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Documenting the First Female Councillor in Carleton Place

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Documenting the First Female Councillor in Carleton Place

In 1890 Dr. Preston of Bridge Street, was the first mayor of Carleton Place. I had someone ask me who the first female councillor was. So, who was the first female councillor?

Well, I had a list of women, and documented what Mary Cook said about women being in politics in Carleton Place. (read—It’s Hard for Women to get into Office in Carleton Place — 1974 –Mary Cook)

BUT, how many women have been in Carleton Place government? Thanks to Stacey Blair, Town of Carleton Place Clerk, and Jennifer Fenwick Irwin from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Museum for the help!!!

There were only 8 since 1901 when Dr. Preston became the first mayor and they are:

Linda Seccaspina

 Theresa Fritz

Wendy LeBlanc (mayor)

Linda Schmidt

Melba Baker (mayor)

Barbara Walsh

Trudie Dickie

Geneva Anne Tripp (1952)

That’s 70 years for anyone who is counting LOLOL. Thanks to Deputy Clerk Stacey Blair, she found a Mrs. Tripp who became Carleton Place’s first female councillor in 1952. She was known only as Mrs. Tripp at the Town Hall and Mrs. Homer L. Tripp to everyone else. This was 1952 after all. Doing more research I found out her first name was Geneva and her maiden last name was Wilson.

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The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
04 Dec 1951, Tue  •  Page 20

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
17 Dec 1951, Mon  •  Page 12

Read- Chamber of Commerce Then and Now in Carleton Place

Thanks to Jennifer fenwick Irwin of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum for the photo.. Carleton Place Council 1952. Councillor Geneva Anne Tripp on the left hand side.

Name:Geneva Anne Tripp
Birth Date:7 Jan 1911
Death Date:7 Oct 2008
Cemetery:United Cemeteries
Burial or Cremation Place:Beckwith, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
Has Bio?:N
Spouse:Homer Leroy Tripp
Children:William Guy Tripp

TRIPP, Geneva Anne – Beloved mother of Leroy Tripp (Vija) and Brenda Weinberg (Dick), and dear grandmother of Cathryn Flick (Bill), Guy Tripp (Julia), Leslie McClure (Henry), Jacqueline Anderson (Mark), Eric Tripp (Lisa), and Abbie Weinberg (Grant MacPherson), Geneva died October 7, 2008, in Toronto, at the age of 97. ”Nanny” was a loving great-grandmother to Will, Ryan, and Meredith Flick, Michael (Laura) and Matthew Tripp, David Tripp, Freya and Rowyn Anderson, and Cydney and Kylia Tripp. Geneva will be lovingly remembered by her sister, Isabel Bradley (Bill), her brothers, Kenneth Wilson (Audrey) and Donald Wilson (Shirley), and her many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Homer ”Hank” Tripp, her infant son, William, her sisters, Alean Prime, Margaret Davis, Pearl Reynolds, Doonie Richards, and Lola Brown, her brother, Bill Wilson (Connie), and her parents, Annie DeMarse and William Wilson. Geneva was a registered nurse who loved working as a school nurse for North York Public Health Department. A talented artist, she was also the first woman to be elected to the Town Council in Carleton Place, Ontario, where she was born. At Geneva’s request, cremation has taken place. A celebration of her life will take place in Carleton Place on May 30, 2009.

Published by Toronto Star on Oct. 11, 2008


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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Carleton Place Ladies Auxiliary — Chamber of Commerce 1987– Mary Cook Archives

Chamber of Commerce Then and Now in Carleton Place

It’s Hard for Women to get into Office in Carleton Place — 1974 –Mary Cook

Johnny J. McGregor — Still Buster and Mayor

Outstanding Personalities of Carleton Place – Dr. J.A. Johnston — Billy Nichols– William Barclay

Remembering Councillor Theresa Fritz

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Remembering Councillor Theresa Fritz

Sunday 7:31 PM

10 hours ago my fellow Carleton Place Council colleague Theresa Fritz was alive. At 10am she posted on Facebook and wanted us ‘to  take our minds off the crap going on in the world and enjoy some spectacular photography’. I vowed to look at them tomorrow as I was busy writing history.

