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Here She Comes —Miss Almonte High School January 1958

Here She Comes —Miss Almonte High School January 1958
Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Downey of Pakenham announce the engagement of their daughter, Kathleen Ada (Downey), to Mr. David Snedden, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Snedden of Almonte. The wedding will take place on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m., in St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Pakenham. Miss Downey is on the teaching staff of the Ontario School for the Deaf, Belleville, and Mr. Snedden is a 1961 graduate of Queen’s University in civil engineering.


Miss Kathleen Downey was chosen as “Miss Almonte High School ” at the regular meeting of the Almonte Lions Club held in St Mary’s Assembly Hall on Tuesday evening in the form of a banquet at which time the six contestants in the contest were guests of the club. Judith Scott placed second and, Marilyn Robertson third in the contest which was jointly sponsored by the Almonte Chamber of Commerce and the local Lions Club.

Others vying for the honour of being the “queen” were Gayle Mohr, Dorothy Walters and Donna Rintoul. Col. E. D. P. Taylor, president of the Almonte C. of C. was present and said that this was the first time th at Almonte had ever been entered in a contest such as this. He said the winner would now go to Perth for the contest when the winners from the various towns participating in this event would try for the title of “Miss Eastern Ontario.”

His Worship, Mayor George Gomme presented th e winner and the two runners-up with suitable gifts for their part in this affair. The Mayor was acting on behalf of the Lions Club and the Chamber of Commerce in this capacity. Under the chairmanship of Lion Harry Gunn the judging was done by Mrs. Anigus Morrison, Almonte; Mrs. Clarke McGlashan of Bell’s Corners and John Robertson of Ottawa In the contest points were given for the following: Poise, Personality, Dress, Natural Beauty, Academic Standing, Athletic Prowess and Outside Interests.

Guest speaker for the evening was John Clarice McGlashan, of McGlashan Silverware Limited, Bell’s Corners, who was introduced by president W ard McGill and thanked by Dr. Jim Coupland. The speaker who attended the Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Conference on “LabourManagement Trends,” gave a brief but interesting talk on the subject. One of the topics brought out in his talk was on “How to live, with Unions and visa versa.” Lion Stewart Lee, speaking foi the committee in charge of thel annually sponsored Public Speak-, ing Contest, announced that the event this year would be on Friday, Jan. 31st when the contestants would battle it out for the T. A. Thompson Trophy and the Almonte Lions Club prizes. The area finals are to be held in Smiths Falls in early March. Dr. Otto Schulte, speaking on behalf of th e gathering, thanked the ladies of St. Mary’s Church for catering to the banquet. Jan 1958

Sandy FranceMarilyn Syme, Mary Snedden, Rosalyn Robertson 9 read Remembering Rosy Robertson
), Iris Guthrie, Gwen Egan, ?? , Noreen Armstrong–Photo- Thanks to Isabel Fox

Iris Guthrie May Queen Almonte High School around 1959

Miss Almonte 1975

Still Looking for Memories of Theresa Galvin –Miss Almonte

Mr. Mississippi Beauty Pageant 1982 Joe Banks

Jean Duncan Lanark Dairy Queen

Remembering Rosy Robertson

1970s Lanark County Beauty Queens

Here She Comes Miss Almonte — Karen Hirst and other Notes

Here She Comes Miss Eastern Ontario –Photos

The Dark World of the Miss Civil Service Beauty Contests

  1. Here She Comes Miss Eastern Ontario –Photos
  2. Last Night I Saw Someone I Loved at the Halloween Parade
  3. Glamorous Marilyn Allen Miss Snow Queen and Others 1950s
almonte gazette 1955

Clippings of the Robertson Warren Family — Gail McDowell

Clippings of the Robertson Warren Family — Gail McDowell

This is my mother and father at their rental house behind the museum in Carleton Place. I am not sure of the year. Their names were Francis and Isobel (Warren)Robertson. All photos from Gail McDowell- thank you!

In 1908 my grandfather was the main salesperson for mount forest company here in mount forest ontario.He was a long time resident of Carleton Place.his name was W.J.Warren.

My uncle was killed in action and i have photos of him. His name was James (Jim) Warren from Carleton Place.

