Did You Watch Maggie Muggins?

Did You Watch Maggie Muggins?



Maggie Muggins (Series) (1955-1962)

Maggie Muggins was a freckle-faced girl in a gingham dress, with her red hair pulled back in two long pigtails. Her stories had been heard on CBC radio and in print for years before Maggie and her friends in the meadow materialized on television on CBC in 1955.

Maggie played with friends like Fitzgerald Fieldmouse and Grandmother Frog. When she was caught in a quandary, her neighbour, Mr. McGarrity gave her advice or tried to help her to understand whatever was bothering her. When she was bored or tired, he might tell her a story or cheer her up by leading a song. Along with these principal characters, the meadow was filled with other animal friends.

Meadow friends Fitzgerald Fieldmouse, Grandmother Frog, and Reuben Rabbit were built and operated by John and Linda Keogh.



Margot Christie …. Grandmother Frog (voice)
John Drainie …. Mr. McGarrity (1955-1956)
Alice Hill …. Additional voices (voice)
Linda Keogh …. Puppeteer/Voices
John Keogh …. Puppeteer/Voices
Beth Lockerbie …. Additional voices (voice)
Peggi Loder …. Additional voices (voice)
Mary Long …. Maggie Muggins (1959-1962)
Norma MacMillan …. Fitzgerald Fieldmouse (voice)
Doug Master …. Mr. McGarrity (1959-1962)
Beth Morris …. Maggie Muggins (1955-1956)
Robin Paul …. Additional voices (voice)
Frank Peddie …. Mr. McGarrity (1956-1959)
Pauline Rennie …. Additional voices (voice)
Ruth Springford …. Additional voices (voice)
Deanne Taylor …. Maggie Muggins (1956-1959)






Most of the POPULAR LITERATURE read by Canadian children has been written in Britain or the US. There are exceptions. Mary Grannan’s Just Mary Stories (1942) and Maggie Mullins and Mr. McGarrity (1952) are collections of humorous fantasy stories based on her long-running CBC radio series. During the 1940s, Leslie McFarlane wrote several volumes of the Hardy Boys series under the pen-name of Fenton W. Dixon. Two recent authors are also significant.



In such books as Murder on the Canadian (1976), Terror in Winnipeg (1979) and The Green Gables Detectives (1987), Eric Wilson mixes Canadian settings and current social problems into the adventures of Tom and Liz Austen, youthful detectives. Gordon Korman, who began publishing in his early teens, has created humorous stories about teenagers in This Can’t Be Happening at Macdonald Hall! (1978), Go Jump in the Pool (1979) and Macdonald Hall Goes Hollywood (1991)


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Mary Long was the last of three actors to play Maggie Muggins in the popular TV series that ran from 1955 to 1962. She took over from Deanne Taylor.

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

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.




TV Shows We Loved

In Memory– The Last of The Five Little Peppers

When The Friendly Giant was King on Televison

The Danger Zone —TV Technicians in Carleton Place

The Hi- Diddle-Day House of Carleton Place – Puppets on a String

Bob Flint’s TV Tips

Time Capsule in the ‘Hi Diddle Day’ House?

The Dreams of a Sugar Plum Fairy

The Hardy Boys in Carleton Place


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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