The McDermott House



1892-02-05- Almonte Gazette

Among the many fine residences erected in town during the past few years there is no finer appearance than the dwelling of Mr. T. W. McDermott, opposite the Roman Catholic. church, an excellent engraving of which is given above. It is located on the site occupied by the first parish priest who lived in Almonte, and within a stones throw of the site of the first school-house this neighborhood possessed.

It is built of brick, in modern style of architecture, and is a cozy-looking and elegant a home as could be desired. It consists of twelve spacious rooms, with summer kitchen attached, as well as a stable, carriage house and woodshed, all neatly and conveniently arranged. The house is heated with hot air and hot water from a furnace in the basement, and furnished in a manner that shows its owner knows what “home comforts” mean, and that he provides accordingly.

Few men in the Ottawa Valley ate more widely known  than Almonte’s portly auctioneer, and in this connection a few words in regard to his life may prove of interest. Thomas Willard McDermott is a native of Ramsay, having been born on the fourth concession of that township, on the McDermott homestead, at present occupied by his eldest brother, Patrick.

He attended various schools, but finished his education in the Carleton Place (Grammar School), where he distinguished himself by taking a first class certificate with honours. He “taught the young idea” in Ramsay for about five years, and then resigned to accept a position in the North-West under the Hon. Wm. McDougall’a government there.

The insurrection out there blighted not only the Hon. William’s calculations, but T. W ’s. as well. The latter crossed the boundary and sojourned in Uncle Sam’s domains for three years, and during that time made a little pile by running a grocery and provision store in connection with lumber jobbing. At the end of the three years he married and returned to Canada, and for the last eighteen years he has occupied a prominent position in Almonte as a dealer in real estate, bankrupt stocks, etc. He is still in that line, is also C .P.R. ticket and telegraph agent, and is prospering. May his shadow ever increase.


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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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