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

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. 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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