From Gemmil’s Creek to the Riel Rebellion

From Gemmil’s Creek to the Riel Rebellion


220px-CharlesMair.jpgBorn 1838 September 21–Lanark, Upper Canada–In 1937 he was designated a Person of National Historic Significance

There is an old well documented story of two lads from Lanark Village that instead of attending school one day decided to play hooky and enjoy their swimming hole in Gemmil’s Creek. A coin was placed under a rock for safe keeping one day and the secret about their pact was kept between them for years.

Even though lives change it was always understood that the one who returned first should keep the coin. One of those boys became *Reverend Joshua Fraser and was a renowned Presbyterian man of the cloth and a friend of all the local shanty men until he died in a hotel fire in Sharbot Lake. Charley Mair, the other lad returned years later from living out west but he never did find the stone he and Josh hid.

I-22990.1.jpgReverend Joshua…

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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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