Really Lanark County? When Bovines Attack!



Beckwith Cows near the Kennedy Cemetery eyeing me-Photo by Linda Seccaspina

Should Not be at LargeAlmonte Gazette–May 26, 1882

On Saturday afternoon last a vicious cow made an attack upon some children in the neighbourhood of the Free Church. One of the little ones was very badly hurt and had its clothes tom off, and, but for the interference of some persons living close by, the result might have been serious.

There have been many complaints respecting this cow, and if one half of the gossip is true the brute ought not to be allowed at large, and if the owners, whoever they are, will allow such a beast to be roaming around the streets, then the sooner the Council passes a by-law to prevent it the better. W e understand complaint of this particular cow has been made to the owner before.

Did you know that 20 people a year in North America are killed by cows?

In April of 2016 Marian Clode died after being charged at by a herd of cattle while out for a walk in Belford, Northumberland,(UK) on 3 April. The 61-year-old had been walking along a public bridlepath with her husband Chris, daughter Lucy Rowe and son-in-law Kevin when they were approached by a herd of cattle which included several calves.

When one cow charged at her a third time, it flipped her like a rag doll over the fence into the next fence. The consultant said the injuries sustained were the worst they had ever seen, equivalent to those of a high-speed crash. There have been 74 fatalities involving cattle recorded since 2000 – with 18 of those being members of the public.

Who knew?


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


Go Away then!!! Oh Bugger–he says–Serves him right! LOL

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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