August 1879 in Lanark County and the Valley

August 1879 in Lanark County and the Valley




-Arnprior exhibition on the 18th and on the 19th September.

-Mrs. Preno, of Prescott, lately deceased,was 109 years of age.

-Plums are selling at 25 cents a pail in Arnprior. Ditto in Almonte.

-Perth wants a steam fire engine. Cause of agitation: the latest fire.

-The Renfrew County Model School opened at Renfrew on the 29th.

-Mrs. Geo. Vallelie, Arnprior, while getting over a fence fell and broke her leg.

-Almonte provision Court was held on Tuesday last, Judge Deacon presiding.

-Code’s factory, Carleton Place, will be offered for sale by auction in a few days. (Hawthorne Mill)

-A picnic will be held in Gillies’ grove, 1st con. Beckwith, on Thursday, 11th inst.

-Large quantities of lumbar have been shipped from the Carleton Place lumber yards.

-Alex. Stewart, of Beckwith, has returned home from Dakota, where he owns a fine home.

-The Montague Agricultural Society will hold its show on the 7th and 8th of October.

-The “ Janet” has discontinued her regular daily trips to Arnprior because of no traffic.

-The Perth Infantry Company was inspected on Wednesday by Lieut.-Col. Jackson.

-Ira Morgan, Esq., M.P.P., has recovered from the effects of the accident and is now going about business.

-The fruit trees in the garden of Mr. John Bromley, Renfrew, were lately hacked by some criminal.

-Dr. Pickup, D.D.G.M., Ottawa District, has been visiting the Masonic lodges on official business.

-The harvest in the north of Renfrew county and in Fitzroy is several weeks later than last year.

-Mr. J . Templeton will represent the Smith’s Falls Templars at the Grand Lodge to be held in Hamilton.

-Mr. Donald McDonald, lawyer, Renfrew, has been appointed a Commissioner in and for the County of Renfrew.

-The Perth Rifle Association matches will take place on the 8th and 9th Sept. $150 in prizes will be given. Some of our Almonte sharpshooters should attend.




-Lance Ledgerwood, residing near Arnprior, is one of the heirs to a fortune in Scotland. He has received a letter from the Sheriff of Glasgow, giving particulars.

-The Arnprior O.Y.B. band picnic netted $60. The F.M.T.A. band, to show their good will, joined with them and paraded the town together.

-Geo. Russell won the half mile foot race, beating two Almonte participants.

-The voters’ lists for 1879 are an improvement on previous lists. They contain two additional columns, giving the post office address of each voter, and indicate whoare qualified to serve as jurors. {From our own Correspondent.)

-The funeral of the late Mr. Robert Jakes took place on Sunday afternoon last, and was largely attended.

-Mr. P. Anderson is back in his old place in the drug store.

-Messrs. Easton, of Merrickville, have in the docks a vessel which when completed will cost $6,000. It will be finished and running early.

The old and popular hotel known for many years as the McFarlane Hotel— has been re~fitted and re-furnished and is now operated the accommodation of guests. The bar well supplied. Good stabling and shed room, and convenient to the mills and business.



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.



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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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