More Notes about the Mysterious Arklan Farm


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Arklan Farm from Public Archives

Along with Dr. Howard and a few other personalities in Carleton Place- Arklan Farm is on my bucket list of finding out interesting tidbits. Here is some more things I found today.



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Ottawa Journal June 1 1889

Through the years George Burgess had bought bits of pieces of land until he accumulated over 200 acres and began what he called: “an industrial or model farm of his own called Arklan”. In June of 1889  Mr. Burgess was noted in the Ottawa Journal for his stock of Jersey Cows and every October he would have an auction for jersey cattle and the folks would come for miles.

On Arklan Island he had  a sawmill where he cut all the lumber for building and fencing. Burgess also had a stable with some thirty head of cattle of very choice stock. He was also a horse enthusiast and along with Carleton Place’s very own Dr. Preston had an interest in  the “colt stake” and Arklan was also home to Dr. Preston’s trotters and thoroughbreds.  It was said there was no finer group of horse flesh than right in Carleton Place. He  told the journal he was surrounding his farm with wire fence and planting both maple and elm trees.



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October 1900- Note: Arklan Farm is only ten minutes walk from town.:) Ottawa Journal




Ottawa Journal January 1910


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In 1912 he tried to sell Arklan Farm with J. T. Devlin as the auctioneer.

“The sale at Arklan on Monday gave astonishment to Mr. Burgess—it exceeded his calculations, the crowd was the biggest at any sale in years– tramp tramp a tramp, the farmers are marching all morning. At noon the multitude was served refreshments bearing the genuine Burgess signet, which is the seal of supremacy. Mr. Devlin rang up his voice at 10 am and did not stop until 5 pm.

The Arklan Farm nor the Doherty farm did not get a bidder, but the Hillside domain went over to Mr. C. F. Burgess. All the minor stuff advertised was sold at good prices, a vast quantity of machinery, harness, wagons, etc., cattle, and so on— with a sense of relief going wave like over the soul of the owner as he saw the encumbrances moving off in glad hands. Burgess still had enough equipment to make the Arklan and Doherty farms earn their living in good shape”.  April 12 1912



Almonte Gazette 1921

In 1921 Mr. G. Arthur Burgess announced a big sale of stock and implements at Arklan Farm on the 5th October.




April 29 1927 –Almonte Gazette

Several piles of lumber caught fire at the Arklan Saw Mill, about a half mile from Carleton Place. The origin is unknown and it had gained considerable headway before it was noticed.  The local fire brigade was called and with the water supply on Arklan the fire was soon under control- Mr. E.M. Baker Proprietor of the Arklan Mill is covered by insurance.

A very interesting wedding took place on Monday evening at 8.30 at the Arklan Farm, when Miss Sadie Foster MacDougall, only , daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John MacDougall, was united in the bonds of holy matrimony to Mr. Frederick Nelson MeNeely, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alex S, MeNeely, of the 7 th Line, Beckwith--ALMONTE, ONTARIO, FRIDAY, AUGUST 15, 1924 –Almonte Gazette

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COLLECTOR’S CORNER– Thanks to Ryan Goode for finding this

Reverse Spelling for Historic Dairy, Creates Rarity for Collectors

Arklan refers to the vicinity immediately east of Carleton Place, ON and includes an island. This island was formerly utilized as a water power site and was first called Bailey’s Mills, then Bredin’s Mills and later Arklan Mills.

Land in this area was purchased by A. C. Burgess and his brother, G. A. Burgess (who was the mayor of Carleton Place in 1903 and 1921). The name Arklan was given to this property by G. A.

G. A. Burgess also started a dairy around this time but since there was already a Lanark Dairy in existence, Mr. Burgess called his enterprise – Arklan Dairy (the last three letters of LANARK placed at the front!). This little twist of fate solved Mr. Burgess’ problem back then and at the same time created a much sought after milk bottle for modern day collectors.

Dairy bottles especially ones with colourful silk screening on them continue to be popular with collectors although their container cousins: earthen stoneware and redware today rule the roost in terms of highly sought after objects.

Thanks to DM for bringing this example of a very interesting piece of Ottawa Valley history to our recent Club meeting.


Our Very Own Tom Sawyer–Adam of Arklan Island

New Photos from Mysterious Arklan Island

Tales from Arklan Island–Odds and Ends

The Natives of Carleton Place — Violins and Deer

Tales From Arklan –The Midnight Heist


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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