Where Did the 257 Telephone Exchange Come From in Carleton Place?



This is Eldon “Joe” Henderson, wearing his uniform as Leader of The Orange Young Britons in 1962. This extraordinary man served the community with his involvement in the Orange Lodge, O.Y.B Band, Marching Saints, Chamber of Commerce, 150th Anniversary Committee, L.A.C.A.C, Hydro Electric Commission, Minor Baseball, Hospital Board, the Canoe Club and more. Of course, he also served as Mayor from 1973 to 1976.

Did you know that it was Mayor Henderson who chose the “257” telephone exchange for Carleton Place? He chose this number to honour the Orange Young Britons Lodge #257, of which he had became a member at the age of 14! I had no idea- and now you know the rest of the story.

Files and Photos from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

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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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