Community Facts You Might Not Know About Carleton Place for our 150th Birthday – Part 7– It was 1957!


The basic facts from Parts 1-5 (see links below) are from the flyer that I added on too which were passed out on January 1: Carleton Place-A Valley Town at Confederation 1867 by the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

From Parts 6 on– are facts I am personally researching and doing as a 150 challenge…I am going to do mostly community– as community past and present is what makes up the history of our town.


So today I thought we would pull a year number out of our Carleton Place hat and it is– 1957. Here are your Carleton Place headlines and memories:

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The Ottawa Journal01 Jun 1957, SatPage 4

Fact--Did you know former Carleton Place resident, now Mississippi councillor, Olympian John Edwards was part of the Carleton Place Canoe Club?

Read : The Young Olympic Hopefuls-1970’s Carleton Place Canoe Club.


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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal19 Jun 1957, WedPage 2

Fact–What do you know the Queen’s Hotel was owned by Dan Miller? Did you also know he stood up to the Town of Carleton Place? He once owned The Falcon on Highway 7 too.

Read: Dan Miller of the Queen’s Hotel vs the Town of Carleton Place


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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal24 Sep 1957, TuePage 12

Fact-Dutchie Smith died and he was a fixture at the W. A Nichols and Sons Lumber Yard at Centennial Park. What do you know about his boss Abner Nichols?

Read:The World of William Abner Nichols


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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal27 May 1957, MonPage 1

Fact:  Did you know that everyone thought the world was coming to an end in Carleton Place one day in 1957?

Read the rest here–Was it a UFO? A Meteorite or a Fuse Box? A Carleton Place Legend and here: Was it a UFO? A Meteorite or a Fuse Box? A Carleton Place Legend–Photos


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The Ottawa Journal29 May 1957, WedPage 20

Fact-Did you know the IODE is one of the oldest charitable organizations in Carleton Place?

Do you remember the tea we had for the Queen at the Carleton Place Town Hall last April. Click here to remember–A Photo Birthday Message for the Queen-April 21 2016


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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal28 Jan 1957, MonPage 17

Fact-Did you know the Miss Carleton Place pageant used to be held every single year?

Read about some of the others here: –Miss Carleton Place– Year? Names?


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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