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Remembering Maggie Graham Lanark County

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Remembering Maggie Graham Lanark County

 

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Photo from the Canadian and Gazette files from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Everyone matters in the past and this is why we are doing this, so in years to come their faces don’t become nameless. It was was with great pleasure that we could document Maggie Graham Arthur today thanks to Penny Trafford

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston- I knew the lady in the middle as Vera Patent.

Penny Trafford Maggie (Graham) Arthur on the left. I think the woman in the middle might be Vera Splane

Penny Trafford  Yes, you are right. Vera Patten and for some reason I think she might have been Vic Splane’s sister.

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston I think she was related to Pansy Splane somehow.

 

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Penny Trafford  This grade one reader belonged to Maggie Graham. Maggie was the Great Grandmother of my two girls. She gifted this grade one reader to my eldest daughter Angie when Angie was six years old in grade one. 

More folks not lost in Lanark County for future family genealogists-Thanks ladies!!

 

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.

 

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Beverley and Doug Wylie Photos

Family Photos– Mississippi Lake– Darlene Page

Edwards Genealogy– Family Photo Album

Photos of Austin Bain Gillies— Gillies Family Genealogy

Barnes Buchanans and McCarten Family Photos–Doug B. McCarten

Family Photos of Arthur Williard Toop & James Henry Martin

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Andrew Bell Jackson and Mrs. Love- Brother and Sister who Died Within Hours of Each Other

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Andrew Bell Jackson and Mrs. Love- Brother and Sister who Died Within Hours of Each Other

 

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 - Double Funeral For Brother, Sister . LANARK,...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  04 Jun 1954, Fri,  Page 43

 

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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Margaret Closs Lanark and Snow Road- Genealogy

Do you Know What This Hockey Sweater Was?

Families of Lanark County–The Family of John Rogers

James Closs of Lanark–Scotch Tree Plantation

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James Closs of Lanark–Scotch Tree Plantation

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 - LANARK'S JAMES J. CLOSS Christmas Tree King Of... - swears it's true) when he and a mend were... - BALANCE OF NATURE "But.", said Mr. Closs, "I... - ' little tree with the deep blue lustre was...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  06 Dec 1961, Wed,  Page 30

 

 

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 (US

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Margaret Closs Lanark and Snow Road- Genealogy

Lost in Hopetown — A Photo Essay

Margaret Closs Lanark and Snow Road- Genealogy

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Margaret Closs  Lanark  and Snow Road- Genealogy

 - MrsNH. J. Closs Of Perth Area --101 --101...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  26 Oct 1951, Fri,  Page 12

 

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 - Mrs. H.J. Closs Dies at 103 i, . piyrrH, Apru...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  27 Apr 1953, Mon,  Page 4

 

 

-Thanks Terry Closs.. It’s Maple syrup time on Snow Road– Here’s a home movie that his father took, of a visit to a local sugar camp near Snow Road in the early 60’s. This is just great!

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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The old Cornucopia Lodge on Snow Road

A History of Snow Road & McLaren’s Depot

 

The old Cornucopia Lodge on Snow Road

A History of Snow Road & McLaren’s Depot

The Invincible Margaret Baird of Lanark

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Photo from the lost Canadian and Gazette files from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Karen Stead Ennis This is Margaret Baird who lived on Herron Mills Road and also had a house in Lanark village. She donated the land for the Lanark Museum and the Baird Trail.  Margaret made her clothes from flour and sugar bags. She and her sister Nettie ate “organic” when every one else was pouring chemicals on their gardens.

Diane Duncan said: Margaret and Nettie were really 1st cousins 2X removed. I never knew them. Thank so much for gathering this info.

Karen Stead Ennis–They spent time on their acreage digging weeds till they were so bent over you couldn’t see who was driving the truck. My grandfather Harry Stead was the first one there when Nettie died in the porch. They always seemed to be very old but I am sure they weren’t.

