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Hazel Wylie and Memories of Pierre Elliott Trudeau

Hazel Wylie and Memories of Pierre Elliott Trudeau

23414575_10155373820516032_1289277817_n.jpgThanks to Beverley J Wylie  for sending this in and we now have a permanent documentation for all to see through the years.




WYLIE, Hazel May

http://www.barkerfh.com–Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Dec. 21, 2013

Served in WWII – RAF and RCAF

Peacefully in Carleton Place, Ontario on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 in her 90th year. Predeceased by her husband William. Dear mother of William Douglas (Beverley) of Chilliwack, BC, Bruce CD (Betty Anne) of Carleton Place, John Henry (Carole deceased) of Vankleek Hill, ON and Robert James (William) of Sidney, BC. She will be missed by her 8 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren and her sister-in-law Julie. Survived by several nieces and nephews living in England and Monaco. Predeceased by her brother Douglas. Friends may call at the Alan R. Barker Funeral Home, 19 McArthur Avenue, Carleton Place on Monday, December 23 from 12 noon until funeral service in the chapel at 2 p.m. with Rev. Fr. David Andrew officiating. Spring Interment St. James Cemetery. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 192 will assemble at the funeral home at 1:30 p.m. 

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  02 Sep 1971, Thu,  Page 4


Debbie Roy said– When I was 7 years old, my parents enrolled me in Hazel’s pony club. I would take my shetland pony, Stormy, out to home (just off of Highway 7) once a week for riding lessons. I have great memories of this.

Valerie Edwards said: Hi, Debbie, yes, still have 1 of the ribbons & I think a sweater patch. Remember Big Sue– one of the horses?



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  31 Jan 1968, Wed,  Page 12



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)


Carleton Place Boy Brings Down 10th Hun Plane — Daniel Galbraith 1917

Susie’s Kitchen Band– Names Names Names

Heh Miss Wilsonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn! Carleton Place Heroe



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Remembrance Day 1970s Legion Branch 192

Remembrance Day 1970s  Legion Branch 192

Please play while you look at photos… and remember those we have lost

Photos from the Carleton Place Canadian files circa 1970- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum- Branch 192 Carleton Place














Marie Flynn



From Llew Lloyd



Here’s a photo of the scroll the Town of Carleton presented to the men who made it back home from the horror of the First World War ( Grandpa Prime ).
And here’s a pic of Bonnie’s granddad’s discharge papers .
Photo Linda Seccaspina
Image may contain: one or more people, tree, crowd, sky, outdoor and nature
Branch 192 2014- Joann Voyce

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)




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To Bernie and the Vets


November 11th, 2010

The above photo card was a friend of my grandfather’s whose name was Bernie. He had no family and was a great companion to Grampy Knight until he died in the trenches in WWI. Grampy always told me if anything happened to him to look after Bernie’s picture so someone would always remember. I still have it today.

When the sun rises today in Canada it becomes the 100th Anniversary of Vimy Ridge. Today should be nothing short of a day of respect for the men and women that have and continue to fight for our countries.



Carleton Place Remembrance Day parade photo that hangs in the lobby of the old Mississippi Hotel


As a child my father and grandfather would don their dress overcoats, berets, their war medals and proudly march with their fellow war heroes behind the flag bearer of The Cowansville Canadian Legion Branch Number 99 on November 11th. The photo of Bernie was always kept in a business envelope in my Grandfather’s upper right pocket.

Grampy Knight had fought with the British Army in WWI in France and had been one of the first soldiers to be poisoned with mustard gas in the trenches. My father had participated in WWII with the Canadian Army and his greatest disappointment was that I never followed suit.

As a child I would always march in the Remembrance Day parade with the Brownies and then later the Girl Guides. We would stand on the frozen front lawn of Cowansville High School and listen to speeches and see the widows place their wreaths on the cenotaph.

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Branch 99 of the Cowansville Legion that my Dad and grandfather marched in year-Photo from Ville de Cowansville

At 11 am the lonely sound of the “Last Post” played with the mandatory two minute silence following. It was always so deathly quiet you could hear the ghosts of the dead soldiers whisper.  In the previous weeks the Legion members would sell poppy badges that everyone still wears in Canada to remember all those who were lost in the wars.


