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What Almonte Would Like to See in 1892

What Almonte Would Like to See in 1892

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Bennett Rosamond-www.biographi.ca

April 29, 1892 Almonte Gazette

1-A building boom

2-The Cotton Warp Factory under way


Almonte Ontario | “Great Falls At Almonte Started Woollen Industry”

3-No. 2 Mill re-opened and worked to its full capacity,
And No. 1 running full time.

(May 6th 1892 update-No. 1 Mill, which has been running four days a week for some time
list, will work six days a week hereafter.)

3-Another fine crop for the farmers.

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The Homestead – a John Dunn story | The Millstone

4-Judge Jamieson receive a good send-off before he leaves town.

5-A street committee that could satisfy all parts of the town in the matter of sidewalks.


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Almonte Fair


6-The roller mill of W. C. Caldwell, M.P.P., rebuilt at Lanark. It burnt down see–

7-Mr. Rosamond succeed in getting the required bonus for the Carp, Almonte and
Lanark R.R.


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Almonte town council-almonte.com


8-Warmer weather and some rain.

9-Every wooden house in Almonte painted.

10-That promised mail service from and to Carleton Place.


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lindaseccaspina – WordPress.com


11-All our merchants have a prosperous summer trade.

12-Everybody who can spare a dollar join the Mechanics’ Institute on or about May 1st.

13-A fine new agricultural hall built this summer, and every man in the North
Riding of Lanark, directly and indirectly interested in agriculture, join the society,
and thus help to pay the debt.


Image result for almonte 1892North Lanark Regional Museum–Almonte High School 1919

14-Sunday street comer loafing put an end to–especially around the *People’s store.

15-A town that has better water-power or more natural beauty than itself.

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16-A bylaw passed that will compel those who sell wood to give 128 cubic feet for a

17-The street sprinkler at work.



The back just says “French movie made in Almonte July/87” Photo Sarah Fourney

Mill Street, Almonte Ontario, Canada, converted to a 1930’s era set for the French Canadian movie “The Revolving Door”

-Nature has done much for the beauty of Almonte. There are few towns
In Eastern Ontario that are as picturesque, and have as many fine views. But the people might do a great deal more to assist (or rather not to thwart) nature.

If more wooden houses were painted, yards kept cleaner and tidier, and every
house fronted by a small flower-patch our town would be admired by all, and it would
help to draw people who wish to retire to settle here. Fix up and brighten your surroundings.



*May 6 1892-Wonder where those loafers were when the fire started? On Tuesday last the People’s Store brick block had a narrow escape from being damaged by fire. The chimney leading from Mrs. Greig’s kitchen stove runs up the wall between her residence and Riddell & Me Adam’s store. Tuesday noon the chimney took fire, and through an imperfectly protected pipe hole in R. & M’s. the flame was communicated to a curtain stretched across it.

Mr. W. A. McLeod happened to be passing at the time. He saw that prompt
action was necessary, and he ran in climbed a step-ladder that was at the right
spot, pulled down the burning curtain and crushed the blaze out of existence
before it had time to spread to the adjoining goods. There was but one clerk
in the store at the time, and he was so busy with a customer that he did not
notice the impending trouble. It was a close shave. Another half-minute and
there would have been plenty of scope for testing the efficacy of the chemical
fire extinguishers that are now being sold in town.


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


You Can’t Touch This?…Taking the Vanilla Out of History

Why Am I Obsessed with History?

Was it the Germans Or UFO’s that Invaded the Ottawa Valley in 1915?


The Bond Family– Genealogy

The Bond Family– Genealogy

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Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 09 Apr 1937, Fri,
  3. Page 15




Lanark Village, Ontario : Bond Family.It’s Family Day


Rueben Bond and grand daughter Georgina (Gina) Wilson; daughter of Christina (Bond) Wilson.


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


The True Carleton Place Story of Joie Bond- by Jennifer Hamilton

The Name is Bond—-Joie Bond

An “Absolutely Fabulous” White Wedding Day — May 19th!

An “Absolutely Fabulous” White Wedding Day — May 19th!

I spent 13 hours on Saturday celebrating The Royal Wedding. Am I crazy? Maybe, but I have loved Queen Elizabeth II for over six decades, and she’s made some pretty bad ass moves during that time. She has spearheaded a history-making trip to Ghana, ordered divorces, and even critiqued episodes of Downton Abbey for historical accuracy. But, I figured at my age this was the last time I was going to see a Royal Wedding, so I was going to enjoy each minute of the day. I was in full countdown mode.

Patsy from Absolutely Fabulous: ‘Full countdown mode? ?! I’ll be the judge of that.’

When I took all my necklaces off at the end of the day it looked like small mice had crawled over my neck LOL- red marks everywhere. The hat that I made was thanks to Martha Stewart Christmas ornaments trim from a Games of Thrones hat and a lot of work. Looks like I lost a rhinestone somewhere LOL



Welcome to the world Elia (eleeia) Angelo Seccaspina– Friday am May 18th around 1 am


Four a.m came quickly Saturday morning after celebrating the new arrival of my grandson Elia May 18th. You know what they say–‘life comes in bunches!‘ But, I had chosen my clothes the night before and got dressed while cranking up the volume of the TV to hear mundane tidbits about the upcoming wedding at the crack of dawn.

