Preserving History- The Masonic Lodge Signatures

Preserving History- The Masonic Lodge Signatures

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Note: this is not the Carleton Place Canadian signatures– these are the ones at the back door of the Masonic Lodge on Albert Street. Thanks to Paul Todd

You might see what seems duplicate photos in this series, maybe they are — but I wanted each and every signature to be seen. Why? Paul Todd saved these signatures from being painted over as he felt this was an important part of the Lodge history– local history.

Did you know we have signatures on the walls of the Carleton Place Town Hall? Then there are the signatures from those that worked at the Carleton Place Canadian building on Bridge Street. I have written about names etched in the pews at St. James Anglican Church. Etched signatures in bricks of the Leslie girls in the back of the the Leslie/ Comba building on Bridge Street. History is everywhere if you look closely.

The importance of preserving history makes up a big part of what we have today at present and what will still happen in the future. This is the reason why I document history, why Jennifer Fenwick Irwin from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Museum does what she does. – so that children, at a young age or any age, could be aware of what has transpired ages ago and how it affected our society, culture, people, and life today.

Since I was 14, no matter where I lived, local history was number one for me. It’s all about the future remembering the past. Imagine future generations with no recollection of where they came from.  Thank you to all of you that donate photos and memories. None of us can do this without you. What great work for us all  to preserve now what may be impossible to find in just a few years.


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Author’s Notes –Linda Knight Seccaspina, is the granddaughter of Frederick J Knight (middle gentleman) and daughter of Arthur J Knight of the Cowansville, Quebec Masonic Lodge. She has been fascinated with the Masonic Lodge for as long as she can remember. Her Grandfather and Father always said “it was a secret”— and she had to take it at that. Not that she likes it.


Signature Readings

The Lanark County Quilt and its Families

Do You Know What I Found?

Before and After at The Carleton Place Canadian

The CPHS Autograph Book –Christena Rygiel

If You Squint Really Hard Can you see a Yeti?



Secret Handshakes, Glimpses of Velvet and Big Chairs –Part 1

How Religion Came to Richmond and the First Masonic Funeral

The Mystery of the Masonic Rock – Pakenham

Things You Didn’t Know About the Stella Lodge

Carleton Place Masonic Lodge Mystery

An Unpleasant Ride? Masonic Lodge– St. John’s No. 63

The Miracles of Potton Springs

The Preaching Rock of Lanark County




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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