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What Happened to the Riddell/ Montgomery Doors? Three years later…  Sherri Iona (Lashley)

What Happened to the Riddell/ Montgomery Doors? Three years later…  Sherri Iona (Lashley)

In 2017 I did a blog about: Riddell— H B Montgomery House History For Sale

Joyce Murray called me to say she had the doors from the Montgomery house and they are changing everything in the home.

Joyce has two group of doors. One with glass and the other original wooden doors.. Check listing below. Some of my house comes from other homes in Carleton Place so I feel that I need to share this so we can keep it close. Just the way I think:)

Then two days ago Sherri Iona sent me this.

Evening Linda,

My Kindred Spirit first cousin Sonya (Blackburn) Spurway posted two related stories today, which says I could share with you. The first “I would like to share a photo with you from my childhood. This is one of my favourites. It is my mom with Kent, my older brother, Sherri my kindred spirit and special cousin, me and my cousin David. We are all sitting on the front veranda of my Nanna and Poppa’s beautiful home in Carleton Place. Do you notice the from door behind us with the stained glass? There were two huge solid oak doors with stained glass in them…….to be continued! ”

For all those that don’t know this is HB Montgomery former home on Townline and Bridge Street ( red brick one across from the stone Gillies home)

Photo by Sherri Iona (Lashley)

My Aunt is Iola Montgomery Blackburn. L-R Kent Blackburn, me Sherri Lashley (now Sauvé), Sonya and my brother Dave Lashley

Before-In 2017 I did a blog about: Riddell— H B Montgomery House History For Sale

Photo from Sherri Iona (Lashley)


Part 2

“Well continuing my story …. Shaylan my daughter was doing what she does best, finding the most unique gift for me. She was lucky enough to find an antique store ( Murray’s) in Carleton Place that had bought these doors from the new owner during renovations he was doing to the home. She and her husband Brian brought them to me as a very beautiful Christmas surprise. ( about 3 years ago). Well I would like now to share one of the the finished projects resulting from the doors. The stained glass from the two doors had broken pieces in both, but a local artisan was able to use the good pieces and create the most beautiful stained glass window hanger!!!” Note I saw these doors for sale on Tales of Carleton Place and told Shaylan, Sonya’s daughter, who made arrangements to get them.

With Stetson. Looks small. He had many over the years. Photo by Sherri Iona (Lashley)

#supportlocal-So give Joyce a call or hop on down to Murray’s Furniture & Flea Market–for some interesting things.

525 High StreetCarleton Place, Ontario Call (613) 253-1804

Extra reading

see Reusing the Past of Carleton Place — The Morphy’s and the McCann’s)

Riddell— H B Montgomery House History For Sale

H B Montgomery Auctioneer

Buttons and Quilts by Sherri Iona (Lashley)

The Mysterious Riddell— H B Montgomery House

In Memory of H B Montgomery

 Glory Days in Carleton Place-Sherri Iona (Lashley)

Documenting Sugar Camps — Birch Point — Wally Burns

Documenting Sugar Camps — Birch Point — Wally Burns
Wally Burns
March 12 at 11:21 AM  · 

This was our sugar camp when I was growing up-they were a good team. One was Queenie but I can’t remember the name of the other

Our farm was corner of High st and Town Line.The maple bush was across the highway on the lake. Think they call it Birch point. We had a 1/4 mike of lake frontage and rented lots where people now have homes and cabins.

John Poole– I own this property now. The remnants of the old sugar camp are still there. Timmy told me that years ago some kids from town came out and burnt it down. I’ll go for a walk this weekend and get an updated picture.

John Poole thank you. That would be great. Huge memories for me. I remember the day it burned down. We had just come home from church and saw the smoke.Kids playing with matches

Sherri Iona just posted this picture
This was my dad’s sugar bush on Hwy 7 near our farm over looking the Mississippi at Montgomery shores. It burned at some point too and the trees were gone. It’s a car repair place I think now, across from a B&B.

Sherri Iona–Ours was across the 7 from our farm (Orme’s bought it). There is a vehicle repair there now I think. All the great maples are gone. There is a picture of the sugar shack and bush in Wheeler’s museum.

John Poole:-Sherri Iona I own that farm as well. The large old growth maple was mostly harvested long before my time. I run my towing business out of there and farm the land.

Dave LashleyWally Burns the bush was right across from Clarke Greers. Our farm was just to the east off highway 7. The bush was at the northwest part of our farm. The farm was owned by Stan Tackaberry before my Dad, Don Lashley, and Grandfather Burnett Montgomery bought it in 1954. I remember sugaring in the bush with my Dad and grandparents in the 50s. I remember your farm and Birch Point and us hanging out once in awhile. My Dad started the Montgomery Shore cottage lots with 8 lots and the extension of the concession road to the lake. When we sold as Sherri Iona said my grandfather sold the rest of the shore lots west of the original 8. Our cottage built in the early 60s is still there albeit a bit different today.

