The Letters of John Buchanan and Mary Ilan–Appleton– from Doug McCarten

The Letters of John Buchanan and Mary Ilan–Appleton– from Doug McCarten



Photo-The Appleton Chinchilla House


Doug McCarten sent me these letters  from my grandparents George and Amy Buchanan…to his sister and brother-in-law in Arizona in 1921

This was a letter from his Grandmother and Grandfather to his Grandfather’s sister and brother-in-law who had moved to Arizona in 1917. I am forwarding it as it provides a snapshot of what life was like on the farm in Appleton in 1921!  

The Appleton farm as it is a beautiful stone house right on the Mississippi just downstream from the Golf course on the other side! 150 acres and 5 barns originally but some gone now. When we sold the farm when moving to town it was sold to John and Edith Clark and was used by them as a Chinchilla farm. They became close friends with my Mom and Dad and I always enjoyed visiting! John died many decades ago and Edith lived there in her own!–Doug McCarten


Thanks Doug– we are now documenting this forever so the information will be out there.

Send your family memories and photos to be documented forever to Linda:


All images from Doug McCarten






All images from Doug McCarten



Three sisters Agnes (oldest), then Hilda then my Doug McCarten’s Mother Amy (named after her mother Amy)-Photo Doug McCarten



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.





The Appleton Chinchilla House

The McCarten House of Carleton Place

The Witch of Plum Hollow – Carleton Place Grandmother


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I have been writing about downtown Carleton Place Bridge Street for months and this is something I really want to do. Come join me in the Domino’s Parking lot- corner Lake Ave and Bridge, Carleton Place at 11 am Saturday September 16 (rain date September 17) for a free walkabout of Bridge Street. It’s history is way more than just stores. This walkabout is FREE BUT I will be carrying a pouch for donations to the Carleton Place Hospital as they have been so good to me. I don’t know if I will ever do another walking tour so come join me on something that has been on my bucket list since I began writing about Bridge Street. It’s always a good time–trust me.

Are You Ready to Visit the Open Doors?


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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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  1. As a descendant of George James Buchanan and Ann Jane Morrison -> George James Buchanan and Fanny Ilan -> Elizabeth Buchanan and George Morrison -> George Henry Morrison and Ann Popplewell -> Ann Morrison and George Ritchie, I am so appreciative of all of this fascinating information about my Ancestors and Relatives!

    With considerable gratitude,
    Mary Adams
    Cobourg, Ontario


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