What the Heck was Electric Soap? Chatterton House Hotel Registrar


Going through the registrar of the old Chatterton House Hotel (Queen’s Hotel) registrar there were many travelling salesmen that came to Carleton Place as they offered special sample rooms along with the Mississippi Hotel. People from around the many rural area towns came to buy their wares for their General Stores.


Soap was usually made at home, but Dobbin’s Soap from Pa. came into the limelight offering a soap made with no clay, grease or resin residue. Soon it was a or commodity for every homemaker to have. They first sold it for 20 cents a bar and then lowered it to 8 cents and finally got it down to 5 cents a bar in 1898. Dobbin’s advertised that Mrs. Enterprise used it and finished her wash by 9 o’clock. Mrs. Fogy however didn’t use it and had to work hard until 12 o clock. Of course there was no word on what time these women got up to begin their wash. It was also touted as the only soap you could use to make household soap for one cent a pound,

So there lies a signature of one Jno. J. Stock hawking his Dobbins Electric Soap selling Lanark County his Dobbin’s electric soap.

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Buy Linda Secaspina’s Books— Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac– Ttilting the Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place and 4 others on Amazon or Amazon Canada or Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street in Carleton Place

More stories from the Desk Books of The Chatterton House Hotel (Queen’s Hotel) Carleton Place from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Part 1- Tales of the Chatteron House Corset — Queen’s Hotel in Carleton Place- can be found here.

Part 2- Hell on Wheels at Lady Chatterton’s Hotel in Carleton Place– can be found here.

Part 3- I Will Take Some Opium to Go Please —The “Drug Dispensary” at the Chatterton House Hotel

Part 4- Chatterton House Hotel Registrar- George Hurdis -1884

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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