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Dr. William Hanham — Carleton Place — Notes, History and Clippings and Photos

Dr. William Hanham — Carleton Place — Notes,  History and Clippings and Photos

I would love to write about everyone from the community in great detail but the issue is: we have limited amounts of Carleton Place newspapers at the Museum and sometimes my World Wide newspapers archives search brings up very little. That’s why I rely on all of you, and thank you for your help and especially Bonnie Hanham for all your photos and help. Thanks Richard Hanham for sending in that newspaper clipping.

It take a village to do things sometimes.

Thanks to all of you and those that drop off old Canadian newspapers to me. Once I document them they go to the Museum.


SEVEN LAKES — Dr. William James Hanham, MD, 74, died December 5, 2005. Memorial service 11am Friday, St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church; inurnment will be private. Boles Funeral Home in charge.

Published by Charlotte Observer on Dec. 7, 2005.

Dr. William James Hanham, MD, 74, of Seven Lakes died Monday, December 5, 2005 at Moore Regional Hospital.

A memorial service was held December 9 at St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church in Seven Lakes with Rev. Fred Thompson and Rev. Robert Brown officiating. A private family interment will be held at a later date.

Born in Toronto, Canada on September 30, 1931 to the late Archibald and Jean Kennedy Hanham, he graduated from the University of Toronto Medical School in 1955. He was a member of St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church, the Lions Club, and Sandhills Regional Library Board, and he served as chairman of the Moore County Library Board. He was preceded in death by his brother, Douglas Edmund Hanham.

Surviving are wife, Bette Jane Hanham; sons, Greg Williams Hanham, Richard Daniel Hanham, Gerald James Hanham all of Canada, John Douglas Hanham of Troy; daughters, Bonnie Elizabeth Hanham of Pinebluff, Jane Patricia Parsons of Aberdeen; five grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 456, West End, NC 27376.

Name:Dr William James Hanham
Birth Date:Abt 1931
Death Date:Abt 2005
Publication Date:7 Dec 2005
Publication Place:USA

From U of Toronto Alumni Magazine

Good Morning Linda,

As requested, I have attached what pictures I could find that I thought were appropriate to Carleton Place. My Dad was the picture taker in the family so not many of him.  The pictures should be self-explanatory in the name but if not, please let me know.

My Dad was born September 30, 1931 in Toronto and lived there until he and my Mom moved to Carleton Place in July 1956.  He went to the University of Toronto for medical school.  Also, he was on its swim team and was Canadian University champion in the Butterfly (early 1950’s).

My Dad first worked with Dr. Johnson, hence his name on the stain glass window of the Johnson home.  After that he set up the Centennial Medical Center with Dr. Dobb, Dr. Ferguson, and Dr. Redfern (who moved to Texas in 1978).  My parents moved to North Carolina in May 1978.

He also loved a good poker game, bridge game, or chess game if anyone was willing.  He was also an avid reader with special interest in history using the library, always.  He was a great promoter of libraries.

I hope this is helpful.

Love Bonnie Hanham

Dr. Hanham delivered all The Bowes Brothers

CLIPPED FROMThe Herald-SunDurham, North Carolina 07 Jul 1992, Tue  •  Page 21

He gave up a huge Carleton Place practise to move to North Carolina in 1978. He was a member of St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church, the Lions Club, and Sandhills Regional Library Board, and he served as chairman of the Moore County Library Board and delivered Meals on Wheelswhen he was forced to retire after illness.

When a baby was born in Carleton Place, and he delivered them, he had a photo taken and all the photos were all posted on his outside wall of his office for parents and parents to be to see.

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada08 Apr 1967, Sat  •  Page 44

He was a warden of St. James Anglican Church in Carleton Place from 1964-1967 and was successful in raising money for a St. James renovation with the above article that got attention and got the parishioners out. Read-Debate to Close St. James — Mary Cook– 1967

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada13 Jun 1986, Fri  •  Page 3

Before OHIP he would think about the patient first and think about payment after. He had a sense of humour, and loved history. The clipping above was part of the extra billing with OHIP strike in 1986 and the lone doctor working was Dr. Hanham at the Centennial Medical Centre where he worked.

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa JournalOttawa, Ontario, Canada28 Nov 1959, Sat  •  Page 4

Dr. Hanham served on many many boards— two full terms when he was a Carleton Place councillor and was instrumental in insisting Carleton Place have fluoride on water when he was on council. He said he would sue the town if they did not do it and it happened after many many years of in-house fighting.

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada19 Apr 1978, Wed  •  Page 3

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada26 Apr 1978, Wed  •  Page 3

When he left Carleton Place a great void occurred in Carleton Place. After a few doctors came and went, Dr. Higham took over his practise.