James (Jim) Snedden Warren

 Second World War Book of Remembrance

Born—May 25, 1913
Carleton Place, OntarioEnlistment:

July 19, 1940
Ottawa, Ontario

Son of William James Warren and Isobel Snedden (nee Cochrane) Warren of Carleton Place, Ontario; husband of Ordelia Giles (nee West) Warren of Ottawa, Ontario. Brother of Isobel, Jack and William, predeceased brother David. On Wednesday, September 17, 1941, Miss Hilda Cram’s class held a remembrance service in Memorial Park in Carleton Place, Ontario. All of the pupils placed flowers at the base of the cenotaph’s single shaft. Prayers were said and the oath of remembrance prayer was recited. Leonard Baird sounded ‘Last Post’ and ‘Reveille’ on the trumpet. The class was the students taught by Jimmy Warren before his enlistment for overseas service. The Town of Carleton Place remembered Sergeant Warren by naming a street in his honour.

Commemorated on Page 47 of the Second World War Book of RemembranceRequest a copy of this page.

Ordelia Giles West Early 1950s —Renfrew, Ontario, Canada- Wife

Ordelia Giles West lived in Carleton Place, Ontario, in April 1941. Ordelia Giles West married James Snedden Warren in Ottawa, Ontario, on March 18, 1941, when she was 24 years old. Her husband James Snedden passed away on June 17, 1941, in Devon, England, at the age of 28. They had been married 3 months.

James Snedden Warren - The Canadian Virtual War Memorial - Veterans Affairs  Canada

This was my grandmother,also a CP resident Isobel Robertson

When Isobel Cochrane Snedden was born on August 4, 1883, in Lanark, Ontario, her father, David, was 28, and her mother, Ellen, was 25. She married William James Warren on August 16, 1911, in her hometown. They had five children during their marriage. She died in 1983 in Ontario at the age of 100, and was buried in Almonte, Ontario. Her son James Snedden passed away on June 17, 1941, in Devon, England, at the age of 28. (see above)

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
14 Dec 1983, Wed  •  Page 37
Warren Family Grave

Newspaper Clipping– Remembered on the pages of the Ottawa Journal. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
James Snedden Warren - The Canadian Virtual War Memorial - Veterans Affairs  Canada
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
30 Jun 1941, Mon  •  Page 12

The Winnipeg Tribune
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
30 Jun 1941, Mon  •  Page 12

Genealogy Clippings Foy Almonte

Clippings of Earl Blakeley from Frank Blakeley

Clippings from Faye Campbell — Cathy Campbell 1978

Newspaper Clippings – Bittle McGlade Kane Stinson Kelley Family Genealogy — Nikki Bittle

Musings and Clippings About the McFadden’s

Lanark Village 1913 — Clippings Old Boys Week

One of the First Settlers of Drumond from the Massacre at Culloden

One of the First Settlers of Drumond from the Massacre at Culloden


Among the first settlers in the township of Drummond were members of the family of John Robertson, who lived at Carie in Carwhin on the north side of the Loch Tay on lands formerly owned by the chief of the Storian branch of the Robertson clan but later absorbed by the Breadalbane branch of the Campbells.  The story is handed down that the father of this John was one of 700 Robertsons who joined the army of Prince Charlie in the Rebellion of 1745.  At the battle or rather massacre at Culloden he escaped the fate of so many of his classmates his only casualty was having a buckle shot off his shoe.

The eldest son, Hugh, a young many of about 25 years, was a graduate of Stirling Academy where he had shown special mathematical abilities but though he held a good position as bookkeeper and overseer of the Drummond estate at Etalkian, he decided to try his fortune in the new lands.

In April, 1816, he married Christine McDonald and shortly after sailed on the transport vessel The Lady of the Lake, arriving at Quebec on September 7 of the same year.  On another boat came his sister Janet and her husband Donald Campbell and in a different boat had arrived a few months earlier his wife’ brother Donald McDonald.

Owing to some differences among the authorities of the time, the survey of lands suitable for settlement in Drummond township had not been completed, much to the annoyance and discomfort of the arriving settlers.  The local certificates of Hugh Robertson and Donald McDonald, who settled on adjacent lots on the concession (now Drummond Centre District) were dated 12-9-1816, the same year, but a few months later than the first settlement in Perth and on the Scotch Line.  Donald Campbell and his wife Janet took up their land on Concession 6 not far from what is now Armstrong’s Corners.