And that my friends, is how life goes- we always take chances on the next day. We take life for granted, we take friendships for granted, and sometime in that 10 hours today I lost a colleague and friend.

For all of you that did not know — Theresa was the 6th woman to be on the Carleton Place Council since 1910. She was smart, very smart, and outspoken and loved heavy metal music. After she retired she was going to run for mayor of Carleton Place, and I would have supported her all the way. Did we have disagreements? Of course we did, we all do, we are all passionate about working for the betterment of our community. But none of that matters now, we lost a valued leader of our community today and I did not get to say goodbye— and the worst is– her family did not get to say goodbye, and she is sadly gone from their lives forever.

I, along with everyone else have been taken by surprise at the finality of losing someone today at the drop of a hat. It does nothing but compound the feelings of loss and utter disbelief that this has actually happened. I am still in shock!

In the end, I will get to see her again one day. I will always have wonderful memories of Theresa, and I’m sad that I will not be able to share things with her anymore. She was such a bright light and that “tree limb” she spread in our community will  be greatly missed. The loss of Theresa has reminded us that we need to try and understand the true value of time. We must snatch, seize and enjoy every moment of it.

There should be no more procrastination, no more delay in speaking with friends. It seems we only understand death after he has placed his hands on someone we loved. Tomorrow morning as the sun begins to rise, the flag at the Carleton Place Town Hall will be at half mast for Councillor Theresa Fritz. A friend I thought I would never lose in my lifetime. All I can do now is remind everyone about what an amazing woman, mother and wife she was, and how she will be greatly missed.

Theresa as you sail into those rock and roll clouds in the sky,

‘my my hey hey, rock n roll will never die

And neither will the memories about Councillor and friend Theresa Fritz. My love goes out to Scott and Shane and family.

Theresa Fritz second term Councillor Carleton Place, Ontario

Background:

Theresa was elected to a second term as a town councillor in October 2018. She previously served on council from 2014-2018.

Born and raised in Montreal before relocating to Ontario with her family as a teenager, Theresa has been a resident of Carleton Place since December 1990. A fluently bilingual graduate of Carleton University’s Bachelor of Journalism program (1989), Theresa is a former editor of the former Carleton Place Canadian and Almonte Gazette newspapers and a former managing editor with Metroland Media. She spent 29 years working in the newspaper before becoming a federal public servant in April 2018. She is currently a Senior Business Analyst with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. 

Since moving to Carleton Place, Theresa has been an active member of the community with a long history of volunteerism. She has served on the Lanark County Interval House board of directors, Carleton Place and District Youth Centre (now CORE) board of directors with two years as president, the United Way of Lanark County board of directors and has been on the Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital Foundation board of directions for seven years. Theresa is a member of the Carleton Place Minor Hockey Association executive where she served as the ‘executive’ secretary.
 
Theresa is passionate about her community and believes that openness and transparency in municipal government, strong communication skills within town hall and with local residents, are the keys to success when it comes to making Carleton Place a community that everyone was to live, work and play in.
 
Theresa lives in a century home in the heart of town with her husband Scott and son Shane. In her spare time, she is a devoted hockey mom who loves to read.

Remembering Gerald Kirby

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Remembering Gerald Kirby
Patrick M. Doyle is in Carleton Place, Ontario.
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Some years ago my pal Gerald Kirby served on the Carleton Place municipal council. Between elections he stored his election signs in my barn. Gerald died earlier this year but when a barn window broke recently he stepped in to be of service. A tribute to a good friend who is sadly missed. Patrick M Doyle

I saw this on Mr. Doyle’s Facebook page. No matter who you were and what you did you have a story and it needs to be documented.

Gerald Patrick Kirby
Saturday, January 23rd, 1937 – Friday, April 24th, 2020

Did you know Gerald Kirby served two terms on the Carleton Place Council? He served Carleton Place during the years 2003-2006 and 2006-2010. Born in Dublin, Ireland, Kirby immigrated with his family to Canada as a teenager and died at the Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital on April 24. He was 83.

