Years ago in the late 1990s I used to do craft shows at the McDonalds Corners Agricultural Hall and I never wanted to come home. I loved the women that volunteered there and I was always met with huge hugs. Even though what I sold was a bit odd for the area ( girls hair clips and accessories in ‘out there’ styles) I was welcomed like I had lived there for years. It reminded me of home and family when I was growing up as a child. I never ever forgot McDonald’s Corners and never will.
It was with great humour that I found this personal ad above from 1909. Something went missin’ from the oven’ as they say and the ‘chickens were squawking’. Now there was one main McDougall in the village so it had to be the daughters of John McDougall. He actually had 6 daughters and 3 sons.
So who started the story about the McDougall sisters? It was also nice for everyone to take their word for it. Did they ever find the fancy work? No, because what happens in Maberly stays in Maberly as they say.
McDonalds Corners Agricultural Hall
Aunt Susan’s Visit was the beginning before Marching with Aunt Susan. An inspiring story of the fight for women’s suffrage, based on the experiences of a real girl.
The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 22- Code Family–Field Day at “The Hill” (McDonald’s Corners)
A STORY OF THE GREAT WAR
The Scott Family of McDonald Corners
During the ‘Great War’ of 1914-1918, in which more than 60,000 Canadians were killed
and 172,000 wounded, nearly every family in the nation paid a price in blood, and some families
paid many times over. The Wood family of Winnipeg saw five sons killed and two more wounded.
The McDiarminds of Toronto lost three of their four boys. The West family of Kingslake, Ontario,
had three sons killed, two of them on the same day.
When the butcher’s bill for the James G. Scott family of McDonald’s Corners, Lanark County, Ontario, was reckoned, it counted, within a– read more click here
#11 Deachman’s Bridge, Lanark
How to Get There: Go to Lanark Village on Highway 511. In the middle of the village on the
main street (George), turn east on Owen and then onto Rosetta Road. Observation Point: The bridge is over the Clyde River, just out of the village.
Watch For: Swallows under the bridge, various water birds and black terns upriver. Continue on Rosetta Road for good open rural birding.
Seasonal Information: May to October is best at the bridge. All seasons for open rural areas. for more click here..
That bridge flooded every year until late into the 1970s. The ditches would fill with water to the dump corner. The road always closed for at least 2 weeks every spring.
Even till this day sometimes the bridge still floods in the spring and my in-laws Joan and Ernie McDougall have to cross Caldwell’s fields to get out. They live on Herrans Lane right at the bridge
Spent a lot of time fishing at that bridge.
My kids caught alot of fish off that bridge!
As a boy, I fished off that bridge many times with my Dad, brothers and friends. It was the place to go!
i fished off that bridge alot of times fishing bull heads
Fond memories of fishing as a child there, with my dad and brother, uncles
Apparently my name is carved into the top rail of this bridge. I still remember the talking to I got from my dad, because it was his knife I was using. This would have been about 1971. Ernie and Pete Hall and me spent months at this bridge fishing.
Ken Barr only one place. Lol. We tried carving our name many places on the bridge
Spent many an hour fishing off that bridge.
I spent half my life in that bridge
each year a Mother turtle lays her eggs here. Unfortunately some creatures show up in the evening for a feast on the aforementioned eggs. Hopefully one or two hatch, but she lays about 30 eggs each time. Walked there today but no indication that she has been there yet.
As a young lad dad would take us out to deachmans bridge we all caught our first here
Something we did in the house that I think is pretty cool…we didn’t want to ruin the trim work on the stairs which would of been so much work when it was done, so we knocked all the plaster off of and out from between the lathe, I sanded it and stained it and then clear coated it- it was original hand split lathe, I can’t imagine the work that went into doing the entire house! So we opted to keep this little bit of history and show case it in the house.
When we pulled up SEVEN layers of flooring, they were levelled with newspapers, some of which was stuck to the original floor…and I couldn’t imagine sanding it off, so we left it and sealed it into the finish.None of the floors are level of smooth in the sense that they have wear marks from decades of walking on them, and I thought it was amazing to see. Same with the stairs. Wes’s dad , Bert actually attended Sunday school in the house at one point I think he said. And in the pile of cans and bottles there is some definite religious colouring books that back that up.
Super modern houses are nice too- but who am I to erase all that history? I just love that our house had a story before we ever were born, and now our family will add ours.
31 Jan 1974-
Vandalism is probably no worse or no better in Carleton Place than in any other Ontario town with a population of 5000 many of whom are barely into their teen years. It is this age group, according to police, which is causing most of the town’s vandalism. Town officials have singled out four areas that are especially prone to vandalism. The headache for town foreman Keith Macintosh, besides the street signs, is the problem of marking fire hydrants fur easy identification in high snowbanks. As fast as fluorescent markers are put up. they are stolen. “‘We spend hours searching out hydrants wich have lost their signs and replacing them.” Mr. Macintosh said. Me thinks the heaviness of the markers rule out blaming of children.”
Apart from the cost in man-hours, there is a real danger to the community . The community centre has long been a favourite target for vandals however, past chairman Dave Kirkpatrick said he thinks the situation has improved over last year. Rest room walls have had to be painted several times to block out obscenities, and he revealed the girls washroom received much more abuse than docs the boys. “The only thing which will cover the magic marker writing is paint” he said.