Photos of a collection photos of my grandfather and friends from WWI – Cowansville, Quebec newspaper with my Grandfather F.J. Knight in the middle. (2001)

Each November 11th we would stand and solemnly recite the poem “In Flanders Fields” and I remember it like yesterday.  The poem was written by Canadian John McCrae and my grandfather had met him during the war and the poem was written upon a scrap of paper on the back of Colonel Lawrence Cosgrave in the trenches. He wrote it during a lull in the bombings on May 3, 1915, after he witnessed the death of his friend, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, the day before.

It was first published on December 8, 1915 in Punch magazine, in London, England and became a poem that is has always been related to war heroes like Bernie. 
If anyone after reading this poem does not understand what our military goes through everyday, then please watch the video. Even though some of my memory blows through the wind now, I can still remember every word of that poem by heart. I remember them for Bernie.

Now today we remember The Battle of Vimy Ridge– one hundred years ago.


I am proud to say that my Grandfather Frederick J. Knight was one of the founding members of Branch 99 of the Canadian Legion in Cowansville, Quebec.

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

Images of Remembrance in Carleton Place


Yesterday I read an article about the 11 Canadian War Heroes we Canadians should never forget and was gobsmacked at the omission of John McCrea. So because he should never be forgotten I have taken some pictures of our local Carleton Place windows—and please play the video while  viewing.



Lest we never forget.

In Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields, the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below…
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields…
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
John McCrae

WWI Men of Beckwith & Lanark County– Remembering Remembrance Day



No. 5 Company (Carleton Place) 41st Brockville Battalion of Rifles.From left to right:
James Storey, William Dack, Donald Stewart, William Duff, Patrick Tucker — Photo from Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

TOMORROW AT THE North Lanark Regional Museum in Appleton

647 River Road
Almonte, Ontario
(613) 257-8503

Join us at the North Lanark Regional Museum tomorrow Sunday, November 8th, at 2:00 pm, for Rob More’s talk “Remembering WWI Men of Beckwith & Lanark.” The final guest in our Fall Speaker Series, Rob More is a teacher and author and has published multiple books on local military history, including Lanark’s Legacy: The 46 WWI Casualties, The Lost Generation of Mississippi Mills: WWI Casualties, and Beckwith’s Heroes: An Anthology of WWI Veterans. Sunday is also the opening of our new exhibition on military history, Joy and Sorrow: 1945, which commemorates the end of WWII and the return to civilian life. Admission is by donation. Refreshments will be provided.




Should We be Singing Carols Before Remembrance Day?

Remembering Remembrance Day -Day 8– To Wear or Not To Wear a Poppy

Lest We Forget —- Brian Costello — Remembering Remembrance Day

Travels with Trevor Barr — Part 2 – Sous La Ciel De France- Juno Beach

Travels to Juno Beach –Remembering Remembrance Day


Travels with Trevor Barr — Part 2 – Sous La Ciel De France


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According to Trevor, France is everything that people make it out to be and then some. Imagine breakfasting on warm croissants from the boulangerie every single day, and enjoying art museums. The Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the Seine, culture, and great food.  As Frank Zappa once said, “there is no hell in France”. The country’s long history lends itself to beautiful ruins, castles, architecture, and culture, but each time the Barrs have visited France the experience has been different.

However, he warns, traveling in France is second to none in expense in Europe. But, there are things to do in France without spending a lot of money. The Barr’s solution was to enjoy the smaller towns and purchasing their own food from the local merchants. The food in Europe is nothing like here Trevor explained. It’s fresh, and because there were many bread, cheese, and meat shops around,  it was quite easy to enjoy delicious food on a budget. In fact, wine is cheaper than water.


The best way to get around France is via the high speed rail, and their first stop was Caen. If you haven’t studied your history books Caen is the capital of Lower Normandy and home to the Caen Memorial Museum. It is regarded as the best World War II museum in France and only 15 minutes away from the D-Day beaches. Trevor said the museum was amazing, and made the whole family proud to be Canadian. When they went to Juno Beach he said it gave him the chills just remembering the soldiers who valiantly fought on those very beaches on June 6, 1944.






