Glory Days in Carleton Place— Jan McCarten Sansom

Glory Days in Carleton Place— Jan McCarten Sansom
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This is from Jan McCarten Sansom
Hi Linda, 
I liked the story about the Patterson Funeral Home. My Grandparents lived across the from the Hearse House on Bridge St. at 233 Bridge St. My Grandfather was ill with cancer and mostly bedridden. It was a lovely Spring day and he dearly wished to be downstairs to enjoy the view and be closer to the family.
He was unable to walk downstairs himself, so my Grandmother called Putt Patterson to come over with his stretcher to carry my Grandfather downstairs. Needing and extra hand they called George, who worked at Bennett’s Butcher store next door to come and help, which he did willingly. All he was told was they needed help bringing Mr. Buchanan downstairs.
Arriving at my grandparent’s home, George saw that my grandfather was already lying on the stretcher, arms folded and eyes closed. Just as they started down the front stairs, my grandfather, raised his head and greeted George with a smile and a hello. Poor George almost dropped his end of the stretcher, because he thought they were taking my grandfather to the funeral home. My grandfather had a wicked sense of humour and thought this was a great joke. Poor George disappeared from work for about 4 days after—probably due to the shock!



Thanks Jan– this was fabulous!!

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 (USA)




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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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