More on Jane McCallum/Jane Moore McNeely — The First Lady Of Soap

More on Jane McCallum/Jane Moore McNeely — The First Lady Of Soap

Mrs. Peter McCallum, one of hose remarkable women who had has lived the century, died at her family residence, Country Street, Almonte on Wednesday, March 30th. She was in her 103rd year and had been confined to her bed for only a few d a y s . Mrs. McCallum was the former Jane Moore McNeely and was one of a family of seven born to Mr. Thomas McNeely and his wife, the former Helen Duncan. She was born on September 4th, 1857, in the village of. Metcalfe and when three months old moved, with her family, to Appleton, where she lived until her marriage to the late Peter McCallum of Carleton Place in 1882.

In the same year she and her husband moved to Almonte where she had resided ever since. Her father, who was a blacksmith lived to the age of 79 years and her grandmother reached the age of 92. Her mother died at the age of 36. In her younger days, Mrs. McCallum was active in public, social and church affairs. She was a member of St. John’s Presbyterian Church and an Honorary President of the Alexandra Club and a member of the Bowling Club, the Women’s Institute and the Women’s Missionary Society.

She followed with keen interest the various public activities of her husband who died in 1936. In his time he held many posts, such as Mayor, Reeve, Warden of Lanark County, Public Utilities Commissioner and of course, councillor. He died in office as Mayor. Mrs. McCallum and her late husband celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1932. Before Mr. McCallum’s death they made a trip to the British Isles and the continent.

On Sept. 4th, 1957, Mrs. McCallum celebrated the centenary of her birth. There was an “At Home” held for her by Mr. and Mrs. J. D. McCallum at the family residence, Country Street. A great many friends, some of whom are no longer living, called on that occasion to offer their felicitations. Mrs. McCallum was a great reader and her memory up to a few years ago being very good she could recall many incidents of local, national and international interest, some of which happened long ago.

She is survived by her son, Mr. John D. McCallum and his wife with whom she resided. There are also nephews and cousins in Carleton Place and a niece in Los Angeles. The funeral was held Friday afternoon from the family residence to the United Cemetery, Carleton Place, where the remains wero placed in the family mausoleum. Services were conducted by Rev. J. M. Ritchie, pastor of the Almonte Presbjrterian Church. Pallbearers were: Messrs. N. S. Lee, John Lindsay and Robert Smithson of Almonte; Mr. G. R. McLennan of Perth and Messrs. Walter and Charles Armour of Carleton Place.

Also read-Peter McCallum — From Brown and Wylie Mill Employee to The King of Mack’s No Rub Laundry Soap and Jane McCallum — The First Lady of No-Rub Laundry Flakes

April 7 1960 Almonte Gazette

Jane Mc Callumin the 1921 Census of Canada


Name:Jane Mc Callum
Racial or Tribal Origin:Canadian
Marital Status:Married
Birth Year:abt 1860
Birth Place:Ontario
Residence Date:1 Jun 1921
House Number:27
Residence Street or Township:Country St
Residence City, Town or Village:Town of Almonte
Residence District:Lanark
Residence Province or Territory:Ontario
Residence Country:Canada
Relation to Head of House:Wife
Spouse’s Name:Peter Mc Callum
Father Birth Place:Ontario
Mother Birth Place:Scotland
Can Speak English?:Yes
Can Speak French?:No
Can Read?:Yes
Can Write?:Yes
Enumeration District:97
Sub-District:Almonte (Town)
Sub-District Number:45
Enumerator:J. Paul
District Description:Ward 3, Polling Division No. 2 – Comprising the remainder or balance of the said Third Ward
Neighbours:View others on page
Line Number:34
Family Number:27

Miss Iva Hossie of Bathurst Awarded the McCallum Cup in Public Speaking-Gave Comprehensive Address on County

When the Lanark County Educational Association met in the Church Street School, Almonte, for its ninth annual convention Saturday, the largest attendance in the history of the organization was on hand to take part in the proceedings. Over 200 contestants entered into the various tests including examinations in writing, reading and arithmetic which were run off in the morning. The afternoon was mainly devoted to the oratory contest and Miss Iva Hossie of Bathurst was adjudged the winner of the silver cup donated to the champion public speaker of the county by Mayor Peter McCallum, president of the Association. There were many entered in the oratory contest and the speeches were exceptionally good. MAY 1931

Almonte Gazette, Friday June 30, 1882

At Appleton, on the 7th inst. by the Rev A. A. Scott, M.A., Mr. Peter McCallum, of Almonte, to Miss Jennie McNeely, of Carleton Place.

Related reading

Effie McCallum —– Missing Milliner

Desperately Seeking Effie Elsie McCallum — Part 2 — Jaan Kolk

Jane McCallum — The First Lady of No-Rub Laundry Flakes

Peter McCallum — From Brown and Wylie Mill Employee to The King of Mack’s No Rub Laundry Soap

In Memory of Peter McCallum –Almonte’s Grand Old Lady

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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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