Notes About The Lanark County Council

Notes About The Lanark County Council



Norma Ford had these photos and I thought we should document them on a blog.

Shane Storie John McLean was my Great Grandfather, although I never had the chance to meet him. He was also a postmaster in Lanark. I still have fond memories of when I was very young, and my grandparents lived in the house that had the Maple Leaf attached to it. I still believe there is a stone out front that bears his name.

Thank you for sharing this as I don’t really have any pictures of him.

Norma Ford This picture was taken inside Rosedale Hall, I couldn’t get it any clearer. #18. Andrew Baird, Reeve, Lanark Tp. #19. Wm. Pattie, Reeve, Carleton Place. #20. Gavin Hamlton, Reeve, Ramsay. #21. G.W. Willoughby, Warden, Reeve, Almonte. #22. W.S. Senkler, Co. Judge
#23. ? Thompson, Sheriff. #23. ? Carswell, Reeve, Pakenham. #24. ? Rintoul, Reeve, Darling.
Lanark County Council 1909- Photo from Norma Ford

Perth Courier, April 23, 1897

Those members of the Lanark County Council of 15 years ago will learn with sorrow of the death of a much respected member of that body, Daniel Drummond.  The Gazette of April 16 says:  “The township of Ramsay has lost one of its oldest and most highly respected residents by the death of Daniel Drummond which took place on Friday, at his home in Clayton at the age of 70(?).  Deceased had been ailing with a heart affliction for the past two years and in consequence had not been able during that time either to take an active part in public affairs or paying much attention to his own private business.  The late Mr. Drummond was born in Ramsay in 1826 and removed to Clayton about 30 years ago where he bought a grist mill and saw mill which he continued to work until the time of his death.  Mr. Drummond was a man of strict integrity, upright in all his dealings and of a kind and genial disposition.  He was a man of more than ordinary intellect and this was early recognized by his friends and neighbours in the vicinity and he was for many years the respected and efficient reeve of Ramsay.  In religion he was an active member of the Presbyterian Church as long as his health permitted him to do active work.  In politics he was a Liberal.

June 27 1890

The Lanark County Council have appointed Mr. Alexander Yuill, son of Mr. Joseph Yuill, Ramsay, as their nominee as a student to the Guelph Agricultural College for the current year


Perth Courier, Nov. 23, 1888

The only member of the County Council who did not answer the roll call on Tuesday was Mr. C. H. Shearn, Deputy Reeve of Almonte who was prevented by illness from being present.  We regret to learn that his illness is of a serious nature

June 25 1897-–The Lanark County Council made a grant of $200 to each of the electoral
district agricultural societies, and $30 to each of the branch societies. No action was taken with regard to a House of Refuge for the county, though many thought the county legislators would take advantage of the Jubilee year to inaugurate that good work.

Our indigent poor will continue to be sent to the gaol. However, that there is
a desire on the part of the county councillors to erect a house of refuge is evidenced by the fact that a number of them wished the whole council to drive out and inspect the Athens Refuge. Lanark will have one inside of a decade.


Donald Fraser, son of Col. Fraser who lived near Lanark, brother of William Fraser, County Treasurer, of the famous “Red House” On Craig Street and cousin of the late Donald Fraser of Victoria, B.C.; studied law with Thomas M. Radenhurst of Perth and with Messrs. Crooks, Kingsmill and Cattanach of Toronto in 1838(?) until the time of his death in 1871.  On the death of W.R.F. Berford, he became Clerk of the County Council and was a senior captain of the local militia.  After Col. McMillen’s death, the Fraser family lifed for some time in Nevis Cottage afterwards the residence of Hon. Peter McLaren.  The late Dr. P.C. McGregor, Principal of  Almonte High School for several decades and a trustee of Queen’s University, Kingston, in speaking of Donald Fraser said that he was the finest public speaker that he had ever heard.  As boys at the P.C.I. both he and the late W.C. Caldwell, later M.P.P. and “Father of the Ontario House” used to forsake their classes and go over to the court house whenever it was known that Mr. Fraser was to plead a case.  Our fellow townsman Donald C. Fraser is a grandson of this noted lawyer.


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  27 Feb 1919, Thu,  Page 5

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  27 Nov 1931, Fri,  Page 7



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  09 Dec 1898, Fri,  Page 7


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.



What Came First in Lanark County? The Chicken Or the Egg?

Lanark Era Vignettes-


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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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