News of Butter– Fireman— and Women of Stamina in Carleton Place


Ottawa Journal 1890


“Mr. J. H. Allan intends to begin butter making in his creamery on Bell Street next week. Mr. John Echlin, a graduate of the Provincial Dairy School will assist.”

“It might have been good intentions, but one thing is certain, that the floor of our fire hall is “mighty poor.” A glance at that floor now or any time since it has been occupied is that it is scaling off in large patches.”


“The town newspapers lament about the cheap excursions offered to Ottawa and blames the C.P.R. for lost business. All merchants from smaller towns are uttering loud protests for taking their constituents too cheaply to the larger centres of departmental business and losing business in our fair towns”.


“The proposed horticultural society is forming beautifully. It is now understood by the membership list now at the Herald office, that the women contain excellent stamina“.




Photos from Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum — Photo of firemen: Wayne Porteous Jr said : Pretty sure that is our 1923 REO speedwagon not a ford!! We still have it in our fire hall and use it for parades and special events!!

Photo of Dairy Wagon from the old files of The Carleton Place Canadian at the Museum

Carleton PlaceTrain from- Old Time Trains

Sepia-toned photograph of four women (of stamina) walking across bridge in front of Town Hall in Carleton Place. They are all wearing coats, hats, and carrying books. Armistice Day, November 11, 1918. Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Written on reverse: “Leita Andison , Annie ?, Flora Ormrod, Bessie Harrod Armistice Day”

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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