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Margaret Helena Kellough — Nurse WW11– Clippings

Margaret Helena Kellough — Nurse WW11– Clippings

Thanks to the collection of Lucy Connelly Poaps

CLIPPED FROMNorth Bay NuggetNorth Bay, Ontario, Canada28 Jan 1946, Mon  •  Page 3

CLIPPED FROMThe Sault StarSault St. Marie, Ontario, Canada28 Jan 1946, Mon  •  Page 10

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada11 Aug 1944, Fri  •  Page 18

Miss Tena Stewart War Heroine — Almonte Appleton and Carleton Place

Women of the Red Cross — Mary Slade –Larry Clark

Heh Miss Wilsonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn! Carleton Place Heroe

Did You Ever Notice This in Beckwith Park? Thanks to Gary Box

Becoming a Nurse — Rosamond Memorial Hospital

Clippings and Memories- Cullen Wright Crawford Prime and Hooper

Clippings and Memories- Cullen Wright Crawford Prime and Hooper

There was tremendous involvement, and tremendous loss, and over time it has become clear that Carleton Place, given its size, was a remarkable contributor to the war effort.” Fifty men from a pool of perhaps 300 able-bodied men in a total population of what was then 4,000 people died in the First World War. Another 50 perished in the Second World War. And each year on Nov. 11, in events that reach beyond mere ceremony to palpable grief for many relatives and friends of fallen townsfolk, residents of the picturesque town along the Mississippi River gather at Memorial Park to remember their 100 dead and more than 300 others who served and returned.  Randy Boswell—Ottawa Citizen-12 Nov 1998

Carleton Place is proud of two things. It is proud of the athletic prowess of its young men, especially on the water. It is also proud of the manner in which Its young men went to the front in the Great War. Twelve Carleton Place boys Joined the first Canadian contingent. Forty-seven Carleton Place boys sleep in Flanders Fields. The town has remembered their sacrifice by a memorial park and monument, which were bought and erected by public subscriptions.–

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada14 Jul 1928, Sat  •  Page 32

Appointment of Donald C. Cullen, of Niagara Falls, and for many years a resident of Carle-ton Place, as treasurer of War Supplies Limited, in Washington, was ratified last week. He left for Washington Sunday evening. Mr. Cullen has been head of the accounting department at North American Cyanamid Company since 1925, and was transferred in that capacity to the Welland Canal Chemical Company. He is a son of Mrs. John Cullen and the late Mr. Cullen, who lived in Carleton Place for many years.

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa JournalOttawa, Ontario, Canada24 Dec 1941, Wed  •  Page 9

 Prisoner of War CARLETON PLACE, May 4. (Special) Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wright of Carleton Place have received word that their son. Flying Officer William Arnold Wright, who was reported missing overseas In March, is prisoner of war. FO. Wright enlisted in Toronto in 1941 and graduated with a commission at Malton. He went overseas in November, 1942.

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada04 May 1944, Thu  •  Page 5

Carlcton Place Flier Now Missing Overseas Sergeant Air Gunner Arthur Esmond Prime, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Prime of Carleton Place, Is reported missing on active service following’ air operations overseas, according to the latest R.C.A.F. casualty list issued last night.

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada02 Jun 1943, Wed  •  Page 23

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa JournalOttawa, Ontario, Canada04 Nov 1944, Sat  •  Page 2

CLIPPED FROMThe Kingston Whig-StandardKingston, Ontario, Canada20 Jul 1916, Thu  •  Page 6

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada16 Jan 1931, Fri  •  Page 7

Miss Tena Stewart War Heroine — Almonte Appleton and Carleton Place

War Time Homes Carleton Place 1946

James Reynolds “Were the Carleton Place Boys Safe?”

Glory Days in Carleton Place- Tom Edwards– Horrick’s and Air Raid Sirens

Stuck in Carleton Place April 8 1885

St James in Carleton Place to the Rescue! Carleton Place in the News… Crosstalk 2022 #communityproud

St James in Carleton Place to the Rescue! Carleton Place in the News…  Crosstalk 2022 #communityproud

All photos are from May 22 Crosstalk click here_ BLESS ME FATHER for I have sinned—-I know God this is ‘borrowing’ from a publication posting it, but there are a lot of seniors that need to read this article, so you young folks, please click on the link.Thank you, and please support Crosstalk! Crosstalk is published 10 times a year (September to June) and mailed as a section of the Anglican Journal. It is printed and mailed by Webnews Printing Inc. in North York. Crosstalk is a member of the Canadian Church Press and the Anglican Editors Association. I have been reading this newspaper since I was a wee lass.

All photos are from May 22 Crosstalk click here_ BLESS ME FATHER for I have sinned—-I know God this is ‘borrowing’ from a publication posting it, but there are a lot of seniors that need to read this article, so you young folks, please click on the link.Thank you, and please support Crosstalk! Crosstalk is published 10 times a year (September to June) and mailed as a section of the Anglican Journal. It is printed and mailed by Webnews Printing Inc. in North York. Crosstalk is a member of the Canadian Church Press and the Anglican Editors Association. I have been reading this newspaper since I was a wee lass.

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Please support St James.