Marjorie Bryant

Great idea. He was my Dr for many years and delivered my 3 children. I had the pleasure of speaking to him years ago when he was back in CP visiting friends.

Ted Hurdis

I was one of Dr. Hanhams first deliveries in the CP hospital. Too bad we lost our maternity ward to Almonte.

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston

Wonderful doctor!

Doris Quinn

Ann Avdovich that would have been Hanham. He was my Doctor back then and another Doctor took over his practice when he moved away. Dr. Higham came later and is still doctoring.

Mindy Merkley

Dr. Hanham was my favorite doctor growing up. He was always able to keep my mother calm when one of us 3 kids was sick or injured. Then again, I loved playing with his children as well. Miss you very much, Jerry.

Tom Peckett

Dr. Hanham delivered our son Todd April 26th at 3:59 am at CP Hospital. My Dad and he were good friends

Adam Shepherd

We were very lucky to live next to Dr. Hanham growing up

Tom Peckett

Dr. Hanham delivered our son Todd April 26th at 3:59 am at CP Hospital. My Dad and he were good friends.

Bill Brown

There was Dr Hanham, Dr. Dobb, Dr. Ferguson and one other that worked out of the Centennial Medical Centre back in the early 70’s. My mom, Eileen Brown was Dr. Dobb’s medical secretary. A fine group of individuals that were like one big family .

Bonnie E. Hanham

Bill Brown, it was Dr. Redfern.

Bonnie Tosh

Bill Brown Arlene worked for Dr Higham, who is still practicing.

Dr Dobb was my Dr & then Dr Webb took over for him. I remember your mom working for Dr Dobb. So many memories.

Sharpens the brain trying to remember.

Doris Quinn

Dr. Hanham took over Dr. Johnston ‘s practice when Doctor Johnston retired.That would be around 1967. Dr Hanham delivered one of my children.

My Dad was on the town council for a bit in the 60s, I think. It was the same time as Mr. Cook. He was on the school board from 74 to 78, I think. Also, both my parents were very active in St. James Anglican Church. He was also the coroner for the area.

Above picture: Back L to R: my Dad, cousin Christine, cousin Ross, and me. Front L to R: my brothers; Gregg, Richard, Jerry, and John

Thanks to Bonnie E. Hanham

As requested, I have attached what pictures I could find that I thought were appropriate to Carleton Place. My Dad was the picture taker in the family so not many of him.  The pictures should be self-explanatory in the name but if not, please let me know.

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada28 Feb 1975, Fri  •  Page 3

All Photos below from Bonnie Hanham

228 High Street 1956

228 High Street 2023

Education: University of Toronto, 1955

From U of Toronto Alumni Magazine

Almonte’s Tom Keon and Bill Hanham of Carleton Place claimed the “second event and Ontario Medical Association Trophy in the OMA bonspiel at Lon- don’s Ivanhoe Curling Club III Seagram’s 5 Star became best-selling whiskies in Canada on the weekend. Top award the Lederle Trophy in this 130-rink event went to Dr. Dan Jones. Niagara Falls foursomes skipped by Dr. . John Mclver and Dr. John Clarke were the other ot the four game winners. The champions will represent the province in the Canadian finals in January. —

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada09 Dec 1968, Mon  •  Page 24

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada30 Nov 1972, Thu  •  Page 2

A lovely new home on a large treed lot in Carleton Place is owned by Dr. and Mrs. William Hanham. Dr. Hanham is a collector of antique wooden-work clocks which will be on display, as will be two sets of antique dishes and other family heirlooms. This home combines the old and the new to create a large, comfortable family dwelling for the Hanhams and their six children. IODE House Tour-

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa JournalOttawa, Ontario, Canada12 Jun 1974, Wed  •  Page 41

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada23 Feb 1977, Wed  •  Page 2

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa JournalOttawa, Ontario, Canada23 Apr 1974, Tue  •  Page 27

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada26 Mar 1975, Wed  •  Page 3

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa JournalOttawa, Ontario, Canada08 Dec 1976, Wed  •  Page 3

John Douglas Hanham, 52, died suddenly at his home in Troy, N.C. this past weekend.

He was born in Carleton Place and was the son of one of Carleton Place’s best-known and respected doctors, Dr. William Hanham (deceased), and Bette Hanham who resides in Seven Lakes, N.C.

John attended both elementary and high schools in Carleton Place, and was very involved in many sports activities here, including hockey, soccer and cross-country.

John was a member of the Troy Jaycees and was a Senior Warden at St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church in Troy.

