Miracle at Mississippi Lake-John Brown Jr.



                                          Photo-The Ottawa Journal August 26, 1959


If it hadn’t been for the quick thinking of John Brown that day in August 1959 his two-year-old son  John Jr. would have drowned in Mississippi Lake. What he thought was a floating log that day 10 feet offshore was in reality his son, that had just gone missing.

Brown immediately plunged into the water, pulled the unconscious child out of the water and began to breathe into his child’s mouth. Mrs. Brown who had been attending to her other 4 children at the time became frantic, jumped into the car and made the 5 mile journey to Carleton Place to get help.

After the child began to breathe slowly George Young, a passerby, wrapped the small child up and drove them to the Carleton Place Memorial Hospital. A mile from Carleton Place they met Mrs. Brown who was  in tow with Constable George MacDonald and fire chief Cal Wilson who was equipped with an inhaler. Dr. Dobb immediately upon arrival st the hospital put the child in an oxygen tent where he remained for the next day.

The Browns had no doubt been lucky that Johnny Jr. had pulled through as the child had been found floating face down with his arms cramped under his chest.What had kept him alive? His father John wondered if an air pocket in his shorts had kept him at the surface.


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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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