These Boots Were Made for Walkin’ 1905



All pictures from The Carleton Place and Beckwith Museum
I enjoy writing about people, and once I see an interesting face, I become obsessed with what made them tick. Jennifer Fenwick Irwin put up a great picture of a local shoemaker on the Carleton Place and Beckwith Museum Facebook page last week. Not a lot is known about him except the words: Patrick Tucker, shoemaker. Born in Ireland in 1836, and died in Carleton Place, Ontario in 1905. James Moore or J.P. as he was known was at first a shoemaker in Carleton Place for over twenty years, learning the trade from William Neelin. He then became a railway baggage handler in the early 1880’s. 

What happened to the local shoemaker? The last time I visited one, and that was a long time ago, the shoemaker was blaming Doc Martens for the demise of his business. Did we just get into disposable footwear, or collecting way too many shoes?


In the same period Patrick Tucker was running his store in Carleton Place, Italian shoemaker and designer Pietro Yantorny would not even agree to add a woman to his client list, until a deposit of $1,000 was made. I am sure Mr. Tucker was working hard for his money amid the leather scraps and shoe polishes. Most shoe makers were notorious for watching women walk in their shoes to get that shoe repair just right. If they made you a brand new pair of shoes, they would get you to soak your feet in plaster to make the model for your shoes.


In those days the client had no say in the outcome of their shoes. A good patch job was all you could hope for, to make your shoes and boots last. They never once sacrificed their craft to make a buck. The local shoemaker is definitely a dated practice now.  To those that still practice the trade, it is a godsend to those who spent too much on a pair of shoes, or purchase a classy pair of vintage shoes.


 - Thef un.ral o( tha lata Jamas Millar....

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  18 Mar 1907, Mon,  Page 5


These shoes were donated to the Carleton Place and Beckwith Museum and are on display now in the exhibit: “They left Their Mark”

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Carleton Place- The Happiest Damn Town in Lanark County

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Tilting the Kilt, Vintage Whispers from Carleton Place by Linda Seccaspina is available at Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street, the Carleton Place Beckwith Museum in Carleton Place, Ontario and The Mississippi Valley Textile Mill in Almonte.  available on all Amazon sites (Canada, US, Europe) and Barnes and Noble

About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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