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Community Plowing Way Back Then —

Community Plowing Way Back Then —

Wilda WhyteI think that pic is on Rossetta road by Stewart Rodger old farm plow truck most likey Edwin Mckirdy Laurie Whyte.

Karen LloydWilda Whyte I think you are right. That old truck is in the Museum in Ottawa.

Karen Lloyd=Stuart McIntosh no…he didn’t buy the plow until the early 50s.

Ray ThompsonLooks like his for sure. I was luckily enough to get a ride in it. Driver side was on the right. He operated the wing and drove

Stuart McIntoshElvin McKay had an army truck like that he used to clear lanes around Union Hall area.

Lyall MckayStuart McIntosh it appears to be a vee plough his was a straight plough made from a steam engine boiler

Valerie RodgerSure looks like the trees at Stewart & Isobel’s lane way.

Stuart McIntoshThanks for the pic Lyle. Great memories of that truck.

Stuart McIntoshI believe you sat on the right side to drive it. Barely enough clearance to park it at the back of his garage.

Peter MclarenErwin Gibson and Johnny Gibson both had army trucks that plowed township roads.

Robert ShanksClearing was done by Big Hitches of horses pulling and pushing road graders. The ones out front did the pulling while the ones out back pushed on an angle to stop the plow from being pushed sideways by the forces on the plow blade!

. A wintery day in the Eastern Townships of Quebec where I was born.. 1937.. Can you imagine?

Jennifer E Ferris
March 1, 2021  · 

Tonight’s snow squall on the way home. Can’t see 1/2 a km, maybe a 1/4.
Glad to be home.
Wicked north wind driving the snow across

Blair T. Paul, Artist – Canadian and International
December 27, 2021 at 12:11 PM  · 

This is what winters used to look like…when snow came in December on a regular basis and lasted until March. As a boy in Poland, where this picture was taken in the 1940s, it meant great sleigh riding and snow forts, but what a job to keep the road open!
Teams of horses pulled wooden ploughs to keep a track open, and in this photo my great Uncle Robert MacDougall is standing on the sleigh, and I think Lennox Paul may be on the right. Aunt Jessie Paul’s house and the United Church are seen in the background

One Snowy Night in Carleton Place — A Short Memoir by Dennis Lloyd

The Snowstorm of March 1947 – Jim Houston

Ya call that a Snowstorm? Linda’s Mailbag

To All the Snowmageddons I Have Loved Before

The Snowstorm of March 1947 – Jim Houston

The Snowstorm of March 1947 – Jim Houston
Photo Jim Houston–1947– at the 4 corners/ Lake and Bridge– Houstons who live at 11 Lake Ave East walking down Lake Ave West. It says ” Taken from service station ” I found out it was 1947

Karen McGee this is what I remember winter like in town, walking to school down Lake Ave. They didn’t plow the streets as well as they do now.

Julie Kirkpatrick It was taken from the old Gulf Gas Station on the corner of Lake Ave and Bridge St. Looking towards the high school. I remember that winter.

Joann Voyce Before the Texaco there was Major Hooper’s beautiful home and large green lawn

Doug Thornton Around 55 or 56 when I lived at 92 Bridge Street, across from the Royal Bank, if memory serves me correct, the snow was so deep that no vehicles could drive on Bridge Street. The snow was much deeper than that picture.

anice Bowie the first house on the right is 11 Lake Avenue WEST – we lived and ran our business (Lux Photographic Services) from 2004 to 2012 there – Loved our time in CP as well as this home! it would be lovely to know more of its history – although we did a lot of work for the CP / Beckwith Heritage museum, we were not able to get much on it – though did have a copy of the deed and it was one of the Moores who had it built (1909-1911)

Dan Williams My dad used to tell me about walking 3 miles to school on snowbanks as high as telephone poles whenever I complained about having to walk to school in a snowstorm. Don’t know what year that would have been😉

Houstons who lived at 11 Lake Ave East– This is a picture of Lake Ave East going towards my home. You can see the home on the left that is at the corner of Argyle and Lake Ave East.. my house is next so you can see trees. 1947 snowstorm. Photo Jim Houston
1947 snowstorm
1947 photo Doug McCarten photo
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
04 Mar 1947, Tue  •  Page 12
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
04 Mar 1947, Tue  •  Page 4


