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Is this Ed Timmins from Highway 7?

Is this Ed Timmins from Highway 7?



Photos from the old Canadian files from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Orm Giles thinks it may be Ed Timmons who lived on the Timmons farm (hwy 7) where the berry farm is today . What can you tell me about these photos or the man himself.


Mike Closs said this is Eddie Mckittrick and his horse “Nook”. Eddie McKittrick, did have a palomino horse like that. He lived on the Rosetta road about 3 miles outside of Lanark. I think he passed away about 1978.


Kt Dale– I was thinking about Eddie the other day!! It would have been late 1980 when Eddie died. He used to pass by the house we lived in twice a day. One day he picked up myself and my little girl who was two at the time and she was born in Dec 1978. I always thought it would be nice to travel by horse and buggy.











Here She Comes Miss Eastern Ontario –Photos

Here She Comes Miss Eastern Ontario –Photos


Every time the end of October rolls around I think of Jeanette Gallipeau Boldt and her husband Kevin and how their lives ended way too soon when they had a tragic accident while fishing. Of course when I do research in St. James Anglican Church’s Cemetery I pay my respects too.  I will never forget her and wrote an hommage to her  in Last Night I Saw Someone I Loved at the Halloween Parade.

I stopped writing and even thinking about beauty pageants the day Jeanette Gallipeau Boldt died. For years I have carried around a yellowed newspaper picture of her in my address book and finally put it to rest in a photo album a few years ago. But today I am posting photos of Beauty Queens gone by. I am sure these women are still beauties in their own right.

As the newspaper clipping says above:

“Your memory will always last”


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  01 Mar 1965, Mon,  Page 17

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  25 Feb 1963, Mon,  Page 17

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  05 Mar 1973, Mon,  Page 43

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  18 Mar 1968, Mon,  Page 1

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  22 Feb 1960, Mon,  Page 30

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  27 Mar 1972, Mon,  Page 3



1977 Miss eastern Ontario

Miss Smiths Falls Delphine Graham in front of the Queen’s Hotel (Golden Nugget) late 70s

When was the first beauty pageant?
Entrepreneur Phineas Taylor Barnum staged the first modern American pageant in 1854, but his beauty contest was closed down after public protest. Beauty contests became more popular in the 1880s. In 1888, the title of ‘beauty queen’ was awarded to an 18-year-old Creole contestant at a pageant in Spa, Belgium.

Barnum’s beauty contest was protested widely, but Barnum wasn’t going to give up so easily. Instead of continuing to hold live pageants, Barnum advertised for women to submit daguerreotypes of themselves for judgement.

About 60 years after Barnum failed to have his live beauty contests take off, the modern American beauty pageant took off in earnest. The oh-so-eloquently named “Atlantic City’s Inter-City Beauty Contest” debuted in 1921 to attract more tourists to Atlantic City over the summer, and would later morph into the Miss America Pageant.

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.

Last Night I Saw Someone I Loved at the Halloween Parade

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“Dominique, nique, nique s’en allait tout simplement”–The Pembroke Grey Nuns



Here is another group of photos I rescued from an auction. I could not figure out which group of nuns the woman in the centre belonged to but, Lise from Peche & Poivres in Almonte said it was definitely the Grey Nuns. So after looking through the other 30 photos in the family collection I think I have found her. Mary Malvina Cahill (1892 – ) Sister Austin; in 1925 at age 33 Mary took her vows and joined Sisters of St. Joseph of Pembroke. from the Pembroke Grey Nuns. Photo- Linda Seccaspina’s Photo Collection (Griffin McManus family)

Last year the Grey Sisters marked their  90th year in Pembroke. The nursing and teaching order, the Grey Sisters of the Immaculate Conception established itself in Pembroke in 1926, taking charge of the Convent of Mary Immaculate, the Pembroke General Hospital (now the Pembroke Regional Hospital), the Continuation School in Eganville, St. Patrick’s Home in Ottawa and the General Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie. It later expanded into new areas, such as the Lorrain School of Nursing, Marianhill and Our Lady’s High School, now known as Bishop Smith Catholic High School.

