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Did You Ever Notice This in Beckwith Park? Thanks to Gary Box

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Did You Ever Notice This in Beckwith Park? Thanks to Gary Box

 

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Gary Box wrote on my story about being a Tombstone Tourist yesterday.

“I sometimes find wandering through cemeteries and reading the stones can be quite an emotional experience. I found a cenotaph bearing the name of Nursing Sister Jessie M. McDiarmid who drowned June 27th, 1918 by a German Submarine. I was so taken by the words that I looked up the incident and found the Hospital ship carrying Jessie and over 300 Canadian Soldiers to safety when it was torpedoed”.

 

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“There was no warning and those who were not killed instantly were machined-gunned right in their lifeboats. Only about 25 people survived to tell the story. I also went to ST. Fillans Cemetery to find ancestors when I came across a McDiarmid family Grave and there on the bottom was Jessie’s name. I was quite taken by such a tragic, sad and emotional experience”.

“The sinking of the ship and the finding of the gravestone were purely coincidental and happened within 2 years of each other. I made the connection only because some else thought that Jessie was on the Lusitania when she was torpedoed on May 7th 1915…….my maternal grandparents were survivors of the U20 attack which sank the ship in 18 minutes. At the time the Lusitania was the greatest cruise ship in the world and this was the first incident of indiscriminate Warfare by the Germans, illegal under wartime “Rules”. The loss was 1200 passengers and 700 survivors The Germans then stopped, after this tragedy but reinstituted indiscriminate warfare when the U.S. was dragged into the War…..at least that’s how I heard it.”

 

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“Here is the Cenotaph Story. The cenotaph is located at the Beckwith Sports Complex at Blacks Corners” Thanks Gary, I had to search for the story myself.

Gary Box runs runs the The Ottawa Valley Box Family, Relatives and Researchers and you should check it out.. CLICK

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Jessie Mabel McDiarmid was born in Ashton, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada in August 14, 1880. She was the daughter of John McDiarmid, Beckwith Township, Ontario and niece of Mr. J. McDiarmid of Ashton, Ontario.  She was 35 and single when she enlisted as a nurse with the Canadian Army Medical Corps and 37 when she died. Only twenty four of those on board, including the captain, survived the treacherous attack, which came without warning.

The submarine commander, who ordered the destruction of the Llandovery Castle declared that he had sunk the ship because she was carrying American aviation officers and others in the fighting service of the Allies. He added to this later by asserting that the vessel was carrying a lot of ammunition stores, because an explosion had occurred after.

The hospital ship that contained the 12 twelve nursing sisters capsized and the sisters were drowned. It is assumed that the fourteen nursing sisters reached a lifeboat, but so far as was known there was no trace of them after the ship sank in July of 1918.

 

 - Brazen Germans Say Mine Sank Hospital Ship Semi...

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  1. Vancouver Daily World,
  2. 03 Jul 1918, Wed,
  3. Page 1

 

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place and The Tales of Almonte

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Memories of Ashton Station Road –Ashton Feed Mill –Jennifer Fenwick Irwin Photos

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Memories of Ashton Station Road –Ashton Feed  Mill –Jennifer Fenwick Irwin Photos

 

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Thanks to Jennifer Fenwick Irwin curator of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum we now have photos of what once was of the Ashton Feed Mill on Highway 7. All photos– Jennifer Fenwick Irwin curator of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
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.All photos– Jennifer Fenwick Irwin curator of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
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Llew Lloyd Don Montgomery was the original owner . He moved his business there from downtown Ashton , the building now occupied by the Ashton Pub. The business in Ashton was run by Don’s dad Roy, Bob Montgomery’s grandfather.
Dale Costello Many a horse drawn trip there with my grandfather early 50’s
Faye Campbell Yes was the old Ashton grist mill, but has been closed for years! Donnie Montgomery had it built and served all the Farmers well in the area. It was sold and continued to be run (cannot remember name). Must have closed in late 80’s
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All photos– Jennifer Fenwick Irwin curator of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
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All photos– Jennifer Fenwick Irwin curator of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
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All photos– Jennifer Fenwick Irwin curator of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
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All photos– Jennifer Fenwick Irwin curator of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
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All photos– Jennifer Fenwick Irwin curator of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
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All photos– Jennifer Fenwick Irwin curator of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

 

June 18, 2018

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Photo- Faye Campbell
My nephew took this picture of the old Grist Mill at Ashton Station next to the Cavanagh Concrete Plan
District 8 Chief Todd Horricks captured dramatic video of the structure in flames from top to bottom and billowing thick black smoke. He thanked the Carleton Place-based Ocean Wave Fire Company and Beckwith Fire Department for pitching in.
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 - Ashton Feed Mill FLEA MARKET A AUCTION HALL...

Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 29 Jun 1972, Thu,
  3. Page 48
  4.  - EXPERIENCED secretory-bookkeeper...

