A Story About Bellamys and Lemon Pie

A Story About Bellamys and Lemon Pie


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As a teenager growing up in Lowertown in Ottawa, I too worked for Pure Spring. I recognize some of the characters such as Mr. Mirsky having gone to high school with some of his grandkids.

This book evoked some of the post world war II memories of that simple time growing up and Brian Doyle does it marvellously.

I was so intrigued with this book I bought it. More to read.. as if I don;t have enough:)


 - N-24. N-24. N-24. Journal. ) -. -. FINE....

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  31 Jul 1946, Wed,  Page 20


Nothing says summer in Ottawa like a nice cold Pure Spring bevergae — and we’ll be discussing summers in Lost Ottawa with Leanne Cusack on CTV at Noon today.

Turn on the tube and check out the show as we discuss what people used to do in Ottawa summers past!

As for the pic … it’s a Pure Spring delivery truck from 1946. I’m not sure they had all the best flavours at that time, such as Spruce Beer, Minted Grape, Brio, Black Bing Cherry, Grapefruit and Lime and who could forget — Expo Chocolate!

(City of Ottawa Archives CA024994)


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.


Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series –Volume 13

Remembering The Leatherworks in Carleton Place

Boomers of Carleton Place

Remembering Your Smiling Face at My Second Place

RACK ‘EM UP —Do You Remember George’s Playhouse?

In Memory of George’s Pizza in Carleton Place

Twin Oaks Motel Opens -1959 — Highway 7 Landmarks

Let’s Have Some Curb Service!


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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  1. I’m really confused by this. I know Bellamy’s was here. My mom had her first job as a waitress there in the late 50’s .I can’t really remember the decor but when I was a teenager, say 1966 or so we had a hangout near this place. Next door I think and I believe it was torn down at some point. What I find odd is the booths with juke boxes and the counter sound exactly the same as everybody says were next door at Belamy’s. HELP I think I’m losing it. Is it possible that Belamy’s was gutted at some point and this stuff moved next door to our hangout?

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