Fire at Poland



Photo from Polish Heritage


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 vegetables in the cellar so that his loss exclusive of his insurance cannot be short of $1,200 to $1,400.


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



The Poland Presbyterian. Church was built in 1876 on land donated by. John Paul. After it  burned in 1912 it was rebuilt on the same site.


Life & Death in Poland— Lanark County

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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