Jumpin’ Around in Carleton Place — Local Urban Acrobats


Before there was parkour there was just plain tomfoolery. Some of it was going on the roofs of the local mills. I found one picture on the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum Facebook page and yesterday found out more information.


Horace Brown took this photo of his friend on top of his family’s flour mill on Mill Street in 1913. It’s the former Boulton Brown mill, on Mill Street, that is now converted into condominiums. Note that he is hanging onto that ladder for dear life – and the next time you drive down Mill street, note just how high that ladder really is! That is the Bates and Innes (MacArthur) Mill in the distance.

The boys used to climb the iron ladder on the Brown’s Flour Mill, get on the roof, and have a grand birds eye view of the town of Carleton Place. Jerry Armstrong, who did not know what fear was,almost caused heart failure in a few of his friends when he walked all around the edge of the roof and wound up looking like he was going to swan dive into the river. The aforementioned friends had a hard time getting back down to terra firma after that.

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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