The Smallpox Scare of 1926

The Smallpox Scare of 1926



In May of 1900 Smallpox broke out in Carleton Place and Almonte. Almonte advised against any travel to Carleton Place. But in 1926 smallpox broke out and there was nothing in the local papers, and the town of Almonte denied it in the city newspapers.

In 1918 the world faced a pandemic. Within months Spanish Flu had killed more people than any other illness in recorded history. It struck fast and was indiscriminate.



November 15, 1926


SMALLPOX IN ONTARIO Almonte, Ont., Nov. 16 1926 Dr. A. A. Metcalfe, mayor of Almonte, stated to-day that the smallpox situation in the town had steadily Improved. The epidemic was now on the wane. –

SMALLPOX IN ALMONTE  November 13, 1926 –-Churches and Schools Closed and Meetings; Cancelled Almonte, Out., November 12. As the result of an epidemic of smallpox in this town, which started during the summer mouths, and reached its maximum this week churches and schools here have been closed, while all public gatherings and social events in the town have been cancelled. According to Mayor (Dr.) A. A. Metcalfe, every precaution has been taken to prevent the spread of the disease, and everyone believes that the epidemic is now under control. So far no deaths have resulted, although at the present time there are about thirty cases of smallpox in Almonte. In the township of Ramsay, in which Almonte is situated, there are also three isolated cases.


December 20,1926— This smallpox rumour possibly gained strength from a smallpox scare which spread in the camp on December 14.  A man from Almonte, where a small pox epidemic had been prevalent for some time, obtained work at the Templeton plant (Hull ). He remained there until December 10, and then returned to Almonte, and it was learned that four day later he was taken down with smallpox.
Immediate step were taken at the camp to protect the men: the roommates of the man were placed under quarantine, and police still are maintaining; a strict Quarantine over them. They have shown no signs of the disease, and and there was no outbreak at the camp.
It seems a disgrace for an enlightened people to continue to be harassed with small epidemics and endemics of small pox each year when we could forever banish it from our midst if every one would be vaccinated.







The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
13 Nov 1926, Sat  •  Page 1

 - The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
16 Nov 1926, Tue  •  Page 15






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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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