It’s the Watson’s Corners News 1895!




Watson’s Corners Methodist Church-Goolge Image

Noted in the year Perth Courier, March 12, 1937; March 26, 1937; April 2, 1937—-In the exodus of the year previous (1820) among the first arrivals were James hall, John Mair, Duncan McPherson, Charles Isdale, Peter McLaren, Alexander Ferguson, John Turreff, David Bowes, and James Campbell.  There were also those who pushed on to Watson’s Corners.

May 3 1895 Almonte Gazette


From our own correspondent– A p r i l 29th, 1895

The weather is warm and pleasant now.—Farmers are now busy with their spring work; some seeding has been done. Where fall grain was sown it looks well.

Mr. Wm. M. Chesney lost a cow last week. There has been quite a lot of sickness among cows this spring. Some of the farmers are losing their lambs when some weeks old.

Mr. D. Forbes has put up a very large barn this spring.

Mrs. A. Paul and her daughter Mrs. Marshall, of Ramsay, were visiting at Mr. John Munro’s on Saturday last.

Mrs. John Scott presented her husband with a young son last week.

Mr. M. Jackson, of Maberly, spent a few days with his parents last week.

There was no service in our village on Sabbath last.—The society of C.E. meets in Zion Church every Tuesday evening at 7:30.



Perth Courier, July 14, 1899

Watson’s Corners:  Mr. H. Barrie has been very ill but is improving a little.  Mr. John Scott’s son Freddie has been ill with pleurisy but is recovering.

Elliott:  Frank Hughes of Iowa who was visiting his brother James Hughes, left for his home on Friday.

Perth Courier, October 6, 1899

To The Editor of the Perth Courier:

It has lately come to my attention that a misleading and utterly false report has been circulating about me on the 12th July last in Perth.  First of all, let me say that I was not in the company of any man that day and also that I did not taste a drop of drink of any kind except a cup of tea for my dinner; and that I left Perth before 5:00 that afternoon on the Lanark stage and was at my home at Watson’s Corners before dark.  If it was necessary for me to do so I could get fifty people to prove that every word of the above was strictly true.  Thank you so much for your space.

I remain,

Very Truly Yours,

Mary McCulloch, Watson’s Corners


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


Related reading

Social Notes from Watson’s Corners

All the Single Ladies?

Did They Ever Find the Kangaroo from Lanark County?

Fiddler’s Hill— Where the Green Grass Doesn’t Grow in Lanark




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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