Did You Wear Wool Socks to Bed? From Dublin to Drummond- Mahon Family Reunion — The Series Part 8

Did You Wear Wool Socks to Bed? From Dublin to Drummond- Mahon Family Reunion — The Series Part 8

69694683_10156695697031886_9116878524613918720_n.jpgJohn Jacob Mahon married Mary Steep, then Mary Ann Hudder (twenty children! between Mary and Mary Ann) —CLICK here for more


Mary Ann Hudder Mahon used to knit and I was told she used to love to knit a lot. She also wore the wool socks she made to bed. Did you wear wool socks to bed?


Wool socks were number one for explorers and mountaineers. When the body of George Mallory was found on Everest 75 years after his disappearance in 1924, he was wearing three pairs of wool socks. It’s since been proven by academics that Mallory’s clothing was warm enough for climbing conditions and perhaps even an improvement on modern options. So although Mallory sadly met his maker up on Everest, his socks weren’t to blame for his untimely demise. As well as wool socks, they were also available in other materials such as cashmere, cotton lisle and silk. They could be smooth or ribbed. When debris from the RMS Titanic was recovered, following the ship’s sinking in 1915, a suitcase was opened up to reveal neatly folded clothes, including a pair of unworn socks made from finely knitted black silk.

Colors and patterns started to grow more vibrant into the 1910s. This was due to advances in high-speed knitting technology which led to various patterns, constructions and colors.

As socks were not elasticized like modern examples available so freely at the likes of Target, men were at risk of having their socks sag to reveal bare ankle. To prevent this, gentlemen pulled their socks up which they secured with sock garters (also known as ‘hose garters’). Made of leather or striped elastic, the garter clipped to the end of the sock and fastened around the upper calf.

For working classes the lumberman’s socks had a draw string cord at the top (they look like Christmas stockings!)




The Wilkes-Barre Record
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
20 Nov 1913, Thu  •  Page 22


Murder Over Bed Socks




Lead Daily Call
Lead, South Dakota
01 Nov 1911, Wed  •  Page 2


John Mahon

Mary Hudder

  1. 1847
  2. 1923

bur. Holy Canadian Martyrs Cemetary, Combermere, Ontario

  1. 1867
  2. 1965

bur. Holy Canadian Martyrs Cemetary, Combermere, Ontario


Michael Mahon

Tom Mahon

Patrick Mahon

Kay Mahon

Agnes Mahon

Tessie Mahon

Evelyn Mahon

Annie Mahon




The Local Flappers

How to Deal With a Garter Belt Emergency! – Actual 1940’s War Bride Letter



From Dublin to Drummond- Mahon Family Reunion — The Series –Part 1

From Dublin to Drummond- Mahon Family Reunion — The Series –Part 2

From Dublin to Drummond- Mahon Family Reunion — The Series –Part 3

From Dublin to Drummond- Mahon Family Reunion — The Series –Part 4 — The Family Photograph!!!!


From Dublin to Drummond- Mahon Family Reunion — The Series –Part 6– Do you Know These Unknown Folks?

From Dublin to Drummond- Mahon Family Reunion — The Series Part 7 — The Mica Mine

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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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