107 John Street– The Smyths? Calling Out My Lifeline Please…

107 John Street– The Smyths? Calling Out My Lifeline Please…


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The house at 107 John Street Carleton Place, Ontario– Google Earth


It’s 11:36 am right now Thursday morning. I was supposed to take a shower 4 hours ago and instead I am camped out on my kitchen island munching on a gluten free bagel and doing research. To be fair I have made spaghetti sauce and there is something edible brewing in my crockpot for dinner. Dusting? Cleaning? Hmm.. what’s that?

Steve just called me from work and I admitted if he was not around– on Tuesdays and Thursdays I might just be flopping into bed at night with the same clothing I had on when I got up. Yes, it has now come to that, and I am slowly turning into that UC Berkeley history researcher and professor from California I would speak with daily in the Post Office lineups—but had to keep my distance from his wafting “historical” fragrance.

I love research, because to me it’s like the “thrill of the kill” similar to when I used to sell online.  It’s finding that one thing that puts it all together. But, right now I need your help.. as I have backed into a wall– and to tell you the truth, I hate that, I really do.

This morning I got a Facebook PM from Bill Russell.

“I was reading this morning about the Smyth’s 50th. I live at 107 John Street and believe it is the original Smyth house which was built in the early 1900’s. I purchased the house from Bill Blanche whom I believe was the son of George Blanche as I am led to believe the house was kept in the family until my purchase. I cannot confirm any of this as I do not have the research skills to verify.”

Well apparently Bill, my research skills are no better either as I can find very little for someone who was the mayor of Carleton Place. Four hours later I pulled up one lone article on him heading up the Carleton Place 100 Club and that is that. Obviously the Smyths moved from John Street to Lake Ave later on, as that was mentioned in their 50th wedding anniversary notice.




Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 05 May 1953, Tue, Page 10–C—Carleton Place Mayor and wife celebrate 50th wedding anniversary




Clipped from The Ottawa Journal09 Dec 1949, FriPage 40


So like in the television show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” I am calling out my extra lifeline and Asking “One of the Audience”.

What do you know about the Smyth family and the residence at 106 John Street in Carleton Place? I am looking for tidbits and memories. Please share!

Ray Paquette I am looking at you LOL…

Please comment or email me at sav_77@yahoo.com– thank you!!



Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)





NOT to be confused with another Carleton Place mayor David SMYTHE–notice the ‘e’ at the end of the name.

1911 –David Smythe, of Ferguson and Smythe, harness makers, was elected for the first of seven yearly terms as mayor of Carleton Place.

David Smythe – 1871/1935

Mayor of Carleton Place – 1911-1917 – Merchant Harness maker.


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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