 

Ruth Johnson- Concur. She had a sister Nettie with whom she shared a home. I believe she moved from Toronto to Herron Mills Road in the mid 50s but had roots somewhere in Lanark County. Nettie died in the early to mid 60s and sometime after that Margaret had a house built in Lanark village.

I (and Karen Ennis who commented above) grew up on Herron Mills Road; maiden name Stead. Margaret walked to our farm to buy milk and eggs. A lovely and interesting lady, a bit before her time in many ways.

Rose Parsons She was the Lady that helped raise money for the big arena in Lanark way back when..Always a very nice lady and If memory steers me right She had a sister too.

Roxane Mesman I knew this was Ms Baird right away 🙂 I always spoke to her on my way by going to school or just walking. I knew her when she lived in Lanark.

Judy Arnott Margaret also was one of the organizers of the walk to raise money for the arena. She was in the lead all the way.

Corrine Lalonde Mrs Baird she was the old librarian in Lanark she use to drive her bike out to her farm.

Shirley Kargakos She lived next door to me in Lanark and across the street from our restaurant. She loved my daughter Demetrie when she was a little girl. One Sunday she hid her in her house and they were cutting up newspapers together. I went to her door twice and she said she hadn’t seen her while half the town were searching for her. She was a good old soul that just wanted some company all was forgiven God Bless her.

Lynne Stead Dillon Wow, what a blast from the past. I was such a young child but I knew that was her.

Lorna Deachman Yes I was going to say she was one of the Baird sisters,I think the other one was called Nettie. Nice ladys!
If you have anything to add please leave a comment or email me at sav_77@yahoo.com
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The Baird Trail

1024 Herron Mills Road (County Road 8)
20 km north of Perth
Lanark Highlands Township
This is one of 38 Community Forest lands that are managed by Lanark County. In 1837,
a pioneer family settled here. Initially, this land supported basic food crops, livestock and the forest provided lumber, fuel and maple syrup. But the sandy soil was only marginal
for agriculture and the lowlands were often flooded due
to beaver dams.
In 1963, Margaret Baird sold this 36 hectare (89 acre) parcel to the County of Lanark.
A Red Pine plantation was planted on the property as part of a conservation program

One of the First Settlers of Drumond from the Massacre at Culloden

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One of the First Settlers of Drumond from the Massacre at Culloden

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Among the first settlers in the township of Drummond were members of the family of John Robertson, who lived at Carie in Carwhin on the north side of the Loch Tay on lands formerly owned by the chief of the Storian branch of the Robertson clan but later absorbed by the Breadalbane branch of the Campbells.  The story is handed down that the father of this John was one of 700 Robertsons who joined the army of Prince Charlie in the Rebellion of 1745.  At the battle or rather massacre at Culloden he escaped the fate of so many of his classmates his only casualty was having a buckle shot off his shoe.

The eldest son, Hugh, a young many of about 25 years, was a graduate of Stirling Academy where he had shown special mathematical abilities but though he held a good position as bookkeeper and overseer of the Drummond estate at Etalkian, he decided to try his fortune in the new lands.

In April, 1816, he married Christine McDonald and shortly after sailed on the transport vessel The Lady of the Lake, arriving at Quebec on September 7 of the same year.  On another boat came his sister Janet and her husband Donald Campbell and in a different boat had arrived a few months earlier his wife’ brother Donald McDonald.

Owing to some differences among the authorities of the time, the survey of lands suitable for settlement in Drummond township had not been completed, much to the annoyance and discomfort of the arriving settlers.  The local certificates of Hugh Robertson and Donald McDonald, who settled on adjacent lots on the concession (now Drummond Centre District) were dated 12-9-1816, the same year, but a few months later than the first settlement in Perth and on the Scotch Line.  Donald Campbell and his wife Janet took up their land on Concession 6 not far from what is now Armstrong’s Corners.

