Guess Who’s Coming to Almonte 1871 ?



Falls, and Woollen Mills, at Almonte, Ont.
Artist: Haberer, Eugene, Act. 1872-1891; Kilborne, M.



October 1871-Almonte Gazette

We are glad to learn that Almonte is still to continue its wonderful progress of the past ten years, and that the spirit of enterprise, which has already made it the largest manufacturing village in Ontario, is still animating our business men. Should the improvements now spoken of be carried out, next summer will see the erection of three new mills, which cannot but add largely to the present population.


Mr. A. E. Young, some time ago, purchased a site for a steam saw mill from Mr. Tooley, and has lately purchased three acres adjoining it from Mr. Robert McFarlane, for a lumber yard. Here a steam saw mill will be erected and put into operation, we are informed, next summer; and if it was only for the purpose of supplying the local requirements for building material the investment would prove a paying one.


Photo- Mississippi Valley Textile Museum


A shingle mill will be built by Mr. Gilbert Cannon near his present factory, and subsequently, probably during the following summer, another large woolen mill. We have also been favoured with a visit from some Western capitalists, who have been negotiating for the purchase of land on the bank of the river, with the intention of building a steam woolen mill. An eligible site can be secured at a reasonable figure, and we will be glad to hear o f them having closed a bargain with the owner of the property.



Photo- Mississippi Valley Textile Museum


There is plenty of room in Almonte yet, with enough water power enough to drive ten times the amount of machinery now in operation : we have a rich agricultural country surrounding us on all sides, and there is no reason why the present Village should not be, in a few years, the Town of Almonte.


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

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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