People of Carleton Place– John Porter Prospect Carleton Place



Photo from –Up the line: More portraits of the Ottawa Valley Perfect


John Porter lived in Carleton Place, but was born and raised in Prospect. His dad Johnny Porter was a blacksmith and acknowledged as one of Beckwith’s blacksmiths, learning his trade in Smiths Falls and then moving to his permanent home  in Prospect until he died in 1933. John was what one would call a reluctant blacksmith, liking farming more than being a blacksmith.


The Anderson garage in Ashton with its 36-foot-long log walls was once the blacksmith shop, as was the Porter garage in Prospect. Little remains to indicate their original use, except possibly the profit-sharing coupon found in the former, apparently issued to the purchasers of Peerless Horseshoe Nails and redeemable only by blacksmiths.



9-In 1962 Arnold and Moira Guetta bought the property property from Mr. and Mrs. D. B. Rees . Previous to the Rees’ tenure, the stone house belonged to John Porter who had bought it from a son-in-law of William James about the turn of the century.-Historical Tidbits on Prospect


The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
16 Jul 1945, Mon  •  Page 15



A new plaque has been unveiled in Beckwith Township telling the story of the village of Prospect. On Sunday, Oct. 1, the day of the annual Doo in the Derry, Beckwith council, staff and members of the heritage committee and public gathered outside Prospect United Church on Richmond Road for the reveal. – Submitted photo- Read the rest here..


A new plaque has been unveiled in Beckwith Township telling the story of the village of Prospect.

On Sunday, Oct. 1, the day of the annual Doo in the Derry, Beckwith council, staff and members of the heritage committee and public gathered outside Prospect United Church on Richmond Road for the reveal.

“The plaque talks about the early settlers in Prospect, and the importance of the road from Richmond to Perth – the road through Prospect,” Kidd told the Canadian Gazette on Oct. 14.

In regards to the initiative, “this term of council thinks it is an important thing,” he said.

The first families to settle in Beckwith arrived in 1818.

Noted on the new plaque: “One of these groups of highlanders left Perthshire in the spring of 1818 after a long voyage across the ocean. Continuing up river they disembarked at the foot of the Chaudière Falls on the Ottawa River. From there they went overland to Beckwith arriving in early fall.”

The first road through Beckwith, from Richmond to Perth, was cleared in 1819. British soldiers did the work. With a width of 60-feet, the road connected the military settlements of Richmond and Perth. It entered Beckwith at Prospect, travelled west to Franktown, continued to Gillies Corners and further on to Perth.

In 1816, following the War of 1812, the Perth Military Settlement offered land grants north of the Rideau to emigrants from Scotland, and to veterans of British regiments, encouraging them to stay in Upper Canada, to help build and defend the fledgling colony.

By 1857, Prospect’s population was 75, and it had daily mail. Some of the prominent people were as follows: William Baxter, shoemaker; John Burrows, postmaster and store and tavern keeper; William Coleman, Wesleyan minister; Patrick Devine, carpenter and joiner; William James, sawmill owner; Fleming May, schoolmaster; Joseph Morris, blacksmith; Johnny Porter, blacksmith; James Sanders, carpenter and joiner; John Scott, sawmill and carpenter’s shop owner; Peter Stewart, tailor; and John Tombleson, shoemaker. Read the rest here..



The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
30 Jun 1944, Fri  •  Page 22



The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
09 Aug 1939, Wed  •  Page 17



The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
01 Apr 1976, Thu  •  Page 44




The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
09 Aug 1939, Wed  •  Page 2



The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
08 Aug 1939, Tue  •  Page 15


Historical Tidbits on Prospect

The Last Blacksmith Shop –R. J. Neil

Nelson Affleck Blacksmith Clippings and Genealogy

Need “BLOOD-LETTING’? Head on Down to the Blacksmith!

  1. The Witch of Plum Hollow and the Blacksmith

  2. The Curious World of Bill Bagg — The Gillies Blacksmith Shop

  3. Walter Cameron the Famous Blacksmith of Fallbrook

  4. The Blacksmiths of Lanark County

The Story of Grace Patterson


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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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