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Black Rock Clayton

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Photo from Black Rock Park

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August 1 1940–Almonte Gazette

So what is the history of Black Rock?

From Black Rock Park

 

On Sept 23, 1843 the east half of Lot 20 Con 11 was patented from the crown to Thomas Thompson who had emigrated to Canada from Paisley, Scotland along with his wife the former Grace Scoular after their marriage in 1834.  A small log house along with a log barn was built.  During the next few years the west half of Lot 21 Con 12 (March 29, 1862) and the east half of Lot 21 Con 11 (May 23, 1878) were added with additional patents from the crown.

The west half of Lot 20 Con 12 were acquired from John Riddell who had patented that parcel of land from the crown on July 21, 1831.   Thomas & Grace’s family consisted of 4 boys and 4 girls. John Thompson remained on the farm and during the early 1870’s the existing stone house was built by family members.  John and his family moved from the small log home to the stone house during 1873 .

John and his wife the former Mary Bain had 5 boys and 3 girls.  John’s second son, Daniel (D.J ) moved to a farm on the west shore of Taylor Lake while his sister Martha Jane and brother Thomas remained on the family farm.  D.J and his wife the former Mary Ann Aitkan raised a family of 9 boys and 3 girls.  One of the boys , Russell, married Mary Rintoul whose family had settled on the north shore of Taylor Lake.  After their marriage on May 19, 1938 Russell and Mary moved back to the family farm to assist Thomas and Martha Jane with the farming operation.  They remained on the farm and became sole owners on May 25, 1956.  A family of 6 girls and 5 boys were born during their marriage.

 

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  25 Jun 1966, Sat,  Page 33

To help supplement the small farm income Mary & Russell decided to start a cottage rental business on part of the farm which bordered west shore of Clayton Lake.  This business was known as Thompson’s Cottages.  The first cottages were rented during the summer of 1964.  In 1965 a few campsites were cleared and the campground was born.The store was added in 1980 and at that time the business name was changed to Thompson’s Tourist Resort.

 

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In 2002 the decision was made to incorporate the family farm & business to help ensure that the future Thompson generations can enjoy what the farm has meant to each of Mary and Russell’s children.  A new name was chosen and reflexes the history of the lakeshore where the neighbourhood children would swim and picnic in the years past.   Many family picnics were enjoyed at Black Rock on the shore of Clayton Lake and thus Thompson’s Black Rock Park was chosen.  We invite you to visit this piece of paradise with hopes you discover family values are still our most important asset.

 

Jack added: Lee аnd Larry enjoyed their sixth birthday party despite thе fact that they werе twins, Mommy and Daddy always made sure they eveгy had a great time–and with their birthdays coming in December, Mommy and Daddy additionally at all times made sure their birthdays have been special even though Christmas was around the corner.

The celebration was special with a clown, cake and wonderful presents from their friends grandparents and uncle and aunt but it went by so fast before they knew it everyone had gone home and it was time to wash up and get ready for bed.

2018!!-The Thompson family is celebrating 175 years on our farm in Galbraith this year. We are having a family gathering in August to celebrate. I was wondering if you would be willing to post a request on your page on behalf of our family. We’re looking to see if anyone in the community has old photos, stories, memories of Black Rock that they would be willing to share with us.

If you are willing, perhaps people could comment and I could reach out to them for more information (ex. copy of the photo). .

Thank you for your consideration,
Leann Thompson

Looking for Stories and Photos- Thompson Family–

 

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  14 Sep 1961, Thu,  Page 33

 

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

 

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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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