrs. Bridget McGee—the latter being the aggressor.  The affairs had to be finally settled by blows which was speedily done with the aid of a ginger beer bottle by Mrs. Kane.  Mrs. McGee, being expelled from the stand ingloriously,

Perth Courier, August 23, 1872

George Bourke, charges brought by Bridget McGee, fined 20 cents

Michael Bourke, charges brought by Bridget McGee, fined 20 cents

Bridget McGee, charges brought by Eliza Bourke, Jr. and Eliza Bourke, Sr., fined 20 cents

Perth Courier, Feb. 14, 1873

Maurice Enright, charges brought by Bridget McGee, fined $1

Perth Courier, June 11, 1875

Bridget McNee—The irrepressible Mrs. McNee, after raising a row in the streets a short time ago, for which she was sent to the lockup until she sobered up, was shipped off by the Corporation to other parts on Saturday last.  Chief Constable Corry was employed as a shipping agent and accordingly escorted his fair charge as far as Brockville but farther than that Mrs. McNee positively refused to go.  Accordingly, he had no other alternative then to let her stay where she was.  As all her earthly possessions—furniture, clothing, baby, etc., were shipped off with her, her return here is not anticipated for two or three days at least.  Since writing the above, sure enough, Mrs. McNee has got back again bag and baggage, and baby, having been taken with an attack of homesickness which necessitated her early return.

*Foster Street looking West from Gore Street to Wilson Street showing the north side of the street. The horse drawn sleigh/tram is for the Hicks House later the Perth Hotel, John WIlson, Prop., which was one of 7 hotels in Perth around this time between 1898 and 1899. There was the Albion Hotel on the north west corner of Gore and Craig Streets, Jas Young Prop., The Allan House on Cockburn Island, A Robinson, Prop., Barries’ Hotel south east corner of Wilson and D’Arcy Streets, John Wilson, Prop., Jackman House, north of Lock’s Bridge, George Jackman, Prop., Queen’s Hotel, south side of Foster between Wilson and Gore Streets, Frank Lambert, Prop. and the Revere House, south east corner of Foster and Wilson Streets, W.J. Flett, Prop.
In the distance where the Perkins Building is now situated could be Charles and James Gent’s Furnishings. To the right is A. Meighen & Brothers Gent’s Furnishings (men’s clothing). Between 1898 and 1899 other business on Foster Street: Sutherland’s Restaurant would be here on the north side of Foster Street near Gore Street as well as Rudd and Neilson Watchmakers this picture. Dr. R V Fowler’s office would be located on Foster Street. The Perth Expositor Newspaper was on the south east corner of Gore and Foster, C.F. Stone Prop. H T Noonan Grocers south side of Foster near Wilson. James Paterson Grocers south side Foster between Gore and Wilson Streets. Doyles Flour and Feed, Dickenson Brothers Dry Goods and Groceries south side Foster between Gore and Wilson Streets, F.L. Hall Chemists north side Foster Street and A Wilson Boots and Shoes on the north side of Foster.

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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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