Clippings of Hank Snow

Clippings of Hank Snow

Carleton Place

Carleton Place photos thanks to Sheila Coyne

Carleton Place photos thanks to Sheila Coyne


Perth Remembered
January 24, 2016  · 

HANK SNOW 1947. Thanks to Peter Moskos for sending in this fantastic photo.
The photo shows Hank Snow to the left and Evie Moskos sitting beside Hank’s son, Jimmie Rogers Snow. Not sure who the woman is, but Bill Sawdon stands to the right. Picture taken in front of G.W. Sawdon Electric store. Hank Snow and his son Jimmie Rogers Snow were at the record department of Sawdon Electric to autograph records.

My research shows that in 1947 Sawdon’s store was located between where Nelly’s Shoes was located and where MacLean Insurance is now. Bill Sawdon and Russ Ellis were in business together from 1948-1955 at this location as GE Appliance Dealer. Russ and Bill moved across the street in 1955 to the North side of Foster. 1963 Sawdon’s moves to Smiths Falls location (who can forget Sawdon’s Trading Post on CJET)and Ellis moved to Gore Street to the Quattrochhi Block beside the Bank of Montreal. In 1972 Gerry Sawdon opened his store in the Wilson Street location after the Canadian Tire Store moved to HWY#7.

At the time of this photo, The Mosko’s had a candy store, The Sugar Bowl Candy Kitchen across the street on Foster in the former location of The Palm Gardens. The Mosko’s would relocate to Gore Street and owned The Perth Tea Room and Candyland. Will be posting stories and photos of The Palm Gardens and the Moskos in the near future.

Canadian Legion Brings Western Variety Show to Perth June 23-24
Under the auspices of the Perth branch of the Canadian Legion, folk from Perth and district will have an opportunity of seeing something a little different in the way of entertainment next week when a roadshow with a western accent hits town on the 23rd and 24th.
“Hank Snow”, billed as “The Singing Ranger” – star of RCA Victor and Bluebird records.” Heads an offering of a variety of western entertainment. “hank” will also star in a trick and fancy riding exhibition with his wonder horse. “Shawnee.” Also in the show are such stars as Pat Patreau and Rusty Keefer and their Santa Fe Trail Blazers who have appeared on an American radio network with the “Hayloft Hoedown.”
Rosetta, the yodeling cowgirl, direct from Dallas Texas, is also with the show as are Hanks son Jimmie Rogers Snow, Arty Rhyno, the last named being described as “king of the electric Hawaiian guitar”, Ples Goons, “the funniest man of all times,” and “Rip and Zip” proclaimed to be an outstanding comedy team. The show, advertised to start at 8pm will be seen at the fair grounds.

Jan Watson

March 4, 2018  · 

One of Hank Snow’s outfits

Jan Watson
February 28, 2018  · 

Hank Snow wore this outfit when he played with Elvis at one of the concerts

It is not fun to be motherless any day of the year, but sometimes you have no choice in the matter. Is one ever ready to lose a mother? Mine died of cancer when I was barely 12. Some days I feel I missed out on so much, but because of a kind neighbour named Agnes Rychard in Cowansville, Quebec–a little of my mother was returned to me.

We all have issues to deal with. I think this is part of life’s journey back to our true pure selves, but without a real feeling of love early on, it’s challenging. How do motherless children get through Mother’s Day? I personally would like to think that some of us have had people like Agnes in our lives. Adoptive mothers, or those that chose to be by our side, were born with the ability to change someone’s life. They gave us places to feel safe, loved, and shed a few tears.

Agnes has remembered each and every birthday with a greeting card, and we still sometimes swap photos, stories and treasured mementos through the mail. She has allowed me to know my mother in a new way. Thanks to her, when I look at these mementos I discover new pieces of my mother all the time.

This woman took the time to rescue snippets of my mother’s plants while a construction crew tore my childhood home down. With my horticultural talents, I successfully ended up killing every plant she gave me, but I still got to enjoy them for a short time. I always knew in my heart she had a dream, but there was never an ounce of anger shown when my late sister and I chose others over her sons for partners.

To all these women who took the time to befriend a young girl or boy in their time of need I am sending you my heart. If your doors had not been open we would have never become part of your “kitchen table family”. Mine was a table that was filled with comfort food, conversation, accompanied by the songs of Hank Snow and Jim Reeves playing in the background.

I used to hate Mother’s Day, but thanks to Agnes, my mother still lives somewhere within me in a very real way. Each of those moments and days she spent with me worked to create a world in which my sons will carry me within themselves as they move forward in their lives, no matter what lies ahead. These women were always busy with their own families and their hands were always full, but so were their hearts.

