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CPHS High School Commencement 1956– Who Do You Know?

CPHS High School Commencement 1956– Who Do You Know?




Clipped from The Ottawa Journal03 Nov 1956, SatPage 48






Norma Neilson today


Thanks to Penny Trafford we have this update and found one of our CPHS graduates yesterday.. Norma Neilson–her Father owned the Lyme Kiln on Napoleon Street in Carleton Place-

Norma’s Mom Veva was an active Church member, loved her flower gardens and was well known around the Valley for her beautiful quilts. Veva won many ribbons in all the Fall Fairs around. The Neilsons owned the brick house next to Penny before Stewart Comba. Veva had her flower gardens on the lot that her house sits on before they moved up the street and she had about three lots along Elizabeth Street filled with flower beds, which all have houses on them now.

and if you graduated in 1956 chances are you danced to this..


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 and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)


1967 Carleton Place High School Grads.. Name them?

High School Confidential — More Vintage Shenanigans at Carleton Place High School

Reefer Madness at Carleton Place High School

Straight Outta Carleton Place High School–Cheerleaders and Things

Straight Outta Carleton Place High School–Prom Tickets

Straight Outta Carleton Place High School –Hurdis–isms

Doo Wah Diddy Diddy —The 1964 Royalty? Straight Outta Carleton Place High School

Who Were These CPHS Students? Straight Outta Carleton Place High School

Straight Outta Carleton Place High School — Wava McDaniel Baker

Straight Outta Carleton Place High –Teachers 1963

The Improved Stereo Remix of 1963 –Straight Outta Carleton Place High School

If You Ever Smoked in the Boys Room—– Straight Outta Carleton Place High School

1963 Rule of Thumb for a Strong Physique — Straight Outta Carleton Place High School

The History of Mom Dancing –Straight Outta Carleton Place High School

Dissecting a Rat- Straight Outta Carleton Place High School


Social News of the Lanarkites 1898

Social News of the Lanarkites 1898


Photo of Main Street Lanark Village–Perth Remembered



Almonte Gazette-June 3 1898— Lanark Village News

Miss Scott is visiting this week with friends in Perth.

Miss Blanche Dorway is home this week from Smith’s Falls.

The medicine company which had been giving free entertainments here last week has left for a new field of operation.

Mr. John Cooper spent a couple of days in Almonte this week examining some machinery in the interests of Boyd Caldwell & Co.

A party of Lanarkites drove to Carleton Place last week to attend the flower show there, and report having spent a’pleasant time.

A meeting of prohibitionists to organize for the plebiscite campaign will be held in the town hall here on Friday evening of this week at eight o’clock.

Mr. E. H. Hunt, optician, and Mr. Fred Lindsay, jeweller, have decided to make regular weekly trips to McDonald’s Corners, where they will be found every Wednesday.

Mr. W . C. Caldwell, M .P.P., attended a meeting of the Eastern Ontario Liberal Association at Ottawa this week, and was elected a member of the council of the association.

Mr. T. B. Caldwell leaves this week for a trip among the western wool markets. He will visit also various parts of British Columbia, returning by St. Paul and Chicago. Mrs. Caldwell will accompany him.

Mr. W . M. Connors’ brickyard is again in full operation, and everything bids fair for a most prosperous season. Experts consider that the material used in this yard is of the best in the Ottawa Valley.

On Dominion Day the Sons of Temperance will hold a mammoth picnic in Mr. T. B. Caldwell’s grounds on the Playfair road. The intention is to carry out the day in much the same manner as on June 22nd last year, and a most enjoyable holiday may be looked for. Full particulars at a later date.


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 and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)





Clipped from The Ottawa Journal21 Sep 1898, WedPage 2



Lanark Village January 6 1961

Zombies in Lanark Village? 1871

The Watts Bros Seed Company Lanark Village

*The Lanark Ginseng Company?

Village of Lanark Business Directory 1886– 1887


It’s the Middleville News

It’s the Middleville News


Middleville & District Museum— 1st Congregational Church

March 28 1898 – Roads were so bad on Sunday that neither Rev. Mr. Drysdale or Rev. Mr. McCall were able to get to their outside appointments..


