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

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

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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

 

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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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