Before and After in Carleton Place — Mac Williams and The Good Food Co

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If you look at the picture of this building,  Miss Mayhew’s and  Schwerdtfeger ‘s stores became ‘As Good As New’.  The man that looks like he is holding on to the hitching post is standing in front of what is now The Good Food Co.

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Before The Good Food Co. that particular location was a hardware store, a tailoring business, a grocery store and Mac Williams Drugstore. Mac Williams retired in 1982 and is still missed. If you search in the media archives online, chances are you won’t find much about Mac Williams except that maybe that he played in a baseball game at Riverside Park between junior teams of Carleton Place and of the Smiths Falls C.P.R. club in 1919.

But, if you are old enough to remember Mac William’s Drugstore, then you must have bought candy on your way back and forth from the Central School. If you close your eyes some of you can probably still see the Coca Cola cooler sitting in the right hand window. Then there was that big TV test tube testing machine in the front of the store when a television had test tubes.

Mac William’s was said to be the kindest man in town, and once in awhile he would drop off sandwiches to feed the less fortunate on the steps of the former Zion Church. Mac even spent time chatting with them.

Many town kids used his front lawn on Beckwith Street so they could slide down the hill from his house to the parking lot for the old arena. Most times the sleds were made out of cardboard, and if you didn’t have one, he would always magically come up with something suitable from the drugstore.

The children of Carleton Place were always welcome in Mac William’s yard and store. When you went into his drug store he always had a free rolo ice cream cone, or maybe some free chocolate. It’s a wonder he stayed in business so long being so giving, but I have a feeling that Mac Williams knew that being generous in spirit was the way to live.

The Good Food Co. 28-seat cafe has been serving up delectable, seasonally-inspired, from-scratch fare since August 1997. Did you now that they serve fair-trade coffee by the Equator Coffee from Almonte and that their bread is supplied by Baker Bob’s in Almonte?

In Memory of Mac Williams and his generous heart.

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Photos from the Carleton Place Carleton Place Canadian files from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

 

 

Shelley13 hr. ago
Mac Williams is my beloved grandfather. I have heard so many stories about him. We could only wish that there were more human being like him. Grampa will always be my hero. He taught me so many life lessons and a day does not go by that I think of him. He will always be my special person.

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.

6 responses »

  1. I worked in the drug store for Mac Williams from the time I was 13 until I graduated from high school in 1969…great memories!

    Mary Ann Gagnon(Dawson)

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  2. I have a piece of marble that I use for a cutting board. It was the base from a soda fountain in Mac Williams drug store. My grandfather Mark Anthony Rubino was a good friend of his, any way it’s still going to good use.

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  3. Mac Williams is my beloved grandfather. I have heard so many stories about him. We could only wish that there were more human being like him. Grampa will always be my hero. He taught me so many life lessons and a day does not go by that I think of him. He will always be my special person.

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