The Pakenham Brush Fire of July 1939

The Pakenham Brush Fire of July 1939

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In June of 1939 there was a town fire in Pakenham and then in July of 1939 to make things worse there was a huge brush fire. Finally realizing the danger from a forest fire in the Pakenham Mountain district, volunteers turned out in large numbers. The fire had caused destruction to thousands of ‘dollars’ worth of lumber over a four-mile front. It  became almost impossible to get men to fight the flames without pay.

With a large party of men and equipment to fight the blaze, T. J. Needham, of Pakenham started for the scene of the fire. Their chief efforts were made in the vicinity of a sawmill, owned by H. L. Barr. and which was about one and a half miles south of the village. Mr. Needham said that up to the present it had been impossible to make the villagers realize the menace the blaze presented to their homes.

Arthur Seward, a homesteader, and his bride of five months, who lived in the path of the fire, had to move from their home. The Sewards immediately packed ready for instant evacuation of their property if the flames should threaten their home.




Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 06 Feb 1970, Fri,
  3. Page 45


A. J. McWatty– whose farm was a mile from Pakenham village, was forced to send for aid when the flames swept perilously close to his outbuildings and only the efforts of a small army of volunteers saved the property.

Three separate outbreaks in the high mountains of the district have been reported. A girl spectator from the Almonte area had her dress burned off when a spark from the area lit on her back, it was reported. She was not seriously hurt, however, and bystanders beat out the flames with their hands. A motorist who left his touring car standing near the scene of the fire returned to find its canvas top burned completely off.




Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Citizen,
  2. 25 Jul 1939, Tue,
  3. Page 4


Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Citizen,
  2. 27 Jul 1939, Thu,
  3. Page 15


  1. Clipped from

    1. The Ottawa Citizen,
    2. 29 Jul 1939, Sat,
    3. Page 3

The Pakenham Fire of June 1939 –Names Names Names

Mayne Store–Memories of the Pakenham Fire 1940

  1. The Pakenham Fire of 1940

  2. July 8, 1940 Fire at the Mayne Store Pakenham

  3. Dickson Hall Fire Pakenham-H. H. Dickson

  4. Fire at Pakenham Woollen Factory with Town Directory

The Lavant Station Fire 1939

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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.

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