The Grand Old Ladies of Carleton Place

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal04 Nov 1950, SatPage 24

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Martha Amelia Hawkshaw (Wilson)--Photo from Amanda Armstrong-From the photo collection of Margaret Martin”

Family History by: Amanda Armstrong

My maternal 3rd Great Grandmother was Martha Amelia Hawkshaw (Wilson). Martha was born on June 3, 1854, in Huntley Township. She was 1 of 11 children of Abraham Wilson and Georgianna Bradley and she married Samuel Hawkshaw in 1873. They had ten children and she died in 1950 here in Carleton Place. Before her death, she was dubbed the “Grand Old Lady of Carleton Place” upon entering her 97th year. She’s buried in the Anglican cemetery on the 8th Line and used to live in 51 Lake Ave West. Her daughter Ida, my 2nd Great Grandmother, also received the “Grand Old Lady of Carleton Place” title.

 

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Martha Amelia Hawkshaw (Wilson) with Mary Amelia “Minnie” McGee (Hawkshaw), her grandson Norman McGee, and great granddaughter Alice McGee--Photo from Amanda Armstrong-From the photo collection of Margaret Martin”


I’ve also attached the only photo I have of her. The large version of this photo includes her daughter Mary Amelia “Minnie” McGee (Hawkshaw), her grandson Norman McGee, and great granddaughter Alice McGee. The quality isn’t the best with the full version, but I’ve included it anyways.

 

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Ashley Raymond Kerr--Photo from Amanda Armstrong-From the photo collection of Margaret Martin”

Mary McGee’s other son Albert McGee married Lois Iona Kerr; Daughter of Ashley Raymond Kerr and Jane Albertha “Bertie” Hawkshaw.

 

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Jane Hawkshaw--Photo from Amanda Armstrong-From the photo collection of Margaret Martin”

I’m including the photo of Jane Hawkshaw, or Aunt Bertie as we called her, because I LOVE this photo and I know you will too! Bertie is the daughter referred to in the article on Martha, as the one of whom she was living with on Lake Ave. Mom, while attending Caldwell, would sometimes go over to her house for lunch. 

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51 Lake Ave

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-Photo from Amanda Armstrong-From the photo collection of Margaret Martin”

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Albert McGee--Photo from Amanda Armstrong-From the photo collection of Margaret Martin”

I’ve included Bertie and Ashley’s wedding announcement, as well as photos of Ashley, Lois, and Albert. Lois use to work as a Bell Operator here in town; Photo included of her and others at work.

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-Photo from Amanda Armstrong-From the photo collection of Margaret Martin”

Some of the ladies who were the Bell telephone operators in Carleton Place. Photo- Bonnie Tosh of Carleton Place originally gave me the names awhile ago– with  Audrey MacDougall, Eve Gilhuly, Norma McKien, Helen Smich, Lois McGee, Norma Andison, Lous MacDougall, Inez Doucett, Retah Jennings Lalonde’s Real Estate Page, Mc Pherson, Phyllis – Mc Pherson Phyllis, Shirley F Nesbitt and Joan Whalen. You can read about the telephone in Carleton Place HERE

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Lois Iona--Photo from Amanda Armstrong-From the photo collection of Margaret Martin”

Bonnie Tosh is the daughter of Lois and Albert, and she’s a dear cousin who I’ve gotten a few of these photos from. 

Thank you Amanda for all your hard work. If you would like to share family photos email me, Linda, at sav_77@yahoo.com



Related Reading:

When You Needed “Variety” You Went to Art’s or the Wayside Inn 1940s — Photos

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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