McDonald’s Corners Party 1888-LCGS Potluck

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Perth Courier, Dec. 28, 1888

McDonald’s Corners News—The Christmas tree on the 24th was a grand success.  The church was crowded so as to be almost uncomfortable.  A great many could not find seats.  The large evergreen was loaded down with costly presents for the Sunday School Scholars and visitors.  The chair was taken by Mr. Brownlee at 7:00 and the proceedings consisted of readings, recitations, and singing by the young scholars and the choir, Misses Alice and Lizzie Donald playing the organ in a manner which gives credit to themselves and pleasure to the audience.

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Mr. McLeish made a very appropriate speech in reference to Miss Minnie Burns, as organist, which she has played in the church for several years and at the close of this speech presented her with a $20 gold piece along with other costly presents which were taken from the tree and given to her by Mr. Brownlee.  Mrs. Kilborn, C. and Katy McLellan, Mrs. S. Burns, Agnes Purdon, Mrs. Knowles and Alice Donald, teachers of the Sunday School, were the recipients of presents from the scholars and their classes.  The Rev. Mr. McAuley also received some fine presents.  Before lunch was served around (which was superb in the extreme) John Playfair, newly arrived from Manitoba, gave a short but stirring speech in regards to that province both temporal and spiritual.  The proceedings then ended by the audience singing hymn 428.  The net amount received at the door was $56.

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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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