Example of a trap door – not a trap door at the Rosamond Mill
Dec 1, 1886–Almonte Gazette
One day last week Mr. William. Smith, who was a superintendent of the Rosamond Woollen Mill, had a very narrow escape from what might have proved to be a very serious, if not a fatal accident.
While walking through one of the lower rooms of the mill he stepped into an open trap door but his arms caught on the floor and prevented him front going entirely through. He was quickly extricated from his perilous position. Had he gone through, his escape from instant death could only have been averted by a miracle, as he would have dropped on some machinery underneath and perished.
Photo–Virtual Reference Library—Book cover of Frost and Woods Works, Smiths Falls, Ont
Mr. Hugh McGillivray, while working on Frost & Wood’s new storehouse at Smith’s Falls, fell between two joists the floor and broke two ribs. A board on which he was standing gave way caused the accident.
Many old mills did not have stairs- just trap doors and ladders. Sometimes there was the odd hidden mattress under a trap door for those hoping to take a snooze working long hours.
In doing research for trap doors a Miss Jones from Leeds UK is doing trap door art. I kid you not.
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