Address: 225 Edmund St, Carleton Place, ON K7C 3E7

Phone(613) 257-3178

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SIX Days Until….
MAY 11 Ladies and gents! A fashion show to support Ukrainian Diaspora Support Canada (UADSC) is taking place on May 11th, 2022, at 7pm hosted by St James Anglican Church in Carleton Place.

Presenting FOUR Ukraine models just immigrated here to Carleton Place! Come Welcome them to Carleton Place. PLUS surprise guest models from our community. Yes, it’s “The Real Women of Carleton Place”. Watch Sylvia Giles walk that runway!

The volunteers at St James Church have created a boutique full of items donated from people in OUR Community. It is filled with clothing, shoes, toiletries, toys available at no cost to the Ukrainian families resettling in our region– and you will also be able to visit it.
The fashion show will feature some of these wonderful items.

Tickets are available for a minimum donation of $15.00 and are available for purchase at the St James Church Office (225 Edmund St., Carleton Place ON K7C 3E7) Monday-Friday from 9am-12:30pm or by CALL to RESERVE at 613-257-3178.

Complimentary refreshments will be available, and each ticket holder will have a chance to win a beautiful door prize. You will require a mask to attend this live event and limited seating is available.

St James Anglican Carleton Place
Join us Wednesday for our Breakfast Table. Open until 11 am.

TEA 4- St James Anglican Church Friday at 230 and tickets will go fast.. St. James Anglican Church—LIMITED NUMBER–Available at the Church Officeand you can call to reserve your tickets
Get your tickets fast. Address: 225 Edmund St, Carleton Place, ON K7C 3E7
Phone(613) 257-3178

St James and St Mary’s Christmas Bazaar 1998 -Who Do You Know?

They Call Me James — James Warren of Carleton Place

Hallelujah and a Haircut —Faces of St. James 1976

What did Rector Elliot from St. James Bring Back from Cacouna?

The Emotional Crowded Houses– St. James

 Above photo- St. James Thanksgiving 1888

The Anglican Church in Carleton Place was served for a few years from Franktown– one of the original rectories by Royal patent. In 1883 it was made the centre of a new mission and Rev. E J Boswell was the first missionary. During his incumbency, the first St. James church was built. There were originally unshapely masses of windows and galleries of the early Canadian order of architecture. The unattractive structure was replaced in 1881/1884 with a seating capacity of 500. The following year the debt was paid off. In 1887 there were 256 families and a bible class with 300 names on the roll. Mr Brice McNeeely Jr. (his father owned the tannery)was the superintendent.

Elliot Hall was named after Canon Elliot. It was built across the street in 1923 on land originally used by the Canada Lumber Co. Across the street is St. James Park which was once home to the other half of the Canada Lumber Co and the proposed site of the Rosamond Woolen Mill. Carleton Place was once going to host the Rosamond Woolen Mills before the owner had a disagreement with an early village council. Angry, he moved his mill lock stock and barrel to Almonte, where in turn, the Penman Mill owners argued with Almonte’s town council, and they moved to Paris, Ontario.The Canada Lumber Co. was torn down in 1908 and a hydro electric dam was built there. The hydro dam was removed in 1973.

Guide to Church Services in 1870 in Carleton Place:

St. James’ (Church of England) – ½ past 10 o’clock a.m. on each alternate Sabbath, and at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on the other Sabbath.  St. Andrew’s  (Church of Scotland) – 11 o’clock a.m. every Sabbath.  Zion Church (Canada Presbyterian) – ½ 2 o’clock p.m. every Sabbath.  Reform Presbyterian – 11 o’clock a.m., and 3 o’clock p.m., on alternate Sabbaths.  Wesleyan Methodist – ½ past 10 o’clock on alternate Sabbaths, and ½ past 6 o’clock on the other Sabbath.  Baptist – ½ past 2 o’clock every Sabbath.  Roman Catholic – occasionally, of which notice will be given.

John Edwards This was the first sale of land of “The Clergy Reserve”. It was originally 200 acres of land running from Ramsay 7 to Ramsay 8. It was the historic land allocated to the Church of England by Crown. Whne the Clergy Reserves were abolished in the 1850’s, St. James Anglican Church purchased the land for 100 British pounds. It was and is home to massive white pines which are still the defining element of the CP ‘skyline’ when the sun sets in the West. One only need to look up.

St James Anglican Church presently offers twice-weekly Eucharist services, weekly youth group and Bible studies, several women’s groups, a variety of youth activities, a choir, and an ever-expanding Outreach program to help the less fortunate in other parts of the world.

Update — Ukraine to Lanark County — Don’t Stop Believin’ Edition

Update — Ukraine to Lanark County — Don’t Stop Believin’ Edition

Want to help your community? Tips and advice here from the Carleton Place crew who started it all. Thanks Zack and Mary

Facebook group click—to find out what is going on daily and what is needed

Aaaand it’s here! The new stream is live, . It’s similar to what was already happening, with a few ‘quality of life’ changes. Biometrics are still needed, covid tests are still needed, and they are still not considered refugees and will need our help.

“The CUAET is a temporary residence pathway and is not a refugee stream,’ is a direct quote, so understand they are still not being given anything directly from the government.