I walked around in my complete outfit except for my billowing tulle long skirt. I have been taught all my life to make you sure you potty before you go anywhere and did not want to deal with a skirt hanging in the toilet, so this seemed like it was a good idea.

Patsy from Absolutely Fabulous: ‘Darling, if you want to talk bollocks and discover the meaning of life, you’re better off downing a bottle of whiskey. At least that way, you’re unconscious by the time you start to take yourself seriously.’ 

First stop- The Hub’s Royal Wedding Event held at the Civitan Hall in Almonte.


It was an event well done, and the homemade wedding cakes and photo booth in front of “Buckingham Palace” was genius. Rico Falsetto from Carleton Place was there and working his magic. Who but CBC drops the feed just as Meghan the bride gets out of the  car? LOL The Hub

They created magic and I was so impressed. Well done ladies!








What a gal!!


Me and Steve at their wonderful event.

Meanwhile back in Carleton Place


Sylvia Giles was practising being a bridesmaid while watching The Royal Wedding with a few of the women from St. James Anglican Church.

Second Stop–Under Pressure Cafe in the Carleton Place Mews


(not their cake but it looked like this)

They were serving Victoria Sponge, Fruit Trifle & New Royal Chocolate Biscuit Cake in honour of the Royal Wedding so I picked up a couple of slices of the Victoria Sponge for Jennifer and Steve. Everything is awesome at the Under Pressure Coffee House!

Third Stop– Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum.


Third Stop– Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum. Saturday was their opening day of the the “Paddles UP!” exhibit, celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Carleton Place Canoe Club.



The famous Baldy Welsh

The Carleton Place Canoe Club is the oldest continually operating club in the country and is the only surviving charter member of the Canadian Canoe Association. The club has consistently produced athletes who qualify for the highest levels of competition at the provincial, national and international level. These range from Ontario team members to Canada Summer Games team members, Junior World Championship competitors to Senior National Team members, Pan Am Games to the Olympic Games.

Fourth stop– Lanark & District Museum–Lanark Village


 They were showing local wedding dresses in honour of the Royal Wedding. If you have not been to the Lanark & District Museum or the Middleville Museum–run don’t walk. A pure joy!! Put it on your summer visiting list! Come on in an see great historical mementos and sit down for a spell and have a chat.

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Fifth Stop– Crossroads Tearoom Royal Wedding Tea 


Driving really isn’t my friend these days after the heart attacks last year and parking is a nightmare for me. I couldn’t figure out from the sign if I could park in the locale as “only guests and visitors” could park there. #Confusion!

Does that mean I can’t if I am going to a tea there? I took a chance and left a note with a Union Jack flag on top of it. By this time I was getting tired so I threw caution to the wind.



William (Billy) Blais- who plays at Crossroads Tearoom also.

It was a lovely affair — as it always is if you have ever been to Crossroads Tearoom in Perth. If you haven’t– put that on your visit list this summer– you won’t regret it! I had great conversation with complete strangers and learned you can’t call the British flag a Union Jack anymore across the pond. In fact they get downright upset.

Sometime around 1674 the British flag became formally known as the ‘Union Jack’ when mounted on a warship and the ship was not in harbour. At the same time the British flag was referred to as the ‘Union flag’ on land. Brits insist it should called the Union Flag now.  It was the lovely British gals from Merrickville that set me straight– so: mark that one down!

Eddy  from Absolutely Fabulous on the liberal elite: “When somebody deliberately over-educates themselves out of the possibility of useful employment, I take issue.”


Exhausted and pouring rain outside I walk back to the parking lot to see my car is indeed still there  but– someone has parked right next to it like second skin so I cannot get into the driver’s side of the car. That’s right, with a huge billowing skirt, accessories galore, and that big hat I have to slide into the passenger seat and roll across the transmission to get to the driver’s seat. Please note there are no photos of this “Absolutely Fabulous” moment!


Friends since the 70s William (Billy) Blais and me at the Crossroads event


So, to those wee “plucky” granddaughters of mine who want to be a princess. My advice to you now? It seems as though you have to be a stunning gal on a hit TV show, and the next day you are a princess. Maybe I am wrong, but this is how this event happened and I would just stick with Disney for now. Gammy insists my sweet loves!

The Royal Wedding was fun, but now all I want to see is the Burger King marry the Dairy Queen– the definition to eternity.

Patsy from Absolutely Fabulous on her kind of day out: “I thought a little mosey down Bond Street, a little sniff around Gucci, sidle up to Ralph Lauren, pass through Browns and on to Quags for a light lunch.”

Thanks so much to Crossroads tearoom for the lovely prize for my hat. It will be consumed with delight.

It was a nice day for a white wedding and a nice day to start again!”

