David McIntosh –Front Desk Man at the Mississippi Hotel

David McIntosh –Front Desk Man at the Mississippi Hotel


This was sent to me by Beverly Salked yesterday care of the Lanark County Genealogical Society. It was an interesting account of a David McIntosh who worked at the Clyde Hotel and made his way up to working the front desk at the Mississippi Hotel.

In October he slipped and fell and his injury progressed to *blood poisoning and he died one month later at the age of 31. In memory of Thomas McIntosh.

Biography above credit: John Collins-Mcintosh family of Lanark County..


1920s photo–Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


This is the original register from The Mississippi Hotel (see more in historical notes) that David would have registered hotel guests at. photo–Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Stuart McIntosh David Mcintosh, born oct.1870. On Oct.24,1901 he injured his leg while getting into the Mississippi Hotel coach, similar to the one illustrated. On Nov.1,1901 he died from blood poisoning. He served as a clerk at the hotel and would be assisting passengers with luggage at the time of his injury.


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 05 Nov 1901, Tue, Page 7

  • The first page was taken directly from The Mcintosh family of Lanark County. ( John Collins-Mcintosh family of Lanark County) David was working at the Mississippi Hotel at the time of his death second photo. David is also a Gibson descendant and was a younger brother of my Great Grandmother Mary Whyte Mcintosh Park.– Beverly Salked


  • *Septicaemia (Septacunines) – A poisoned condition of the blood due to pathogenic bacteria; blood poisoning. marked by chills, fever, prostration and inflammation of the serous membranes and of the lungs, kidneys and other organs.

Register-This is the original register from The Mississippi Hotel, built by Napoleon Lavallee in 1872 at the corner of Bridge Street and Lake Avenue. It has a bell for getting the owner’s attention, spaces for matches on either side of a striking plate, containers for pens and cards, and many many steel plates attached to the surfaces. These plates contain advertisements for local businesses that a visitor to Carleton Place might have found useful – kind of like modern day business cards!


The Municipal Heritage Committee of Carleton Place was pleased to present the first in a series of historical plaques describing local heritage buildings to Angelo Seccaspina, owner of Greystones, the former Mississippi Hotel building. Pictured left to right are Bernard deFrancesco, Chair, Robert Probert, Councilor Representative,
Jennifer Irwin, Manager of the Carleton Place & Beckwith Heritage Museum and Angelo Seccaspina– 2013

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)

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Romancing the Mississippi Hotel

Murders and Mysteries of the Mississippi Hotel

Thieves at the Mississippi Hotel–When Crime Began to Soar

All About Lorraine Lemay –Mississippi Hotel

Architecture Stories: The Hotel that Stompin’ Tom Connors Saved

The Napoleon of Carleton Place

Grandma’s Butterscotch Pie

Mississippi Hotel Beer — Brading’s Beer

In the Mississippi Hotel Mood with Mrs. Glen Miller

The Mystery Murals of The Queen’s and Mississippi Hotel

Burnin’ Old Memories –The Mississippi Hotel Fire

Romancing the Mississippi Hotel in 1961

Where Was Linda? A Necromancer Photo Blog -Victorian Seance at the Mississippi Hotel

Spooky Night at the Seccaspina Hotel

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.

2 responses »

  1. The Mississippi Hotel was part of my paper route as well. What I remember on entering the lobby of the hotel was the number of stuffed birds and animals that adorned the walls. Frankly, as a 12 year old, I found it a bit “spooky”!

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