What did Gerald love to do? His two passions were singing and reading.

Former mayor Wendy LeBlanc recalled Kirby’s sense of humour, and how it “often added levity to tense meetings, and all of us in the council chambers appreciated his rousing rendition of the national anthem.”

Kirby, was former Carleton Place & District Chamber of Commerce director, and was a past recipient of the organization’s prestigious President’s Award.

He studied accounting at the University of Ottawa, earning his masters at Laval University.

A chartered accountant, Kirby spent most of his career teaching at Algonquin College’s School of Business.

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Obituary

Kirby, Gerald Patrick Joseph
January 23, 1937 – April 24, 2020

It is with sadness we announce the passing of Gerald on April 24, 2020, at the Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital. He leaves behind his son, Gerald, and his daughter, Patricia. He will be missed by his sisters Nuala, Peigi and Deirdre (Allen). He will also be remembered and missed by his nieces Colleen, Catherine (Aladin), and Shelagh (Michael), and his nephew Chris (Ashley). Gerald was predeceased by his brothers Sean, Brian, Jimmy and Michael.

Born in Dublin, Ireland, Gerald immigrated with his family to Canada as a teenager. As a chartered accountant, Gerald spent most of his career teaching at Algonquin College’s School of Business. In retirement, Gerald was heavily involved with the Carleton Place Soccer Club, and spent two terms as a councillor for the town of Carleton Place. He was also active in St. Mary’s Parish and with the Knights of Columbus. He spent many hours on his greatest passions, singing and reading.

Remembering Carleton Place’s The Gibson Sisters

Life Before Digital Cameras in Carleton Place – Remembering Paul Nelson

A Pillar of Carleton Place– Remembering Ron Roe

Remembering Lucky McIlquham of Carleton Place

Remembering the Carleton Place CPR Gardens

Remembering Helen Wilson of Carleton Place

Remembering The Leatherworks in Carleton Place

Remembering Industry in Carleton Place- Digital and Leigh Instruments

Courtyard Cafe– Remembering The Old IGA in Carleton Place

Remembering The People of the 60’s and 70’s of Carleton Place

Trudi Dickie Clippings — Please Add Your Comments

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Trudi Dickie Clippings — Please Add Your Comments

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I really didn’t know Trudi Dickie that well. All I know is she was a no nonsense smart woman that raised one heck of a great family and worked her tail off for Carleton Place. I will remember the first thing Trudi said to me in 1982 for the rest of my life.

Trudi came with Melba Barker to my home in 1982 to give my late husband and I a heritage certificate. She firmly shook my hand and told me mayor Melba Barker asked her to come with her because they heard I was trouble.

Trudi and Melba Barker broke out laughing and I just shook my head and laughed. Things have not changed in 2018– and I am so proud of these 2 women that were part of only 6 women to grace the council chambers of Carleton Place since 1901. I would like to think she would be smiling at all the women running for the October 22 election. This is for you Trudi!

Please add your comments and I will document them. Thank you.

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Julie Sadler- Trudi talking to my Dad who was the town building inspector at the time

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Penny Trafford— Trudie and Andy Dickie

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Terry Latham Is that Trudy Dickie sipping tea?? Looks like her

Sylvia Giles Yes it is Trudy and Andy!!
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Trudy and Andy on the right
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Linda Gallipeau-Johnston

 

Linda – sorry didn’t remember this being so badly out of focus – someone on the street at the time took the pic. Trudy stopped in at my Mom’s on occasion and away they went walking.

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      6. comments
      7. Marilyn White My condolences to the Dickie family. Trudy. Was a treasure.
        Robert Mullan What a woman! My condolences to her family, (Marianne)
        Donna Lowe Ward-– So sad to hear this news. A wonderful, kind lady. Condolences to the Dickie family.
      8. 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)

        relatedreading

        It’s Hard for Women to get into Office in Carleton Place — 1974 –Mary Cook

      9. The Man that Brought “Canada” Back to Carleton Place – Bill Bagg

      10. The Squeaker Election — November 1980 Carleton Place

      11. Where Did the 257 Telephone Exchange Come From in Carleton Place?