The Magical World of Mr. Moon by David Robertson

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I didn’t know Mr. Moon but many did. There was genuine respect and love between the neighbourhood kids and Mr. Moon. Frank Moon used to make tooling for the Findlay Foundry and repair machinery for the Bates & Innes mill. He had the largest planing machine in the area which was mesmerizing for any kid to watch. Noyl did he make candlestick holders, he also made wooden gavels.

Lizzie Brunton

Hi Linda, I have a question re: Findlay Foundry. I grew up on Moffatt Street from ’72 to 98, my parents down sized years later to William Street. Well, there was a little shop on the corner of High St and McLaren, not a shop for buying stuff. It was a believe a place where pieces from the foundry were fixed, by a sweet little old man named Mr. Moon. I’m wondering if you have any way to find out about this. I’m pretty sure it closed up mid 70 ‘s. It later was transformed into a Vet clinic and now a home. Thought it may be a neat story or info. He was a short man, bald, little round glasses. I always thought he was like a mad scientist but no madness lol.

Bill Brunton
I think Mr. Moon must have been in his 80’s when I met Him. It was so strange going into that building once it reopened as a Vet clinic. His shop, now that I think about it, was like stepping back in time to 1890. He used to be in the little building on the corner of McLaren and High Street. On the edge of the Coin wash laundry parking lot. He was still there when we moved here and if you went into his shop he would give you a piece of Brass chunk leftovers from making the candle holders. It was an entirely unsafe machine shop with huge belts and machines, safe for him but not a 10 year old like me.

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I have found one story by David Robertson of Heritage Carleton Place. I urge you to visit David’s site. It takes “a town” to move a mountain of local history. and I am glad that I can share this piece by David.

F.T. Moon Products- A Tribute to Frank Moon
by David Robertson

Photos from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Today, if you drive on High Street in Carleton Place, and you approach the corner of Mclaren and High Street, you will notice a small residence. This home was once a busy machine shop, until it was converted to living quarters. The machine shop was owned for many years by Frank T. Moon. Mr. Moon’s shop was on the north side of town but he lived in the large brick house on the corner of Lake Avenue and Neelin Street near the hosptal.

Many locals will remember the sound of machinery working, and the sound of large belts and pulleys that were strung along the ceiling from machine to machine connected to large motors. It was a fascinating set up, with a true craftsman working behind the metal lathes,and other metal forming equipment. Mr . Moon was a short man with little round spectacles who worked each day forming, and shaping metal for his customers with pride.

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Along with general machining for customers, Mr Moon was famous for his turned brass candle sticks and his replica canons, he carefully crafted from brass and wood. Both the brass candle sticks, and replica canons came in various sizes. After completing each piece, he would carefully stamp a ¼ moon in the brass of each product that would indicate it was a genuine F.T Moon Product. It is said as Mr. Moon when in the latter part of his life , the moon stamped on the bottom of each product changed to a third quarter or techically called a waning moon.

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As a boy, I remember all the neighborhood kids would bike down to the shop and watch Mr. Moon work. As a kid it was fascinating to watch the large pulleys and belts moving along the ceiling of the shop. Mr. Moon was a kind man who always allowed us to watch at a safe distance or would stop to chat or answer our questions. The other memory, I have is Mr. Moon fixing the neighborhood children’s bikes. If you had a bike problem , you would stop by the shop. Mr. Moon would stop what he was doing and access the situation. He usually fixed the problem on the spot for the kids but a overnight stay sometimes occured. He often joked with the parents that he was going to send out invoices for the work he did but never did.

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Mr. Moon was a part of our community for many years. I and many others will always remember his shop.. The photo for this article was supplied by the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum. Please support our local museum.

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1982

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

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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. We have what I believe to be a complete set of Mr. Moon’s candle sticks. We have 6 pair of varying sizes. My wife, Nancy, lived a couple of blocks away up High Street. If you are interested I could a photo as an email attachment.

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