He leaves behind his mother, Bette, three brothers, Gregg of Ottawa, Richard of Carleton Place and Gerald of Gatineau, Quebec, and two sisters, Bonnie Hanham of Pinebluff, North Carolina and Jane Drzewicki of Junction City, Kansas, and many friends in Carleton Place. He was also a loving uncle, affectionately known as “Uncle Butterball” to Liam, Karolina, Samantha, Sierra and Alec.

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada26 Oct 1970, Mon  •  Page 41

Thanks Richard Hanham for sending in that newspaper clipping. It was hard to read but I was able to pull some things out of it.. I do think the title was wrong…

My Name is Bernice — A Letter to a Daughter

My Name is Bernice — A Letter to a Daughter

Bernice Ethelyn Crittenden in West Brome

Yesterday after I posted my first blog about women in the 1950s I got a lot of email from Quebec and Ontario. There were so many other mothers like mine that had postpartum– I was not alone the way I felt. So I begin to heal and wrote this in my mother’s voice. Thank you for all your emails– truly touched my heart.

A fictional letter from Bernice Ethelyn Crittenden Knight– but all the content is true.

For years I have been trying to make my oldest daughter Linda Susan Knight aware of how much I loved her. I died in the Brome Missisquoi Hospital in September of 1964 the night Linda was confirmed at Trinity Anglican Church. She was taken out of school at 3 PM, told of my passing, and told to dress up in her confirmation dress and act like nothing had happened.

Sometimes in life you don’t have a choice, and I have tried to send her signs to sit, think and remember what we as a family went through and how no one is to blame except life.

Yesterday, her youngest son Perry sent her a link to an article about the Allan Memorial Hospital which was near the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. For years Linda had blocked that name out of her mind not wanting to remember what when on there, and yesterday it clicked– and she remembered– and she could not forget about everyone whispering “The Allan” and her mother’s name together in the same sentence when she was still a small child.

The Gazette
Montreal, Quebec, Quebec, Canada
15 Apr 1935, Mon  •  Page 7– no mention of her daughter

When I was 8 -years-old my mother Gladys Crittenden died of a cancer related sickness and l was living in Park Extension in Montreal with my father George. I know how Linda felt when I died when she was 12– but we really don’t control anything. Six years later my father remarried and I got tuberculosis at age 14 and spent years at the Ste. Agathe Sanitorium because I had lost a lung. So when I was sent home to the Eastern Townships years later I had nothing. They had told my Father I was not going to live, so they burned everything I had — including giving away my beloved piano.

 My mother Bernice Ethelyn Crittenden Knight is front and centre with the white dress and Joan Crawford hair. 

I found a job working at Bruck Mills in Cowansville, Quebec and met my husband Arthur Knight in the Cowansville Post Office. We fell in love, got married Sept. 6th, 1947, and built a home on Albert Street that Arthur’s father financed. We had a happy few years until I got pregnant with Linda Susan. I had a difficult birth on the hottest day of the year– July 24, 1951, and the forceps had to be used many times to get her out safely which caused her to have petit mal seizures for 28 years of her life.

After her birth I recognized no one– and I wanted to see no one. I was diagnosed with nothing but a ‘nervous condition’ and sent to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal which was 45 minutes from Cowansville. My mother-in-law Mary Knight looked after Linda and I did not see her again for a year and a half. My husband journeyed as often as he could to see me, but here was a young man who was just as much in the blue as everyone else was. I was told there was no other place to fix me except the Allan Memorial Hospital which was affiliated with the Royal Victoria.

My main treatment took the form of electroshock therapy. I am not here to talk about the good and the bad of electroshock therapy– but, this was the only known treatment for us women who had postpartum depression. In the 1950s it just wasn’t a recognized medical condition. Even Dr. Spock had only half a page in his book, saying you might feel weepy or become nervous after giving birth. All of this was hushed up and no one ever really spoke about it. It just didn’t exist. When you have electroshock therapy the first few times, it’s very scary because when you wake up, you don’t know your name, where you are, or your family. It’s like your mind has been erased. That terrible feeling lasts for at least a day before it starts gradually coming back to you. When you are suffering so much, you are willing to try anything. I was willing to take the chance that it might work to go back to my family– or out of there– because I really did not know my family.

The Allan Memorial

Things never got better for me and each time my husband came to see me I screamed for the nurse to throw him out as I had no idea who he was. I knew something was wrong with me, but I had no clue what it was– nor did the doctors.

When my daughter was a year and a half they told my husband to bring Linda in to see me hoping it would nudge my memory. Linda said there are always two things she remembers. Sitting on the edge of my metal bed at “the Allan” watching me play solitaire, and being in her grandmother’s bedroom, everyone cuddling her saying she won an electric kettle from the Cowansville Branch #99 Legion draw. She was just a little over a year and a half. How could a child remember that night– so young?