June 03 1898

Dr. Klotz has gone to Toronto for a few days on business.

Miss Jennie McIntyre, of Darling, is visiting at Mr. A. R . M cIntyre’s at present.

Rev. J. S. Mcllraith, of Balderson, and Rev. W. S. Smith, of this place, exchanged pulpits on Sunday last.

A medicine company is holding meetings here every evening for a week in advertising their remedies.

Mrs. Phillip of Bennie’s Corners, who has been staying with her daughter, Mrs. A. E. Cunningham, left on Monday for Toronto’ to visit another daughter there.

The township council met on Saturday last and transacted a considerable amount of business but were too busy to consider ways and means of securing a. new town hall, which is urgently required, as the usefulness of the old one is almost gone.

A number of horses have been turned out by their owners to enjoy the sweet and verdant pasturage on the sides of the highways adjacent to our village to the annoyance of travellers and others. Murmurs of dissent are frequently heard, and if the owners do not act wisely they will be compelled to seek their property in the village pounds some of these days


Middleville & District Museum–James Penman Family, Evan, Tena, Ronnie, Rex

Cheese is being shipped weekly from this factory. Mr. Weeks, traveller for Crothers, of Kingston, was in town on Tuesday Mr. and Mrs. Jam es Watt, of Clayton, were visiting friends here last week. Miss Haight, principal of our school was visiting friends at Innisville lately.


Mr. John Mitchell has purchased a span of fine horses to replace the ones he sold.

Mr. and Miss McVeitty, of Oliver’s Ferry, were visiting Mr. and Mrs. Dobbie this week.

Mr. and Mrs. W . J , Rintoul, of Tatlock, were in our midst last week calling upon friends.

Mr. Joseph A. Watt, agent for the York County Loan and Savings Co., was in town on Tuesday.

The Misses Playfair, of Playfairville, were the guests , of Miss Jean Afiieck, of Plum Hollow last week.

Mrs. (Rev.) W . S. Smith is a t present in Centreville visiting among the friends of Mr. Smith’s late charge.Rev. W . S. Smith will preach preparatory sermons to the communion in Clayton and Rosebank churches on Friday next.


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 and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)


Hissing Steam, Parades and a 1930 Hearse–Pioneer Days Middleville

When History Comes to You–A Visit from Middleville

EARLY SETTLEMENT OF DALHOUSIE-Tina Penman, Middleville, Ont.

Visiting the Neighbours — Middleville Ontario and Down the 511

Kerr or Ennis? More about the Innisville Scoundrel

Kerr or Ennis? More about the Innisville Scoundrel

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Last week I posted a story about an Innisville man from the Perth Courier, August 11, 1882. The tale went that David “Kerr” had left his wife and Innisville for Australia, and today I find out he abandoned a young child too. He was indignant and wrote “a letter to the Perth Courier Editior” that being away from his wife for 18 years was not considered wrong. He signed it as “David Kerr”.

I tried to search for this man with the last name of “Kerr’ but nothing was coming up until I did some research about Innisville today and pulled up this.




Clipped from Jackson County Banner31 Aug 1882, ThuPage 7


So David Kerr was really David Ennis. Why did he change his name? I don’t know about you, but some folks change their name when they have been in trouble and don’t want the past following them. This story was printed in several American newspapers– about 15 to be exact, and some of the wording was odd in a few papers.

In some it was printed: “the woman remained true to her unworthy husband” and some left out the words “unworthy husband” all together. I guessed it depended how you felt about a woman waiting for her husband– or cared about women at all. The fact that his son was 17 when he came home appears that David left Innisville in 1864 knowing, or maybe not caring, that his wife was carrying his child.



Innisville at one time was called Ennisville but it was later changed to its present name as the mail used to get mixed up with Ennesfail.  A post office was opened in Innisville on June 6, 1851 with Michael Murphy as post master.  The mail left Carleton Place for Innisville every Friday morning.


Ennis—Died, at Innisville on Thursday, 22nd March, Mr. David Ennis 1894


Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

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


Related Reading

When Newspapers Gossiped–David Kerr Innisville

Slander You Say in Hopetown? Divorce in Rosetta?