Another favourite community centre target has been the outside furnace grating which so far this year has been replaced three times. The post office has always held special attraction for vandals, and this year the department of public works reached the end of its patience, and is now in the process of installing heavy institutional type link fence around all grass areas. Since the post office was built 10 years ago vandals have torn off the metal letters from the building, ripped out cement benches, tied a horse to a newly-planted tree, buried a car up to its axles in fresh turf, littered the grass with broken bottles and garbage, dismantled a brick mill, and used the lawns to walk dogs.
A post office employee said the department of public works had no alternative but to fence in the grass areas in an effort to cut down on the property abuse. In the meantime, town police continue to try to catch the culprits, but few charges have been laid. One policeman said “We always seem to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.” However Mayor Eldon Henderson said town vandalism has to stop. He is going to insist on more rigid control of town Bylaws as loitering is concerned, and he is going to ask that town police concentrate their patrolling in the trouble spots of the town. That theory doesn’t always work. Several weeks ago three youths attacked the police cruiser while it was parked in front of the police station, tore the signal dome from the roof, and ripped out both headlights. They were caught but the action proves that vandals aren’t choosy in Carleton Place when they are seeking out a target.
I don’t know what is up sometimes in Carleton Place. We protested strippers for a week at the Mississippi Hotel and then we protested Ed Fleming opening up the first funeral parlour on Lake Ave West. I had no idea we protested the opening up of Lanark Interval House too.
“The neighbors of the prospective tenants want no part of the project. Many fear that violence could erupt at any time between those in residence and those from whom they are trying to escape. Some residents also said that the real estate value of their property would take a drop when prospective buyers found out that “this kind of an institution is in their midst.” Right in the middle of the controversy is Councillor Trudi Dickie. Not only is she an elected representative of the people of the area, she lives a couple of doors from the house in question. “Frankly, if it meets all the requirements, and I understand one issue was the lack of a fire escape which is now being planned, there is little I can do to prevent it’s locating on Mary Street.” I sympathize with the organizers of the house, but I also can understand the residents of the area who are concerned about the unknown. However, I feel the place should be given a chance to prove itself. If it doesn’t measure up at the end of a year, I will be screaming right along with the rest of them,” she said.
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Photo of James Archibald Wylie – Photo of Lt JA Wylie from the Bank of Montreal Roll of Honour published after WWI. Submitted by BGen G Young 15th Battalion Mememorial Project. Dileas Gu Brath
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.
Kingdon Mines (Lead) at Fitzroy [Harbour, Ont.] near Arnprior. ca. 1910
Up river from Fitzroy Harbor and near Galetta, a lead mine, known as Kingdon Mines, produced high quality lead for some time, but was flooded when Chat. Falls dam was built. The entrance tunnels and pits are all flooded by the swamp nearby.
To see what is left of Kingdon Mines head on down to the video below.
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Looking for the Artist of this Carleton Place Painting-The Lime Kiln
On Friday December 4, 1891 a shanty man was caught on train going north through Almonte. He caught the eye of Conductor Reynolds and realizing he was going to be out on his ear he attempted to have his lunch early. The shanty man decided to bite Mr. Reynolds thumb off and refused to leave the train car. Mr. Reynolds was heard using language that this paper cannot repeat and the man found his way down the stairs to the outdoors to find his own transportation.
When Cell Phones Were Needed
On the 13th of December 1897 a big scare was created in town at midnight with the vigorous ringing of the Almonte fire alarm bell. When the local citizens rushed to the fire station asking where the fire was they were told a couple of skaters had been drowned up the river. Meantime, the relatives got very anxious, felt sure an accident had befallen the absent ones, and began to talk of arranging a search party when the thoughtless young men rang the alarm in older to rouse a crowd and arrange to search for the bodies!
The action of those who rang the alarm were condemned on all sides as an unwarranted proceeding under the circumstances. Had Mr. Tosh, the caretaker, not been ill in bed he would not have allowed it. The facts are that a couple of the young folks were skating on the river, and, the afternoon being fine and the ice good, they glided along till Appleton was reached; then went to Carleton Place and, being too late for the evening train, came home on the Winnipeg Express.
November 21, 1873 – On Wednesday a fine young lad, a son of Oliver Jackson, a painter in the employ of James Kearnes of Glen Tay, was drowned while skating on the Tay at the village. The body was recovered the next day.
On Saturday last Mr. R.L. Bond made himself useful in town as a fire extinguisher. At seven o’clock in the morning he was called across to the town hall and found a blaze beneath the floor of the council chamber in the same spot as threatened to destroy the hall by fire on a previous occasion.
It caught from the pipe leading· from the furnace and had made some headway before the floor was torn up and the fire extinguished without difficulty. The town property committee have taken action to prevent a repetition of the occurrence, which, had it taken place at night, might have. caused the destruction of the hall.
On Friday last Greg McUnton was brought before Squire Smith charged with committing a petty trespass upon the property of Ellen McCarthy. It seems Mr. McCarthy left for Uncle Sam’s domain and before departing leased the land in question to McUnton for a
period of three years. Trial evidence ,brought out the fact that McCarthy had, with
her four little children been left penniless arid with no means whatever of earning a living.
At the urging of McCarthy’s lawyer, McUnton agreed to throw up the lease saying had he known the facts of the case he never would have leased the land, as he had no desire to do anything unkind towards Mrs. McCarthy and her children.
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
Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun Screamin’ Mamas (USA) and The Sherbrooke Record