The Story of the Appleton Sleigh Ride–Audrey Syme



Photo from the Canadian files from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum- I assume the photo was taken by Inez McCoy


My niece had noticed on Facebook this “mystery” photo below.  My mother, Emma Syme, has this photo in her Sleigh Ride book that she had kept as a log of my dad, Nelson’s, various rides.  Here are the names and some additional information that Mom had noted:

Back row standing:  Nelson Syme, Karen (Syme) Lytle, Murray Lowry, Keith Lowry
Front row:  Inez McCoy’s nephew, Beth (Lowry) Nanne, Allan Drummond
Nelson and Emma resided at this farm located at 406 River Road beside Appleton Village.  Son Glen, now operates.

Date of photo:  March 6, 1977
There was a smaller article that detailed this ride had been organized by the Appleton Recreation Committee.  They had gathered at the original Appleton Hall (building has since moved) for hot chocolate and warm buns.   

Thanks for posting this photo so that there was an opportunity to provide information to help solve one mystery.

Audrey Syme

Thank you Audrey!!




 - HOWIE, Herbert In hospital Thursday, Feb: 15,...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  17 Feb 1973, Sat,  Page 50


 - Winners-of Winners-of Winners-of Calf Club j...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  02 Nov 1940, Sat,  Page 13


 - PUREBRED Holsteln springers, heifers, 1 cow,...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  18 Oct 1974, Fri,  Page 47



No automatic alt text available.Hand Sleigh made by the iconic Joe Baye.. It was used for wood , stone, and little boys… You can see this at the Middleville & District Museum– Have you read about Joe Baye–The Legend Of Big Joe Baye — How Much Do You Know? CLICK here-


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Photograph of W.W. Stafford Blacksmith Shop in Delta, Ontario. Dan Davison family in sleigh on the left and Will Stafford shoeing a horse in the foreground.Photograph taken on Main Street opposite the United Church. The building was originally Walter Denaut’s store. 1895

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