When Worlds Collide


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September 1899–Carleton Place Herald

 A fatal accident nearly happened on Monday, which we hope will be a warning to other boys not to go beyond their depth when bathing. Young William Way attempted to swim across the Mississippi river from the Hawthorne factory and back. When near the middle of the river on his return his strength gave out and he screamed for help.

When Mr. VanAllen heard his cries he hurried out to help him. He spoke encouragingly, and was relieved to see William make an effort to reach him. Before VanAllen was near enough to assist him the young boy had succeeded in touching a shallow place. Only for the timely encouragement of VanAllen the consequence might have been fatal. 




William Way was but 6 years old when he attempted his swim. Like Margaret Violet King he sadly died at the age of 14.–A Carleton Place Tale to Send Shivers Up Your Arm — The Sad Tale of Margaret Violet King

While doing research today I read in the Ottawa Journal that in 1898 Mr. VanAllen was one of the 6 witnesses in the Peter Blair Murder case– For the Love of Paris Green –Another Local Murdoch Mystery?






Child 2 William Way Birth 17 Jul 1883 Carleton Place, Lanark, Ontario Death 9 Oct 1904 Carleton Place, Carleton, Ontario
Child 3 Annie Gertrude Way Birth Mar 1888 in Carleton Place, Lanark, Ontario Death 1978 in Ottawa, Carleton, Ontario She married Glyndon Vaughan Williams born abt 1885 30 Jun 1915 Carleton County. Her marriage record incorrectly gives her mother as Elechia Evoy
Child 4 Minnie Way Birth abt 1887/1888 probably in Carleton Place, Lanark, Ontario Death 8 May 1970 in Ottawa, Carleton, Ontario burial Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa. Minnie married Arthur J Booth born abt 1874 son of James & Sarah on 14 Jul 1909 in Ottawa, Carleton. Her marriage record incorrectly gives her mother as Elchia Evoy

Marriage 3 27 May 1891 in Carleton Place, Lanark, Ontario to Elechia Evoy Green born Apr 1858 London, Ontario. She died 13 Dec 1918 Ottawa, Carleton, Ontario burial 19 May 1919 Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa
One child Robert Hilton (Hilton) Way Birth 5 Sep 1898 Carleton Place, Ontario
He married Ethel May Smith Birth abt 1896 Arnprior, Lanark, Ontario daughter of Charles Smith and Mary Ann Cathcart on the 10 Dec 1919 inCarleton County


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 (US


For the Love of Paris Green –Another Local Murdoch Mystery?

Another Lanark Mystery– Paris Green

A Carleton Place Tale to Send Shivers Up Your Arm — The Sad Tale of Margaret Violet King

A Time of its Own– The Mystery Photo

Death from Corrosive Sublimate —Carleton Place’s Revere House

Bitten by the Kissing Bug — A Shocking Conclusion to the Life of Carleton Place’s Daniel E. Sheppard

The Strange Disappearance of Bertha Sumner of Carleton Place

So What Really Happened to Samuel Cram?

A Local Handmaids Tale? What Happened ?


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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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