Historical Photos of sugar making

Stuart McIntosh outside Almonte still uses this.

The G.H. Grimm Company was one of the largest and most influential maple sugar evaporator companies of the late 19th and  all of the 20th centuries. The company began with Gustav Henry Grimm who was born in Baden, Germany in 1850. He came to new world in 1864 with his parents, settling in Cleveland, Ohio. A few years later as a young man, around 1870 Grimm moved to Hudson, Ohio with his new wife.  Grimm came from a family of tin workers, with the 1870 and 1880 census for the Cleveland area showing a number of other Grimms who immigrated from Germany to Ohio also listed as tin workers. Read more here..

Lanark County..
Elaine Playfair’s album thanks to Laurie Yuill Middleville area
Bert Hazelwood Rae side Road ( Rock n Horse Farm)
Joel Barter photo

Sometimes I’m asked if I don’t miss sugaring and I always say “Yes, for about two days. Then I remember what hard work it was, how it felt after a day gathering to come home and have to milk cows, and I get over it!” This was our Sugarhouse with Prince and Nellie. Brent McC
In front left to right Louise Campbell, Stella Campbell Halladay, back row unknown unknown Lena Campbell at sugar shack.
Houses today-This is an Old Sugar Shack located on the Watt property, lot 21, concession 9, Lanark Township.

It is no longer used and it is unknown when it was erected.
Half a mile south up the road from Ferguson Falls.. Memories of McEwens?

A few Memories of Maple Syrup

Sticky and Sweet in Lanark County

So What Did you Eat with Maple Syrup? Pickles?

Cooking with Findlay’s — Christine Armstrong’s Inheritance and Maple Syrup Recipe

Life in the Sugar Bush in the 1800s

Granny’s Maple Fudge —Lanark County Recipes

Life in the Sugar Bush in the 1800s

What You Might Not Know About The Maples

That Smell Of The Lanark County SAP Being Processed — Noreen Tyers

Sticky Fingers – With Apologies to Edward Gorey –Wheeler’s Pancake House

This Week’s Updates to Stories

This Week’s Updates to Stories


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Looking for Information– Nichols Family History


Hi Linda,

Thank you so much for posting the information about the Abner Nichols and Family. Looking for Information– Nichols Family History

I am thrilled with what you have found so quickly and I know my Dad will be too!

The story about the boat not starting and trying all day… my Dad had actually told me about that and laughs when he tells it.

My quest for information is off to a great start!



Have you read the boat story? An Amusing Abner Nichols and His Boat




Riddell— H B Montgomery House History For Sale

Everyone will be happy to know the doors are sold, and although I can’t tell you who bought them until after Christmas, as they are a gift, you will be pleased to know they went to the perfect home and family.  I could not have picked better folks and they will be loved.–Riddell— H B Montgomery House History For Sale


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.


More About Bridge Street from Petra Graber– AND –UPDATES UPDATES

221 Facebook Shares!! Memories of Almonte update– Don Andrews and Mrs. Scholar

Searching for Elizabeth Cram–Updates on Andrew Waugh

Update on the Time Capsule in Springside Hall

NO Questions Asked? The Ballygiblin Sign Update

Update on Miss Powell from CPHS- John Edwards

Update on The Manse in Beckwith




Join us and learn about the history under your feet! This year’s St. James Cemetery Walk will take place Thursday October 19th and october 21– Museum Curator Jennfer Irwin will lead you through the gravestones and introduce you to some of our most memorable lost souls!
Be ready for a few surprises along the way….
This walk takes place in the dark on uneven ground. Please wear proper footwear and bring a small flashlight if you like.
Tickets available at the Museum, 267 Edmund Street. Two dates!!!

OCT 28th
Downtown Carleton Place Halloween Trick or Treat Day–https://www.facebook.com/events/489742168060479/

Here we go Carleton Place– Mark Your Calendars–

October 28th The Occomores Valley Grante and Tile Event–730pm-1am Carleton Place arena-Stop by and pick up your tickets for our fundraiser dance for LAWS. They also have tickets for Hometown Hearts event at the Grand Hotel fundraiser

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Anne Does Green Gables – 90210 Reject? – Zoomers


Anne Does Green Gables – 90210 Reject? – Zoomers.


Well now they’ve done it now! There are things you just don’t mess around with in Canada. Hockey, Poutine and Anne of Green Gables. The publisher of my book, CreateSpace (Amazon)decided to portray a new version of Anne of Green Gables that looks similar to the cast of  The Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars. Slim-fitting plaid shirt with surfer blonde hair and a ‘come hither ‘ look did not impress the Canadian readers of the beloved series. Scathing comments hit the internet like a communicable disease: