Scrapbook Photos of Cowansville




See the side entrance of the Continental store on the hill.


Agnes Rychard of Cowansville sent me these photos a very long time ago. They were among newspaper clippings from the 80s– however these photos might have been taken earlier. I found them today in an old book so I am sharing them, and anyone who knows Agnes knows she has more documented things about Cowansville than the historians do..:)





This was my Grandfather Crittenden’s house in the 40s and 50s on Albert Street. It no longer exists. Agnes Rychard used to live in this house and my mother lived on the ground floor when she was a child.  It is historically known as the old Cowan home.


Me in front of the old Cowan house at 6 months when I was brought over for a visit.



The old Beattie home on Main Street


The New Ottawa Hotel aka The Maurice Hotel on the Main Street 1985. You can see the old Canadian Tire store in the distance.





Built about 1870 it was first called The Ottawa Hotel in 1885 and after a fire in 1927 it was rebuilt on the same site and became known as The New Ottawa Hotel. In the 1950’s Mr. Maurice owned it and became The Maurice Hotel. Now it is a senior home called le Manoir Cowan.


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

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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