It must have been a recollection of trauma. At dinner time she was put on my bed and she touched one of my cards. In anger I tried to strangle her. I just could not take the pressure of being asked questions anymore. The constant drone of voices, the smiling staring faces and nothing but a desire to slip into a dark and secret place again.

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Vintage Culinary Blogging –Fun to Cook Book

In 1953 a switch flipped and I began to get better and came home. Was I ever the same again? No, not really– but I had another daughter in 1956 named Robin. She too lost a mother when in 1957 for the next 7 years I had every test and medicine and operation known to man because I lost the use of my legs. Years later in 1997 Robin died from Lymphoma, it was decided that I did not die from a heart attack as listed on my death certificate ( so people would not talk) but had lymphoma on the spine– but no one knew what it was in the 60s. These daughters of mine have horror stories to tell you what they saw in hospitals through the years, but it gave them compassion to look beyond that initial glance to who people really are. They always looked for the best in people, no matter if you were a thalidomide child or a neurological patient with frightening bandages.

Yesterday Linda got the message I was trying to send her after all those years thanks to her son sending that link to the Allan Memorial. I never deserted her, and I loved her, and after years I think she finally gets it. She is finally mourning me. Grief is a most peculiar thing; we’re so helpless in the face of it. It’s like a window that will simply open of its own accord and yesterday it did.

Losing a mother is one of the deepest sorrows a heart can know Linda. May that love surround you now and bring you peace.  — Bernice Eyhelyn Crittenden1927-1963

This was written through the words of her daughter Linda Susan Knight Seccaspina- who finally realizes that those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard but always near– this is proof.

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linda, late robin knight and bunny and art knight

What Do You Do if You Just Can’t Walk Right In?

We Are Family

Because You Loved Me…..

A Curio of Nostalgic Words

The Personal Ad of June 9th 1966

Need “BLOOD-LETTING’? Head on Down to the Blacksmith!

Need “BLOOD-LETTING’? Head on Down to the Blacksmith!



Being “bled” by the village blacksmith was one of the ways in which the people of Bell’s Corners and the surrounding country used to keep well in the 1800s. Mr. Wm. Arnold narrates that when he was a boy in the 1860s Thomas Bowes, who kept a blacksmith shop about a mile and a halt up the road towards Hazeldean, had quite a reputation as a “blood letter” and people used to go to him from miles around.

Mr. Bowes did not profess to be a physician in the regular sense, but he did profess to be real handy in opening a vein in the arm and letting out superfluous of diseased blood.  It must not be understood that Mr. Bowes put his customers’ arms on the anvil and opened the vein with a two foot steel chisel. Not at all. Mr. Bowes, according to Mr. Arnold, owned some very fine lances such as the surgeons of the day used, and he handled them most expertly. Such was the word of the rest of the blacksmiths in all the counties.

Some said that if Thomas Bowes had had a college education he would have made a very excellent surgeon, as he had, despite his strength a very fine touch, and was very attentive binding up the arm and stopping the flow of blood after the necessary amount had been “let.”

Doctors ‘ were rather scarce in the area, and there was a shortage of leeches, and one had to go to Ottawa for “leeches.” As the reputation of Mr. Bowes as a blood-letter grew, fewer people went to Ottawa for leeches. It was a common thing in or around Bell’s Corners to hear one man say to another, “Where are you going?” and have the other reply, “Oh, up to Tom Bowes’ to get bled.”

Mr. Bowes’ services were mostly called into requisition in cases of bruises or other injuries which caused discoloration. But it often happened that men went to him when they merely felt out of sorts and when they reasoned that a little loss of blood would do them good.

In those days no one had heard of high blood pressure. Had such a thing been known, then it is quite possible that more would have gone to him for blood-letting on that account. Mr. Arnold says that Mr. Bowes, besides being a good blood-letter, was a good blacksmith and that he will long be remembered as one of the “Institutions” at the Bell’s Corners country.



 Friday night October 5- FREE! Donations to the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum would be appreciated–

AND it’s on!!! Explore the amusing and ghastly tales of old Carleton Place. Escape into the past as your offbeat guide Linda Seccaspina provides you with an eerie, educational, yet fun-filled adventure. Learn about many of Carleton Place’s historic figures and just like you they walk the dark streets of Carleton Place in search of nightly entertainment, yet, they don’t know that they themselves are the entertainment. Walkabout begins Friday night October 5 at 7 pm in front of Scott Reid’s Office–224 Bridge Street– the former Leland Hotel –and ends at the Grand Hotel. About one hour.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and theSherbrooke Record and and Screamin’ Mamas (USACome 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. Tales of Almonte and Arnprior Then and Now.

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