Do You Know Where the Floor is From in the Almonte Town Hall?

Do You Know Where the Floor is From in the Almonte Town Hall?


My New Waterfront Home

January  22 1920-Almonte Gazette

Almonte’s bush lot is going to prove of greater usefulness than the supplying of fuel for our local citizens. It will also provide a new hard maple flooring for the town hall, both upstairs and downstairs. The floors of the town hall are giving out and they are worn and uneven. When wood flooring was considered it never occurred to one of the bright minds of the council that there was enough of the very finest hard maple in the town’s bush lot to cover the floors and lots more besides.

This is to be acted upon and Councillors Bennett and McDonald moved on Wednesday that the fuel committee supply a sufficient amount of hard maple to cover the floors. This was carried unanimously as was also a motion later by Councilors O’Reilly and Gilmour that a sufficient quantity of timber to be taken out of the town bush lot to also cover the bridge near the Wylie Mill.

Councillor Gilmour stated in reply that there was enough red elm and spruce to do this work. In connection with both proposals it is stated that the advice of Council Gilmour will prove vauable when the details as to sawing and drying about  the wood, particularly the maple for  the town hall flooring, are under consideration.

In 1891 Mr. R.L. Bond made himself useful in town as a fire extinguisher. At seven o’clock in the morning he was called across to the town hall and found a blaze beneath the floor of the council chamber in the same spot as threatened to destroy the hall by fire on a previous occasion.
It caught from the pipe leading· from the furnace and had made some headway before the floor was torn up and the fire extinguished without difficulty. The town property committee have taken action to prevent a repetition of the occurrence, which, had it taken place at night, might have. caused the destruction of the hall…


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal18 Dec 1965, SatPage 33


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal17 May 1969, SatPage 6


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal28 Jul 1917, SatPage 16

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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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