Miracle at Mississippi Lake-John Brown Jr.

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                                          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.

 

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

 

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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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