The End of Easy Money in Lanark County

The End of Easy Money in Lanark County



Perth Remembered— Photo taken outside James Brother’s Foundry 1910. Shown here are W. Bates and D. Mayall on a cart with a shipment of sleighs from James Brothers

Perth Expositor:—’The end of a source of ‘‘easy’’ money for several residents of Smiths Falls, Carleton Place and Almonte was marked with a loud crash on Monday afternoon when Provincial Police and Almonte was marked with a loud crash on Monday afternoon when Provincial Police  under inspector Sidney Oliver of the Ontario Legislature, assailed the; the No. 9 Headquarters staff at Perth reduced and 14 machines to a mass of twisted scrap in the James Brother’s Foundry yard here.

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The machines, gambling devices. Worth many hundreds of dollars were seized in a series of raids on various business places in the three towns several weeks ago. Since then they had been stored at Police headquarters here. Crown Attorney W. W.Pollock, of Carleton Place, and County Magistrate J. T. Kirkland, of Almonte. were in Perth for the smashing ceremony, at which the odds were undoubtedly against the machine.



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  08 Jun 1934, Fri,  Page 1


1910-Canada’s Criminal Code is amended to allow pari-mutuel betting on horse races and temporary games of chance if profits for charitable or religious purposes, or at agricultural fairs.

The province of Alberta, Canada, legalizes bingo games

1920-Canada’s Criminal Code is amended to allow pari-mutuel betting system

In 1934  they began a campaign of ridding the towns of slot machines.



Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ 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.


Pinball Was Corrupting Our Children in Lanark County

The Schwerdtfegerisms of Tobacco and Gambling

A Warning to Those Gambling Ladies of Carleton Place!

Gambling in Carleton Place — Viva Old Las Carleton Place


Friday October the 13th– 6:30.. meet in front of the old Leland Hotel on Bridge Street in Carleton Place (Scott Reid’s office) and enjoy a one hour walk with stories of murder mayhem and BOO!.. Some tales might not be appropriate for young ears. FREE!!

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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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