There was No Shortage of Wives in Carleton Place

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In September I wrote about the fact that men were scarcer then hen’s teeth in Carleton Place, and I have often wondered about the 2-1 ratio that used to be in our fair town. Women generally lived to an average age of just 40 in the 19th-century, but that number is deceiving.  Of course infants and children, like the Crozier children, died of disease, malnutrition and mishaps at much higher rates than they do today. But, if a gal could manage to survive to adulthood, her chance of living to a ripe old age of 50, 60, 70 or even older was quite good.

So why were there so many women in small rural towns? Women died much earlier than they do now, often in childbirth. As a result, a man might be left with several young children and no one to help him care for them. I would assume…

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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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