The Short but Illustrious Life of Dr. Daniel Muirhead




McGill Montreal 1890


Daniel Muirhead entered McGill University in Montreal in 1885. In 1899 he graduated with an M.D. in medicine and became house surgeon at the Montreal General and Maternity Hospital 1889-1890. He served for sometime as a ship’s doctor and finally settled into private practice in Carleton Place.

On July 19, 1912 he journeyed with Norman Cram in his new top heavy Ford Runabout to visit with one of his regular patients. While attempting to pass a farmer hauling a load of hay on a small hill Dr. Dan’s front wheels caught in a rut on the rough North Gower road. His car toppled over and he was instantly killed at 46 years of age. (newspaper article says age 50)

To quote the Carleton Place Canadian from July 25, 1912:

“Quiet,skilled to an unusual degree, beloved by every person who ever met him, a valiant conqueror in a sick room–his loss is personal to all and a disaster to his profession, his town, and his country. His mother, sister and brother  W.J. survive him.”





Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  24 Jul 1912, Wed,  Page 3









Brother William married Mary Gillies and took over the family home from his mother who had moved to another house she owned close by. Later on she went to live with her daughter Mrs. R.E. Box. Bill, as he was known as owned and operated a hardware store on Bridge Street in Carleton Place. He was a gentlemen, a school trustee and a leading citizen of Carleton Place, and at age 19 he became checker champion of Manitoba in an open competition.



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  03 Jan 1940, Wed,  Page 2


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  18 May 1901, Sat,  Page 7

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ 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.



The Saga of a James Street Home— Christina McEwen Muirhead

What Was it Like Living in Beckwith 1800s? Christina McEwen Muirhead

Christena McEwen– The Belle of Beckwith Part 1 -“The Woodcocks”

Killed by Zulus — Duncan and James Box

Was a Boldt Castle Boathouse Once in our Midst? See the Home of the Daphne!

He Hailed from Carleton Place– Harold Box– The Forgotten Scientist?

“Bossin’ Billy” McEwen Muirhead –Box family

McLaren Left it All to the McLeod Sisters–His Maids!

The Lost Gilles Family Ephemera Rescued


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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