An Unfounded Rumour Going on at the Almonte Town Hall

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August 29 1884 Almonte Gazette

There has been great deal of head-shaking and mysterious communication going on during the past few days, and all about the erection of the new town hall. According to some it was sinking gradually and its final disappearance underground was only a matter of time.

According to others it was sliding, and it would occasion no surprise if it was found some morning in the centre of the Mississippi river. A third party knew for certain that the walls were giving way beneath the weight of the rafters, and a large portion of the masonry had sprung.

 

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Photo by Linda Seccaspina

We are glad to say all these rumours are quite baseless and they appear to have taken their rise from an occurrence– not at all unusual of buildings of its kind. We have been told that very few churches are built without encountering the same conditions and that it is not unexpected on the part of the builders and easily remediable.

 

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Almonte Old Town Hall

Since its creation in 1884, Almonte’s Old Town Hall has played many roles. Originally built for town offices and council meetings, it has also housed the fire department, the municipal library, and even some local jail cells– read the rest here-click here

 

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Almonte Town Hall 1959
“The town hall has been renovated and restored and a new enclosed stairs and entrance has been built”.

 

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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