Lots of Laundry– Lassie Come Home!!!!

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Lots of Laundry– Lassie Come Home!!!!

 

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Donna and Brenda Manson from Lanark County

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  25 Jul 1970, Sat,  Page 17

 

 

In the 1800s a dog powered device was invented. A dog would walk on a treadmill that ran an appliance like a washing machine or a butter churner.

 

THE FELDT DOG-ENGINE: 1888

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he Real Cynosphere: 1875

 

THE POOCHMOBILE: USA

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Line drawing from patent office 1882 of dog power machine

 

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A small animal power for use with a dog, sheep or goat. The 10 3/4″ wide wood treads ride on 10″ end pulleys and 2 sets of four 8″ diameter rollers. The rear of the track frame can be easily raised or lowered by means of a lever operating a ratchet mechanism. The angle of the track is adjusted for the weight of the animal and the work required. The power available from a treadmill is dependent on the weight of the animal and the angle of the tread, not on the strength of the animal. The dog simply climbs the tread to maintain his position and gravity does the work. A hand lever actuates a brake to stop the machine when the dog is getting on or off. The iron brake pad rubs on the face of the 25″ iron flywheel. An 89″ long walking beam pivots on the upright frame member and is attached to a 43″ long connecting bar, the opposite end of which connects to a slot in a flywheel spoke. This flywheel connection allows continuous adjustment of the crank radius and thus the degree of movement of the walking beam. The opposite end of the connecting bar has a series of 6 holes for adjustment of the height of the walking beam end. This attachment was used primarily for working dasher churns and pumps. The connecting bar could be connected directly to a rocking churn such as the popular Davis swing churn offered by Vermont Farm Machine Co. Other devices such as barrel churns, early washing machines, cream separators, and even lathes and light duty woodworking machines could be powered directly off a belt pulley on the front shaft.

 

 

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Clipped from The Mercury,  05 Jul 1938, Tue,  Page 9

 

 

 

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Photos from the  Canadian Files from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

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  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 25 Jul 1970, Sat,
  3. Page 17

 

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  05 Aug 1975, Tue,  Page 2

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  03 Jun 1975, Tue,  Page 43

 

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Middleville photo by Kelly Pretty

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.

 

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The Dogs of Lanark County–Alex Cram

 

 

 

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

 

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

Join us and learn about the history under your feet! This year’s St. James Cemetery Walk will take place Thursday October 19th and october 21– Museum Curator Jennfer Irwin will lead you through the gravestones and introduce you to some of our most memorable lost souls!
Be ready for a few surprises along the way….
This walk takes place in the dark on uneven ground. Please wear proper footwear and bring a small flashlight if you like.
Tickets available at the Museum, 267 Edmund Street. Two dates!!!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1211329495678960/

OCT 28th
Downtown Carleton Place Halloween Trick or Treat Day–https://www.facebook.com/events/489742168060479/

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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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