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Teamsters Horses and Accidents- Stuart McIntosh

Teamsters Horses and Accidents- Stuart McIntosh

Bill McIntosh and Orland Moses hooking up the team. Most teamsters will tell you: the neck yoke gets hooked first and unhooked last. How far the links are hooked from the D/ring depends on your team.

Mr. Salter owned the Queen’s Hotel in Carleton Place and during the decades, he and Mrs. Chatterton swapped ownership back and forth through the years. Who knew what was going on between the two of them? On the 31st of March in 1932 Mr. Salter was very lucky he did not lose his life that day when he drove Mr. Hambly of Ottawa who was a guest of the hotel to Lake Park on Mississippi Lake.

The horse was going at a great clip as he turned  in to stop at the front door. But the horse had other ideas and turned in sharp and the cutter struck a stone and the occupants were thrown out. Mr. Salter’s head struck the hard road and he was knocked out cold. There was a large gash on his head from back to front and the blood flowed from the gash.

Friends flocked around and he was carried into the Queen’s Hotel and Dr. Sinclair was summoned and Salter’s wounds were dressed and word was he suffered great pain.

These accidents from Untimely Demise by Mr. Shaw from the newspaper archives

Dec. 15, 1871 – A lad of 14 years, Charles Boyle, son of a widow residing in Almonte, came to
a violent death in the following manner. He was attending a threshing machine on Monday
when he came hastily out of the barn and put two span of horses in motion. Before the driver
could succeed in stopping them the unfortunate lad was caught in the coupling which attached
the horse power to the spindle driving the machine, and which dragged him roughly around. His
leg was badly broken also his ankle, his neck badly cut, besides other injuries. He lived only
two hours after the accident.

July 20, 1888- On Friday morning, Findlay and Thomas McIntyre were drawing in hay and the
horses became frightened and ran away across the field, jumping the fence and Thomas who
was on the wagon, was thrown to the ground and dragged for several yards and when his
brother Findlay reached the spot he found him insensible. He breathed only a few minutes and
passed away.

November, 1841 – William Burley, Constable for Division #5, Bathurst District, while on the
discharge of his duties, in returning home at a late hour on the night of Saturday, 13th, was
unfortunately killed by falling from his horse about two miles distant from Fitzroy Harbor on the
road to the village of Pakenham.

Feb., 1870 – A young man named Corkerry, 6th Line Ramsay, was driving a sleigh loaded with
wood and when descending a hill part of the load fell off the sleigh taking Corkerry along with
it. The horses took fright and started off. The young man was thrown in front of one of the
runners on the sleigh and was dragged in that position for some distance when the sleigh
passed over his body, crushing it severely. This accident was witnessed by two men in front
who stopped the horses and went to his assistance. He lingered for 24 hours when death put an
end to his sufferings.

June 27, 1873 – A fatal accident by a runaway horse occurred at Hopetown in the township of
Lanark last week. It appears that the horse, on being tied to a post, became frightened and in
some way pulled out the post and ran off. John Stewart of that place on seeing this ran around
the building for the purpose of stopping the horse but came in contact with it, receiving such a
wound on the breast that it caused his death in a few hours.

Drynan Family – Names Names Names – Genealogy
8 horse hitch– almonte fair —The Boy that Ran Away to the Circus and Other Stories

Related reading- Stuart McIntosh

Cheesemakers of Lanark County — Eastern Dairy School- Stuart McIntosh

Then and Now Bowland Road-Community Memories of the McIntosh’s–Stuart McIntosh

Community Memories of the Lorimer’s–Stuart McIntosh

Documenting Ed Pelletier -Photos- Stuart McIntosh

What’s in a Photo — Stuart McIntosh

Related reading

Almonte’s Outlaw Horse — A Horse of a Tale

War Horses — Between 500 and 1,000 Horses Were Shipped to Europe Everyday

The Ghost Horse of Tatlock — A Faerie Tale???

You’ve Got Trouble in Franktown-Dead Horses and Wives

A Horse is a Horse of Course– Of Course—Angus McFarlane

Buggies Horses and Accidents

Did you Know Old Burnside has a Ghostly Horse?

Let’s go Racing Boys — J. A. Brunton –Where was This Sign?

Let’s Go Racing Boys with Nellie Sharper and Alex Hunter from Carleton Place

The Boy that Ran Away to the Circus and Other Stories

Drynan Family – Names Names Names – Genealogy

Uncle Johnnie Erskine and Stewart Ferguson by Tom Edwards

More Notes about the Mysterious Arklan Farm

Ride a Horse Save a Cowboy

The Perth Gaol 1876 Almonte Gazette– Names Names Names..:)

The Perth Gaol 1876 Almonte Gazette– Names Names Names..:)
Photo by Linda Seccaspina 2015 during a Perth Classic Theatre event

Return of Convictions for the Period Ending June 14, 1898


Jno. Reid and Jno Denham, Henry Rescroft, Wilmer Fleming, William Wright, Robert Hornebrook, Andrew Armour, Fred Griffith, George Stewart, Loren Griffith, each fined $1


