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

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.

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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