Appleton Tragedy



Black and white view of Collie Woollen Mill from the river, 1946-North Lanark Regional Museum

Perth Courier, Jan. 17, 1868

The Carleton Place Herald of Wednesday last mentions the occurrence of a very lamentable affair which took place last week a short distance below Appleton by which the house in which the family of old Robert Johnston were living was burned down and a daughter about four years of age was consumed in the flames.

The mother made a fire and went a short distance to milk a cow and on her return she was too late to save anything.  It is said she was considerably burned in her attempt to save the child.  The Herald further learned that the old man is lying sick at Owen Sound and the rest of the family is living in very pitiable conditions at this inclement season; and we are happy to know that the kind hand of charity is being extended for their relief, large subscriptions having been raised in Almonte, Carleton Place, and the neighbourhood around where the calamity occurred. Carleton Place Herald


Road Commissioners

1833- Among commissioners chosen to supervise the spending of some 200 pounds of provincial grants for road repairs in the neighbourhood of Carleton Place, mainly in Beckwith township, were John Cameron, James Cram, Duncan Cram, William Davis, Thomas James, Phineas Low, John McDonell and Archibald McGregor, Robert Johnston, Donald Robertson, David Moffatt, Thomas Saunders, Stephen Tomlinson, James Bennie and William Drynan.

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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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.

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