Meanwhile Back in Lanark Village



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The Victoria Hotels was well-known to the traveling public for the excellence of their cuisine and smart attendance. The Victoria had been remodeled several times and had a liberal patronage. Mr. James Pepper, the landlord, was known far and near and a kinder hearted man never lived. Photo- Lanark & District Museum



February 5 1892–Lanark Village

A phonograph is now on exhibition at *Mr. Pepper’s Hotel.

Mr. A. Brimaer has returned from a trip through the shanties. He reports business good.

Books in large variety at the Lanark Drug Store.

Mr. Thos. Costello is making a trip through the shanties in the interest of B. Caldwell & Co.


La Grippe now numbers its victim by the score. – Nearly every house has some one suffering from its effects.

Mr. Reid, of Brockville, and Mr. J. M. Henderson, of Smith’s Falls, agents for the Sun Life Assurance Co., were in town this week.

Don’t forget the *Van Amburgh Orchestra concert in the Town Hall, Saturday evening. The best talent will be present on the occasion, and the entertainment should be made a success.



Caldwell’s Store and residence with the woolen mill in the background c.1890– Lanark & District Museum


May 26, 1882

Breach of Liquor Law.—On Friday last the Inspector conducted the prosecution of Matilda Dennis, of the village of Lanark, for selling liquor without a license. The Magistrates were T. Caldwell and J. Gallinger esquire. The evidence was inclusive and the defendant was iined twenty dollars and costs, or thirty days in gaol. The fine was paid.




*Review below from THE PERTH COURIER 1890 Mr. Pepper

Lanark possess the advantages of a well equipped and well conducted hotel, of which we desire to make brief mention here. Since coming under its present management about four years ago by purchase, the Victoria has been known as one of the best country hotels in Eastern Ontario. The enterprising and popular proprietor, Mr. Jas. Pepper, has neglected nothing in making the hotel all that could be desired. The house is comfortably furnished throughout, and affords every accommodation. For the convenience of commercial travellers the house has recently added sample rooms, large, well lighted and neatly painted. It has good stabling and livery in connection.


*Van Amburgh–You really don’t want to know about-or maybe you do. You could hire just his orchestra or his travelling animal show. It was said to be quote the show!


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Digging Up The First Bank Manager of Lanark Village

Village of Lanark Business Directory 1886– 1887

When The Carleton Place Citizen’s Band Came Marching in to Lanark


John A Darou 1905 Lanark Village

Photos With a View- Lanark Village

Lanark Village — Looking for Information for William Blair and Helen Watt

You’re from the Village of Lanark You Say?

Down by the Old Kitten Mill

Does Anyone Remember Cohen’s in Lanark Village?

The Lanark Laundromat Blast — Unsolved Mysteries of Lanark County

Lanark Mormons and Mormon Tree?

Sticky and Sweet in Lanark County


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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