Mister Valley Hall of Fame opens its doors for George Essery By Patrick Langston

When George Essery lit out on his own at the ripe old age of 12, he was just doing what comes naturally to many country musicians: rambling. Seventy-four years later, health worries have forced him to settle down but that old wanderlust still creeps into his eyes when he starts reminiscing. Sitting in the living room of his double-wide trailer home in Moose Creek, east of Ottawa, Essery looks around at the dozens of railroading books, magazines and pictures that vie for space with photos of his children and grandchildren. “I’d still love to go and hop a couple of freights,” he says with a smile. “But I’d have to get on them when they’re standing still”

That restlessness drove him back and forth across Canada’s musical landscape, playing at Toronto’s Royal York Hotel in the late 1930s, working in Edmonton a decade later, joining forces with several bands in Montreal during the ’50s and ’60s, and performing in Ottawa and touring from the mid-’70s until he finally retired four years ago at the age of 82. And while country music is Essery’s first love (his career included stints as steel guitarist with country stars Orval Prophet, Zeb Turner and for almost 20 years with Sneezy Waters), his repertoire has covered everything from Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Lady to old Vaudeville numbers.

George Essery’s banjo playing kept him fed handy with that kind of song list. In fact, he may owe his life to his trumpet playing. The Royal Canadian Signal Corps, which Essery joined in 1940, was so desperate for a trumpet player that it kept him safely posted at its headquarters in England throughout the Second World War rather than risk losing him on the front. Essery, who will be inducted into the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame this Sunday along with Dusty f ” i 4 ‘ ? ‘ ‘ i I V ” C XT’ P during the Depression. He plays 1 1 instruments without reading music. King Sr., Phyllis Woodstock and The Lauzon Brothers, was born in 1915 in Medicine Hat, Alberta and raised in Prince Edward Island. Although he landed his first paying gig at 14 playing banjo and singing on CHGS Summerside, Essery never learned to read music. “If the tunes were tough, I’d have to woodshed them a little.” Remembered by Sneezy Waters as a guy who could patch up not just tunes, 1 ! CHRIS MIKULA, THE OTTAWA CITIZEN but anything mechanical (he’s even made a couple of his own steel guitars), Essery has turned his hand to non-musical jobs over the years. As a teenager, he shipped out on a four-masted schooner hauling New Brunswick pulp wood to Delaware. During the ’30s, he was an auto mechanic. In the early ’50s, he repaired outboard motors. But the jobs couldn’t hold him. “Oh, I got pissed off with that. I was never happy doing anything else but music. plaque It’s like a drug it drags you back.” Even when riding the rails at the start of the Depression, Essery kept his banjo close at hand: “I never had to bum because every town had a band-shell in the park. I’d sit on the steps and start playing, and pretty soon you’ve got a crowd giving you nickels and dimes and the odd quarter.” He might be “retired,” but Essery still hasn’t kicked the musical habit. He’s never cut any albums, but he’s recently cobbled togethera tape of himself playing steel guitar and banjo and singing a forlorn version of Buddy, Can You Spare a Dime?, a song he learned from a couple of buskers on King Street in Toronto during the Depression. When his tape rolls out steel guitar versions of Hank Williams’ Your Cheatin’ Heart or old standards like Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home?, Essery is hooked. “Listen to those chord changes!” he exclaims. “It’s a beautiful instrument. You can put your whole heart and soul into it.” Essery, who played steel in more than 500 performances of the top-rated touring musical Hank Williams The Show He Never Gave, with Sneezy Waters in the starring role, follows contemporary country music, but disdains its narrow subject matter. “There’s nothing wrong with the music, it’s just not country music. You listen to Shania Twain. Now she is good, this girl, but they’re all love songs. That’s not country.” Although he still plays steel guitar for himself, Essery can’t be coaxed into performing for a stranger. “I can’t play worth a shit now,” he says, explaining that a slipping memory and stiffening fingers have taken their toll. And the thrice-weekly dialysis treatment crimps his style a bit. Still, “I’m a tough old bastard, you know.”

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Clippings and Memories of Mac Beattie — The Buchanan Scrapbooks

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Memories About Bernie Costello

Remembering Etta Whitney Carleton Place

Reserve Me a Table –The Silver Fox –Ron McMunn

Good Old Lanark County Music–From the 70s to now

Fiddling in Lanark County by David Ennis

Looking for Info on The Happy Wanderers etc.

The Hayshakers — Charlie Finner

All About Lorraine Lemay –Mississippi Hotel

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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