Linda’s Mail Bag– Do You Have any Info on my Blanket?



Chris wrote the following to me yesterday:

I have in my possession an old bright red blanket with the label Clyde Reg’d Clyde Woolen Mills. Do you have any info about this blanket? I can’t find any other information on the internet. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks



Photo of a Clyde Reg’d Clyde Woollen Mills Blanket I found on the web


Until the late 1990s, the major employer of the village of Lanark was the Glenayr Kitten Mill, which produced clothing and offered their products at several factory outlet stores. This old woollen mill property was first developed by the Clyde Woollen mills in the 1850’s and a fire destroyed much of Clyde Woollen Mills in 1913. The textile industry lasted for about 170 years, but was finally defeated by the flood of cheap Asian textiles into North America.

Several of the old Kitten Mill buildings are still known by their numbers (e.g. Kitten Factory #1) to local residents. The Clyde Woollen Mills was the founder of these properties and the mill was the backbone of Lanark, and some still called the old Kitten mill the Clyde Woollen Mill.

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Photo of a Clyde Reg’d Clyde Woollen Mills Blanket I found on the web


Peter Scott was superintendent of the Clyde Woollen Mills years ago and in Fibre & Fabric: A Record of American Textile Industries in Volume 20 it was recorded that he went back to Scotland where he was making a study of a woollen factory to bring information back to the village of Lanark.

It should also be noted that when Boyd Caldwell died in 1888, his mills, then run by his sons, sawed millions of board feet annually and his descendants included the owner of the Clyde Woollen Mill in Lanark village.

Anyways Chris, your blanket is definitely an heirloom, and I found a blanket similar to yours that sold on EBay in 2007. No selling price is mentioned.




– Country Cottage on Hillier Street used to be the steam plant for the Clyde Woollen Mill


Label: Clyde Woollen Mills
Material: 100% wool
Color: green, black


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Down by the Old Kitten Mill

A Postcard to Caldwell’s Mills

Sandy Caldwell King of the River Boys

Ya call that a Snowstorm? Linda’s Mailbag

Debbie Dixon and The CPR Bridge Incident in Carleton Place–Linda’s Mailbag

Linda’s Mailbag- Blasts from the Past

So Who Got Shot? Linda’s Mailbag


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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