Some Cold Hard Facts- First Tailor in Ramsay and a Cow Without a Bell

Some Cold Hard Facts-  First Tailor in Ramsay and a Cow Without a Bell



In 1822 there was only one Ox in Ramsay owned by James Metcalf of the 9th line and, even worse, there was only one horse.

Mr. Robert Mansel had two cows and the clearings were small and the logging was all done by hand. The harvest was small those first few years and many families were almost reduced to complete distress. Word was in Beckwith those first few years things were not much better, and the deer became almost extinct as there was nothing else to eat.





Crude roads made the transporting of goods almost impossible and wheat had to be ground into flour, trees sawn into lumber — so they had to make sure there was suitability for the erection of a mill or close accessibility to one. Some women in Perth walked to Carleton Place to the Bolton Mill as there was no place else to grind grains for flour. They would walk all the way back to Perth and stop at trees that had been cut off and rest their flours bags on them.




In the 1850s the train was going to run through Leckie’s Corners but James Rosamond had moved from Carleton Place after an argument with the town council. He knew that to have a successful mill he needed the railroad to run through Almonte. Mr. Rosamond was a director of the Brockville and Ottawa Railway Company. By persuading the owners with the cold hard facts and of course a tasty business proposition he won his wish and expanded his new mill in Almonte.

One the railroad was established of course the business in the communities  of Leckie’s Corners, Appleton and Blakeney was stunted for good. If the railway had not come through Almonte who knows what the town would have turned into and which other hamlet would have become a hub.





Mr. Rosamond of the Rosamond Knitting Mills would often got to Scotland to hire superintendents as they had great experience and were used to the conditions of a woollen mill. The Scots were willing to work for next to nothing with an average pay of 14 cents an hour-working from  6:30 am to 6 pm–six days a week- with only two unpaid holidays during the year.

James Patterson was one of the first tailors in Ramsay. There was only one sewing needle per area and thread was only obtained after a long trek to Brockville. It has been said he used ‘moose wood’ tree bark as a substitute.



At one time Leckie’s Corners was the centre of the township until the railroad bypassed them for Almonte. The first local newspaper was ran by Thomas Leckie himself and he ran it for 3 years out of Almonte and it was called “The Examiner”. It was then merged into “The Express” and run by Scott and Kennedy until Mr. Ned O’Donnell took over in 1867 and called it “The Almonte Gazette”.

If you let your cattle trespass within a quarter mile of mills, stores, taverns or churches on preaching days  in 1841 it would cost you a shilling– same with a cow without a bell.






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)


Related reading

Dear Lanark Era –Lanark Society Settlers Letter

Ramsay Settlers 101

Beckwith –Settlers — Sir Robert the Bruce— and Migrating Turtles

What is the Biggest Change in Your Lifetime? Ramsay 1979


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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