Here She Comes Miss Almonte — Karen Hirst and other Notes




All Photos From Karen Hirst

Almonte has produced many Queens and Princesses over the years. We’ve had Miss Almonte contests , Prom Queens, Snow Queens and Dairy Queens to name but a few.

Hopefully those special moments will be shared with you by other winners and contestants.



All Photos From Karen Hirst


Being crowned Miss Almonte in 1968, was a wonderful experience for a young woman—required to carry out an interview, give a short public address to an unknown question, comportment judging etc…I look back and can see how these contests build confidence and are good preparation for the world beyond. From the Miss Almonte contest I was eligible to participate in the Miss Eastern Ontario event. Coming in the top 10 was a thrill and surprise beyond words !

Both Princesses in the Miss Almonte contest of 1968–Cathy Gallagher and Jo Ann Winslow-Spragge have continued through their lives to be not only beautiful but accomplished women. I think we all represented our town well then and have continued to do so. Karen Hirst



 - Almonte old home week oii to Hying start...

Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 06 Aug 1974, Tue,
  3. Page 2


 - DEMANDED TOO MUCH PERTH, Ont. (CP) .Michelle...

Clipped from

  1. The Times,
  2. 27 Aug 1976, Fri,
  3. Page 7
from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Left- Cindy Julian McIntosh and right Bonnie Johnson-Almonte Pageant Participants

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  23 Mar 1973, Fri,  Page 49


Mary Anne Harrison- I’m pretty sure about these names and it certainly looks like a Miss Almonte Pageant.

L-R Lianna Hallas, Julia Coe, Angela Gosset, Kathy Ohkie, Susan Bailey, Theresa Byrne, Angela Scott, Shirleen Sonnenberg, Frannie Scissons, Suzanne Bach.


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




1970s Lanark County Beauty Queens

Here She Comes Miss Eastern Ontario –Photos

Miss Civitan Club 1976? Who Are These Women?

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.

2 responses »

  1. Hello,
    I was wondering if you might have any information or photos from previous Miss Almonte pageants? My Mom actually was Miss Almonte winner, though I don’t know exactly what year- it would have been before 1955. My Mom’s name was Theresa Galvin and any information you might have would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!


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