NEW UPDATES from Scott Reid’s office on immigration

The new  visa  application for Ukrainian nationals is launched:  https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/ukraine-measures/cuaet.html

Along with a Job Bank for Ukraine nationals   https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/report_note.do?cid=18538#er

These next few weeks are going to be the toughest in terms of workload AND the amount of funding that will be needed. You have all stepped up to help us, and we asked that you continue to do so during these tough times ❤ our county is strong, our kindness is stronger and our compassion is incomparable – let’s ensure the Ukrainians feel and understand that too!– Zack and Mary

Clothing and Toiletry etc.Donations go to:

St James’ Carleton Place is collecting donations for people forced to leave Ukraine.  Visit http://stjamescarletonplace.ca/tag/ukraine/ to learn how you can make a difference in our community and in the world God loves.

Archdeacon Brian Kalk, Peter Hicks (St. James) and Michelle Vee ( Ottawa Valley Community Church under Ahren Summach as Pastor) and community are taking care of business.

Carleton Place Churches together are asking for your support. Imagine if you lost your luggage and just got off a plane– we need things like that. We can’t donate underwear so we ask for gift cards to Walmart to be donated so they can purchase underwear. etc..

Better Yet Support Local

Buy gift cards from a local business and support local and our Ukrainian refugees— It’s a win win situation.

Our BIA Bucks are on the sale for 10% off for a limited time!  We need your help getting the word out. Please share the attached creative image on your social media channels. We have such an opportunity with this sale. Consider matching the sale with your own 10% discount

Gift card donations always welcome

Members of St James’ Anglican, Ottawa Valley Community, Carleton Place Baptist and Zion-Memorial United Churches ask for your support as we prepare to welcome Ukrainian families fleeing the war, coming to our area.

View the donations coming into St.James here–https://fb.watch/bRRu8Z5sX3/


You can donate to the charity of your choice, but we are encouraging everyone to consider donating to Carebridge who is helping finance the new Ukraine settlement in Lanark County.

Carebridge Community Support · 

Carebridge Community Support has set up an account for the resettlement of people from Ukraine to Lanark County. Donations can be made via cheque (mention “Ukraine” on the note line, our address is 67 Industrial Dr., Almonte, ON, K0A 1A0),  or on our website, https://carebridge.ca/donate (mention “Ukraine” in the text box as you fill in your information).  Tax receipts will be issued for donations over $25. 

At present we are working with the resettlement group in Carleton Place

Thanks to Zack and Mary for getting us all involved as anything you do is saving lives. Can you imagine that?? Saving Lives!!!!

Photos thanks to Susan Burke Ukraine what once was……


My Friend Andrew Fesiak– Ukraine 2022 OP-ED by Perry Simpson

My Friend Andrew Fesiak– Ukraine 2022 OP-ED by Perry Simpson

Thanks Linda. I turned the correspondence I’m having with my friend in Lviv into an op-ed piece and circulated it to newspapers. 
From Perry Simpson

Perry D. Simpson@yarglenarf

His name is Andrew Fesiak. I first met him in late August of 1991. We were both assigned to share a dorm room at Carleton University. All that we had in common was our age and that we both love music. This was my first degree (Political Science), but it was Andrew’s second (Eastern European Studies). His first degree came from the University of Kyiv in Ukraine. We didn’t become fast friends, but had several good times in our year together learning about each other’s lives. Andrew’s parents emigrated from Ukraine to Toronto, so he grew up living the Canadian dream. However, his Ukrainian heritage kept calling him back, and he returned to Ukraine to study. Andrew has an enviable superpower. He can learn languages with a speed and fluidity that almost denies logic. I’d heard him fluently speak Ukrainian, Russian, French, and English, as well as some Greek and Polish. After this year together we lost touch, but I never forgot him or his love of his heritage.  

When Russia invaded Ukraine, I reached out to him and the 30+ years washed away. I wanted to know that my old roommate was OK. He completed his PhD and moved to Kyiv, Ukraine permanently. He met and married his wife Olesya, and they now have 2 children. Sophia 15 and Damien 5. Andrew works as a specialist in security, international affairs, ethnicity and nationalism, with a focus on Ukraine and Russia. I knew he’d have a perspective of Russia’s invasion that would be free of disinformation and based on eye-witness accounts.  

Right before the invasion, Andrew and his son flew to Toronto to visit his 87 year old father, sadly his mother had passed the year before. He cut their visit short as he knew Russia’s attack was imminent. He was right. The Wednesday of the attack, he and his son waited at Pearson Airport for the 11pm flight, but while sitting there a text informed him that the attacks had just started.  