Jake Angus and Frank Bennett, each fined $5

Drunk and Disorderly

Jacob Leslie, Dinah Harper and John O’Hare, each fined $2

Selling After Hours:

Michael Dixon and F. Lambert, each fined $20

Sale of Liquor During Prohibited Hours:

Jacob Morris and George A. Jackman, each fined $20


William Nicholson, fined $5

  1. St. James, and Jas. Phillips, each fined $1

Breech of Game Act

Thomas Needham, fined $5


David Morreau, committed to gaol


Robert Cowie, complainant was Frank Boothroyd, fined $2


Robert Cowie, complainant was Archibald Calhoun, fined $1

Mrs. D. Logan, complainant was Duncan Ferguson, fined $1

Alexander Short, fined $5

  1. Molin, fined $5.25

Richard Duffy, fined $1 plus costs

Congregating on Street Corners:

George Dixon, Reginald Simpson, James Ennis, George Black, Jas. O’Neil, Thomas Willoughby, W. Willoughby, Charles Thornhill, J. Murphy, H. Easton, each fined $5.25

  1. Huddleston, John Davis and Ed. Marquette, each fined $1.50


Jacob Thompson, William Henry, Esther Majory, L. Shaw, Susan Bennett, Jno. K. Elliott, each received six months in gaol

Throwing Balls of Snow

Jas. McAllister, fined $1

Practicing Medicine Without a License

Dr. W. McKay, ten days in gaol

Causing a Disturbance on a Public Road

John Salter, fined $9.75

James Nolan, J. Conlin, and George Nolan, each fined $5.25

Refusing to Pay Wages

William Hogg, complainant was Alexander C. Fraser, fine was $40 plus costs

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Run Pig Run–Shake it Off! Convictions of 1870

Throwing a Snowball is Going to Cost you $1- Your Convictions of 1898

To Steal a Barge on Ebb’s Bay— Your Convictions of 1897

Step Right Up- Here are Your Family Convictions-September, 1894

Breach of the Town Bylaws and Other Convictions.. Sept. 11 1888

Justice of the Peace Convictions for the County of Lanark–July 17, 1885

Assault Abusive Language and Bridget McNee

The Notorious Bridget McGee of Perth

Down at the Old Perth Gaol

Justice of the Peace Convictions for the County of Lanark–Dec. 13, 1898-Who Do You Know?

Auctionering Without a License and Pigs on the Loose

Going to the Chapel –Drummond Whalen and Johnson of Carleton Place

“One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” in Lanark County

Jailhouse Rock in Lanark County Part 2

The Drunken Desperados of Carleton Place

The Young Offenders of Lanark County

Memories of When the Devil Visited Drummond Township

Memories of When the Devil Visited Drummond Township


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Hi Linda,

This occurred very near my family farm. My great grandfather Daniel Malloch walked from the farm in Drummond Center carrying a bag of grain to attend the hanging. He had the grain ground into flour and walked home with the bag of flour afterwards. He would not have wanted to waste a trip to Perth.:) It was a horrifying story told by my grandmother and she backed it up with a unique macabre visual aid. A small change purse made from the murderers skin.We still have the object and although I would hesitate to ever label it a cherished family treasure it is without a doubt a piece of history.  Glenda Mahoney (The Mahoney Legacy Ends–Masonry Runs in the Blood)


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The Thomas Easby Murders in 1829 — Foulest Ever in Lanark County


In Perth, 1829 has a heinous ring to its history for it was the year that one of the county’s foulest murders was committed.  The late W.B. Hart of Perth is responsible for the tale of Thomas Easby being told. Mr. Hart in (date illegible) gave the Perth Municipal Museum a copy of the Bathurst Independent Examiner—Perth’s pioneer paper.  Between the pages of the 1829 Examiner the story of the murders unfolds.

Thomas Easby was a pioneer who, with his wife and five children, lived in a log cabin on the 9th Concession of Drummond—on the main highway between Perth and Lanark Village.  There, on an early December night in 1829 the tale begins.

What exactly transpired within the walls of that house on that night is not known.  But it was discovered the next day that Easby’s wife and four children were dead and the log cabin was burned to the ground. Linda Seccaspina- Read More here–The Thomas Easby Murders in 1829 — Foulest Ever in Lanark County



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Canada’s First Mass Murder–Ron Shaw
At about 3:00 a.m. on the cold morning of Wednesday, December 10, 1828, John Tullis
(1777-1832), who lived with his wife Margaret Jamieson (1777-1851) and their eight children on a farm at Drummond C-9/L-3(E)1, about a mile north of the village of Balderson’s Corners, was awakened by distant shouts. His wife then saw an orange glow emanating from the shanty of their neighbor Thomas Easby on Drummond C-9/L-3(W).

