“Lanark is my Native Land” -Master Clarence Whiticar 1930

“Lanark is my Native Land” -Master Clarence Whiticar 1930

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Glen Tay School – SS#3 Bathurst Township, Lanark County, ON-Diane Duncan


At the 1930 Lanark County Educational Association meeting held in Carleton Place on May 31st, the president, Mr. Peter McCallum, of Almonte, offered a beautiful silver cup to the county pupil giving the best address on the subject, “‘Lanark County.” (if you look at the historical portion there are lots of students names)

There were six contestants and the prize went to Master Clarence *Whiticar, a pupil of S. S. No. 3, Bathurst, at which school Miss Mary M. Gray of Ferguson’s Falls, is teacher. The address is as follows:­ 


Lanark County, one of the finest counties in Ontario, with its significant motto: Intelligence integrity and industry, and a county we are proud to call our own, is the topic upon which I shall speak this afternoon. There is much one could say about Lanark County, but as my time is limited to only a few minutes shall touch rather lightly upon the subject for I can only speak on its general points.

You all know a good deal about Lanark County, as it is today one of the most progressive counties of our province, but I shall go back for a brief space of time to its early history and ” tell you a little about it “in the making.” At the close of the war of 1812-13 and 14, many of the soldiers engaged in that conflict, desirous of remaining in Canada were discharged and settled by the Government on territory north of the Rideau Lakes. This was accomplished in 1815 and 16 and a comparatively large number of these military settlers were located and about what was then known as “The Perth Settlement.” The territory round about was known as the “District of Bathurst” in Upper Canada.

In that same year (1816) many Scotch settlers arrived from Glasgow and Greenock, coming in by way of Brockville and took up land along that is still known as the *”Scotch Line”.  in 1823 owing to prepared failures of potato and other crops in Ireland, many settlers from that land were brought out, and these augmented the already flourishing pioneer settlement of Bathurst.

Many of the places in Lanark County are named after prominent military, men, who figured largely in these days. Bathurst was named after Lord Henry Bathurst son of Earl Bathurst, who was then foreign and Colonial Secretary in the British diplomatic service. Ramsay takes its name from General George Ramsey, Earl of Dalhousie, who also gave his name to another of our townships, Pakenham, after Sir Edward Pakenham, who was drilled in the battle of New Orleans. Beckwith Township was, named after General Sir George Beckwith, a distinguished officer in the British array at that time.

Coming closer to our own locality we learn that Glen Tay at one time a large manufacturing village, was originally called *Adamsville after Captain Joshua Adams, Who this place built the first mill, within the establishment forming the Rideau” In after years the name, District of Bathurst, was abandoned by Act of Parliament, although the township name was retained. It may be added that the present counties of Renfrew and Carleton originally formed part of Lanark County, although at that time, that territory had not been divided into so called counties or townships.

But today Lanark County is a well defined municipality and thickly settled. Its people are of the finest. We have few foreigners within our borders. We are all of Anglo-Saxon blood descendants of these Scotch, Irish and English pioneer settlers and we have the staunch qualities of these great races the thrift a common sense of the Scotch, the large heartedness and love of laughter peculiar to the Irish and the fine traditional culture and respect for law and order characteristic of the English.

Lanark County with its fourteen townships comprises a great area of splendid arable land. There is naturally a great diversity of surface characteristics, but comparatively little waste land. The finest agricultural portions of our county exist in the townships of Drummond, Ramsay, Pakenham and Bathurst, our township taking preeminent place. The breeding and maintenance of fine stock is a noticeable feature of our County. It is said that there is more shipped from Perth than any other station between Montreal and Peterborough. Lanark County is, rich in mineral wealth.

The finest quality of limestone deposits exist in Burgess and Bathurst. Feldspar is mined extensively and shipped in great quantities. In the northern townships a splendid quality of marble exists, although owing to the lack of railway facilities it has not been worked. In Elmsley and Burgess we have *lead and mica deposits, both of which have been mined extensively.

Speaking of Perth, the capital of Lanark County, there is no town in Eastern Ontario more noted for its progressiveness and natural beauty. Its industries give employment to several hundred hands, and as for beauty of location it is truthfully said to have within a radius of thirty miles thirty fine lakes, each a paradise for sportsmen.

