The Case of the Missing Toe

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The Case of the Missing Toe
March 31, 1931

I posted this story the other day on Tales of Almonte on Facebook and I got a tag on the posting.

Linda Mills — Linda, can you tell me the year this happened. The young man in the article was my Father in Law and I’ve heard this story more than once. The toe is buried at St. Michaels cemetery in Corkery. I then checked everywhere and could not find another burial of a toe. So this is one in the Odd Stories in History.

As you might gather from all the other answers, “Headstones” are far more common than are “footstones” At least they use to be. In some cemeteries they still are. And in many rural and small-town cemeteries, the graves are laid out with the feet all to the East, with the symbolism that all will be facing the rising sun on resurrection day. More modern cemeteries are not so picky, and lay out the graves so as to most efficiently use the available space.

Before embalming came into practice, the deceased were bathed, dressed, and were buried the same day or the morning after. Often times a family member would place a wooden cross, or something along that line, marking the grave. Footstones were placed at the end of the grave, with the initials of the deceased engraved at the top. When a headstone was ready to be placed, months and even years later, the footstones were sometimes the only record of burial. The metal funeral home markers we see today are basically evolved footstones. But again, do webury toes?

Dr Metcalfe–Photo Doug McLean who is a descendant of the Blairs from Clayton. (Rose Mary Sarsfield) who attended to the toe incident

read-Dr. Metcalfe Guthrie Evoy

Outstanding Men — Dr. Metcalfe of Almonte

Dr. Archibald Albert “Archie” Metcalfe — The Man with the Red Toupee – John Morrow

Name:John Germanus Scott
Gender:Male
Death Age:86
Birth Date:abt 1914
Death Date:8 Aug 2000
Burial Place:Corkery, Ontario
Obituary Date:10 Aug 2000
Obituary Place:Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Newspaper Title:The Ottawa Citizen
Spouse:Phyllis Whaley
Child:MeivinHaymondEd WardRobertAudreyDouglas
Siblings:Kathleen GilmetteMary MeehanTheresa StackRose FarrellRita ScottWalterMatthew

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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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