Transport yourself back to a time when newspapers were chalked full of omissions, prejudices of the day and in many cases personal items gone wild.

Marriages were not very romanticized. Love actually played a very little role in the marriages. They were very different in reality as compared to the ones depicted in the novels of those times and matrimony was much needed for conveyance rather than companionship.

Husbands were supposed to take care of their wives and their fidelity didn’t matter while the wives on the other hand if caught cheating then were seen as disrespecting the care of their husbands and thus were a failure in fulfilling their duties towards their husbands.

Campbell vs. Campbell-Rosetta

Almonte Gazette--April 2 1897--We notice by the Toronto papers of Wednesday that in the case of Campbell vs. Campbell, an action for alimony, brought by Martha Campbell, of the township of Lanark, against her husband, Andrew Campbell, the Master in Chambers on Monday last made an order that the defendant pay the plaintiff the sum of $42 for arrears of interim alimony, $3 per week interim alimony until trial, and the sum of $44.50 as interim disbursements. We understand that this action will be tried at Perth on the 26th of this month. Mr. W. H . Stafford is acting for the plaintiff, and Messrs. Greig & Jamieson for the defendant.

Poor Martha Campbell of Rosetta. She was born in 1839 and was 58 years old when she was trying to get alimony from dear old Andrew. She had one child by the name of *Martha and their only child was married in 1903 and continued to live on the family farm with her mother. Martha died 6 years later in 1903 at the age 64 and was not buried with her husband but instead buried with her own family.


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Martha Forgie, wife of Andrew Campbell, born Jan 21, 1839, died Sept 20, 1903.  At Rest.-Auld Kirk

Denny vs. Taylor Hopetown

Almonte Gazette–April 30, 1897–The usually quiet and law-abiding people of this township seldom occupy the business of the law courts, but this week they contributed their full quota of business to keep His Lordship Justice MacMahon and the jurors busy at the Assize Court in Perth. Rosetta furnishes a suit for alimony —Campbell vs. Campbell; and in Hopetown a slander trial— Denny vs. Taylor—which create a considerable interest in this locality.

Much as I searched for the slander suit all I could find out was that one of the participants in the slander suit in Hopetown James Denny– actually the full name was Samuel James Denny and he was married to a Sarah James Boyd.



Perth Courier, September 21, 1894

To The People of Perth and Vicinity:

I hereby state that the report which is circulated upon Miss Katie McIntyre is entirely without foundation having been passed in a joke without any intention of slander by the undersigned.  John Fraser, Scotch Line


Perth Courier, Dec. 14, 1888

The News says:  Mrs. H. Emerson of Smith’s Falls has instituted an action for slander against Adam Halliston on account of some false statements which the lady alleges he made against her.  The trial will come off in the Spring.



*Mrs. Thos. Bolger -Martha Campbell

The death occurred suddenly on Tuesday evening, May 13, of Mrs. Thomas Bolger at her home here. She had been about her work as usual and her sudden passing was a great shock to everyone. She was formerly Martha Campbell, a daughter of the late Andrew Campbell and his wife, Martha Forgie. She was born at Rosetta sixty-three years ago and spent her early years there. On Feb. 3, 1904, she married Thomas Bolger and they settled on the farm where she has always resided. Mr. Bolger predeceased her four years ago.

Mrs. Bolger was very much devoted to her home and family and also took much interest in the affairs of the community and was ever ready and willing to help those in need. Her sudden passing is keenly felt. Her funeral was held on Thursday afternoon from her late home to Guthrie United Church and was largely attended. A very touching sermon was conducted by Rev. W. J. Scott. Interment was made in the United Cemetery. She is survived by four daughters and five sons, namely, Bevan of St. Catharines; Annie, Mrs. H. Paterson of Almonte; Willie at home; Herbert, of Almonte; Kenneth of St. Catharines; Pearl, Mrs. W. Pritchard of Brockville; Olive, Mrs. Melvin Foster of Lanark Township; Lena, Mrs. Thomas Benford of London, and Howard at home. There are also twelve grandchildren. The pallbearers were Messrs. Harry Richards, Ernie Munro, Grant Gunn, Leonard Fulton, Welland McMunn and George Bolger. Included in the many beautiful floral tributes was a wreath from McKinnon’s Industries at St. Catherines.



Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

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





Was the Kissing Bug Real?



The Barrie Hotel was constructed in 1843/44. The Hotel later became The Imperial Hotel on Wilson Street. Miss Fidler’s School was next door.  Photo courtesy the Perth Museum. Photo from —Perth Remembered


In 2015 I wrote a story about Daniel E. Sheppard  B.A. that left to practice law at Gananoque  and was bitten by a kissing bug


Perth Courier, April 16, 1897 

Among the visitors to Perth at the 12th July demonstration was Mrs. James Warrington, 11th Line Bathurst. When standing in front of Barrie’s Hotel looking at the procession, a bug alighted on her cheek and bit it.  She brushed it off and thought nothing of it at the time, but it was not long before the spot began to itch then to pain and swell.  Doctors were called in but the check swelled all the more with blood poisoning until the whole side of the face and nick was swollen in a terrible manner.  The doctors could not do anything and on Wednesday the unfortunate woman died.  Whether the venomous but was the creature that is called the “kissing bug” is not know but it looks like something is new in the pest line in the county.

During a short period in the summer of 1899 the kissing bug hysteria reigned in the U.S and by revisiting newspaper and magazine accounts of purported kissing bug bites from 1899, the researchers found that the bugs were blamed, often sight unseen, for a wide variety of bites (and symptoms). But while the “epidemic” may have been overblown, there’s something intriguing about this “outbreak.” The scientists say it’s possible that Chagas may be endemic to the U.S. after all—and this insight may help us better understand the current re-emergence of the disease.

Awareness of the mysterious epidemic began with an article in The Washington Post on June 20, 1899 (“Bite of a strange bug”), eventually resulting in more than 60 articles on the kissing bug epidemic across the country. Reports of the bites were concentrated in the Northeast, with a handful of cases in the Midwest and one each in California and Georgia.

The “kissing bug” was the mystery insect sensation of 1899. The epidemic began in June with reports from Washington DC and quickly spread up and down the eastern seaboard of the United States. The odd part was that nobody actually saw the insect, only experienced the painful bites which made the victim’s lips swell. There were many theories: the bug was a common bed bug, it was an assassin bug, it was a kind of super bed-bug, it was a sign of the impending Apocalypse. Amateur disease hunters captured all types of insects that they believed to be the kissing bug.  But by early August, the true origin of the kissing bug was “revealed.”

The original article suggested patients were affected by an “insidious insect that bites without causing pain and escapes unnoticed,” resulting in “the place where it has bitten [swelling] to 10 times its normal size.”

Though most of those bitten recovered without incident, several fatalities were reported, with one noting that the cause of death was the “sting of a kissing bug”—though it should be mentioned the bug was identified by neither the patient nor the coroner. Robert Bartholomew, author of Panic Attacks: The History of Mass Delusion, points out that this was the case for most reports of kissing bug bites and deaths: The bug itself was never seen.

As the epidemic progressed, the reports became more outrageous. One self-reported victim from Brooklyn said the bug had “a head like a rat and two long ‘fangs’”; a man from New Jersey claimed he was bitten by a bug almost 6 inches long—about six times longer than the average kissing bug. Another from Indiana said a kissing bug dove and attacked his big toe “as if he was boring for oil.”

The epidemic of kissing bug attacks may not have been entirely real, Howard wrote, but the epidemic of fear was—and he knew who was to blame: “This happened during one of the temporary periods when newspaper men are most actively engaged in hunting for items. There was a dearth of news. These swollen faces offered an opportunity for a good story, and thus began the ‘kissing-bug’ scare which has grown to such extraordinary proportions.”



The hotels of Perth began just prior to the Boer War, and were five: Barrie’s Hotel, Hicks House, Allen House, Revere House and Queen’s Hotel. They were all located in the business section of down town Perth and catered to a through trade from road, stage and travelling salesmen.


Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

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

Bitten by the Kissing Bug — A Shocking Conclusion to the Life of Carleton Place’s Daniel E. Sheppard

I Can Dream About You —Early Hotels of Perth