The Story of Caroline La Rose– Charleston Lake

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The Story of Caroline La Rose– Charleston Lake

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  19 Feb 1909, Fri,  Page 1

 

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View southwest from Blue Mountain to Long Mountain and Charleston Lake

When you hike the Blue Mountain Trail it is intended for more experienced or at least more motivated hikers. This isolated trail can only be accessed by water via Huckleberry Hollow, and it is extremely rugged. It is no wonder that young 7 year-old Caroline La Rose got lost when her family was camping at Charleston Lake. She wasn’t alone, and was carrying a small infant that she was entrusted with his care as the family was berry picking. Baby Bertha was the daughter of Leona Brown, her mother’s oldest daughter.  She was brought into the home when she married Isaac La Rose. Confused? Have you checked out family history from way back then? Everyone is related to everyone. Let’s carry on…

With bare feet young Caroline walked into the woods and became lost and began to yell for help. When no one answered her call she walked over terrible terrain for miles until she found a shanty. Caroline found a tick mattress for bedding and mixed berries with water to feed young Bertha putting the baby first instead of herself. The children’s disappearance was quickly noticed and the search began with the first Reeve of Athens Watson G. Parrish set out in his steam yacht with his son Arthur hoping to find the two children quickly. Caroline had been missing for 4 days at that point Parrish got involved, but through some miracle she saw the steamer from the shore of Crawford’s Point.

Frantically trying to get the steamer’s attention Parrish saw her and quickly rescued her and the wee bairn and brought them to his cottage for food and warmth. There she met the daughter of Benedict Arnold, Jessie Arnold who was Parish’s niece. So enthralled with her new friend she named a new doll Jessie in honour of her. In a sad note, Bertha died at age 2 years. So what happened to young Caroline La Rose? Check out the wonderful story by Sally Smid.—THE HEROINE OF CHARLESTON LAKE

 

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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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

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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