Just Like Internet Dating?— Circa 1913

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I don’t often read stories like this but, when I was researching through the newspaper archives I had to read this story twice it was so fascinating.

Ottawa Journal– October 21 1913 headline read:

Girl Underage Wed- Trouble Now!

 

Charity Officer  John Keane and his Charity offices of Ottawa were asked to investigate a case of a fair young U.S. visitor who had married her groom while still underage. It began innocently enough when a young girl came to Canada on a visit and met a young Lanark County man and Cupid engineered the rest.

They married and sent a clipping of their marriage to her parents in the United States. Maybe that wasn’t such a  wise decision as the young girl’s parents immediately contacted Canadian authorities that she was not yet eighteen–meaning in capital letters she was still underage.

Children’s Aid was then contacted who in turn contacted a similar American agency that immediately asked them someone underage cold get married in Canada. Well it seems that the young girl had made some misstatements and in those days official papers were not the first thing on everyone’s mind- so she got away with it.

Both agencies American and Canadian said that nothing could be done now as the marriage had taken place without incident. Had they known her parents had not given consent they could have stopped it– but there was nothing they could do about it now. The couple was now living in Ottawa and hopefully happily ever after.

My how times have changed.

 

Related Reading

Because You Loved Me — A Vintage Lanark Romance

Would You Duel Anything For Love?

The McArthur Love Story

 

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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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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