The Dodds of Almonte

The Dodds of Almonte

Russell, Pearl, & Janice Dodds- David Tosh

Last week I found a clipping from a 1951 Almonte Gazette which I posted on Tales of Almonte on facebook. David Tosh added a photo and people put memories and that’s when you know everyone has a story to tell and it has to be documented. Thanks David Tosh, I appreciate it. Everyone needs to be remembered.


Christmas came twice this year for Russell Dodds in Almonte. The gift, which

according to Mr. Dodds, almost left him speechless was a 17-inch screen, Stewart-Warner Television set and it came on August 18.

Bob.Rivington, agent for Stewart Warner, arrived with the set on that day explaining that it was the gift of Gordon Hill, Geo. Gomme and Albert Gale, and that he would contribute the aerial and set it up.

Mr. Dodds is a triple amputee from World War II who came to live in Almonte at the close of the war with his wife, the former Pearl Bond. They have one daughter, Janice, who is six years old. Mr. Dodds’ home was at Tisdale, Sask., where his mother still lives.

His friends who derive considerable pleasure from viewing television, thought it would be a great pastime for him especially in winter.

Sept 1953 Almonte Gazette

David Tosh–Here’s a photo of Russell, Pearl, & Janice Dodds. Pearl’s maiden name would be Bond and she would be a sister to my grandmother, Mary Christina “Chrissie” (Bond) Tosh. Sadly, both Russell & Pearl died within weeks of each other in late 1960 when they were both in their early 50’s. Janice went to live with her aunt & uncle, Catherine “Kay” (Bond) & Harvey Goodfellow. Kay would be Pearl’s sister. David Tosh

Margaret McNeelyYes my Aunt Pearl and Uncle Russell were wonderful people. I spent a lot of time at their house and I use to babysit their daughter Janice

Myrtle I. McNeelyI knew this family who attended our church in Almonte. I was a friend of Janice.

Allan StanleyPearl Dodds was my great aunt and remember she would babysit me at their other house they lived in on Elgin street. My great uncle Russell her husband, had his bed on the main floor, as of course, stairs would be a problem as a result of his war injuries.

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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