Mr. and Mrs Geddes of Snow Road

Mr. and Mrs Geddes of Snow Road

Geddes Family by Hilda Geddes– If you have not read  The Canadian Mississippi River by Hilda Geddes.. run don’t walk!

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John A. Geddes was born near Elphin, on the Maberly Road, one of the younger sons of Ebenezer Geddes and Catherine Ferguson. The family moved to Snow Road while John was a very small child and he remained there for the rest of his life. In 1904, John A. married Blance Allan.

For a time Mr. Geddes was employed as a clerk in lumber camps and then after a long bout with typhoid he purchased the General Store at Snow Road in 1912. In 1914, he became Postmaster and in 1915, caretaker/agent for the CPR station.

John A.’s General Store was the center of village life, one came here to shop, pick up the mail and to take the train. More than just a place of business, it was here that the local “Wind Jammers Club” held forth, playing checkers and swapping yarns. Mr. Geddes also ran dances in a converted store house on his property and he was an active member of the Presbyterian Church, the International Order of Odd Fellows and was for many years Secretary of the School Board.

Mr. Geddes died 20 April 1966, a week before his 85th birthday, and Mrs. Geddes followed him on 27 May at 85 years.

Hilda Geddes was the daughter of John A. Geddes. Like her father she was very active in the community. She was the organist at the church, pianist at the family “dance hall’, first president of the local Women’s Institute, active in the Rebekah Lodge, and Secretary-Treasurer of the church. Since her retirement she has rented summer cottages including one built out of the remains of the old Snow Road Station.

In 1940 she entered the Civil Service in Ottawa where she worked in various departments until her retirement in 1967. While in Ottawa Miss Geddes was in little theatre in Ottawa, including receiving a “best performance by and actress” award for one of her roles.

Miss Geddes has written several books about the history of Snow Road Station and area.


 The Canadian Mississippi River by Hilda Geddes.. John and Blanche Geddes

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  15 Jul 1954, Thu,  Page 12


 The Canadian Mississippi River by Hilda Geddes..

 - Couple Mark 54th ' i versa ry . Mr. and Mrs....

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  03 Jul 1958, Thu,  Page 23



The Geddes Snow Road Station fonds contains a series of yearly diaries, kept by Mr. Geddes from 1907 until 1966, that detail his life and the activities in and around the village of Snow Road Station, Frontenac County, Ontario. Towards the last years of his life, Hilda Geddes, his daughter, helped him keep his diaries; for this reason, the diaries actually record his death and events for a little time after his death. While the diaries form the bulk of these records there is also a series of business records that detail some of Mr. Geddes business activities at Snow Road Station. These include account books, a ‘letter book’ from the station and other business records.

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Hilda Sophia Geddes-Hilda was the daughter of John Adam Geddes & Blanche Allan


Snow Road Station, Frontenac County, Ontario, Canada
DEATH 13 Mar 2001 (aged 93)

Snow Road Station, Frontenac County, Ontario, Canada

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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)


The Saylor Store on Snow Road (McLaren Depot)

History of McLaren’s Depot — by Evelyn Gemmill and Elaine DeLisle

The old Cornucopia Lodge on Snow Road

A History of Snow Road & McLaren’s Depot

Margaret Closs Lanark and Snow Road- Genealogy

Mississippi Station?

McLaren Left it All to the McLeod Sisters–His Maids!

For the Love of Money-Gillies Gilmours and the McLarens

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.

2 responses »

  1. Do you have any idea where I could find a copy of this book for sale. Rented cottages from Mrs. Geddes when I was kid.


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