It’s the Merrickville News 1880

It’s the Merrickville News 1880



Perth Remembered photo-In 1876, the construction of the Perth High School was completed at a cost of $16,000.00. The student enrolment ranged from 150 to 175 the first year.



January 16 1881

Mr. F. M. White’s marsh intends having a sort of skating match on his rink before long.

Mr. F. L. Newman and Mr. M. A. Gill are attending the Collegiate Institute at Perth. We wish them success in every undertaking and may the reward of the diligent student be theirs.

The County Lodge of the I. O. G. T. was held here Thursday last, but the several Subordinate Lodges throughout the County were not very well represented, owing perhaps to the roads or weather.


Soldiers of the Queen— Order of the 1st Battalion, The Cheshire Regiment appears to be wearing Masonic regalia but in fact he is a member of the International Order of Good Templars


The public entertainment given by the Good Templars on the 8th lost was not so well attended as perhaps it would have been had it received more extensive advertising. The Templars are giving another open meeting m their own hall on Thusday night next.



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May 14 1897

A little boy named Ernest Van Camp, of Merrickville, is deservedly a hero just now. The Rideau Record says this boy and a companion. Frankie Real, were playing -on a raft of timbers in the Canal Basin, just below the draw-bridge, when the latter missed his footing and fell into the water. Not being skilled in the art of swimming he immediately sank, but came up almost as quickly. Again he sank, and again he came up. By this time little Ernest, who had never lost his presence of mind, pushed a pole to the drowning lad, telling him to catch hold of it. This he did and was pulled to the edge of the raft. No sooner did he come within reaching distance than he grasped hold of Ernest, who also caught hold of him ‘and hung on while he shouted for help. In a few moments assistance arrived and the little fellow was rescued from his perilous position


Related reading…

Mentions of Merrickville: Fire and Folks

Paranormal Hauntings of the Rideau Canal and other Unsolved Ghost Stories

You Say Goodbye I Say Hello – Doors of Merrickville (takes time for photos to load)

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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