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

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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