Hey Even Journalists Can be Sick! Influenza 1918





To the public in common with other business institutions in Almonte the influenza epidemic has decimated the staff of the Almonte Gazette. For eight days or so only a remnant of the staff has been able to be at office, with the result that neither-the Gazette nor the job work that has come to the office to be done could possibly be produced as usual, and the management asks for kind consideration until the epidemic has passed beyond our borders.

Last week, before the Gazette went to press, members of the staff began to drop off. First there was one Linotype operator and one of the business office staff. The editor was next. Then one of the young lady compositors fell ill. Another Linotype operator dropped, and next one of the hand compositors had to take to his bed and so on.This is how things have been running in the Gazette office during the last few days.

It appears that from the first taking the prevailing influenza the average recovery is about one week, and so it is hoped that very soon matters will again be normal. Meanwhile the best thanks of the Gazette are due to those who have lent assistance, and to none more so than those advertisers who helped out by making no changes in their business announcements this week. It was an immense help. This edition of the Gazette is far from being up to standard. News of importance has not been set— much of it has not been gathered.

In succeeding issues the management hopes to get back quickly to normal. It should be said that an appeal was made to the offices for help both in the city and county. This help would gladly have been given by all if it had been possible, but all of them were suffering also. The Ottawa Journal had five operators sick and the management was at its wits’ end to get the paper out. Mr. George F McKimm of Smiths Falls however seems to be in a little better position than others and he kindly states that he can help the Gazette out a little if necessary. His generous offer will be a accepted if conditions do not improve.


1918 Almonte GazetteAlmonte Gazette


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  10 Oct 1918, Thu,  Page 3




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 andScreamin’ Mamas (US



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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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