Robberies in Carleton Place — Mr. Ed Campbell of High Street



“After a robbery and pretty severe beating as I recall, Mr. Campbell gave his store up. Then there was only Mr. Hughes’ store further up Moffatt Street near the Flynn’s and the Robertson’ s place. Later to be Mr. Connelly’s store.”

On the 27th of June 1960, Ed Campbell, a 70-year-old grocer in Carleton Place was roughed up by two unidentified young men.  Mr. Campbell lived alone on the corner of High and Bridge Street, and didn’t own a telephone. Our local police did not learn of the horrible 2 am incident until noon the next day. Mississippi  Motors Garage worker Austin Wright noticed that Mr. Campbell’s store was not open when he came to work in the morning. Wright immediately called the police, and they found poor Mr. Campbell lying on his bed, shaken up by the attack.


He was immediately rushed to the hospital for minor injuries. Mr. Campbell told police he had heard a noise and went downstairs. He was immediately grabbed by the two assailants and all his money was taken from his pocket. The thugs had gained entrance by forcing open a cellar window. A few weeks earlier, J.A. Florent and his wife Julia of Townline Road were clubbed with a .22 rifle and robbed by an intruder who escaped out the front door. No trace of either assailants were found.


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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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