Life & Death in Poland— Lanark County



Some have said the community was mistakenly named “Poland” and it should really have been named “Paul Land” after the first Postmaster, Moses Paul.


  • Pop. 10. In Dalhousie T., Lanark C. on Poland Cr. and C. Rd. 16, 27 km. NW of Perth. First settler, James Paul arrived in 1821. Poland PO is showing on the Historical Atlas for Lanark County along with a church. Ontario’s north and west were combined in 1926 when a new school was built in Poland – enrolment was 20 students. The school called the 5th line school closed in 1969. For years it was said that a teacher taught for half a day in Poland and then the other half in Lammermoor.
  • Some say the name was a “corruption” of Paul’s Land. Others say the name was given by an early settler who complained ‘the walk in winter from Perth was like walking to the North Pole.’ The Poland post office closed in 1967.


The Old Poland School – Poland, Ont., which was replaced by a new “brick” school in the village, now being used as a private residence.

Perth Courier, Jan. 13, 1871

A correspondent of the Carleton Place Herald says that on the night of Tuesday, 3rd Jan., the dwelling house together with most of its contents belonging to John Paul, Poland, Dalhousie was completely destroyed by fire.

The fire was supposed to have originated around the safe but the clue to the mystery will never be unraveled.  A few individuals on the spot did all in their power to extinguish the flames but the fire was too much for them; in about 40 or 50 minutes the house was one bright mass of lurid flames.

The women present acted nobly, rendering all the assistance in their power to extinguish the flames and save the furniture.  But the greatest praise is due to the mistress of the house herself.  Her noble character shone conspicuously during the whole of that trying scene which was depriving her and her helpless children of a comfortable house during one of the most inclement nights of the season.  She never lost her presence of mind for a minute; it was chiefly owing to her coolness, intrepidity, and perseverance that a large portion of the valuable furniture was saved.  She never gave way to her womanly feeling while an article of furniture could be saved and all human aid was in vain.  Such exemplary conduct should be held up to everyone in such a trying scene.

The house of Mr. Paul was comparatively new and was amply insured.  It was partly insured in the Victorian and Mutual Insurance Company but besides the building, part of the furniture and part of the clothing, they lost all their grain and provisions and a large amount of furnishings and other vegetables in the cellar so that his loss exclusive of his insurance cannot be short of $1,200 to $1,400


Perth Courier, August 7, 1891

The Gazette says:  “On Tuesday of last week Duncan McIntosh, Dalhousie, died at the advanced age of 90 years.  He was born in Sterling(?), Scotland and came to this country in 1842.  He spent the first few years of his residency in this country with John Lawson, Middleville and at Hanna’s Mills.  From there he removed to Dalhousie where he resided until his death.  He was postmaster at Poland for a number of years.  He was a man of quiet and retiring disposition and was highly esteemed by all who knew him for his kindly manners and stirling worth.”

Perth Courier, Sept. 22, 1876

Fatal Threshing Mill Accident—A young man named Charles Connell, while attending a threshing mill on the morning of the 18th September in Poland, 14 miles from Lanark, fell upon the cylinder of the mill, severely shattering one of his legs.  Medical aid was immediately sent and in four hours Drs. Munro and Campbell of Lanark were in attendance.  He died in six hours after in accident.  The unfortunate young man was the son of Mr. William Connell, near Spencerville, Ontario

Perth Courier, October 27, 1876

Campbell—Died, in Poland, Dalhousie, on Tuesday, 10th Oct., Mr. Thomas Campbell, a native of Belfast, Ireland.  (note, no age was given.)

Perth Courier, November 14,1879

Morterville-Campbell—Married, at Carleton Place, on Thursday, 30th Oct., by Rev. W. Jamieson, Mr. James Morterville of Carleton Place to Miss Eliza Jane Campbell, daughter of the late Mr. Thomas Campbell of Poland.



Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

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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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