Stew Ferguson and Maggie Porteous/Ford–Tom Edwards

Stew Ferguson and Maggie Porteous/Ford–Tom Edwards
Hi Linda,
I was reading your article about the young lady who drowned in Carleton Place a few years ago near the Hydro dam. Stew Ferguson was working for Hydro there and I know he received an award for helping to save the girl, either the first time or he second time. I’m not sure which time it was but I will try and find out. He also bartended at the Mississippi with Ted Smith in the early 70’s when Mrs. Lemay owned it. My dad worked there part time with them.
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When I delivered my papers, I had some customers in the upstairs of the hotel. After I delivered them, I would go down to the dining room and see if he was working. Sometimes when he was, he would send me back to the dining room and Maggie Porteous/Ford, (not sure which last name), would lots of time either slip me a box of french fries, or a piece of cherry pie. Never had to pay for them, but she couldn’t always do it. I was empty handed if Mrs. Lemay was in the dining room too. LOL. I remember Dee Dee Ford working there as well. I think Maggie was her mom.

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  10 Mar 1941, Mon,  Page 14



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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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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