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Memories of Dr. A. A. Metcalfe of Almonte– Florence Watt

Memories of Dr. A. A. Metcalfe of Almonte– Florence Watt



Photo of my Curiosity Box made by Dave Goodings with Dr. A. A. Metcalfe in the photo

The Old Country Doctor. A tribute to the late Dr. A. A. Metcalfe

Years have passed since those old days,

And I think I can see him yet,

The Country Doctor, coming along,

Our worries and troubles, we’d soon forget.

When sickness came into our home

We tried every remedy that we knew

When all things seemed to fail,

We’d call our doctor, and he’d come through.

Snow-filled roads or sleet and rain

Our good old doctor always came,

His step at the door, and a shake of the hand

Was always welcome, for he’d understand.

His horse was put in the stable and fed,

And doctor was ready, with his patient in bed,

The temperature he’d take, and a look at the tongue

And then his medical work was begun.

The concern was seen in his keen old eyes,

But the sick little patient got no surprise

For he was as kind as he could be

And they soon felt better when him they’d see.

When a new baby was on its way,

He’d settle down, prepared to stay.

Till the new-comer arrived, and all was done,

Pleased that it was over, he’d head for home.

He was our doctor for forty years,

Always sharing our joys and tears,

A friend on whom we could depend

Down through the years, to the very end.

We missed him so when he passed away

One cold and stormy winter’s day.

But a just reward will surely come

For the good deeds that he has done.

MRS. FLORENCE WATT, Almonte , Ontario



Photo of my Curiosity Box made by Dave Goodings


Deb Bogaerts My parents took me to Dr. Metcalfe when I was 5 (1960-ish). He made up a prescription for my eczema and it helped so much. If I remember correctly, he used quite a bit of native american medicines.

I still have the prescription. It was horrible stuff with tar in it – it burned. One parent would put it on and the other would hold the fan on me. It did a great job and really the only thing that ever worked but I never want to go through that again.


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  12 Apr 1952, Sat,  Page 12


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  09 Jan 1907, Wed,  Page 7


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 andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)


The Old Saw Mill Poem – Lanark County

Remembering Pakenham 1976- Do You Remember These Places

Turkeys Teamsters and Pakenham Poets

Genealogist Christmas Poem



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Meet a Local Poet – Carol A. Stephen



Carol A. Stephen is a Canadian poet, a Carleton Place resident since 1997. She’s a board member for Arts Carleton Place.  Her poetry has appeared in Bywords Quarterly Journal and Tree Press/phaphours press collaborative chapbooks. Carol’s poems have been published on-line at The Light Ekphrastic and on Silver Birch Press. In 2012 she won 3rd place in Canadian Authors Association National Capital Writing Contest and in 2013, was a co-director at Tree Reading Series Ottawa. Carol is a poetry selector at Bywords. She’s authored three chapbooks, Above the Hum of Yellow Jackets (2011), Architectural Variations(2012) and Ink Dogs in my Shoes (Dec. 2014)  Blog: http://www.quillfyre.wordpress.com

Carol A. Stephen

Author: Above the Hum of Yellow Jackets (2011)
Architectural Variations (2012)

Ink Dogs in my Shoes (Dec. 2014)


Remember Saturday is Authors for Indies Day
Let’s do something wonderful together on Saturday, May 2. It’s called Authors for Indies Day. That’s when authors across Canada support independent bookstores by volunteering as guest book sellers.

Independent bookstores enrich our communities. They provide gathering places for discovering new authors, sharing favourite books, and expanding our horizons. Store managers are thoughtful curators, bringing in books they know customers will love. Our neighbourhoods would be much diminished without our local bookstores.

So come out to Read’s Book Store and meet a local author or two. Bring the family. Chat with us, reader to reader, about the books and authors you love and we’ll tell you about the ones we love. Most of all, come and get to know your local bookstore.

Reads Book Shop and Coffee Bar

135 Bridge St
Carleton Place, ON K7C 2V6