The Easby cabin was on fire and the Tullis’ teenage sons John Jr. (1809-1885) and Sinclair (1811-1893) immediately ran across theintervening clearing to lend whatever assistance they could. John Tullis Jr. later2 recounted that as he approached the door of the cabin Easby called out “Who comes there”. The Tullis boys identified themselves, saying they had come to help, but Easby told them he had “mastered the fire himself”.  Ron Shaw– Read the rest here–CLICK HERE



10 May 1901
Over 70 years ago a man named Easby who settled on Hunter farm beyond Balderson, murdered wife and 4 or 5 children and then burned down house…executed in Perth in 1829. On 7th inst Joseph Parton living near Hurdville, Parry Sound Dist arrested, suspected of same crime…5 children died April 30…7-18 years old

26 Nov 1909
Duncan McLaren, old resident Balderson, died at his residence Saturday last. Was born on homestead farm (Bathurst side of concession line) in 1828, son of Archibald McLaren, Highland Scotchman and pioneer settler. Just 6 weeks younger than aged townsman Robert Balderson, who was born on farm just across road on Drummond side. Same year of 1828 terrible Easby murders took place a few farms farther north. Married Miss Sarah McMillan, 1st line Drummond who survives. Mrs Francis Davies, Perth, is a sister. Leaves 2 sons, Archibald & James, Man; Peter, 6th Bathurst; Alexander, old family farm. Mrs Arthur Caldwell, Bruce Co; Mrs John Hughes, Chesley, Ont. 2 nephews in hotelbusiness in Winnipeg (Empire Hotel)… Presb…to Campbell Cemetery


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From Rampage: Canadian Mass Murder and Spree Killing
By Lee Mellor

MS 658 Reel 112 Document 944- 947 (handwritten) Drummond Township

Toronto – January 27th 1857

My Dear Sir,

In reply to your inquiry as to Joseph Easby I have only to state that while attending the Session of Parliament here in 1829 or 1830 I have a recollection of Mr. Wm. Morris speaking to me about him and his making an arrangement with John Hay in whose house he lodged, to receive him and to bring him up. Wm. Easby the father of the boy had murdered all the other members of his family & then set fire to the log house in which they lived — The fire did not however consume the remains and he so managed as to have them interred without any suspicion resting upon him of having murdered them. The youngest and only child spared, Joseph, was received at the time by a neighbour and it was in consequence of something said in the course of play with other children that a suspicion of foul play was excited and the bodies were disinterred. The sad truth was then ascertained that all had been barbarously murdered and Easby who was just about to leave the place was arrested. He was convicted and executed for the crime leaving the child he had spared, the instrument under providence of his detection without friends or relatives in the country. Hay having no family of his own willingly received the boy and for several years after I saw him in the house while lodging there during the Sessions of Parliament. I know that Hay and his wife were extremely kind to the boy and that they did not expect or receive any compensation for their care of him.

I have every reason to believe that their care and kindness were extended to him as long as he chose to remain with them and till he was old enough to earn something for himself.

I cannot say at what time he left them or whether he did not usually make his home with them till the death of Mrs. Hay. I have understood that he was drowned from a small schooner in which he was sailing, in the harbour of Toronto.

Tho’ I believe Hay was influenced by a feeling of kinship & humanity in taking the boy under his care, yet I think in his present position if there are means of his estate that he has decidedly the best claim upon them– at least I am not aware that any one has a more legitimate claim.

Yours very truly

A. Mc Lean

E.C. Jones Esq.



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.



Was it Murder?

Murder or Accident — Bates & Innes Flume

Murders and Mysteries of the Mississippi Hotel

Not Guilty in the Murder of His Grandmother –George Watt Jr.

Fame and Murder Came to Balderson in 1828

The Thomas Easby Murders in 1829 — Foulest Ever in Lanark County

Murder in Carleton Place –Peter Cairns

The Buck Lake Murderer

The Media Then and Now–Johnny Gillies Had a Gun

Shocking Murder in Almonte–Michigan Charlie

Murder on Maple Island

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

The Tale of a Pirate named Bill Johnston with Pirate Dog Supermodels

Assassinated Gossip about Lincoln, Payne and the Thousand Islands

The Man Who Would Be The Revenant

Murders and Mysteries of the Mississippi Hotel

Did Samuel Pittard of Ashton Murder His Wife?





Here we go Carleton Place– Mark Your Calendars–


Join us and learn about the history under your feet! This year’s St. James Cemetery Walk will take place Thursday October 19th and october 21– Museum Curator Jennfer Irwin will lead you through the gravestones and introduce you to some of our most memorable lost souls!
Be ready for a few surprises along the way….
This walk takes place in the dark on uneven ground. Please wear proper footwear and bring a small flashlight if you like.
Tickets available at the Museum, 267 Edmund Street. Two dates!!!

OCT 28th
Downtown Carleton Place Halloween Trick or Treat Day–https://www.facebook.com/events/489742168060479/

Here we go Carleton Place– Mark Your Calendars–


October 28th The Occomores Valley Grante and Tile Event–730pm-1am Carleton Place arena-Stop by and pick up your tickets for our fundraiser dance for LAWS. They also have tickets for Hometown Hearts event at the Grand Hotel fundraiser

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