The question of the “Highland second sight” and the foreshadowing of the future in dreams may be a debatable one but the story is that Hugh was the “seer” of the family and to some degree at least had “the gift”, anyway it is told that before leaving Scotland he had the conviction that he should know the particular lot on which he should settle when he saw it.  He had no difficulty in making the selection and never regretted having done so.  He remained on the same farm during his lifetime taking an active part in municipal politics and religious life of the new country but never seeking public office beyond accepting a commission as justice of the peace.  His youngest son, James W. Robertson, succeeded to the ownership of the farm which on his death was purchased by Henry Ireton.

None of his lineal descendents are now living in Drummond township.  His son Donald, who learned the trade of millwright and carpenter, married the daughter of a neighboring farmer, Janet Shaw, located in Perth and built a home on Drummond Street in 1861 which though not now occupied regularly is still kept as the homestead of the family.

The oldest son John, who married miss Rudsdale, died when only 31 years of age, leaving two sons, one of whom, Hugh, was widely and fairly known in the Perth district as bookkeeper for the Meighen mercantile business.  The other son, William J., took high honors at Toronto University and taught math at St. Catharines for many years.

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Hugh Robertson, J.P., 1791 – 1869, his wife Christiana MacDonald, 1789 – 1970. Natives of Breadalbane, Perthshire, Scotland.    Also their children

1839 – Mary A. – 1839

1817 – Janet McLaren – 1848

1820 – John – 1851

1832 – Peter – 1854

1824 – Duncan – 1853

1826 – Hugh – 1870

 

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ 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.

 

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Shades of Outlander in Carleton Place–John McPherson–Jacobite

Home Economic Winners Lanark County Names Names Names– Drummond Centre

Memories of When the Devil Visited Drummond Township

Innisville Crime — Elwood Ireton of Drummond Centre

Drummond Centre United Church — and The Ireton Brothers 38 Year Reunion–Names Names Names

Did You Know This? “The Rest of the Story”

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Did You Know This? “The Rest of the Story”

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 18 Feb 1976, Wed, Page 81

 

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I pour through newspaper archives each and every day like people treat Facebook. Sometimes I will post something and someone will add ‘the rest of the story’ that few knew. I find these tidbits important to community and social history so thanks to Kate Telecki as now we have the rest of the above story.

Kate Telecki— Fun fact about this story about my grandpa: it actually was a scam! He got all the way to India and it was all a big scam and there was no farm for him to set up, and he ended up coming back to Canada just a few days later.

My Mom said: (Janet Drummond, Stewart and Doreen’s youngest child) “ It was a complete money and political scam. He was home in a few months. The containers arrived empty or not at all. He was literally whisked out of the country with a day’s notice for his safety.

Now you know the rest of the story as Paul Harvey once said.

Thanks Kate!!

 

Kyla Baron added

Hi there, I am Kate Telecki’s first cousin and also a granddaughter of Stewart Drummond. My mother is Mildred (Millie), his eldest daughter. I was speaking to her yesterday about his trip to India and she said that it was not a scam and that he was there for many months – almost missing her wedding in Sept. ’76.

In fact, he wrote her a letter to tell her that he wouldn’t be home for the wedding at all. The Dilawri family of Ottawa had a farm machinery dealership at the time and they hired Grandpa to put the machinery back together when it arrived at the Indian farm because it had to be put on a ship all in pieces due to logistics.

There were insurmountable issues with the project though – the machinery sat in pieces at the Indian port for a long time because the infrastructure it had to travel on to get to the remote farm was horrible. Grandpa worked very hard for a long time to figure out how to get it to the farm but in the end, I believe that was what killed the project.

The Dilawri family paid for Grandpa to stay in a very nice house/hotel while he was there but he clearly missed Grandma’s cooking because he lost 20 lbs while he was in India! 🙂 Anyway, just wanted to clarify the story.

Thanks Kyla for this added information.. I appreciate it

 

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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.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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