Do You Know These Gingers?



Unknown man. Photo is from a Perth, Ontario, studio—Submitted by Kathleen Anne Palmer-O’Neil

Yesterday I found these two cool photos of unknown Lanark County ginger haired lads on Charles Dobie’s photo page submitted by Katherine Price. You don’t have to even tell me that these chaps have red hair because–gingers have unspoken bonds when we spot each other– even though one of us gets their ginger hair from a dye bottle.

Just so you know Gingers supposedly don’t have souls, and it has been said that they earn a freckle for every soul they steal. The gene for red hair is recessive, so a person needs two copies of that gene for it to show up or be expressed. That means even if both parents carry the gene, just one in four of their children are likely to turn out to be a redhead. As a result, families that have no redheads for decades can suddenly discover a carrot top in their midst.

All things kind and gingerful,  but some redheads do not have freckles or fair skin, but have still been cursed with the orange hair and the term used to describe these beings is “day walkers”. Did you know the ancient Greeks believed that redheads would turn into Vampires after they die? I do admit some of us are so pale, like myself, and if we take off our shirt at the beach we might explode. I have been told personally many times that I am so pale that I glow in the dark.


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The myth that redheads might die off in the near future has drawn considerable attentions. Due to the recessive nature of the red hair, it takes 2 carriers (Rr) to have a red-headed child. With the increase of globalization and inter-ethnic mixing in marriage, it is reasonable to expect that the chance of 2 red hair carriers getting married and bearing children would be declining.

If you are bitten by a ginger, we advise you to immediately clean the wound out with either alcohol or peroxide. Keep pouring the liquid on to the wound until it turns a dull white, and immediately call 999. I do remember one of my fellow Gingers in Grade 4  shaving off his red hair and returning to school in the accompaniment of his father sporting a Mohawk. That was in 1960, when shaving your hair off and having a Mohawk was not cool, except on former late wrestlers like Little Beaver.

Remember there is an unspoken bond between gingers- yes, even those of us who inherited our  hair colour from Clairol. Heaven won’t let us in and Hell is afraid we will take over.

Quick name 10 dead redheads.. You can’t can you?


Unknown people. Photo taken in a dry goods store or pharmacy. Submitted by Kathleen Anne Palmer-O’Neil

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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 and now in The Townships Sun




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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