Care of Lanark’s aged has been provided by the *House of Industry at Perth, while at *Children’s Shelter at Carleton Place tells the story of love and care to those miles of misfortune to be found in every community. At the time of the Great War where the cry came forth that civilization was in danger the descendants of Lanark’s Pioneers proved that they were worthy sons of worthy sires by sending more recruits according to their population to Britain’s aid than any other county in the Dominion.

Ladies and gentlemen, we should feel proud to own Lanark County as our birth-place or our place of residence, and no matter where we roam in the years to come, let us always remember our great heritage from pioneer ancestors in this particular part of our fair Dominion. And let us never forget to regard Lanark County as our home, first and last. Breathes there a man with soul so dead who never to himself hath said. A home his footsteps, he hath turned From wandering on a foreign  strand This is my own native land.



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)


Bathurst Township Boy

Again Trophy Winner 1932

Special to Tire Journal PERTH, Ont., Oct. 27.-Clarence Whitaker, S.S. 3, Bathurst Township, for the second year in succession, won the George S. James silver trophy in the senior section of the annual oratorical contest open to the prize winning speakers at Lanark County rural school fairs held here last night. ‘The Lawrence James’ silver trophy, for the winner of the junior section, went to Jean Ferguson, S.S. 6, Dalhousie Township. The two champions will represent the rural schools of Lanark County in the Eastern Ontario competition to be held at Kemptville on October 29. All eligible competitors spoke at the contest, which was conducted by W. A. Davidson, county agricultural representative, in the Gymnasium of the Perth College Institute. Suitable prizes were awarded to the other winners, who were as follows: Senior section-Rodger Stewart, S.S. 13, Lanark; Dorothy Paul, S.S. 14, Ramsay; Merle Percy, SS. 1, Dalhousie- Ida Frizell, SS. 1, Elmsley; Eldon Lightbody, S.S. 16. Montague West; Dorothy Truelove, S.S. 8, Drummond Junior section-Helen Gilmore, S.S. 16, Drummond; Hazel Kettles, S.S. 8, Beckwith: Frank Stead, SS. 13, Lanark; Betty Suffron, S.S. 6, Montague: Kathleen Matthews S.S. 14, Ramsay; Jean Woods, S.S. 1, Pakenham, Russell McNaughton, Balderson Corners School, Bathurst. The judges were J. H. Hardy, principal of the P.C.I.; John L. Scott, William Reid, J. E. Anderson Harold Shaw and Sheriff Joseph Ebbs. Short addresses were given to the competing students and the large audience by Principal Hardy, Public Schools Inspector T. C. Smith, Sheriff Ebbs and Mr. Anderson. Musical items on the program were offered by the P.C.I. girls’ orchestra, comprised of the Misses V. Brunet, M. Brunet, D. Hoffman, I. Hogg and M. White. Miss Alice Tysick, of Montague, gave a recitation, while a lap dance was executed by little May Lytton of Poland Township.–Newspaper Articles compiled by Grant McFarlane of Lanark.—Received from: Melanie Maso


*Scotch LineNews from The Scotch Line

*AdamsvilleIn Memory of the Very Few–Adamsville Burial Site

*Mining-My Daddy was a Miner — was Yours?

Other school papers-EARLY SETTLEMENT OF DALHOUSIE-Tina Penman, Middleville, Ont.

*House of Industry at Perth–Did You Know About the House of Industry?

*Children’s Shelter at Carleton Place–The Very Sad Tale of Cecil Cummings of Carleton Place


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal03 Nov 1934, SatPage 27

WHITICAR– I thought this was a misspelling as it could be the name Whitaker but it was not. There are many Whiticar’s buried in the St. Stephen’s Cemetery
Brooke, Ontario, Con 6, Lot 7, Bathurst Twp.Burials 1858 to Today– CLICK here to see page for the St. Stephen’s cemetery list


White Morley Dewitt 1961   Frances ??
70 Whiticar Charles 1860 04 20 23 Aug 1926 Mahalia Sewell
280 Whiticar Charles R. 1880 05 06 29 Jul 1963 Agnes Conroy
239 Whiticar Thomas 1882 1974 Minerva Buker
160 Whiticar Mabel W. 1908 12 10 07 Feb 1983 Wilbert A. Fournier
71 Whiticar Edward 1912 07 07 11 Apr 1977 Annie Morrison
161 Whiticar Matilda G. 1914 09 13   Melville John Blair

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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