“They were Set Down in Dalhousie Township”– Effie Park Salkeld




Effie and her Husband Rae Salkeld of Gerald Saskatchewan 30th wedding anniversary.From the photo collection of Beverly Salkeld

Beverly Salkeld from Winnpeg Manitoba sent this to us yesterday:

Thought you might find this interesting as it was written by my Grandmother Effie Edna Park Salkeld. She was born to Duncan and Mary Mcintosh Park in Lanark County in October of 1892 and died at Langenburg Hospitial in Saskatchewan April 19th Easter Sunday in 1965. She is buried in Gerald United Cemetery Saskatchewan



“the company of people were set down in Dalhousie township on September 30th”

Dalhousie Townshipsee index of people link in Historical Facts



“Father borrowed a fancy cutter and robes to drive to St. James Church to be married”


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Baby photo of Effie Edna Park born to Duncan and Mary Whyte Mcintosh Park on October 3 / 1892 in Lanark County Ontario. From the photo collection of Beverly Salkeld


“one of my first presents was a doll with a china head”






 “I went to the old Poland school with Ernie and Emma when I was 5”

The Old Poland School – Poland, Ont., which was replaced by a new “brick” school in the village, now being used as a private residence.


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“I got a Lydia E. Pinkham’s pill box and filled it with peas for my pills”


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          “Maggie Etta slept between us and died when she was one year old”

                          *Margaret Etta “Maggie” Park Dec 4th 1890-Dec 11-1890





“She met us at Rat Portage” (Kenora)

“We waited in an upstairs room sitting room in Renfrew. The Salvation Army Band played in the street- “Pass Me Not Oh Gentle Saviour”- I had never heard anything like it”



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“She put turpentine in her homemade soap- I sure hated washing with it”



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    “He would have the men haul wheat”

                                                     Ox cart of wheat and straw 1905


“the cream kept stirred until it was ripe in an old favourite Maxwell butter churn”


From the writings of Effie Edna Park Salkeld 

Header                                Index of the population in Dalhousie Township click here


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From Perth Courier 1895- someone copied it out of the Perth Courier please feel free to use it.. Mrs. Duncan Park was my great grandmother . Effie Parks mother.. from  Beverly Salkeld



Watson’s Corners Cemetery

*Maggie Etta Park

Birth: Dec. 4, 1890
Ontario, Canada
Death: Dec. 11, 1891
Ontario, Canada

Margaret Loretta Park. (Maggie Etta) was the seventh daughter of Mary Whyte McIntosh and Duncan Park she was born Dec 4 / 1890 in Dahousie Township,Lanark county and died there of pneumonia on the 11th of December 1891. Her and her mother are buried side by side in Watsons Corners Cemetery in Larnark Ontario. She was born between sisters Emma and Effie.
Saint Andrew’s Cemetery
Watson’s Corners
Lanark County
Ontario, Canada
Created by: Beverly Salkeld
Record added: Oct 18, 2010

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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