The Nesbitts of Beckwith

The Nesbitts of Beckwith



When the Carleton Place Canadian closed down, Jennifer Fenwick Irwin, curator of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum rescued boxes of photos from the basement of said newspaper. These photos were going to be thrown out, so thanks to her we have about 1500 black and white photos from the mid 70s saved- but they are not documented to ‘who, what, where and when’. Last year I did maybe 50 of them and this year when I offered to look for  Carleton Place Canoe Club photos– I decided now was the time to do it as none of us are getting any younger–especially me.

It is so important to all of us that these photos are now documented for future generations. Years ago they put the Carleton Place Canadian on microfilm which is at the Carleton Place Library- and then all those old newspapers went to a landfill site. There is now about 75 at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum and 50 at Lanark Archives. That’s it. Even applying for a government grant to get these newspapers off microfilm and on the internet like the Almonte Gazette was denied.

So each time you help identify a photo it is a godsend, now we can put the name to the face for future history. Thank you.

Tom Edwards identified this gentleman as Art Nesbitt. Tom also said he was a great guy and was the Chief in Beckwith for quite a few years. He also sold honey.


Linda Seccaspina– Beckwith 1965 Fire Department

Fire Chief – Robert Brooks John McFarlane, first vice-president Arthur Nesbitt, second vice-president


Joan Stoddart Art lived on the ninth line with his sister Frances.

Donna Mcfarlane Beverley J Wylie Frances had a bridal shower for me when I got married in 1964, She had all the neighbours at one of her cottages she is on right in this picture. I remember when their father Fred was reeve of Beckwith-cannot remember the year but i believe it was the year that the ninth line was paved from Blacks Corners to the swamp.



 - . Beck with Township. CARLETON PLACE, Nov. 27...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  28 Nov 1936, Sat,  Page 33



 - Bfrckwith Township. ' At the close of...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  25 Nov 1939, Sat,  Page 27



Image may contain: 5 people, people smiling, people sittingPhoto- Donna Macfarlane-– Eula Irvine, mom(Martha Mccauley) Ellen Gardiner, Mary? from Sudbury and Frances Nesbitt

Beverley J Wylie Thank you Donna Mcfarlane..yes she was at my wedding in 1966 and I still use the cake plate she gave us…we also lived with our first born in that cottage for a short time before moving into our new place…great memories.

Donna Mcfarlane Beverley J Wylie Before Beckwith fire dept got pagers, Frances was one of the ones that telephoned the firemen. It was in the days of party lines, and they were on same line as we were, so if her phone rang during the night John got up and dressed to go and I listened in on her call lol… so he was often out the door before his call came in.


Image may contain: 1 person, sitting

Donna Mcfarland–– that picture was taken at Eva Nesbitts (Mrs John Nesbitt) 80th birthday.
Donna Mcfarlane —One of our original members from 1964 when dept started is still active in the dept..Gary McEwen was in high school when he joined.
Ben MacRae I remember going over to Arthur’s house with my dad to pick up the honey that Arthur gave us for keeping some of his bees at our farm. I was always wanting to snoop around the old family house that sat vacant for years after a fire, I believe. I also remember seeing that house once it had been restored. If I remember correctly the house was restored by Mrs Scullion and Arthur lived in his own house on the property.
Donna Mcfarlane Mrs. Scullion who bought the Nesbitt farm has a lot of information and old pictures on the Nesbitts.. one picture in particular that she has shows a bunch of men standing in front of the old stone house..there appears to be a woman sitting on the step with a dish on her lap.. Arthur said there was no woman there… I always felt that house was haunted and Arthur agreed.



 - i me cquniy. woum again present. Thirty-two...


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  29 Oct 1938, Sat,  Page 21

 - NESBITT In Beckwith on Monday afternoon. April...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  16 Apr 1946, Tue,  Page 20


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)




Beckwith Fire Department 1965 Names Names Names

The House of Daughters –Stonecroft House

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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