The Very Sad Tale of Cecil Cummings of Carleton Place





There are a lot of sad stories I could write about Carleton Place, but I try to keep it positive until I come across something I take really personally. That would be the sad life of a young Carleton Place boy called Cecil Cummings.

In 1933 it was reported that there were 17 children in the *Carleton Place Children’s Shelter that were all in good health. Seven of the children were wards of the county, and seven were wards of Smiths Falls. Three of the children were being cared for temporarily with their upkeep aid for by their parents.


It was reported in the Ottawa Citizen in 1933 that Cecil Cummings, age 13, that resided at the Carleton Place shelter died as a result from a fall from a tree. Cecil had gone out with the other children for their daily walk and crossed over to an opposite field. Cecil…

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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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