The Egise St Pierre church on the south side of Caen was obliterated during the war and rebuilt. It was built in the 13th and 14th centuries, and there was an added addition in the early 16th century. The church is best known for its 245 foot tower whose spire was destroyed in 1944 during the war and then restored. It is across the road from the Caen Castle which mostly was destroyed in WW2, but the ruins were preserved. In a footnote –  at the end of the bombing in WW2, the civil population of Caen had fallen from 60,000 to 17,000.




Should We be Singing Carols Before Remembrance Day?

Remembering Remembrance Day -Day 8– To Wear or Not To Wear a Poppy

Lest We Forget —- Brian Costello — Remembering Remembrance Day

Other stories in the Barr family.. hopefuly I get to continue this..

Part 1- Travels with Trevor Barr–The Overture

Part 2- Travels with Trevor Barr Sous La Ciel De France

Part 3- Running with the Barrs through Spain

Part 4 – O Solo Mio Italy 

Part 5-Travels With Trevor Barr — Postcards from Venice –Part 5

Part 6-We’re Off Running Again in Italy – Travels With Trevor Barr and Family

Lest We Forget —- Brian Costello — Remembering Remembrance Day


After a battle with cancer, former mayor W. Brian Costello passed away on Dec. 15 in hospital.

Costello, 67, held the mayor’s seat for three terms until handing the reigns over to Paul Dulmage. He was warden of Lanark County in 1987, then again in 1999. He passed away with his family by his side at the Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital.

Well-known in the community as a historian, story teller and active member of the community, Costello was named Honourary Colonel of the 42nd Field Regiment (Lanark and Renfrew Scottish) RCA.

A Carleton Place street was named Costello Drive after the former mayor, sealed with an official dedication which took place on April 24, the wedding anniversary of Costello and his wife Heather. Costello Drive is home to the future site of the potential new hospital, which the historian said meant a lot to him at the time of the spring dedication.

In October 2009, Costello hosted the 143rd anniversary reception for the 42nd Field Regiment (Lanark and Renfrew Scottish) RCA during one of the annual training sessions in Carleton Place. The festivities were initially to take place at his home, which he called Cossy Cove, but were relocated to the town hall auditorium due to weather uncertainty.


Costello was a frequent visitor of Carleton Place council meetings, often to speak about upcoming military events or to introduce Margaret Harmon, daughter of Roy Brown to the community during her visit.

Costello’s book, A Nursery of the Air Force: The Story of the Carleton Place Great War Airmen and the Brown/Richthofen Saga, was published in 1979.

Visitation will be held at the Alan R. Barker Funeral Home on Friday, Dec. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

A Masonic service will take place at the funeral home at 6 p.m., and a legion service will take place at 9:15 p.m.

The funeral service will take place Saturday, Dec. 18 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on Bridge Street in Carleton Place.

Costello leaves behind his wife Heather, as well as their children Leslie, Michael and Matthew, and grandchildren Kaitlin, John, Meghan, Kendra, William and Drew. His is survived by his brother Bernie Costello, and sisters Claire and Christine. For those who wish, donations can be made to the Carleton Place Hospital Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society.



Brian with J.A. Patterson mid 70s at Riverside Park

from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Should We be Singing Carols Before Remembrance Day?

Remembering Remembrance Day -Day 8– To Wear or Not To Wear a Poppy

Remembering Remembrance Day -Day 8– To Wear or Not To Wear a Poppy


West Brom UK footballer James McClean refused to wear a poppy during a match on Saturday, sparking a debate over whether figures in the public eye should have to wear the commemorative flower.

McClean, who has received death threats in the past for shunning the red symbol, said he will not wear a poppy on his shirt during his next match this weekend either.

His actions follow actress Sienna Miller’s controversial decision not to wear a red poppy during an appearance on the BBC’s The Graham Norton Show on Friday.

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Celebrities, presenters and even guests tend to incur the wrath of angry viewers if they appear without the red commemorative flower. People are free to wear a poppy or not. What I do think is hypocritical though, is people who walk in public without one, but make sure they wear one on screen, just so they look like they’re ‘doing the right thing’. My father, a Branch 99 Legion member saw active service in WW2 and refused point blank to wear a poppy in later years. That, he said, what was he fought for, the right to choose. Actually, I figured out the real reason years later- he just kept losing it.