The question of the “Highland second sight” and the foreshadowing of the future in dreams may be a debatable one but the story is that Hugh was the “seer” of the family and to some degree at least had “the gift”, anyway it is told that before leaving Scotland he had the conviction that he should know the particular lot on which he should settle when he saw it.  He had no difficulty in making the selection and never regretted having done so.  He remained on the same farm during his lifetime taking an active part in municipal politics and religious life of the new country but never seeking public office beyond accepting a commission as justice of the peace.  His youngest son, James W. Robertson, succeeded to the ownership of the farm which on his death was purchased by Henry Ireton.

None of his lineal descendents are now living in Drummond township.  His son Donald, who learned the trade of millwright and carpenter, married the daughter of a neighboring farmer, Janet Shaw, located in Perth and built a home on Drummond Street in 1861 which though not now occupied regularly is still kept as the homestead of the family.

The oldest son John, who married miss Rudsdale, died when only 31 years of age, leaving two sons, one of whom, Hugh, was widely and fairly known in the Perth district as bookkeeper for the Meighen mercantile business.  The other son, William J., took high honors at Toronto University and taught math at St. Catharines for many years.


Hugh Robertson, J.P., 1791 – 1869, his wife Christiana MacDonald, 1789 – 1970. Natives of Breadalbane, Perthshire, Scotland.    Also their children

1839 – Mary A. – 1839

1817 – Janet McLaren – 1848

1820 – John – 1851

1832 – Peter – 1854

1824 – Duncan – 1853

1826 – Hugh – 1870


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.



Shades of Outlander in Carleton Place–John McPherson–Jacobite

Home Economic Winners Lanark County Names Names Names– Drummond Centre

Memories of When the Devil Visited Drummond Township

Innisville Crime — Elwood Ireton of Drummond Centre

Drummond Centre United Church — and The Ireton Brothers 38 Year Reunion–Names Names Names

1941- The Robertson Family of Carleton Place

1941- The Robertson Family of Carleton Place

Hi Linda,

I’m not sure if this is relevant to your Tales of Carleton Place page, but the attached article is about the Lloyd Robertson train accident. Lloyd, along with his brother Bert and parents Rodger and Elizabeth Robertson lived in Carleton Place. After serving in WW1, Lloyd got married and moved to Windsor. When his mother died, he and his wife went back to Carleton Place for the funeral. While driving back to Windsor, Lloyd and his wife hit a train. His brother Bert was my grandfather. His daughter, my mother, was going to go back to Windsor with them for a visit but my grandfather stopped it for some reason.

Ray Morrison







Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  28 Apr 1941, Mon,  Page 22

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  24 Apr 1941, Thu,  Page 18



INDEX             ROBERTSON             FAMILY



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.




The Lanark County “Carpetbaggers”–Lanark Electric Railway

So Which William Built the Carleton Place Railway Bridge?

The trial of W. H. S. Simpson the Railway Mail Clerk

The Titanic of a Railway Disaster — Dr. Allan McLellan of Carleton Place

Did You Know About These Local Train Wrecks?

The Glen Tay Train Wrecks of Lanark County

55 years ago–One of the Most Tragic Accidents in the History of Almonte

The Kick and Push Town of Folger

Train Accident? Five Bucks and a Free Lunch in Carleton Place Should Settle it

The Glen Tay Train Wrecks of Lanark County

The Men That Road the Rails

Tragedy and Suffering in Lanark County-Trains and Cellar Stairs

The Mystery Streets of Carleton Place– Where was the First Train Station?

Memories of When Rail was King- Carleton Place

Linda’s Dreadful Dark Tales – When Irish Eyes Aren’t Smiling — Our Haunted Heritage

I was Born a Boxcar Child- Tales of the Railroad



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The Robertson Family of Lanark County

The Robertson Family of Lanark County




There were numerous Robertson families in the Lanark/Perth/Rosetta areas and they are very confusing, to say the least. Maybe I can fill you in on the little bit that I know.
John Sandlons Robertson (1811-1896) was a son of James R. and Helen Rollo. His obituary in 1896 states that he came in 1821 with his parents and settled on the 3rd line of Lanark Twp. From the settlers lists on the Lanark Genweb site, there is only one James R. who came in 1821 and settled in Lanark Twp., but on Lot 19, Con. 1, West 1/2. His son John Sandlons married Margaret Barr and moved to Robertsons Lake in Lavant Twp., Lanark Co. where he died . He and Margaret had at least 11 children (maybe more): James Rollo, Robert B., Agnes and Isabella the twins who married brothers John and William Paul, Helen, Wm., Thos., Janet, John, Mary, Charlotte (Mrs. Albert Bingley) and possibly Edward and Lena.