Here is what he shared with me; 

March 6, 2022 – “It was 5am in Kyiv and my girls were sleeping, so I called and woke them up. Olesya’s brother came and drove them to his cottage 45km west of Kyiv. His wife, 2 kids and 19-year old nephew drove there separately. We thought that location would be safe since it was away from anything of importance, but the Russians, to be exact, Kydrov’s Chechen forces who are the most brutal cutthroats you could imagine, tried driving to Kyiv but taking country roads that surround that cottage community. So, the Ukrainian forces annihilated them 3.5 km to the west and 4 km south of their location. They saw rockets fly and fighter jets fly very low over their heads. I couldn’t fly to Kyiv since the airspace closed immediately while I was still in Toronto. However, Damien and I still caught the flight to Warsaw. I was hoping to make it across the border by train or car but it just got more and more dangerous and we didn’t want Damien to be in any danger. Had I been alone, I would have gotten there fast since initially it was safe enough there. So, I was stuck in Warsaw and they were stuck at the cottage. Finally, 2 days ago (March 4th), there was a window of opportunity and people started leaving the cottage community in convoys of 10 cars. My family was in the third convoy. The first convoy was shot at and there were casualties. They made it to Truskavets and spent the night there. Then they drove to the border with Hungary and crossed the border by train. In the meantime, I rented a car and drove from Warsaw to Hungary and met them on the other side. We are all now in Warsaw and tomorrow we’ll take the train to Berlin. I have a friend there that is letting us stay in his apartment. So, at least we’ll have a place to stay. This is incredible: we are refugees!” 

March 11, 2022 – “Everything is good in Berlin! Just came back from the French school where Sophia and Damien will be attending. Everything is good to go. I’ll be leaving for Lviv to help in the war effort in the next few days.” 

Andrew is 52 years old, and he returns to fight. Fight for his home, his family, his heritage and his country. 

My wife and I attended Carleton Place’s rally in support of Ukraine the evening of March 11, and beforehand I asked Andrew if there was anything he’d want to tell the crowd, and if I could share his story with anyone who would listen. He wrote: “Tell them that women and children are being targeted as are the elderly, disabled and everyone else. The Russians are trying to terrify everyone into surrendering they know they can’t beat our men, so, they’re picking on the most helpless! Real terrorism and war crimes! Russia has never given a damn about the lives of Russians, never mind anyone else. They hate Ukrainians because we want to be free and not part of their empire. They want to be an empire again but without the industrial, human and agricultural might of Ukraine, it won’t happen. With Ukraine, they hope to be a superpower again. They’ll fail. We will win. Ukrainians will fight for their freedom and democracy. We don’t want to live like the Russians do: as slaves.” 

I also follow Andrew’s Twitter and WhatsApp since I deeply trust his information versus that of the war criminal and disinformation spreading Russian President Vladimir Putin. Andrew’s current fear is well-founded. A Russian disinformation arm (MFA Russia @mfa_russia) tweeted “Radical Ukrainian groups under the control of US special services’ representatives have prepared several potential scenarios of using toxic #chemicals to carry out #provocations. Objective – to accuse Russia of chemical weapons use vs civilians.”  

I believe Andrew’s response over Russia’s baseless allegation. “The real reason Russian writes trash like this is that Russia itself is preparing for a chemical or biological weapons attack against Ukraine. The Russian army is losing in Ukraine, therefore it will resort to using the most despicable weapons to murder innocent women & kids.” 

At the Carleton Place rally in support of Ukraine, one of the speakers addressed the fact that Russia has been inundating its citizens with Putin’s propagandist disinformation for 25 years. This isn’t just a matter of addressing how Russian’s see the last 2 weeks, it’s a matter of breaking down how they see Putin and the world through the megalomaniac’s eyes that has been brainwashed into them for decades. Remember, it was Russia that accused Ukraine of bombing their own maternity hospital in Mariupol’.  

I’m still a student of politics on my own time, and asked Andrew to describe, based on his knowledge and experience, why Russia is taking these actions. That’s coming soon! See @AndrewFesiak to follow Andrew on Twitter. 

Thank you Perry— Thank you Andrew

Do you have things to donate or can offer a home for the Ukraines coming?

Ukrainian Support Eastern Ontario Facebook

Carebridge Community Support

March 4 at 3:20 PM  · 

Carebridge Community Support has set up an account for the resettlement of people from Ukraine to Lanark County. Donations can be made via cheque (mention “Ukraine” on the note line, our address is 67 Industrial Dr., Almonte, ON, K0A 1A0), or on our website, https://carebridge.ca/donate (mention “Ukraine” in the text box as you fill in your information). Tax receipts will be issued for donations over $25.

At present we are working with the resettlement group in Carleton Place. The first family is scheduled to arrive in Canada as early as this Sunday. Others will come as soon as possible. Help us welcome these families fleeing the war in their country.

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Once Upon a Time there were Victory Loans

Once Upon a Time there were Victory Loans
Photo– thanks to Stuart McIntosh

Victory Loans were Canadian government appeals for money to finance the war effort in WWI and WWII. Victory Loans were Canadian government appeals for money to finance the war effort in WWI and WWII. Bonds first made their appearance in Canada during the First and Second World Wars as War Savings Certificates and Victory Bonds. They were used to fund the war efforts.In 1946, the Canada Savings Bonds Program was launched along with the Payroll Savings Program. To this day, the Canada Savings Bonds Program has contributed to Canada’s history and helped shape the country to what it is today.

1939-45: Victory Bonds

Bonds first made their appearance in Canada during the First and Second World Wars as War Savings Certificates and Victory Bonds. They were used to fund the war efforts.

1946: Launch of the CSBs and the original Payroll Program

CSBs were introduced as part of Canada’s Postwar Financing Program. The Program provided cost-effective funding for the Government and served as a savings vehicle for Canadians.

  • Certificated CSBs were purchased through payroll deductions
  • Customers received bonds upon full payment
  • Up to 16,000 employers participated in this Program

1953: Fully registered bonds

Acting as an agent of the Government of Canada, the Bank of Canada paid the annual interest directly to the bond holder.

1956: Escalating coupon bonds were introduced.

As of December 2021, all Canada Savings Bonds and Canada Premium Bonds have reached maturity and stopped earning interest.

Photo from Stuart McIntosh

1976: The Canada Savings Bonds Program reached its peak, representing 45% of the total marketable debt outstanding.

1977: Regular-interest “R” bonds and compound-interest “C” bonds replaced old style coupon bonds. Direct deposit of interest payments was also made possible with the introduction of the new bonds.

1987-88: The CSB Program reached its peak in terms of total amount of retail debt outstanding – nearly $55 billion

1996: New Payroll Savings Program

1997: Introduction of The Canada RSP and The Canada RIF

CSBs were allowed to be purchased directly as an RSP without a Self-Directed Plan, and without fees. Existing bonds could also be transferred into The Canada RSP/RIF without fees or new cash investment.

1998: Introduction of the Canada Premium Bond (CPB)

The CPB was introduced with the same general features as the Canada Savings Bond (CSB), but with a higher rate of interest at the time of issue than a CSB on sale at the same time and is cashable once a year.

The product provided Canadians with more options to save and served its debt management objective of raising cost-effective funding.

2010: Program Changes

  • Campaign sales period is changed from 6 to 2 months.
  • Canadians can no longer open new Canada RSP or Canada RIF accounts.
  • Bonds will mature at the end of their individual term.

2012: The CSB Program was streamlined in the face of increasing market competition and to help administrative costs. With the proliferation of alternative investments and savings instruments, and CDIC insurance protection offered in 1967, the sales of CSBs and CPBs continued to decline year over year.

  • CSBs offered exclusively through the Payroll Savings Program.
  • Only CPBs are available through financial institutions, dealers and by phone.
  • CPBs become cashable anytime with interest paid up until the last anniversary date of issue.
  • Term to maturity for all bonds shortened to three years from 10 years.

2017: No new issuance of CSBs and CPBs as of November. Unmatured CSBs and CPBs will continue to be honoured until the time of redemption or maturity.

2021: All CSBs and CPBs stopped earning interest in December 2021. This includes certificated bonds, Payroll Savings plans, and The Canada RSP and The Canada RIF plans. click here for more info

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A Letter of Love on Remembrance Day Linda Knight Seccaspina

A Letter of Love on Remembrance Day Linda Knight Seccaspina

Photo of Frederick J. Knight in the British Army in WW1 who immigrated to Cowansville, Quebec and was one of the founding members and president of Branch #99 Canadian Legion in Cowansville.

Dear Grammy and Grampy, 

November 9, 2021

Tonight I felt I should write you a letter because it’s almost November 11th. Even though you are no longer here, I feel your presence and I know you would be happy to hear Remembrance Day is still firmly planted in my heart. It was always a hallowed event in the Knight family each year and we were up with the birds that day as Grammy used to say. Mocha cakes had to be finished for the Branch #99 Legion refreshments. Shoes and medals were polished, and bodies were trying to warm up in advance for the parade.

I remember that Grampy said I should always keep a stiff upper lip and a Knight family member respects and honours our Legions and veterans. His stories of how hard life was in the cold and the muddy trenches in France during World War 1 have not been forgotten. Not one word of what he and others went through during the first World War will ever leave my mind.

Each Remembrance Day I can still hear Grampy yelling out orders during the parade: ‘left right, left right’.  I was always the last one in the parade every year. I never understood why the Brownies were placed at the end and I was always pulling up the rear in my too short Brownie outfit, bare legs with knee socks, and no boots. 

Standing at the Cowansville High School cenotaph freezing to death and chattering with friends each year I always got the stink eye from Grampy who was always watching me. I could never avoid his stern gaze and I knew he was telling me silently, 

‘Respect, Linda, respect, remember what these men did for you’.

The solo bugle playing The Last Post would always make the odd strange noise from the cold outside on the first few notes and the freezing November breeze would circle around my legs turning them bright red. I could see tears in my Grandfather’s eyes, remembering his friends that never made it home. 

Each Remembrance Day I still remember the past November 11th services. I wish for a lot of things, but now besides remembering all the veterans I pray and hope for the continuation of our local Legions. As you said Grampy: 

‘I have seen war. I hate war!’

For years Grampy lived in pain from being one of the first gassed in the trenches. As he said each time he had a migraine: 

‘I’ll be okay, but in the meantime I just have to hold strong’. 

We are trying Grampy to hold strong, we are trying to keep these Legions solvent and the memories continious, but in the meantime we try to inherit your great examples. We remember each and every soldier who gave up so much for our freedom and ensure they are never forgotten. As you always told me, it’s not just November 11th we should remember them, but every single day, and we should honour the dead best by treating the living well.

I miss you so much..

Your ‘Birdie’,


Also read

My First Memory Of Remembrance Day — The Legion Kettle

The Story of Trenches –Fred Knight Legion Branch #99 Cowansville

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My First Memory Of Remembrance Day — The Legion Kettle

The Story of Trenches –Fred Knight Legion Branch #99 Cowansville

My First Memory Of Remembrance Day — The Legion Kettle

My First Memory Of Remembrance Day — The Legion Kettle

by Linda Knight Seccaspina

For Marjorie Gaw

Someone asked me why I post so much about Remembrance Day. Yes, I do post for days, and believe you me; it’s full of love. I was raised by former military men from the past wars that taught me that yes, there was crying, lots of crying, on Remembrance Day, but absolutely no shirking. NO siree! You had better be ready at dawn to march in the Cowansville, Quebec parade where your grandfather was one of the dignitaries, and your father marched in the parade with the other World War 2 vets.

I was raised on pomp and circumstance- pointe finale, as they say in French.

Every Saturday morning I would awake to rousing military marching tunes by John Philip Sousa being played on the old Hi Fi in the family living room. John Philip Sousa was an American composer and conductor of the late Romantic era, known primarily for American military and patriotic marches.  I have no idea how my father Arthur J. Knight found this musical passion, but he got it from somewhere. He loved the military so much that he joined the Canadian Army during WW II, but never made it past the training session in Georgia because the war ended. I often wondered if he wanted to follow my Grandfather Fred Knight’s footsteps as he returned from the  trenches in France after WW1 with medals and and a lifetime encyclopedia full of stories.

I never remember asking my father to turn the death defying volume down as he chose to crouch next to the Hi Fi speaker with his ear glued to whatever was being played. I figured if he kept it up for enough years he was going to lose his hearing– and then there was the fact that he put up with my Beatle music. No teenager would ever want to mess around with their father’s views on their music. “The Washington Post” by Sousa was his absolute favourite, and then that usually followed with the “King Cotton March” with some added piping and drumming from the Grenadier Guards thrown in for good measure. This wasn’t a passing fancy- he would listen to music, and absorb it– but you would never hear about it in his conversations. I don’t think anyone knew except for my sister and a few others.

I can remember two things in my early life,besides the music. One sitting on a bed in the Allan Memorial Centre watching my mother playing cards, who had no idea who I was. The next thing I remember is a great commotion at age 3 in my grandmother’s bedroom on the night of November 11th.- Remembrance Day.

After the days solemn occasions the Branch #99 Legion in Cowansville had a huge party that same night. Children of course were not allowed, and they spent the evening drawing tickets for various prizes among other things. I remember the bedroom being very cold as it always was because it was heated by the woodstove downstairs. My eyes were blurry and they were all crowded around me shouting that I had won a kettle at the Legion. My grandmother of course probably put my name on some tickets and here was this kettle two inches from my face being waved around. Was it to be mine?

I never did see that kettle again, except on my grandmother’s woodstove. I remember they soon turned the lights off and told me to go back to sleep. Go back to sleep? After winning a kettle at the Legion? How does one do that LOL? Anyways, there was to be no sleeping because my father had gone downstairs and turned on my grandfather’s Hi Fi and blasted the Massed Pipes and Drums throughout the house at full volume. I think that is the first time I cried hearing the pipes; more likely because I was scared. Today, and every day I remember all of those who lost their lives for us in past wars and I thank them.

“Remembrance Day is when the country stops for two minutes of silence, to pay respects to those who gave their lives and our veterans who fought for our freedom.”

—Douglas Phillips, Canadian writer

Grandfather Frederick J. Knight British Army World War 1
Great Grandmother Mary came over to Canada with her son Fred when he emigrated to Cowansville, Quebec after the war. His father Alexander Arthur Knight had left them. He ran a music publishing business in London to only die upon his entry into the United States to become a songwriter at the age of 53. His body was sent back and buried in Plymouth, but the cemetery was bombed in World War 2 and everything was destroyed. ( this is the postcard family kept all these years). Every time my grandfather tried to get her to immigrate she showed him this postcard and said this is what happens when you run away to America.
Armée – Militaires – Jour du Souvenir
Jour du Souvenir. De g. à d. : John Turner, Lionel Bélanger, Joseph-Léon Deslières, Roland Désourdy, Rév. Carl Gustafson, Jean-J. Bertrand, Rév. H. J. Isaacs, F. J. Knight (La Voix de l’Est, 13 novembre 1957)
Légion Canadienne
Élections à la Légion Canadienne. De g. à d., 1ère rangée : Grant Paterson, Arthur Barratt, Albert Strange, Yvon Gaudreau, Jacques Maurice. 2e rangée : F. J. Knight, Charles Renaud, Larry Labrecque, Albert Gagnon, Raymond Farrell, Malcolm Cady, Buster Damant (La Voix de l’Est, 18 janvier 1958 from Ville De Cowansville 1958

Cowansville, July 4 – The Canadian Legion, Cowansville branch, will ignaugurate Monday at 8.30 p.m., a drive to erect a fitting Cowansville Veteran’s Memorial Hall building in this city.Members of the Cowansville Branch, No. 99, of the legion are seeking premises containing necessary rooms for meetings and recreation. The site for the building has been given by Miss Nina M. Nesbitt, of Cowansville, and plans for the building have been provisionally approved.On the evening of the inauguration the speakers will be His Worship Mayor E.A. Boisvert, Maj. Gen. C.B. Price, D.S.O., D.C.M., E.D., president of the Canadian Legion, and Capt. Henry Gonthier, past provincial president.Veterans will then parade through the streets of Cowansville and a street dance will follow. The board of trustees is composed of Mayor Eugene Boisvert, L.L. Bruck, H.F. Vilas, A.G. Scott, D.J. Barker. Co-chairmen of the Cowansville Legion Memorial Hall Building Fund are, R.L. Brault and J.H. Wood, M.B.E., E.D. The president of the local legion is F.J. Knight.-The Montreal Gazette, July 6, 1946

Club Lions
Le comité de la vente d’essence à Cowansville ayant eu lieu le 2 juin au garage B.A. Service Station et au garage Mitch Bedard Auto Enrg. au profit des Lions pour l’aménagement du parc municipal. Première rangée : MM. Arthur Knight, M. Kastello, G. Dean, S. Harrington, B. Mc Crum. Deuxième rangée : MM. D. Morrison, Gordon Snyder, responsables; Vincent Léonard et L. Labrecque (La Voix de l’Est, 4 juin 1957)

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

The Story of Trenches –Fred Knight Legion Branch #99 Cowansville

Our Fathers Never Talked About the War — Clippings of Norman Melville Guthrie

  1. The Names of the Exempt of Lanark County- WW1
  2. The Fighting Lads of Lanark County WW1–Who Do You Know?
  3. “Nanny Shail’s Nephew”– Gerald Whyte World War 2 Veteran
  4. Remembering Private Gordon Willard Stewart WW 2 Veteran
  1. 90 Day Fiance and Mail Order and War Brides
  2. The Home Guard of Carleton Place
  3. The War Children that Tried to Come to Canada–SS City of Benares
  4. The Children of Ross Dhu –Evacuation to Canada
  5. Does Anyone Know What This is?
  6. The Very Sad Tale of Horace Garner “Sparky” Stark of Carleton Place
  7. Did You Ever Notice This in Beckwith Park? Thanks to Gary Box
  8. George Eccles Almonte Hero!

If Spanish Flu was Not Enough—Measles 1917

If Spanish Flu was Not Enough—Measles 1917

October 16, 1917,

All my sister’s children are sick with the measles, and she has a stepson 14 years old

who is now delirious. I think he had a setback, no doubt caught cold with it. I have

an idea he took a cold bath I am not sure tho’ because I heard him say that if any

one should get sick, they bathe in cold water and will always get well.

He heard some Indians talking in that fashion and no doubt believed it, because one day, I was cooking dinner and he came in the kitchen and was trying to get warm and his hair was wet. and I asked him where he had been and he said, he was down to the creek, so I scolded him because he was not well enough to go to the creek. But that is always the

way that the Indians talk, and now it will be no doubt a death to the little orphaned boy.

Her next letter of October 29 reveals that the young boy is dead. The letter is

rich with the significance of that death to her personally and talks about how

Margaret’s family purifies themselves and their property in response to that death.

What is shocking is that a white doctor is charging $50 to treat Indian patients

during the midst of an epidemic :

Measles has been raging at our house now for six long weeks. My own little niece

that lives with me has taken down for the last four days, and she is the last child of

the bunch to have it. And I hope to goodness, I never hear of measles again. My

sister had a relapse and we had to have an American doctor come up and he

charged us $50.00 for one visit, but she pulled through all right. He said she had

black measles. So we had to wean the baby, while the other two kids were sick a bed

too. “Believe me”, we had our hands full. I mean my brother in-law and I. I am in

hopes he does not get the disease. The little boy I was telling you about, my sister’s

stepson died a few days after writing to you. I am almost positive he took a cold plunge

in the creek.

You know how superstitious the Indians are. I had to clean house and rake the

yard and burn everything which the boy came in contact with. My sister wanted me

to burn the single buggy and I wouldn’t do it. So now I will only wash the thing with

rose bushes, which they claim drives the evil spirits away, of course I do not believe

all that, but I will have to do it to satisfy them. I even had to wash the milk cow with

rose bushes, so she will not fear me to milk her. Ain’t that funny, but my sister is

thoroughly Indian, more so than Julia and I. She is the one whom my aunt raised.

I told you about her before. And the funniest part of all this deal is that I feel creepy

to go outdoors alone at night.

The day that the boy died, I went to the post office, with the thought I would call

a priest to come and see him since he is of the Catholic faith, and it was night when

I was on the way home. I wasn’t thinking much of anything when I saw a bright

light flash up a tree, which attracted my attention and I saw a flimsy white form go

up towards the heavens, and then I was so frighten, even my horse was afraid, and

when I reached home, he had been dead fully half an hour and that was about the

same time. I had the presentment. Ain’t that stränge? but it is true Big Foot. The

the little boy always thought so much of me. And he knew I think that I went to town

for his interest, poor fellow. He was a very good boy. He was as innocent as a small

child. And I think God wanted him away from this evil world and took him away.

By November 19, 1917, she could write that all was finally well, although clearly

she had not yet recovered from her own near death experience.

During the severe winter of 1917–1918, many troops were housed in crowded and poorly heated wooden barracks or tents. Many recruits had experienced measles as children and were thus immune; however, many others, particularly families from the rural areas had not been infected and were immunologically susceptible. During the winter of 1917–1918, there were large outbreaks of measles and nearly 2,000 measles-related deaths, mostly in mobilization camps and aboard troopships bound for Europe. Most measles-related deaths among soldiers were caused by secondary bacterial pneumonias.


The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
13 Feb 1917, Tue  •  Page 1
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
15 Feb 1917, Thu  •  Page 13

Dark Moments in Ottawa History- Porter Island

Think the Smallpox issue on Outlander was far fetched?

Smallpox in Carleton Place — Did You Know?

The Great White Plague

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

War Horses — Between 500 and 1,000 Horses Were Shipped to Europe Everyday
Bring your war horses January 26 to the Mississippi Hotel 1917- Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 22 Jan 1917, Mon, Page 10

What type of horses were used in ww1?

By 1917, Britain had over a million horses and mules in service, but harsh conditions, especially during winter, resulted in heavy losses, particularly amongst the Clydesdale horses, the main breed used to haul the guns.

How Many Canadian Horses were killed in World War 1

Col. Harry Baker, the only MP killed in action in the First World War. He was the member of Parliament for Brome, Que. Canada sent about 130,000 horses overseas during the First World War, according to Steve Harris, chief historian of the directorate of history and heritage at the Department of National Defence

How many horses were killed in the First World War?

Eight million horses, donkeys and mules died in World War I, three-quarters of them from the extreme conditions they worked in.

A war horse is often thought of as a huge cavalry charger or a smart officer’s mount. But during the First World War (1914-18), horses’ roles were much more varied. Their contribution included carrying and pulling supplies, ammunition, artillery and even the wounded. Without these hard-working animals, the Army could not have functioned.

The “pack horse was more important than the cavalry charger” in the First World War, noted Cook, pointing out that moving supplies of food and ammunition to the front lines was a constant need whereas waves of armed riders on galloping horses — both virtually defenceless against machine guns — had mostly become a thing of the past.

The film version of War Horse, he added, is sure to offer Canadians an informative glimpse of a little-remembered feature of the First World War.

Rick Robertsa day
My wife’s grandfather, Walter Darnbrough was attached to an ambulance unit during part of his WWI service in France. On the day that his quick thinking and determination earned him the Canadian Military Medal (MM) for bravery under fire, he was a mounted outrider accompanying a horse drawn ambulance taking wounded to the rear. The ambulance came under enemy machine gun fire, killing the horses that were pulling the ambulance plus the driver, and an officer seated next to the driver. With the crippled ambulance still under fire, Walter disconnected it from the dead horses, and used his surviving horse to pull it to safety. I haven’t been able to find records that indicate how many of the wounded that were on the ambulance that day survived. Walter recovered from his WWI wounds to marry his British war bride in Yorkshire and return to Canada to live out a long and productive life.

Because military vehicles were relatively new inventions and prone to problems, horses, and mules were more reliable — and cheaper — forms of transport.

Thousands of horses pulled field guns; six to 12 horses were required to pull each gun.

Eight million horses, donkeys and mules died in the First World War, three-quarters of them from the extreme conditions they worked in.

At the start of the war, the British Army had 25,000 horses. Another 115,000 were purchased compulsorily under the Horse Mobilization Scheme.

Over the course of the war, between 500 and 1,000 horses were shipped to Europe every day.

Dummy horses were sometimes used to deceive the enemy into misreading the location of troops.

Many horses were initially used as traditional cavalry horses but their vulnerability to modern machine gun and artillery fire meant their role changed to transporting troops and ammunition.

Veterinarians treated 2.5 million horses; two million recovered and returned to the battlefield.

The British Army Veterinary Corp hospitals in France cared for 725,000 horses and successfully treated three-quarters of them. A typical horse hospital could treat 2,000 animals at any one time.

Well-bred horses were more likely to suffer from shell shock and be affected by the sights and sounds of battle than less-refined compatriots.

Horses on the front line could be taught to lie down and take cover at the sound of artillery fire.

In muddy conditions, it could take up to 12 hours to clean a horse and the harness.

One-quarter of all deaths were due to gunfire and gas; exhaustion and disease claimed the rest.

Horse fodder was the single largest commodity shipped to the front by some countries, including Britain.

Fearing their horses would face terrible and terrifying conditions at war, some owners took the drastic measure of humanely putting their animals down before the army could seize them.

In a single day during the 1916 Battle of Verdun, 7,000 horses from both sides were killed by long-range shelling, including 97 killed by single shots from a French naval gun.

Losses were particularly heavy among Clydesdale horses, which were used to haul guns.

Britain lost over 484,000 horses — one horse for every two men.

Horses were considered so valuable that if a soldier’s horse was killed or died he was required to cut off a hoof and bring it back to his commanding officer to prove that the two had not simply become separated.