More Tales from the Thoburn Mill




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With notes from the Almonte Gazette— July 21, 1882


On Monday evening two children children of Mr. Howard were attempting to cross the dam between Thoburn’s mill and the railway bridge when the eldest, named Willie, age nine years, slipped into the water, and the youngest, named Archie, aged about six, made an attempt to save his brother, and be himself got into danger.

An alarm was raised by 6 little fellows running to tell Mrs. Howard, who flewacross to Mr. Galtin ’s store, where her husband was employed, and the father lost no time in rushing down to the scene of the disaster. On arrival there he saw the youngest boy holding on to a log, but the action of the water and the unsteadiness of the log caused the child’s head-to frequently -dip under water.

Very soon the father succeeded in placing him in safety; in the meantime the elder boy had disappeared, and the suction of the water prevented him from coming up to the surface. As soon as the wheel wss stopped Mr. Delisle an- employee ol No. 1 mill, threw of his coat and hat and dived to the bottom and in a moment, the child appeared above the water,

Fortunately Drs. Burns and Lynch were immediately on the spot, and to their prompt and energetic action, humanly speaking, the boy owes them his life. The little fellow, when taken out of the water, was to all intents and purposes dead, but to the coarse of treatment resorted to was successful in restoring the action of the respiratory organs, and in a few minutes his life was saved.

After a short time he was moved to Dowdall’a drug store, and – from thence to the house of his parents-. The doctors remained with, him for some time, and had the satisfaction at length of knowing that they had snatched a victim out of the grasp of death. The boys are rapidly recovering, but they along with their father and mother received – a severe shock.

We have referred to the prompt action of our townsmen jumping into the water after the missing boys and they should be proud.



Mr. Wm. Thoburn is going to have his flannel mill lighted with gas. It will cost him about $500. June 3 -1882


Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Citizen,
  2. 28 Aug 1918, Wed,
  3. Page 6


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Tears From the Old Gears of the Mills

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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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