Know Your ADHS Principals –Benjamin A. Upshall -1926– Human Smuggler

Know Your ADHS Principals –Benjamin A. Upshall -1926– Human Smuggler

Benjamin A. Upshall, Canadian aviator during the Great War, former principal of Almonte High School and at present assistant principal of Trenton High School, was held at Niagara Falls, N.Y. on Wednesday by immigration officials for arraignment on a charge of smuggling aliens from Canada into the United States.

Upshall is alleged to have been operating since early in 1925. He was arrested at the lower bridge when he is said to have tried to enter Andrew Mccay and John Carney, both natives of Ireland. Upshall is reported to have received from $25 to $150 a head from the aliens.

Immigration officials are tracing eight men he is said to have taken into the United States illegally. Upshall is alleged to have driven the men from Trenton in his automobile and to have represented them as natives of Canada or friends of his on pleasure trips when he took them through Niagara Falls. Upshall was principal of Almonte High School about six years ago. He was not re-engaged at the end of his first year which was 1919.

Almonte Gazette- 1926, July 1

August 1919 Almonte Gazette
October 1919 Almonte Gazette

Name:Benjiman Wpshall
[Benjamin Upshall
[Benjiman Upshall
Marital status:Married
Race or Tribe:English
Birth Date:Sep 1884
Birth Place:Ontario
Census Year:1911
Relation to Head of House:Head
Dwelling No.:82
District:Middlesex West
District Number:97
Sub-District:34 – Ward 3
Sub-District Number:34
Place of Habitation:Colborne St
Occupation:Odd Teacher
Works at:Coll Instituteur
Weeks Employed:48
Life Insurance:1000
Insurance Cost:10.00
Can Read:Yes
Can Write:Yes
Family Number:83
Neighbors:View others on page

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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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