Notes About J.K. Findlay

Notes About J.K. Findlay
Author’s Note–Note number 3– we certainly have a history here don’t we..:(


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  22 Dec 1941, Mon,  Page 6



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  18 Sep 1950, Mon,  Page 16


Sept. 4th 1952

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Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum Photo


Featured Artifact – December 2013–Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


The Findlay Steamer

After tasting plum pudding in a CPR dining car in 1940, Nora Findlay persuaded the chef to divulge his recipe, which she claimed, was a carefully kept company secret. David Findlay recalled “Mother used to lace the mix with large amounts of rum or brandy in addition to the bottle of stout. Guests always left the table in a happy mood!”

Nora passed the recipe on to her granddaughter Janet. The pudding should be made before the end of November, but Mrs. Findlay always maintained that the best ones were made on “All Saints’ Day”, November 1st.

CPR Plum Pudding
10 oz.seedless raisins                          8 oz. apple, finely chopped
10 oz. sultana raisins                             Juice and peel of one lemon
12 oz. currants                                         Juice and peel of one orange
8 oz. mixed peel                                      1/2 tsp. vanilla
4 oz. slivered almonds                           3 oz. rum
4 oz. pecans or walnuts                         4 oz. stout

Candied cherries and pineapple to taste.
 Mix above ingredients in a large bowl and cover. Stir each day for 3-4 days.
4 eggs, well beaten                               8 oz. brown sugar
8 oz. flour                                                   1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/8 tsp. baking soda                               1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. baking powder                           1/4 tsp. ginger
10 oz. soft bread crumbs                       1/4 tsp. allspice
10 oz. ground beef suet                         1/4 tsp. salt
Mix dry ingredients together, stir in eggs. Add fruit mixture and stir well. Place in a well greased   mold. Steam for 5-6 hours. Cool, wrap well, and store until Christmas. Reheat by placing in   steamer for up to 3 hours. Yield: 6 lb. pudding.
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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  21 Nov 1931, Sat,  Page 36

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.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)



Memories of Findlays 1972 – “They’re Proud, Independent, and Resigned to the Loss of their Jobs”

Looking for Names- Findlay Foundry

The Inner Remains of the Findlay Foundry

From the Belly of the Findlay Plant….

Someday my Prince Will Buy Me a Cinderella Stove

Findlay’s 101 and a Personal Confession

Where Did you Learn to Swear in Carleton Place?

Funky Soul Stew was Once Cooking in Carleton Place


Cooking with Findlay’s — Christine Armstrong’s Inheritance and Maple Syrup Recipe

Commercial Centre Planned for Findlay Site

Walter and John Armour and A Findlay Stove

The Findlay Foundry Ltd. Closes—- The Video



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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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