I choose to wear a remembrance poppy to signify my recognition for the contribution of our veterans because this is how I naturally feel according to my beliefs and values. But, I fully accept the prerogative of those whose reasoned beliefs leads them to a different conclusion and to elect to not wear a poppy. This is the nature of liberal pluralism – respect for diverse reasonably-grounded, sincerely-held views. They fought for our right to be able to choose, and for that I am eternally grateful.

“The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example”- Benjamin Disraeli


From City News

How do you keep from losing it before Nov. 11?

Here are some tips and tricks for keeping that symbol of remembrance safely fastened above your heart:

1. Borrow a backing. Grab the backing from another pin or even an earring to keep the poppy from slipping off your chest.

2. Erasers. Not just for pencils, an eraser (or at least a piece of one) can be used to hold the pin in place by using it as an improvised backing.

3. Bend it. Stick your poppy in your piece of clothing, then bend the pin up towards the centre of the poppy. Be careful when attempting this!

4. Stick it. Use some adhering elements like strong tape or, if you are so inclined, some gently used gum to hold the pin inside the piece of clothing.

5. Grab a few extra. Toss some extra money in the Royal Canadian Legion collection box and have a few spare poppies with you, just in case. Plus, if the tips above work for you, you can always hand over one of your extras to someone who’s found themselves without one


Should We be Singing Carols Before Remembrance Day?

Should We be Singing Carols Before Remembrance Day?



Last night I scared myself to sleep reading notes for the St. James Cemetery Walk in Carleton Place. I had to rechannel my thoughts to Christmas decor suggestions for Jennifer at the museum. If my Grandmother had entered my mind I would have had a tongue lashing. Is it just me, or is it disrespectful to be having Christmas thoughts before Remembrance Day?

On Change.org they began a petition to ask the Minister responsible for the CRTC and the Minister of Veterans Affairs to prohibit television and radio stations from broadcasting Christmas themed commercials until after November 11, in respect to our veterans. They got only 40 nods of approval. In November of 2012 Shopper’s Drugmart had to pull their Christmas music out of their stores because of public backlash. On their Facebook page they posted a lackluster response.

“Hi everyone, due to recent complaints around the Christmas music being played in stores we want to advise you that as of midnight EST tonight, all Christmas music will be suspended until further notice. We do take customer feedback to heart, and it does lead to change. Thank you for your patience around this and have a fabulous Friday”.

Most of the comments on that particular Facebook page said people needed to lighten up. I am old enough to remember when Christmas was based from the first Sunday in Advent to Epiphany. Now, the Christmas merchandise began to arrive on the shelves a  few weeks ago. I was in Dollarama before Halloween and overheard an employee saying she had put out some Christmas merchandise and it was selling quickly so they were putting out more.  Heck even years ago Eddie Bauer had a “Remembrance Day Sale.”

Personally, I think it’s ridiculous that Christmas is around for 3 months to begin with. I don’t believe I should have to deal with Christmas toy advertisements before I honour our heroes. If anyone stood back and thought about it, it would be a perfect opportunity for these companies to honour them as well. However, some people feel they should have the right to choose when they decorate for the holiday season.  Years ago in Ontario there was an unwritten agreement not to put up any store Christmas decorations or point of sale material until November 12, but those days have changed.

You don’t have to agree with war and invasion to respect the veterans. Regardless of your opinion on war many lives were lost and they deserve your respect. I think we as a nation don’t give enough respect to our fallen soldiers. I have a poppy on one of my coats year round. Some people think it’s funny when they see a poppy on my jacket collar in February. I just shrug and move on. If they don’t get it, no amount of words will make them get it.

Thank a Vet today for selling a poppy. As Lisa Hand once said:

“That’s what it takes to be a hero, a little gem of innocence inside you that makes you want to believe that there still exists a right and wrong, that decency will somehow triumph in the end”.

Buy Linda Secaspina’s Books— Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac– Tilting the Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place and 4 others on Amazon or Amazon Canada or Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street in Carleton Place