Here Comes the Devil

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1925 ad for stove

 

January  7 1925–Almonte Gazette

Many people have heard the expression: “Here Comes the Devil On Wheels,” but it remained for Messrs. Bob Jack and Frank Maloney to demonstrate that a regular little “Dante’s Inferno” could be transported on runners.

It happened thusly: W. A. James of Almonte, purchased a stove from Mr. Jack and Mr. Jack, who was drawing the mail- that day for the regular driver,  who was to deliver it. The stove was placed on the sleigh, with the aid of Mr. Maloney of axe-handle fame, and the journey began.

After proceeding some distance it occurred to one or other of the occupants of the sleigh that the weather being cold it might be a good idea to light a fire in the stove. A pipe was attached to the proper place and the plan was carried into execution. Imagine, then, the astonishment of people along the road as they saw this strange vehicle passing along belching smoke like a locomotive. The horses looked natural and the men warming their feet by the fire seemed real enough but if it hadn’t been for these evidences of earthliness the contraption might have been some kind of a visitor from the infernal regions. What Mr. James said when he saw the smoking apparition pull up in front of his place of business is not recorded—likely he said plenty.

 

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

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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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