Dickson Hall Fire Pakenham-H. H. Dickson



Home of H. H. Dickson in Pakenham

February 3 1882-

On Friday of last week the building in Pakenham known as Dickson’s Hall was burnt to the ground. The fire occurred between two and three o’clock in the afternoon, and had its origin in a defective flue. On the alarm being given a large number gathered and organized themselves into an old fashioned bucket brigade, and worked with a will, but to no purpose, as the fire had gained too much headway.

By the efforts of the citizens the surrounding buildings were saved. Two families lived in the basement, but these saved most of their household effects. The building was owned by Mr. H. H. Dickson, and was insured for $1300.



  • John Powell and Robert Harvey settled in 1823. They built a log cabin and a grist mill on the riverbank, calling the site Little Falls. Because of the mill, the place was soon called Harvey’s Mills.
  • In 1831 Andrew Dickson arrived and bought a mill and for a time the community was called Dickson’s Mills. The post office was established in 1832 and called Pakenham Mills, taking its name from the township.
  • Packenham T. honours Gen. Sir Edward M. Pakenham, brother-in-law of the Duke of Wellington, who was killed in 1815 at the Battle of New Orleans. In 1856 The ‘Mills’ was dropped from the name.
  • A limestone bridge across a series of rapids in the Mississippi R., built here at the turn of the century, is believed to be the only five-span stone bridge in North America.
  • DICKSON, H. H.; Postmaster of Pakenham-The building currently housing the Centennial Restaurant was built for H. H. Dickson in the late 1800s. It was once a post office where H. H. was postmaster
  • Perth Courier, May 14, 1880

    Licenses—The License Commissioner of Lanark decided to grant no additional licenses and to renew all the old ones – the holders of which not having had any complaints lodged against them.  They are:

  • Pakenham:  Mr. P. Palister , Mr. G. O’Brien, Mr. H.H. Dickson and J. & M. Foley.
  • Perth Courier January 19, 1872

  • Mansfield-Dickson—Married, on the 27th Dec., at the residence of the bride’s brother, H.H. Dickson, by the Rev. Alex Mann, James Mansfied, Esq., Drummond, to Miss Carrie Dickson, youngest daughter of the late Samuel Dickson, Esq., Pakenham.

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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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