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

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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