Is My Mikado Bride Behind Door Number 1 or 2? Here’s a how-de-do!

Is My Mikado Bride Behind Door Number 1 or 2? Here’s a how-de-do!


brockville-minstrels-1885.jpg Brockville Minstrels 1885– I wonder if they sang The Mikado?


The Brockville Recorder 1887 


A marriage occurred in Brockville lately, connected with which there are some elements of romance. For obvious reasons the names are not given, but the bride is a Brockville girl, and the groom is from below the border.

The groom is a widower with a couple of children, and who some months ago, while visiting friends at Ogdensburg, expressed a desire to marry again. One of his female friends there, with a turn for match-making, told him she was acquainted with a young lady in Brockville who would make him an excellent wife, and advised him to open a correspondence with her. This the party did.

It appears, however, that there were two young women of the same name in Brockville, and the letter was not delivered to the one for whom it was intended, but fell into the hands of the other party, who, believing it for herself, answered it, and a regular correspondence was opened. Although neither of the parties had ever seen the other, the man proposed marriage, and was accepted, and then came to Brockville to make the personal acquaintance of his made.

He met her, and the date for the wedding was fixed. The soon-to-be groom then returned to Ogdensburg. There the lady who had interested herself in his behalf put him through a course of cross-examination as to his opinion of the young woman she had selected for him, and from the description learned that the one that he had proposed to was not the  correct person.

She advised him to take, but a total stranger to her, and, like Ko-Ko in the Mikado, exclaimed: “Here’s a pretty kettle o’ fish ; here’s a howdy-do.” She explained that somehow things were mixed, and that the one he proposed to was not her friend, but an entire stranger. The party then returned post-haste to Brockville, made inquiries, and learned that there were two young ladies in town of the same name. He then ascertained the residence of young lady No 2, and called on her, explained the circumstances, made a proposal of marriage, but was 5 bluntly refused. He immediately concluded that he would stick to No. 1, and the wedding in due course took place.


Author’s note: I don’t know about you– but if my new husband came with 4 children I might have said no too… but alas, that was the way of the world in those days.




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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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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