Nellie Thurston –Balloonist Maiden Voyage in McFarlane Grove

Nellie Thurston –Balloonist Maiden Voyage in McFarlane Grove


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A 6 by 3 foot poster advertising the event at McFarlane Grove in Almonte hangs in the Comox Air Force Museum in Comox, B.C.


She was often described as a Canadian but in reality she was born in Troy, N.Y. and made her maiden voyage at McFarlane Grove in Almonte

Friday, August 29th, will long remain a red letter day around the area of Almonte. Launched in the afternoon from McFarlane’s Grove in Almonte the balloon was seen by the folks and many farmers in Appleton and Carleton Place an through Ramsay and Beckwith Township.

A newspaper article a few days later that women felt compassion and men expressed admiration watching Nellie in the balloon. Nellie came back to perform in Canada once again in 1891 performing as Nellie Lamont.The decade of the 1870’s may well have been Nellie’s most successful period of ballooning and bythe early 1880’s Nellie’s long…

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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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