The history of the Grey Sisters is as old as New France itself. It has its origins in the 1700s in the colony of Ville-Marie, located where present-day Montreal stands. This is the birthplace of Marie-Marguerite Dufrost de Lajemmerais, better known as Saint Marguerite d’Youville, who with three companions founded the order in 1737. This was then known as the Sisters of Charity of Montreal, the Grey Nuns.

In 1845, 26-year-old Elisabeth Bruyere, a member of those Grey Nuns, arrived in Bytown, later Ottawa, with five companions to found the Grey Nuns of the Cross, now known as the Sisters of Charity of Ottawa. The Pembroke community came from this Ottawa foundation nearly 100 years later as one of its members Sister St. Paul, convinced of God’s call to begin a Canadian community of English-speaking women who shared in Saint Marguerite’s charism, established the congregation with the steadfast support of Pembroke’s Bishop Thomas Ryan.


Photo courtesy Grey Sisters/Pembroke Daily Observer/Postmedia Network Pembroke Regional Hospital had its beginnings in 1878 with this building, located at what is now 557 Pembroke Street East. It was later relocated to an expanded location at 695 Mackay Street, then to its current site at 705 Mackay. The hospital was one of the institutions which was taken over by the Grey Sisters of the Immaculate Conception when they were founded in Pembroke in 1926.

She and 76 others thus founded the Grey Sisters of the Immaculate Conception in 1926.

Besides their duties in health and education in Pembroke, the Grey Sisters undertook service in many places throughout Canada and overseas, such as in China, Japan, the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic. For years, students and staff from the Catholic high schools in Pembroke and Renfrew have been participating in the Dominican Republic Experience, a yearly opportunity for them to experience the culture and the people while contributing to projects in that country. These days, the work of the Grey Sisters frequently involves partnering with others, supporting projects as volunteers, whether by serving on boards or by personal ministry, or providing financial assistance to enable work that us consistent with their charism and mission in the world.–By Stephen Uhler, The Daily Observer


Mary Malvina Cahill (1892 – ) Sister Austin; in 1925 at age 33 Mary took her vows and joined Sisters of St. Joseph of Pembroke.–Photo- Linda Seccaspina’s  Photo Collection-“Dominique with just one prayer–Made him hear the good Lord’s call”


Grey Sisters Cemetery
Pembroke–click here

Gravemarker Cemetery Album Effective – September 2006


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



Who’s that Girl and is she on Dead Fred?




Photo-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


A few months ago I  found this picture at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum. Curator Jennifer Fenwick Irwin debated whether it was iconic local author Mary Cook as she worked as a teenager for Asseslstine’s Drugstore where this was taken.

I emailed Mary and she confirmed it wasn’t her– but we both agreed it was one terrific picture. Remember the old drugstores? You used to walk in the door and you were family instantly.

In the 1930’s and 1940’s, it seemed there was a drugstore on nearly every corner. The drugstore was the place to be– to get your prescriptions filled, buy some penny candy or a magazine. But remember the days of cash prizes to druggists who had the best window displays of the pharmaceutical companies product. You could get your photographs developed and whatever you needed, they had it! In those days, druggists weren’t mere pill pushers as there weren’t many effective drugs, and those that existed were often mixed right in the store. It has been told to me that making pills was considered somewhat of an art. Change was accelerated in the 1940’s, hurried along by Government aid, particularly with the development of powerful new antibiotics to help the servicemen in World War II.

Indeed, powerful social and economic forces are reshaping the practice of community pharmacy now. The increasing concentration of drugstores in suburban shopping malls and the rapid proliferation of chain stores are both working to undermine the small local pharmacist. Competition from doctors who are dispensing drugs themselves is hurting as well. And the growing efforts by government, employers and the public to reduce the cost of health care have had considerable impact. Some consumers are even filling prescriptions by mail.

So now time has stood still for this photograph of a lovely woman filling a prescription at Asselstine’s. Oh, if I could only go back and find out who she was.

Did you know there was a site called Dead Fred with lots of old photos people have submitted and some of your people might be on it. Who knew– but sad to say there is no one there with my last name:) CLICK HERE for DeadFred.com


We found out who the woman was — it was Betty Findlay

Want to see more? 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

Who was the “Drugstore Woman” in Asselstine’s Rexall?

I Will Take Some Opium to Go Please —The “Drug Dispensary” at the Chatterton House Hotel