John Baserman vs Mary Ann McCoy –Odd Stories




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May 30 1924

John Baserman, of Almonte, was arrested by Chief of Police Read, of Carleton County, on Monday, charged with causing bodily harm to Mary Ann McCoy, the 22-year-old daughter of Mrs. Andrew McCoy, a widow, living on the fifth concession of Goulbourn, near the village of Richmond. Miss McCoy was shot through the wrist by a rifle in the hands of John Easerman on May 7.

The story is that Baserman in the course of his business was at the McCoy home, and it is understood that they wished him to purchase the rifle. It was handed to him. He was examining it not knowing it was loaded when it exploded and the bullet hit Miss McCoy.

Dr. Nixon, of Richmond, took Miss McCoy to Water street Hospital, Ottawa, and Chief Read, went to Richmond and placed Baserman under arrest. He later released him, however, convinced that the affair had been an accident. Still later Baserman was rearrested. The fact that such a charge has been laid against Mr. Baserman has
caused a good deal of surprise in Almonte.

Mary Ann married David Lemuel McLinton later that year on October 24, 1924–no doubt because her Mother feared for her life. No word what happened to John Baserman.



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 and The Tales of Almonte


The Odd Tales of Jennie Graven and A. Dowd Syme

The Odd Tale of Insane Johnny Long?

A Few Odd Sisters….

Dead by Her Mother’s Lack of Faith–Odd Stories

Shades of Sweeney Todd in Perth?

The Passing of Odd Fellows —- Tales From the IV



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.

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