The Storm of 1897 – Sons of Scotland

  1. Ya call that a Snowstorm? Linda’s Mailbag
  2. The Storm of 1952 –McKeen’s Hotel Window’s Smashed- Dogs Cats and Fowl Die in Barrage
  3. Wind Storm in Ashton- Heath Ridge Farms 1976
  4. Storms of Carleton Place- Which One?
  5. So Where Did Carleton Place Disappear to on The Weather Channel? Linda’s Mailbag
  6. Yes We Have had Killer Hurricanes in Canada
  7. The Storm of June 1899Ya call that a Snowstorm?
  8. Linda’s MailbagStorms of Carleton Place- Which One?
  9. Lightening Strikes Again –The Storm of 1972The Day The Wizard of Oz Came to Carleton Place
  10. To All the Snowmageddons I Have Loved Before

Ya call that a Snowstorm? Linda’s Mailbag



Ottawa Citizen photo–

Workers attempt to clear a road near what is now Ottawa International Airport after a snowstorm

I got an email from Tim Findlay yesterday, and because I was so busy on Sunday I didn’t open my mail until this morning. Of course Monday was the day after the snowstorm. As the snow still falls I began to research his question about what year the train carrying the Riel rebellion troops were “marooned” by a big snow storm in Carleton Place.  Tim thought it might be sometime around 1885.


The Ottawa Sharpshooters returning from the North West Rebellion, July 1885. Photo taken at Smith’s Falls, ON. Source: LAC, Topley Series E, MIKAN No.


So I sent out a historical 911 to the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum and by the time I had finished typing out the note– I thought had found it. Feb. 26-27, 1887, when 56 cm of snow fell. It was considered such a piddling amount at the time — really — that the newspaper headline barely murmured the fact that: it was the worst storm in the history of railroading.

But Tim did have some basis to the year 1885 as I found another entry: in April of 1885  they received a squall that fully entombed Ottawa in 71 cm of snow. Okay all well and good but– did they have to deal with a plow leaving 3 ft mounds in front of our driveways?

Thank you Tim Findlay for inspiring yet another blog:)

Tim’s comment? 


please do not take this photo seriously.. this is just a parody


Special: Louis Riel Day 2013 Blizzard

Louis Riel Day was marked this year by a significant blizzard that brought much of the Red River Valley to a standstill. While snowfall was relatively light, with only 5–10cm reported in most localities (although a few pockets of 10–15cm did exist through the Southern portion of the Red River Valley), strong northerly winds that gusted as high as 70–80km/h produced blowing snow that gave whiteout conditions through most of the Valley.

Charles Mair and members of the Canadian Party (including fugitive Thomas Scott) at Portage la Prairie, enlist Major  Charles Arkoll Boulton to lead an attack against Upper Fort Garry. They march as far as Headingly, where they are stalled “3 or 4 days” by a blizzard that breaks out on the 11th of February 1901.

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

Related reading:

From Carleton Place to Fish Creek –North West Rebellion

Here’s to You Mrs. Robinson– A Snapshot Back in Time

Debbie Dixon and The CPR Bridge Incident in Carleton Place–Linda’s Mailbag

Linda’s Mailbag- Blasts from the Past

So Who Got Shot? Linda’s Mailbag

So Who Got Shot? Linda’s Mailbag

Click to read.. Clipped from The Ottawa Citizen, 24 Dec 1926, Fri, Page 2 ‘A Bloodless Head on Collision in Snowstorm at Franktown 1880

Weather Whisperings with Linda, Sheba and Pat Robertson?? – Zoomers



Weather Whisperings with Linda, Sheba and Pat Robertson?? – Zoomers.



The weather gods are predicting another powerful weather system that is now sitting in some remote bar in the Rockies. The storm dumped more snow in the mountains and up to 10 inches in some parts of midwest is on its way. The weather whisperers have also spoken – it will move east.

My friend Wanda just emailed me at 5:45 am today. There is another snowstorm today in Arkansas and she will not teach as the schools are closed. They were also closed for three days last week.

Finding Nemo – The Aftermath of Snow Envy – Zoomers


Finding Nemo – The Aftermath of Snow Envy – Zoomers.




“The blizzard they called Nemo in the United States is over, but the discussions are still endless south of the border. In Canada we received the same storm but our media headlines have already been changed to: “Will Jason Spezza return to play hockey for the Ottawa Senators this season?”