I Knew it Wasn’t Petticoat Junction!– Eastern Townships History

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I Knew it Wasn’t Petticoat Junction!– Eastern Townships History

 

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I not only write history about Lanark County but I dabble from time to time in Eastern Townships history, as that is where I grew up. There are a lot of ex-Quebecers in Lanark County– actually more than I ever imagined, so I am sharing this photo with you. I search non stop for odd photos and found this great one labeled “A train crossing in the Eastern townships, Quebec Date[1914]” so I put it on the People from Eastern Townships page looking for a location.

Neil Herring replied:Linda, this is a terrific picture. Several things come to mind. First, this is not a simple crossing. There’s a major water stop on the track. There were only a few of them and they were located near sources of water, typically springs on a hill nearby in order to get gravity feed to the water tower. There was a water tower at the bottom of the hill in front of Fairview Farm, fed by the springs behind the sugar bush, used until the 1940s, I believe.

Second, there are hills in the background. This would lead me to believe that the location is to the east, perhaps on the Megantic Line coming west into Lennoxville or to the west, on the Montreal-Sherbrooke line, heading east.

It’s unlikely this is on the run coming north from Stanstead.

Finally, we have no photos from the day hay was loaded loose like this and carted off to the hayloft as the Herring family couldn’t afford to have a photographer take pictures of such unimportant activity. A true find. Thanks for sharing”.

 

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.

 

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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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