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Dr. James Naismith 101 —- Sarah More

Dr. James Naismith 101 —- Sarah More
The Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award was an annual college basketball award in the United States intended to honor shorter-than-average players who excelled on the court despite their size. The award, named in honor of James Naismith‘s daughter-in-law, was established for men in 1969 and for women in 1984. The men’s award was presented to the nation’s most outstanding senior who is 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) or shorter, while the women’s award was presented to the top senior who is 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) or shorter. Early in the women’s award’s history, the cut-off height was 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m). The men’s award was selected by a panel from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), while the women’s was selected by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). The award was discontinued following the 2013–14 season READ more here..
Naismith Home outside of Almonte

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
11 Aug 2001, Sat  •  Page 31

A photograph of Annie Naismith, the sister of Dr. James Naismith, outside the old family house and birthplace of James Naismith.
Clayton Historian Rose Mary Sarsfield-Here is the real story according to Marilyn Snedden who has done years of research in this area. The house pictured above where James Naismith first lived as a child, “was where Kay Grace and now Dianna Nanne live-the bungalow to the north of the Naismith House. There was a Peter Naismith in the Cheryl Patterson house early on and James’ father John worked there before he went to Fort Coulonge. I think Peter was an uncle of John but the family of course had all the same names.” The family moved to Fort Coulonge where James’ father started a sawmill but the mill burned down and then the father got typhoid fever and died.

Related reading

Unseen James Naismith Photos and his Real Birthplace

The Naismith Home

The 1968 Tribute to Naismith

Dr. Avison of Almonte

1940s Basketball Gals — Carleton Place High School

U Can’t Touch This! St. Mary’s Basketball Team 1990

1940s Basketball Gals — Carleton Place High School

1940s Basketball Gals — Carleton Place High School



Photo from Hannah White’s Collection


Hannah White very graciously sent in these photos of life in CPHS years ago– most likely the 40s.  This note came with it:

Hi Linda,

I wanted to send you this picture I found of my grandma. I only know of her on it but I don’t know anyone else.

My grandma’s name was Lois (Macdougall) Stanley. The two basketball pictures are from CPHS. I want to say they are from around 1946ish

Thanks again Hannah!!



Sandra Sanderson My mom….June (Illingworth) Lay….back row, first on the left.

Carole Flint It looks like my sister Milly Reid bottom row 2nd from right.

Karen Dorman Second from left on the top row is my mother. The coach is my father Mac Saunders. The person beside my mother is one of the Healey twins. I think Mom has this picture with all the names. I will try and get it from her. The other Healey twin is at the end of the top row on the right.
Who were The Healey Twins?

Donna Sweeney Lowry-– They were Dora and Doris Healey twin daughters of William Healey and Isabell Hutchinson, born about 1930. Dora never married. Doris married Gerald (Gerry) Willows born about 1928, son of Russell Willows and Hattie Walker from Boyd’s settlement just off Highway 7 on the way to Fergusons Falls. When Hattie died, Russell married Merle Tennant. Doris and Gerry’s farm was next door to my Dad and Mom’s place on the first line of Ramsay, not far from Boyd’s Settlement. Gerry died in 1997, Dora in 2002 and Doris in 2011. Doris worked for Scotiabank in C.Place. I remember the Twins dressing alike, perhaps a different colour, but the clothes were the same, same skirt, same blouse, same sweater, same coat, same shoes! I am uncertain when Mr. and Mrs. Healey passed. I seem to remember Dora living on Miguel Street across from the train station in Carleton Place. I don’t know where Dora worked. Probably in a bank the same as her sister!!


Donna Sweeney Lowry Ray Paquette, on Mac’s other right!😁 On Mac’s left, our right looking at the photo, I am fairly confident it is Betty Dugdale who married Jim Paul of Mountblow Farms on Rae Rd near Almonte. I agree it is Dora Healey on Mac’s immediate right with Doris at the far left on the end of the same row.
Heather White Betty Paul is beside Mac.My mom Lois MacDougall (Stanley) is 2nd from the right on the bottom row.  🙂




Photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Jennifer Fenwick Irwin —This jersey in the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum was donated by Mary Cook.. It’s got number 9 on the back and  Karen Dorman said it belonged to her mother’s.



Photo from Hannah White’s Collection– Carleton Place High School 1940s

Karen Dorman– I know the far left is Lois MacDougall Stanley and beside her is one of the Healey twins.



