Rack’ Em Up Lads! Pool Halls ETC. in Carleton Place


Photos and information from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum.

Colour photos- Linda Seccaspina

Early pool room Bowland & McRostie Grocery-upstairs Pool Room, Charlie Walford prop. (Lloyd Hughes 1982 reference)

McRostie Bowland Building 2015

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Jean Isabel Galbraith Findlay , 207 High Street, Carleton Place (Findlay home). 


Findlay Home 207 High Street Carleton Place 2015

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Did these Carleton Place lads frequent the pool halls?

1959-in Front of the Bank of Nova Scotia— Left to right: Blaine Cornell, Gary McLellan, Weldon Armour seated, Dave Gordon, Dale Costello, Bob Bigras, Gerald Griffith, Ray Paquette and Gordon Bassett. Looks like a scene from West Side Story or GLEE 1959 version. Love it!


Stella Lodge, meeting place for the IOOF (International Order of Odd Fellows). Now empty lot where Roy Brown mural is.


Roy Brown Mural Lot 2015

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Shows east side of Bridge street, pool hall is right where the two gentleman are standing. It was called McCann’s run by Cecil McCann. The building at left is on the corner of Franklin Street. Built in 1880’s by William McDirarmid. Rest of block destroyed by fire and rebuilt c. 1897.


South east side Bridge Street 2015




McCann’s Pool Hall on Bridge Street– Ted Hurdis called it–It has to be McCanns. Thats Bill Poulan playing .



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  28 Dec 1932, Wed,  Page 14


Shawn Lanthier said:

The pool hall we grew up with was in the building where the Spartan Pizza place is on Beckwith street. (1985ish) We also had an arcade in the bowling ally that was constantly full of teenagers”. (1970’s)

If the door was open and you got the cue ball wrong it would roll across the street into the paint factory.

It was run by George the Greek and that is basically’s what it was called:)

Norma Jackson: As a shy teenager I used to cross the street rather than walk by the pool hall where all the guys watched you walk by. Then it was just beside Remembrance Gift shop if I remember correctly.
Kate Rattray: I absolutely adore the CPHS sweater Mr.Bassett is wearing in that picture of the gang outside the bank! Why don’t we sell retro sweaters like that as a fundraiser for the high school ?!! I’d sure buy one!!

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

Did we have a seedy side of town? LOL


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.

2 responses »

  1. Who was the butcher that was where Hung Wah Restaurant is/was back in the late 70s. My MUCH older sister and I can’t remember…..

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