The Lanark Fire of 1895



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Lanark Village– January 1895–Almonte Gazette

About ten o’clock on Wednesday forenoon of last week the people of the village were alarmed by the sound of the fire gong. The fire proved to be on what is called the “ French Hill,” the cause being a spark from one of the chimneys, and the wind being very high that day, happened to blow one into Mr. George Easton’s hay-house in connection with his stable ; and before it was noticed the hole building was in flames.

A small stable belonging to Mr. A. Milotte caught fire, and in order to save Mr. Milotte’s house the stable was pulled down. The wind had blown the flames in the direction of Mr. Dominick Arnoldi’s large dwelling house, which was soon in a blaze. The people then began to remove the household furniture, and managed to get the most of it out before the fire got too strong a hold. The building was totally destroyed.

It was owing to the manner in which those present worked that they managed to save Mr. Easton’s house. The burning cinders were carried into the middle of the village, setting small fires all over the village, and, to make matters worse, the fire engine refused to do its work ; but the hose was stretched from the Clyde Woolen Mills pump, which gave great assistance, and after about six hours’ hard ,work the fire was completely conquered. Mr. Arnoldi’s loss is about $800– insured for §100 plus other small losses.


Burial of George Easton and his wife Janet Stevenson– click here


Lanark Fire 1959– Hour by Hour

The Lanark Fire June 15th 1959

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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