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


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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

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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