We’re Goin’ Racin’ Boys on High Street

We’re Goin’ Racin’ Boys on High Street


Photo-Rebecca Bolton Morris—Hi Linda, My mother was a Stanzel from Carleton Place, and her grandfather, Stephen Stanzel, was in the shoe & boot business in Carleton Place for many years. She told me that he was involved in horse racing, but I think she may have exaggerated a story she heard as a child. Do you know of any horse & buggy racing around Carleton Place, perhaps around 1890 – 1920?

Yes, Carleton Place had horse racing down below High Street and also the biggest horse show in the Ottawa Valley every year at Riverside Park. They also did ice racing too.

Joann Voyce As a child in the 1940’s, I remember going to sulkie racing up High St where the new subdivision is now

Donna Grierson Stu Ferguson used to race horse & buggy on High Street & they boarded horses there I think the place belonged to Millar’s I think there’s a playground there now

Dawn Jones Ivan Farr had horses and participated in racing. In the 70’s I think.

Tom Edwards Stu Ferguson, Jack Saunders, Bill Wylie, Gordie Ames, Ivan Farr, Lennie Richardson, Arnold Brunton, Doug Ferguson, Glen Millar, this was the Friday afternoon club in my Aunt Hilda’s house on Thomas Street. The stories were fascinating. I used to love listening to these guys. Uncle Stu was a lifetime member at Rideau Carleton Raceway.

Lynne Johnson The little park by High and Bridge is where the Bruntons used to train for sulky races, if I’m not mistaken?

Joann Voyce That was next to Miller’s Horse Stable. That is where the horses were boarded as well and were walked daily in the little park area, I lived on Thomas across from it for 8 years and then on High Street 2 doors from the Stable. The Miller’s are my relatives and I was in those stables many times

enny Trafford There was a track up the end of High Street about where that housing development is going in. I’m sure it was for the horses, but I also know it was used as a go-cart track because my Dad belonged to that go-cart Club and practiced and raced up there.



200 to watch Kart races on High Street.. Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 12 Aug 1960, Fri, Page 40

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Those horse shows in Carleton Place. Horse races at Lake Park and later on on High Street .. Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 11 Jun 1907, Tue, Page 6



The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
17 May 1909, Mon  •  Page 2



The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
28 Oct 1939, Sat  •  Page 10



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About lindaseccaspina

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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  1. Our Grandfather Thomas Miller had the horse stables across from Findley’s factory on High Street. He built it in early 1900’s and kept heavy horses and race horses. Glen Miller , Stuart Ferguson, Putt Arthur, and Jack Sanders always had highjnks and tricks to play on the grandchildren ,and our cousin Bobby MacIntosh. Glens Daughter Janet saddled and rode horses around the lot. Grampa each summer had a Shetland pony for the kids to ride. We did not know an era was passing.


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