Did You Know the History of the Frog and the Mug? Tippins Genealogy

Did You Know the History of the Frog and the Mug? Tippins Genealogy


Perth Harmonic Band c.1900 – Front Row (left to right) George S James, James Malcolm, Frank S. Walker, John L. Keays, Lawrence H. James, A. R. Lowe – Second Row (left to right) James Harney, George W. Thompson, Robert McLean, Robert Walker, George Tippins, Mark Tippins, C. James Downey, Bandmaster. Third Row (left to right) Arthur M. Johnston (editor Perth Courier 1919-1934), Matthew Stanley, Charles Samways, John Davis, Augustus Lemoine, George T. Wilson, James Lally, John Berlanquette, James Dewitt, Harry O. Beal, Joshua Redmond, Drum major. Perth Remembered

Mr. William Tippins, father of Frank, George and Matt Tippins the well known musicians, lived in Perth between 1883 and 1899 and worked in the CP.R. car shops. Mr. Tippins was an expert ear builder over in Herefordshire. England. But in 1883 finding things “a bit crowded in England”, he moved to Canada with his family. When he arrived in Montreal be did not have any difficulty finding a job.

The day after his arrival he was shipped with his family to Perth, to the then new C.P R. car shops. Perth was then a small place, and pretty much a Scotch settlement. The town had given the CPR a long exemption from taxation on its 30 acres of land. There were about 70 men in the CPR shop then. Mr. Tippins said that most of the carpenters were from the surrounding villages. Quite a few of them did not live in Perth, but drove to and from their work in buggies. The foreman of the shops was an old country Englishman and an expert car builder. 


CPR car shops was situated at the foot of Herriott Street and during its heyday employed over 300 Perth and area residents. The building, which was prone to fire, burned in 1904. Railway cars and other wooden rolling stock were manufactured at this plant. Perth Remembered

When Mr. Tippins moved to Ottawa in 1899, he worked first at the Canada Atlantic railway shops and had some interesting treasures. The first was a large bible (large type) published in two volume which was printed in the year 1784. The second was a pocket edition of a number of Shakespeare’s plays, which were printed in the year 1743. The third was an old mahogany tray which was 140 years old in the 1920s.

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He also owned a curiosity, the age of which is not known, but which has been in the family for at least two hundred years. It was in the form of a porcelain beer mug at the bottom of which as part of the mug had a porcelain frog, which when the beer is consumed, looks up into the face of the drinker. According to Mr. Tippins the mug was invented as a means of scaring heavy drinkers into temperance ways. It is probable that there is not another mug of the sort in the Ottawa district.


Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Citizen,
  2. 18 Sep 1940, Wed,
  3. Page 18

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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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