He Died Stepdancing in Franktown

He Died Stepdancing in Franktown




In March of 1911 after challenging his host Mr. James Anderson, of Franktown, near Smith’s Falls, to give an exhibition of step dancing, and competing with him for several moments, Mr. Andrew Burrows age 64 of Smith’s Falls collapsed, sat down on a lounge and expired moments, and before a doctor could reach him.

It was the unfortunate man’s last challenge. He had spent Wednesday with Mr. Anderson, and there was a dance at the house, that night. All enjoyed the festivities, and shortly after midnight, when the fun was at its height, Mr. Burrows, in fun challenged Mr. Anderson to give an exhibition dance.

After they had been dancing for some moments and several present had vigorously applauded, Mr. Burrows said he was done out. A few moment later he was dead. The deceased was well known in the Smiths Falls, Ottawa and Franktown, where he was born. He was a stock dealer and had lately been active in having a new road opened between Franktown and Smith’s Falls. His wife died suddenly, three years previous in 1908 and left three sisters of Nepean township and a brother, Matthew, of Kansas City. The deceased lived part of the time in Smiths Falls and the remainder at Franktown.




Carleton Place Herald, Feb. 10, 1903

Presbyterian Church of Franktown

The music was of a very high order and reflects great credit on Mr. Lavall, the leader, for bringing his choir to such a high state of efficiency. There is a mortgage on the church but with the cooperation of all, the time will come as Dr. Crombie said, he will be invited (the third time to Franktown) to set a match to the mortgage.  The ladies have already contributed $500 towards the building fund.  From Carleton Place there were noticed in the audience Mr. and Mrs. R.E. Box, Mr. and Mrs. H.M. Williams, Jas. Smith and Family, and Mr. and Mrs. James Knox, Mr. D. McLaren, Mr. Sutton, Hugh Robertson, R.J. Robertson, Dr. E. McEwen, Mrs. Rev. G. Woodside.  From Smith’s Falls, Mr. and Mrs. James King, Thomas Campbell and Misses T. and Maggie Campbell and Andrew Burrows.


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

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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