Tragedy in Appleton

Tragedy in Appleton



Friday I drove through Appleton and as I looked at the rushing water I thought of poor Abraham Morphy trying to hang on to his very life. They say the first tavern was at the end of the Appleton Bridge and it sat at the very north part of the bridge (near the General Store). Miss Arthur  ran it attending to the workers of the stone mill that was being built in 1862. In those days there were no damns and the water ran wild. We won’t even talk about the condition of the bridge. That was about the year 1862.

In 1851 it was reported that a tragic murder suicide occurred when Appleton resident  John Ryan killed his wife with an axe at the back of the head and then fled from the murder scene. John was said to been a tad crazy but it seems the whiskey got to him at Patrick Lynch’s building bee three weeks. His neighbours said he really wasn’t a drinker, but that there was something in that whiskey that got to him and he was never the same after.




One evening life got too much for him and his wife became his prey leaving the screams of his small children as he left. No matter how hard the town of Appleton searched for him he never was seen again until someone found his lifeless body floating in the river. John Ryan got his dues from the endless water from the Mississippi River.



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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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