James Fanning– Robert Nolan– Train Accident

James Fanning– Robert Nolan– Train Accident



Clipped from The Ottawa Citizen, 14 Jun 1907, Fri, Page 1-


006178-87 (Lanark Co) James S. FANNING, 21, workman, Beckwith, Carleton Place s/o Robert & Ellen FANNING married Anna Mary RATHWELL, 22, Drummond, Beckwith d/o William & Anna RATHWELL wtn: William H. LEACH & Sarah RATHWELL both of Beckwith, 13 July 1887 at St. James Church in Franktown.




Carleton Place Locomotive




Jenn Nolan My Great-Great Uncle. His sister, my great grandmother, had to identify his remains. Cause of death was being crushed and he was scalded by the steam and water. He is buried at St.James cemetery Carleton Place. He was so badly scalded that the undertaker had to just lay his suit on his body. His casket was covered in flowers at the service.


Ray Paquette My father-in-law was an engineman (engineer) on the CPR and he often regaled me with tales of derailments. I remember him telling me that in times of derailment, they, the engineer and fireman, would stand in the cab of the engine waiting to determine which way the engine was going over on its side before jumping to safety in the opposite direction


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  22 Sep 1899, Fri,  Page 5




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.



When Trains Crash —Ashton Train Accident 1950

Clippings of The Old Perth Train Station

The Glen Tay Train Wrecks of Lanark County

Did You Know About These Local Train Wrecks?

Tragedy and Suffering in Lanark County-Trains and Cellar Stairs

I was Born a Boxcar Child- Tales of the Railroad

The Lanark County “Carpetbaggers”–Lanark Electric Railway

The Titanic of a Railway Disaster — Dr. Allan McLellan of Carleton Place

What Happened on the CPR Railway Bridge?

Memories from Carleton Place–Llew Lloyd and Peter Iveson

Linda’s Dreadful Dark Tales – When Irish Eyes Aren’t Smiling — Our Haunted Heritage

So Which William Built the Carleton Place Railway Bridge?

The trial of W. H. S. Simpson the Railway Mail Clerk

55 years ago–One of the Most Tragic Accidents in the History of Almonte

The Kick and Push Town of Folger

Train Accident? Five Bucks and a Free Lunch in Carleton Place Should Settle it

The Men That Road the Rails

The Mystery Streets of Carleton Place– Where was the First Train Station?

Memories of When Rail was King- 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?


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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