    Clipped from

    1. The Ottawa Journal,
    2. 04 Jun 1977, Sat,
    3. Page 61

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Wind Storm in Ashton- Heath Ridge Farms 1976

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Wind Storm in Ashton- Heath Ridge Farms 1976

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All Photos from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

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 - HEATH RIDGE FARM Country estate on 27 acres -...

Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 21 Feb 1976, Sat,
  3. Page 61stormCome and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)

     

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Dust on the Wind –Ashton Social Notes 1887-1897 Names Names Names

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Dust on the Wind –Ashton Social Notes 1887-1897 Names Names Names

 

 

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 - ASHTON, Sugar Making la Again In Full Swing. ;...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  01 Apr 1897, Thu,  Page 5

 - ASHTON. Engineer Engaged Locating a Proper...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  06 Aug 1897, Fri,  Page 3

 

 Beckwith Councilor Faye Campbell added: Just wanted to tell you that Robert Presley, who operated the saw mill in the Village of Ashton, was my great grandfather

 

 - ASHTON. The Lacrosse Club Gives a Concert '. ....

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  24 Mar 1897, Wed,  Page 5

 

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  07 May 1897, Fri,  Page 2

 

 - Ashton. Building operations are beginning to...

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 - ASHTON. Accident to a Bridal Party. A Timely...

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 - - ' . ASHTON. March 16. Master Harry Burns and...

 - ASHTON. The Templars Have a Successful Picnic...

 - naviog procured J & cumber of row boats, the...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  08 Sep 1897, Wed,  Page 5

 - ASHTON. Two Local Skaters Have Their S leafs...

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St. Augustine’s Church and Christ Church

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St. Augustine’s Church and Christ Church

 

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Built in 1854, St. Augustine’s had a seating capacity of 120 to welcome Irish Anglican worshippers from the Prospect area who had previously made do in a school house. The church closed in 1967 but the building, cemetery and grounds are still maintained by the Ashton Parish. A service is still held here once a year during the first Sunday in August.

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 - Church of 14 f 6 1 . By MARION G. ROGERS...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  03 Oct 1970, Sat,  Page 46

 

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 - Large' Gathering Attends Deticatioh Of Ashton...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  01 Jun 1929, Sat,  Page 5

August 1934 A Delightful Evening

The social held last Monday evening in the beautiful grove, on the farm of Mr. and Mrs. Cameron McTavish, first concession of Drummond, under the auspices of St. Angustine’s church, will stand out as one of the most enjoyable events of the summer months to be field in that section. A most elaborate program had been arranged and all entered heartily into the festivities. Read more Who were the Carleton Place Orioles?

 

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

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Photos from Kate Telecki’s Collection

This photo is from the wedding of David Drummond and Lois Lowry. It was taken on the front lawn of the Lowry homestead. From left, back row: William (Bill) Drummond, Gilmour Drummond, David Drummond, Doreen Drummond, Stewart Drummond, Bruce Drummond, Peter Malcolm (Mac) Drummond, John Drummond. Front row from left: Gloria D Drummond, Janet Drummond, Mildred (Millie) Drummond, Allen Drummond

 

 

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Photos from Kyla Baron’s Collection

A photo of my grandparents Doreen and Stewart Drummond in 1942 with their firstborn sons, the twins Gilmour and David.
they would go on to have a total of 10 children–

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Photos from Kyla Baron’s Collection

Doreen Simpson to Stewart Drummond.. Beautiful invitation..

 

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Photos from Kyla Baron’s Collection

This is my Grandparents’ wedding day in Ashton, ON. Doreen Mildred Simpson married Stewart Drummond. Behind them is my grandmother’s sister and my great aunt Audrey Simpson.

 

 

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)

 

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Another Lanark County “Murdoch Mystery” –Elfreda Drummond of Ashton

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Another Lanark County “Murdoch Mystery” –Elfreda Drummond of Ashton

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If the Murdoch Mystery folks ever came to Lanark County we have some real odd stories that might suit them here. Last night going through the newspaper archives I found another dilly. The trial of Merrick Drummond from Ashton.

I never thought he did it– but the neighbours put their three cents in, and there were so many questions I had after reading it. Did the farm hand who left abruptly do it? How could a man that gave up his life for his mother and two sisters that could not care for themselves kill some one? Was it an accident of anger?  Did Elfreda Drummond really crack her skull on the families apple tree because of her *St. Vitus Dance condition? Read the articles and judge for yourself!

 

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*St. Vitus’s Dance is a disorder of the nervous system that occurs following an A beta-haemolytic streptococcal infection. The condition is usually latent, with the symptoms presenting up to 6 months after the initial infection. It normally occurs between 5-15 years of age, but can also appear later in life, and affects girls about twice as much as it does boys. St. Vitus’s Dance is characterized by involuntary and uncoordinated movements of the face, hands and feet.

 

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)

 

 

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