Another Lanark County “Murdoch Mystery” –Elfreda Drummond of Ashton

Another Lanark County “Murdoch Mystery” –Elfreda Drummond of Ashton

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If the Murdoch Mystery folks ever came to Lanark County we have some real odd stories that might suit them here. Last night going through the newspaper archives I found another dilly. The trial of Merrick Drummond from Ashton.

I never thought he did it– but the neighbours put their three cents in, and there were so many questions I had after reading it. Did the farm hand who left abruptly do it? How could a man that gave up his life for his mother and two sisters that could not care for themselves kill some one? Was it an accident of anger?  Did Elfreda Drummond really crack her skull on the families apple tree because of her *St. Vitus Dance condition? Read the articles and judge for yourself!


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  03 May 1922, Wed,  Page 1

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  10 May 1922, Wed,  Page 3

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  17 May 1922, Wed,  Page 5


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  18 Oct 1922, Wed,  Page 1


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  19 Oct 1922, Thu,  Page 5



*St. Vitus’s Dance is a disorder of the nervous system that occurs following an A beta-haemolytic streptococcal infection. The condition is usually latent, with the symptoms presenting up to 6 months after the initial infection. It normally occurs between 5-15 years of age, but can also appear later in life, and affects girls about twice as much as it does boys. St. Vitus’s Dance is characterized by involuntary and uncoordinated movements of the face, hands and feet.


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)





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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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