To Steal a Barge on Ebb’s Bay— Your Convictions of 1897



November 11 1897 

The case of John Moore against Wm. Morris of unlawfully appropriating a barge lying in Ebbs’ Bay, on Mississippi Lake, came before His Honor Judge Senkler in Perth on Monday. The act being without intent, the defendant was discharged as not guilty.— Carleton Place Herald


Men, women and children worked long hard hours and sometimes in dangerous conditions to ensure the boats and cargos reached their destinations. Transportation of goods was very much a family affair, with even the children learning to help. The work was hard and tough and these Mississippi River transporters should be remembered. Who knows what happened in this case, but it must have been serious enough to warrant coming before a judge. Or was it just a quarrel?


Return of Convictions for the Period Ending March 8 1897

Disturbing Meeting of Religious Worship

Joseph Foster, complainant James Scott, fine $1

Allowing Persons In Bar During Prohibited Hours

Walter McIlquham, fined $20

Jas. E. Rathwell, fined $20


Walton B. Stewart, fined $4

John Boone, fined #1

Fast Driving on the Street

William McGuire, fined 44

Robert Cowie, fined $2


Thomas Lee, fined $2

Michael Lee, fined $1

John Murphy, fined $8.50


Isaac Malone, four months in gaol

Henry Russell, George Martin, John Kelly, Hynes McDonald, John Gilligan, W. Baker, all thirty days in gaol

Damage to Property:

John Boone, fined $1

Insulting Language:

Jas. O’Donohoe, fined $1

Drunk and Disorderly:

James Twohey, fined $11

James O”Meara, fined $11

Jos. Bissonette, fined $2

Thomas Saunders, fined $4

Breach of Early Closing Bylaw:

James Murray, fined #3.25

Perth Courier, April 15, 1898


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.




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Step Right Up- Here are Your Family Convictions-September, 1894

Breach of the Town Bylaws and Other Convictions.. Sept. 11 1888

Justice of the Peace Convictions for the County of Lanark–July 17, 1885

Assault Abusive Language and Bridget McNee

The Notorious Bridget McGee of Perth

Down at the Old Perth Gaol

Justice of the Peace Convictions for the County of Lanark–Dec. 13, 1898-Who Do You Know?

Auctionering Without a License and Pigs on the Loose

Going to the Chapel –Drummond Whalen and Johnson of Carleton Place

“One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” in Lanark County

Jailhouse Rock in Lanark County Part 2

The Drunken Desperados of Carleton Place

The Young Offenders of Lanark County



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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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