ANOTHER John Robertson (1818-1901) lived at Robertsons Lake, Lavant Twp. at the same time; his wife- Jane McInnes. They had a family of 5 daughters- one of whom, Annie, married Moses B. Paul (my great grandparents),another brother of the John and Wm. Paul mentioned above. She was a distant cousin of the twin Robertson sisters who married John and Wm. I haven’t found out this connection as of yet, but I’m sure there is one between Annie R. and Agnes and Isabella. This John Robertson (1818-1901) arrived with his parents John and Janet in 1820 on the ship Commerce. This MAY be the John and Janet R. buried in Lanark Village Cemetery in 1862 and 1852 respectively. John (1818-1901) had brothers Robert and Thomas and sisters Anne and Spencer (Mrs. Alex. Horn)
There is a Robertson family cemetery at Union Hall, Ramsay Twp., Rosetta area and this family is, to the best of my knowledge, not related to the previous 2 families mentioned above.

AND there was yet another Robertson family in Drummond Twp., Lanark Co. who settled on the shores of Mississippi Lake. And possibly other Robertsons that I’m not familiar with.–Michael Umpherson 2003



I have been researching the set of early Robertson families who came over in 1820-22 as “Lanark Society Settlers” for some time. The Ships’ Lists and settlement grants for these settlers provide a fairly solid record of who arrived when, their ages, and where they lived. According to the records, there were four Robertsons arriving in 1821 (James, John, William and another William) and two in 1820 (James and John). With this as the starting point, I have pieced together the following basic information about the original Robertson settlers :

(I) James Robertson (b. abt 1768) and (second marriage to) Helen Rollo (b. abt 1781) arrived with John Sandlons (b. abt. 1811). Later: Helen (b. abt 1821) and Charlotte (b. abt 1824). Possible other sons James, William and Thomas from first marriage. Glascow Trongate Society: Ship- David of London (May 1821). West Lot 18, Con 1, Lanark. Descendants settled in Lavant.

(II) John R. Robertson (b. abt 1787) and Jane Kyle (b. abt 1788) arrived with Margaret (b. 1807), John (b. 1810), William (b. 1820). Later: Archibald (b. 1822), James (b. 1824), Agnes (b. 1827), and Jane (b. 1829). Second Divison of the Abercrombie Emigration Society: Ship- David of London (May 1821). Lot 15, Con 1, Ramsay.

(III) William Robertson (b. abt 1793) and wife (b. abt. 1797) arrived with one infant boy (b. 1821). Govan Emigration Society: Ship- Commerce (May 1821). Lot 23, concession 1, Dalhousie Twp. but later moved to West lot 24, concession 3, Lanark. This family may have later located to Lavant. Possible relative of James Robertson (I) above?

(IV) William Robertson (b. abt 1783) and wife (b. abt. 1775) arrived with 3 boys (b. abt. 1803, 1805 and 1807) and 2 girls (b. abt. 1809 and 1815). Camlachie Emigration Society: Ship- Commerce (May 1821). East lot 11. Con. 10, Dalhousie? There appears to be little information on this family. May have left before completing settlement duty.

(V) James Robertson (b. ?) and Clementine Miller arrived on the Prompt (August 1820) and settled on East lot 18, Con.1, Dalhousie. Three children (Stewart, b. 1820?). Family moved to St. Vincent Township in 1836?

(VI) John Robertson (b. abt. 1782) and Janet Campbell (b. abt. 1783) arrived with Robert (b. 1808), Spencer (b. 1813), Ann (b. 1814), John “Scotch Jock” (b. 1818), and Thomas (b. 1820). Later: Janet “Jessie” (b. 1824). Arrived on the Commerce in 1820 and settled on East lot 15, Con. 2, Lanark.

J. Robertson-2003


and there is more..

