The Foster Brick Found in the Mississippi River –Tracy Thompson Wells



Tracy Thompson Wells


Last month while I was diving with the boys I saw this brick but couldn’t get it. The boys found it today. I bet there is a story there somewhere. Tracy Thompson WellsIt was at the bottom of the river behind my house. I found it diving last month, but couldn’t bring it up. The boys grabbed it today.🙂
Tracy Thompson WellsHard to say. Some of the older houses used to put their family names on the foundations of their houses. It will be interesting to find out.

So all day I researched Fosters in Carleton Place, and let me tell you it was not a common name in our fair town. If you look closely at the letters on that brick they were definitely done by a blacksmith but a brick at the bottom of a river bed could have come from anywhere…

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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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  1. I’ve also learned that bricks were used in fire boxes of stoves, and since Findlays was close by, maybe the brick came from there, and maybe Findlays got there bricks from Fosters in the U.K. I’ve since looked at the Foster, UK bricks and they are exactly like the one that was found in the Mississippi.


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