Comments From the Valley

Comments  From the Valley


Vince Sheridan with his team and a load of wood at Drummond Concession 4A and 511(Lanark Road), 1930. Thanks to Tim Sheridan for sending in this great Lanark County memory.

John Howard of Grattan Township arguing that “Farming during the Depression was the best times we ever had. I wouldn’t give up that 10 or 12 years for the rest of my life . . . The Depression days was one of the greatest things that ever happened; it was the best education that people ever got. It made them realize that living was the main thing and how they did it was secondary.

Photo Janice Tennant Campbell– McNaughton Farm in Beckwith-
Ray Paquette ––One summer I was spending the evening at the Old Cheese Factory in Tennyson that the late Len Coleman had turned into a place for teenagers from the cottages and others to hang out and dance to a juke box. Len called me over (he knew me through my mother) and introduced me to Murray McNaughton who was looking for some help during thrashing that was about to begin. We came to an agreement and I went home with him to spend the night.
The next morning I began by stooking sheaves in the field that can be seen at the left of the house. It was a fascinating experience for me particularly when Mr. McNaughton showed me the remains of my mother’s family homestead which was cross the 7th Line road. The McNaughton farm was probably close to being the last farm that harvested their grain crops using a reaper and a thrashing machine. I have often looked back on those few days with fondness because of the traditional methods that were used which have long since been replaced by self-propelled combines..

Gordon and Anna Mary Dool of Pakenham talking about one of the forgotten joys of thrashing: “Time meant nothing.”

Read-Twitching or Grave Dowsing– Our Haunted Heritage

Alex Bowes, a water dowser from Lanark, listing the area churches he has checked and found a main stream of water running right under the doors and a cross stream under each pulpit.

Michael and Diane Whitehead of Wilno holding onto their son and telling you how, when the post office became a franchise and their income collapsed, villagers began taking their letters and handing an envelope back, always with a few dollars enclosed to help them get by.

W.D. Powell of Renfrew, the top button of his shirt tight as a uniform, talking about how he still keeps a portion of the rope that hanged the last murderer in Renfrew County

People of Lanark County–Stan and Ellard Sonnenberg-Almonte- butchers– From “Up the Line”
Des H Julian-– Remember the butcher shop.and they worked for Louis Carr on the main drag in Almonte.
Margaret McNeely My father dealt with Louis Carr all the time for meat for our restaurant. Our dog Chummy use to go to the back of the store that was on the Main Street and they would treat him to a bone. read-Owl Burgers? Lewis Carr Butcher

Stan Sonnenburg, a butcher in Almonte, admitting “I didn’t go to school to learn this business, I went to get into this business so I wouldn’t have to go to school.”

Chief Ray Mclsaac of the Carleton Place police force talking about going to the wake of every town drunk who died. “They were friends,” he says.

Jack W.H. Henry, revealing the secret of his long and healthy life: a half a dessert spoonful of coal oil down the side of the throat. “I found it worked good so I just kept on.”

“The BA Corner” –Ron Armour — Community Comments

Documenting Stanzel History — Community Comments — Stanzell’s TAXI and the IDEAL Candy Shop

N. S. Lee & Son Hardware Comments and History

Clippings and Comments about the Hydro Dam

Willis House Clippings Photos and Comments

June Dalgity 1999 Almonte Gazette Clippings and Comments

Robertsons Keepsake Building Memories and Comments

Riverside Park Comments Larry Clark ‘The Dip’

The Falcon History and Hockey– Comments from the Readers

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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