Tracing back the Englehart Arbuckle family

The ROBERTSON family – early settlers to Upper Canada

In doing a google search for the family, I came across this website which lists one original Robertson family from Scotland that emigrated in 1821 and settled in Lanark County, then called Bathurst in Upper Canada.  This chart was really confusing to me the first time that I saw it, but luckily the ROBERTSON that we’re looking for is on the first page – written in blue – 4 c3     ?       Robertson (this is Jane; and I can’t find a contact person for this website to help them update it)

Click here for more–  READ HERE


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Names Names Names of St. James Carleton Place Genealogy

Beckwith 1820 Census Lanark County–Who Do You Know?


Ship Arrivals at the Port of Quebec, 1821

The following arrivals were extracted from the Montreal Gazette 1821. In 1821 the Montreal Gazette was a weekly publication. Additional information from the Quebec Mercurynote: if ships’ rigging or name of Master unpublished, it is indicated by — (The newspapers were filmed within their binding, making one side of some entries, unreadable, or only partly legible. This can lead to errors in the interpretation of the entry or missed entries. ) Be aware that there may be two or more ships of the same name, from the same, or different ports, during the same year. A few ships also made two trips in 1821.


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Taming of the Beckwith Shrew?

Taming of the Beckwith Shrew?




In December of 1915, the wife of a Beckwith farmer failed in her attempt to get alimony for domestic infelicity. I didn’t know what the infelicity meant so I looked it up and it means: something (such as a word or phrase) that is infelicitous or bottom line:  the quality or state of being unhappy; unhappiness. Okay she was really unhappy since they married on April 2 1912 in Carleton Place.

It seems James Thomas Drummond and his wife Selina (maiden name Fender or Fenders) were really unhappy and a court case for alimony lasted almost a complete day in the Supreme Court of Ontario because she was that miserable.


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Selina said her husband 37 year-old Thomas Drummond was a pain in the derriere and she was ruled in her own home by her husband and his mother.  Apparently, the conditions of their home were so unsanitary (livestock was mentioned) that her health had been endangered. The husband brought some of the local neighbours to testify at the court hearing as his witnesses. One of the them, Mrs. Robertson, said Selina was lying, and while she was nursing Mrs. Drummond she saw nothing of the sort. The aged witness said if anything it was Selina who had issues, and she would use profane language against her husband and was certainly not kind to him.

Counsel to 37 year-old Selina Drummond asked Mrs. Robertson why she had told Selina that her husband had killed his first wife and he was going to do his best to kill her. Mrs. Robertson became angry and said she had never said anything of the kind. At various times it was proven that similar to Bossin’ Billy of Beckwith that she would leave the home and go to her sister-in-laws to cry and complain about her husband. Judge Chute agreed that a placement or an addition of an extra bed in a bedroom was nothing to quarrel about. That bed would be his mothers of course.

The sister-in-law had turned on a dime in court it seems, saying only that Selina just wanted to boss her family around and her husband was nothing short of an angel. Both sister-in-law Mrs. Harrison and husband James Drummond denied that he not had pulled Selina around the yard by her hair. In fact, he said angrily, Selina disappeared sometimes for weeks on end and he had to send for the Carleton Place police to bring her home. He did admit however that he had sworn at her when she provoked him.

Judge Clute said it was one of the most disgusting cases he had heard because of the language and was ashamed he had to listen to both sides.  In searching the archives I can find no further records- only that Selina received no alimony as requested. Not even a gravestone of either of them.



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Selena Fender Or Fenders

Mentioned in the record of James Thomas Drummond and Selena Fender Or Fenders
Name James Thomas Drummond
Event Type Marriage
Event Date 02 Apr 1912
Event Place Carleton Place, Lanark, Ontario, Canada
Gender Male
Age 34
Birth Year (Estimated) 1878
Father’s Name Russell Drummond
Mother’s Name Mary Elizabeth Lowe
Spouse’s Name Selena Fender Or Fenders
Spouse’s Gender Female
Spouse’s Age 34
Spouse’s Birth Year (Estimated) 1878
Spouse’s Father’s Name Andrew Lowe
Spouse’s Mother’s Name Sarah Jane Dowdall



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She Came Back! A Ghost Divorce Story

Slander You Say in Hopetown? Divorce in Rosetta?

Go Ask Alice – The Saga of a Personal Ad Divorce


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