What is the Biggest Change in Your Lifetime? Ramsay 1979

What is the Biggest Change in Your Lifetime? Ramsay 1979





Ken Robertson-– The way everything depends on money.

George Robertson– The modernization of machinery. If you buy a piece of machinery today- in five years it will be an antique.

Bert Young– The amount of progress in  the past twenty years compared to two hundred years ago.


John Henry- Hydro is also a big change- I remember when I heard kids at school talking about a radio, we thought it was  a big joke and never thought we would see one.

Victor Kellough- The neighbours. They are not a s friendly as they used to be.

Mrs. Ernie Foster- The coming of the automobile. I remember the first time the Willis’s car went past the farm. I thought the world was coming to an end.

Ross Craig– There are so many new houses– the way some farms are now– some have gone to shambles.


This picture will stir memories for any one who was a student at Clayton School in 1958. Students in the front row have been identified as (left to right) Allan Bellamy, Brian Bolger, Bob Drynan, Stuart McIntosh and Carl Drynan. The second row students were Debbie Rintoul, Shirley LeClaire, Elaine Rath, Dorothy Drynan and Adelle Stewart. In the third row were Mary Stewart, Linda Fligg, Roger Rintoul, Bill Rintoul, Linda Drynan and Mary Rath. The back row students were Evelyn McIntosh, Morley Wark, Walter Wark, Mrs. Emily Moulton, Donnie Ladouceur, Charlie Rath and Phyllis Barr. The Photo, dated Sept. 22, 1958, was submitted by Clayton area resident Valma Bolger, student Brian Bolger’s mother.

Mrs. Jack Currie- The changes in Clayton. The old Clayton school was sold and turned into a residence. Then the old Clayton Hall was torn down and a new modern one built.

Mrs. Russell Barr–There are not any gypsies camping at the corner anymore. They came around and sharpened scissors and sold lace. These were quite reliable persons.

Mrs. Elisa Hilliard- Community spirit– something that has been lost. We should cling to the old rural customs before they change entirely.

Howard Sadler- The way people live. Outside of nearly every home there are two cars, a snowmobile and other miscellaneous objects



A Sampling From Ramsay Reflections 1979

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


Related reading

The Moir Family of Ramsay Township

The Glen Isle Bridge Case–Beckwith or Ramsay?

“Done no Good” in North Lanark– A Disgruntled Ramsay Voter

Ramsay Settlers 101

North Lanark District Women-Ramsay Women`s Institute Branch?

What Happened to the Gold on the Ramsay 7th line?

The Early Days of Working in the Ramsay Mine — Going Down Down Down

Taffy Party Comes to Blows and Infection on the Ramsay Line – What was in the Punch?


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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