The Bush Fires of Darling Township

The Bush Fires of Darling Township



October 1897

The bush fires were everywhere in the year 1897 due to a period of dry weather. I read lots of accounts of numerous fires in the Ottawa Valley as well as on the Quebec side. It was truly a perilous year.

October 1897

Bush fires have been raging in Darling for nearly two weeks and are doing considerable damage. The fire started on the south side of the river on the boundary line between Lavant and Darling. It originated from a haymaker’s fire which was supposed to have been quenched but was smouldering underground.

It has already extended over an area of six square miles, destroying four hundred acres of wooded land belonging to the Merchants Bank, Perth, and the timber limits of Messrs. J. & J. Herron and T. B. Caldwell. Mr. Larocque, who lives on that side of the river, has lost one stack of hay…

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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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