As the Carleton Place Barber Pole Spins



Local barber Thomas McCafferty had a customer sitting in the chair facing Bridge Street, and only one side of his face shaved. The customer noticed out of the corner of his eye that a friend he wanted to talk to was walking by the barber shop.

The customer quickly jumped out of his chair and bounded out the door. On his way out he slipped and fell full width of the pavement flat on his face. McCafferty stood at the door shaking his head with a razor in hand.

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W.W. Cliff, editor of the Central Canadian, who was also passing by at the same time was astounded to hear the barber (who was known for his quick wit) say to the customer now lying on the Bridge Street sidewalk,

” And don’t come back into the shop again!”

W.W. stopped, looked at the large unshaven chap on the pavement, then at Tom, and went on his way without any comment.

I guess you are only as good as your last haircut, or in this case a shave.

Historical Fact

9328-00 (Lanark Co): Thomas McCAFFERTY, 23, barber, Glasgow Scotland, Carleton Place, s/o John McCAFFERTY & Catherine McCONNELL, married Rebecca WILSON, 24, Carleton Place, same, d/o William WILSON & Eliza McLAREN, witn: William A. WILSON of Smith Falls & Mary CLYNE of Carleton Place, 17 Jan 1900 at Carleton Place

Files from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


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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