Photo from Hannah White’s Collection






Photo from Karen Dorman

The second photo is the 1946-47 basketball team. Starting top row left ?, Mac Saunders, Art Ferguson, ? Hamilton, Front row Murray Kilpatrick, Vince Giles, ? Newest, Don ‘Spud’ Hamilton

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)




U Can’t Touch This! St. Mary’s Basketball Team 1990

Let’s Celebrate 125 Years– Slam Dunking the Neighbours




Photo by Linda Seccaspina 2015

It was a Winnie the Pooh sort of day in April of 2015. Chilly, blustery, and two women huddled near the statue of James Naismith in Almonte. Why would anyone have their coat off on a day like that? One girl was graduating and posing with Mr. Naismith and the other, her friend, was taking pictures for her graduation photos. A slam dunk of an idea!

Now it’s 125 years!!!



Photo by Linda Seccaspina Puppetsup! 2011



Photo by Linda Seccaspina Puppetsup! 2011

Celebrating 125 Years
Almonte, Ontario – the birthplace of basketball’s inventor James Naismith – as the town celebrates 125 years of basketball and refurbishes the Almonte Court. Watch the video!


Did you know  these Boxtop Facts about James Naismith? Tomorrow, why don’t you share one with a friend. I dare you!

James Naismith was born on the outskirts of Almonte, Ontario in November of 1861. He invented basketball inspired by his beloved childhood game, “Duck on a Rock.”

As with most Scottish settlers in this area, his parents immigrated to Lanark County in 1852. His parents got sick with Typhoid fever and died when he was barely nine years old.

He was sent to live with a very strict religious grandmother, and his Uncle Peter.

That very rock that he played with as a child was the same one that led him to invent the game of basketball in 14 days. It was a solution he created to deal with a rowdy class in Springfield , Ma. Where can you see that rock?

Visit the Mill of Kintail near Dr. Naismith’s birth place. They have conceived a small, but personable display in his honour in the basement of the mill.

James enrolled at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. After graduation he became a physical education instructor there, and invented the football helmet.

He used peach baskets at first! In case you missed one of these Heritage Moments as a child– let’s review the facts once again:)

Famed puppeteer Noreen Young made this wonderful puppet of James Naismith.




U Can’t Touch This! St. Mary’s Basketball Team 1990



St Mary’s Basketball team from the files of the Carleton Place Canadian from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum.



Top song of 1990- U Can’t Touch This- Just like the gals of St. Mary’s who won the Lanark County Junior Girls’ Basketball Championship that year!

Harold Reynolds is Becoming the Most Hated Man in Canada Since Shawn Michaels


If you’ve been watching any of the Blue Jays playoff games, you’ve likely noticed that the regulars you’re used to seeing bring baseball into your homes have been replaced by Fox Sports and their respective commentators. Well, with Fox comes Harold Reynolds, a former MLB second baseman who apparently hasn’t spent much time north of the border.

“We talked about foul balls into the stands… they don’t play a lot of baseball in Canada, a lot of people aren’t used to catching them”

Did he actually say this?  Wait, so we aren’t supposed to hit the ball back with a hockey stick?!? We are supposed to catch them? Since there are only 3 Canadians on the Toronto Blue Jays and 26 Americans, it’s understandable. Eh?


I remember the day the Blue Jays won the pennant years ago. I was sitting in a taxi cab at the JFK airport and when the driver found out the Blue Jays won he threw me out of his cab because I was going to the Air Canada terminal.

Canada has no business winning the pennant”, he said

Right now I assume they are terrified of the Blue Jays playing in the world series as ratings will be really poor for Fox sports, and they paid a lot of money for the rights to MLB. But what a dumb thing to say when catcher Russel Martin is Canadian, eh? I guess Reynolds knows where Canada is since he used to live here. Did Harold Renyolds forget about his time in Triple A with the Calgary Cannons before he was called up to the Mariners?  Maybe I am wrong, but was Calgary part of Canada back then?


It may be America’s pastime, but its origins lie in Beachville, Ontario, which makes it Canada’s game. Something few Americans are willing to admit. Beachville, about 40 kilometres east of London, Ontario, boasts of itself as the home of baseball in Canada because it was here on June 4, 1838 that a game of baseball, or at least a form of the game as we now know it, took place in front of several spectators.


The first documented evidence of a base ball game in Canada comes from a letter published in Sporting Life magazine in 1886, a letter by Dr. Adam E. Ford of Denver, Colorado, formerly of St. Marys, Ontario and Beechville, Ontario, about a game 48 years earlier in Beechville on June 4, 1838 — Militia Muster Day. Many Canadians, including the staff of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in St. Marys, Ontario, claim that this was the first documented game of modern baseball, although there appears to be no evidence that the rules used in this game were codified and adopted in other regions.

First basketball and now baseball? Oh Canada!

I say we cover Reynolds in maple syrup and throw Timbits at him! As Steve Yaver commented on Facebook:  Harold should see how well he does catching hockey pucks”.