The Odd Tale of Insane Johnny Long?

The Odd Tale of Insane Johnny Long?


Brockville Insane Asylum


Yesterday the text disappeared on this story and I apologize.

May 14 1897

Johnnie Long was an inmate of Ontario asylums for sixteen years and among others was removed to the Brockville institution. Not long after he moved a Lanark County  gentleman came to the asylum here to take home a friend who had completely recovered.

While he was getting into the rig Johnnie called him by name. The visitor couldn’t place him, but Johnnie was sure of his name, and asked quite sharply,

“ Why, don’t you know Johnnie Long?”

“What! Johnnie Long who worked for father twenty years ago?”

“ I’m the chap,” said the inmate, and at once fell into an interesting conversation. Long found out for the first time that his father had been dead for ten years, but his mother was still living. The family knew nothing of his whereabouts, having heard nothing from him for many years.

The result was that when the Carleton County man reported to the aged mother that je had seen the lost boy, there was great joy, and in day or two a brother came out and took Johnnie home to the paternal roof.

With files from the Brockville Recorder.


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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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