Hissing Steam, Parades and a 1930 Hearse–Pioneer Days Middleville

Hissing Steam, Parades and a 1930 Hearse–Pioneer Days Middleville


Middleville July 29 1971


Once upon a time the 1916 Titan Tractor and a 1887 Climax Corn cutter roamed the fields of Lanark County.

Once upon a time Middleville would have over 20,000 people come to the annual Pioneer days that was held over a two day event.

It was a time when steam hissing from smoke stacks, mile long parades, and a 1930 hearse would draw them in from all over Lanark County.



July 29 1971 Middleville


The butter was churned and dog power contraptions would entertain the folks, but mostly it was those old machines that had been given new life that people wanted to see. There was Albert Mitchell from Lanark Village with his son Arnold that had retrieved a 16 horsepower steam engine that had been retired from the fields in 1942. In the mid 60s it stopped rusting when the Mitchell’s began to restore it.




E.C. Giles of Almonte also rescued  a 17 horsepower Sawyer- Massey traction engine years ago and 3 years later the wood- burning tractor was ready for the fields again. Not to be beat Len MacKay of Middleville was also fascinated by restoration and had made his 1916 Titan and 1826 Eagle Tractors new again– even with parts hard to get.

Science owes more to the steam engine than the steam engine owes to science.


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

Photos!! Who is With These Steam Engines?


Glory Days of Carleton Place–So What Happened to the Moore Steam Engine?

The Old Steam Engine Tractor on Mullet Street


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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