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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

An Article About the Lanark Schools — Mr. Joseph Tennant

An Article About the Lanark Schools — Mr. Joseph Tennant



Photo of SS 9 Rosetta from Lanark & District Museum





There was never any more to this article. NO matter how hard I searched I could not find the rest of it which is a shame. November 14,1965. If anyone has the rest of it please send it to me. Thank you.,


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

Mr. and Mrs. George Lashley 59th Anniversary Lanark





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December 3 1953


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)


Buttons and Quilts by Sherri Iona (Lashley)

There is a Golden Rule of Selling Alcohol in Carleton Place?

There is a Golden Rule of Selling Alcohol in Carleton Place?

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The license commissioners for the district of North Lanark met on April 23, 1920 with Commissioner James Murphy in the chair, and Commissioners Simpson and Forsythe and Inspector James D. Robertson present. The result of the meeting, so far as Carleton Place was concerned was that there would be no increase in the number of tavern licenses.

The application of Messrs. Carroll and Morris for a new license had been rejected, and also one for the Messrs. Sibbett and Prescott for the renewal of their store. A few retailers added quite loudly that it was wrong that if anyone wanted to buy a quart of liquor for a threshing or a barn raising and that they should be expected to go to a hotel keeper and ask him to sell a quantity he was not allowed to sell. Liquor was considered an important article for such occasions they said.  Also one of the applicants for a shop license that was turned down said it should not be a necessity to go to another division of the town to set up business to get a license.

Revs. A. A. Scott. J. A. Woodside. T. B. Conley and W. T. Lorymer spoke in opposition to the shop licenses and urged the commissioners to act in accord with a resolution passed by the town council in March asking that the liquor shops be discontinued.  However, Chairman Murphy vigorously spoke at length in favour of granting the shop licenses. He did not consider a motion which was passed by only three councillors any warrant for the commissioner to do an act which the council could have donned by passing a by-law at an earlier date.

It was a request from that part of the council for the commissioners to do some dirty work that they would not or at any rate had not done; and he considered it directly against the principle of the greatest law of all for all men. It was called “the Golden Rule” and he said no one should take the licenses away from these men and thus deprive them of their means of making bread and butter for their families by their legitimate business.

Mr. Conley spoke briefly again, and upon Mr. Murphy’s invitation, gave his conception of the principle of the Golden Rule. Mr. Simpson moved, and Mr. Forsythe seconded, that the shop licenses be not granted. It was carried. The commissioners asked Mr. Rathwell to have certain alterations made at his hotel premise to meet the requirements of the license act within three months. Carleton Place would have the same six tavern licenses as the previous year. In summation, one man said at the hearing that there were only three things that were always needed in Carleton Place: booze, accommodation, and of course water for the horses.

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

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.



Romancing the Mississippi Hotel

Did You Know we Once Had a Grand Hotel? The Grand Central Hotel

Carleton Place Folk Art from the Queen’s Hotel –The Millers

The Leland and Rathwell Hotels on Bridge Street

Leo Doyle of the Leland Hotel in Carleton Place –Calling All Doyles

The Rules of the Queen’s Hotel in Carleton Place

Death from Corrosive Sublimate —Carleton Place’s Revere House

Jules “Julie” Pilon of the Leland Hotel– Weather Man

The Mystery Murals of The Queen’s and Mississippi Hotel

Lake Park Lodge – Queen’s Royal Hotel- Mississippi Lake Carleton Place Ontario

So Who Painted Those Wall Murals at our Carleton Place Hotels?




Lost in Lanark — Hannah Dobbie–Melanie Johnston Mason

Lost in Lanark — Hannah Dobbie–Melanie Johnston Mason

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The only definite identity is the older woman, she is Hannah Dobbie (married to Alexander Stephen McGonegal) rest unknown. I would like to see if any one knows who the other people are, thinking the older one on the right is Laura McIntyre, and the other two are daughters.

Does anyone know?

Please contact us so we can let Melanie Johnston Mason know. Thanks!



This was taken in the back yard of where the museum is, my great grandmother owned the property until the Lanark fire The boys are my uncles: Alan, Glenn, Ernie, Carl and Peter Johnston. Photo-Melanie Johnston Mason




Clyde Forks Cemetery, Clyde Forks, Lavant Twp, Lanark Co, Ontario, Canada

McGONEGAL Stephen, 1845 – 1927. Hannah, 1848 – 1934. “At Rest”

Hannah Dobbie

Hannah Dobbie McGonegal and Theresa McGonegal

Hannah Dobbie McGonegal and Theresa McGonegal-Photo Janine Lynch

Steven McGonegal and Hannah Dobbie McGonegal–Photo Janine Lynch

Stephen McGonegal and Hannah Dobbie Headstone
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DESCRIPTION:  McGONEGAL Stephen 1845 – 1927. Hannah 1848 – 1934. “At Rest” 

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)




Please take the Devil Out of Me? Rev. James Wilson of Lanark

Did You Know They Moved St. Paul’s Cemetery?

The Winners of The Lanark Fair 1913