The Family of Joan Halpenny– McRostie

The Family of Joan Halpenny– McRostie



ALL PHOTOS from Joan Halpenny’s Family Collection

Hi Linda, hope these are the kind of pictures you are looking for?

These are from my grandparents and father. I’m guessing late 1800s and early 1900 s. I have lots  but unfortunately very few have names or dates. The people in the photos would all be dead now but perhaps relatives might recognize them.
Joan Halpenny
I checked the newspaper archives and found the event that this picture was taken at and added it to the photo–August 11, 1898
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Have attached another photo. My aunt, Peggy McRostie is sitting in the front and my uncle, Frank Ward is standing at the back left side. If I have the story right, they met while performing in this play.

 - Pre. A. B. Grays ton Heard in Broadcast ' "We...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  02 Feb 1942, Mon,  Page 4


 - Ottawa Valley Troops Broadcast Saturday ... ....

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  27 Jan 1942, Tue,  Page 21


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The first one is Peter McRosties family….he’s the one who lived in the stone house…hard to believe they could fit in so many children. My grandfather Fred, back row on the right. I noticed the newspaper article about Emma the librarian. She is third at the back on the right.

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 12 Feb 1941, Wed, Page 23
30 years as the Carleton Place Librarian



The third one,of the group of women , I have no idea about. My grandmother. Eliza ( Beggs ) McRostie is wearing the black dress,sitting in front.


011155-03, (Lanark Co.), TAYLOR, Charles Francis Ray, 26, Carleton Place, Canada, Bachelor, Merchand, s/o Wm. TAYLOR and Barbara DONALD, Presbyterian, married CRAM, Mary Maud, 27, Beckwith, Canada, Spinster, d/o Samuel G. CRAM and Mary McROSTIE, withesses were M. W. TAYLOR of Carleton Place and ALVA MOE, Sherbroke, June 2, 1903, Residence of S. G. Cram, Beckwith, Presbyterian, Rev. A. A. Scott, Carleton Place, License, June 2nd, 1903

On the Perth road, now High Street, a dozen of the village’s buildings of 1863 extended from Bridge Street along the north side of the road for a distance of about two blocks.  There was only one building on its south side, the large stone house torn down several years ago, at the corner of Water Street.  It was built in 1861 by John Sumner, merchant, who earlier at Ashton had been also a magistrate and Lieutenant Colonel of the 3rd Battalion.  Carleton Militia.  Beyond this short section of High Street was farm land, including the farms of John McRostie, Peter Cram, the Manny Nowlan estate and David Moffatt.  The stone farm houses of John McRostie and David Moffatt are now the J. H. Dack and Chamney Cook residences

 - F. McRostie Dies In Carleton Place Held Many...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  02 Oct 1934, Tue,  Page 19


From Donna McFarlane


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Donna Mcfarlane
these were sent to me by Cheryl Baldree who was a relative
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Donna Mcfarlane— also this one of John McRostie

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





Old McRostie Had a Farm in Carleton Place

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


The next one is a calendar from my grandfathers store, although he had died by then and my father had taken it over.

“They Didn’t Fit My Dinner”—Letters from Hilda-Maberly and Appleton– – Doug B. McCarten

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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