The Runaway Wife of Carleton Place

The Runaway Wife of Carleton Place


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Elgin and Area Heritage Society

In the Ottawa Citizen in 1867 a man from Carleton Place, whose wife mysteriously disappeared was observed making a circuit of the dry goods houses in Carleton Place and Almonte where she had been in the habit of making purchases He hope with a view to learning whether she left any little debts unpaid he might find her.

This man being some what shortsighted, mistook a milliner for his wife and begged her to come home again, but the young lady became so terrified that she called for help and presently she was surrounded by a number of the clerks. They demanded an immediate explanation from the man and  he began to argue with them.

He said that this woman before them was his lawful wife, that she had left him without just cause or provocation, and he might say because she was treated too well; that the aforesaid woman had induced him to sell his farm stock, his furniture, and subsequently his house for her special benefit, and to satisfy her whims; that he was now beggared by her extravagance, and he was bound that she should share his poverty.

After relieving himself of this rhetorical flourish, he attempted to take her up in his arms and take her away. But the clerks interfered, knowing the young lady from her infancy, and ejected the deserted man from the establishment without ceremony. This done, cold water and other restoratives were applied to the young lady, who had fainted from the shock, and business was resumed in the establishment.


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Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 22 Aug 1899, Tue,
  3. Page 2





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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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