How Many Children Lived in Carleton Place in 1890?



In 1890 Carleton Place was incorporated as a town with a population of 4,224 of whom 1,896 were children. Roughly 2/3 attended some sort of Sunday School. Sunday school then provided a basic foundation in reading, writing and arithmetic, as well as instructing children on religious morals. Sadly, three out of every ten babies died before their first birthday, hence the large number of fleeting appearances of unheard offspring on the censuses.

If you were a pupil of Mrs. Crosbie in Victoria Public School in Carleton Place int the 1940s– how pleased you were to see her coming to school carrying a red dark felt bag. You knew you would not be kept in after four as the lady would leave immediately after the dismissal bell sounded to take her lesson in painting.

Photo-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

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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.

6 responses »

  1. The facts in this e-mail may be quite correct but the picture taken in front of the Victoria School is from the 50’s. As well, I think you will find out that this building was not used as an elementary school in the 1800’s.


  2. Does anybody notice anything odd about this picture? In most school pictures I’ve seen it is the girls down in front ant the boys at the back. They always remind me of the fact that the boys and girls were separated at public school. Boys played on one side and girls at the other at Central. They even had there own doors. This picture has them all mixed up! Heaven forbid!


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