You’ve Got Mail- Or Maybe You Don’t–Clayton

You’ve Got Mail- Or Maybe You Don’t–Clayton



August 11 1871-Almonte Gazette


The residents of the Village of Clayton have from time—or about that-—been in communication with civilization through the medium of a tri-weekly mail to Almonte.

But the Clayton of today claims no kindred to the Bellamy’s Mills of twenty years ago. These progressive days, when railways and steamboats are making their way to every hamlet, it is not to be wondered that the progressive and ambitions and those should desire regular daily communication with the outside world.

For the purpose of achieving this object the proper authorities were petitioned and it was understood the request would be complied with. We are now informed that this is not to be the case, and that the people of Clayton and vicinity will have to bear the inconvenience of a twice weekly mail for an indefinite time.

The post-office authorities were also asked to establish a post office at Hunters Mills, a place that is rapidly  growing (thanks to the perseverance and energy of the Messrs. Hunters) and cannot much longer do without a Post Office.

Author’s Note–Don’t get too upset the letter carrier can “miss your village” anytime they want!



Photo-Uber Humor

As Huntersville could only be supplied in the event of a daily mail going to Clayton, it is altogether improbable that the petition will be granted.

Author’s Note–It was probably for the best as Huntersville kind of disappeared–Where Was Hunter’s Mill and Huntersville?






April 11 1940

Some of the young men of the village cleaned the sidewalk of snow and ice which is a wonderful improvement. Those responsible for the work were Keith Stanley, Edward and Willard Munro.

The weather for the past few days has been much warmer. We hope it will continue. Quite a lot of maple syrup has been made and of fine quality.



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:

Clayton Ontario.. click here

Where Was Hunter’s Mill and Huntersville?

The Tiny Hamlet of Bellamy’s Mills 1851


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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