Who was the “Drugstore Woman” in Asselstine’s Rexall?


Update January 9, 2016.

From the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum Files we found out that  Betty Findlay and Mary Cook both worked at Assestine’s Pharmacy.


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 The Queen’s Hotel in the background 1944–Now Valley Granite & Tile, this site once housed H.B Asselstine’s Rexall Drug Store and Hughes Grocery (Circa 1946). The original brick and stone quoins were covered with a brick facade in the 1970s, and the large windows replaced.

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John Edwards said:  Its Betty Findlay!!

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So anyone know who this retail pinup girl was?


Ray Paquette​ said: Wayne was a lot time employee of Mr. Asseltine’s Rexall Drug Store who later became a salesman in the furniture department at Eaton’s Bayshore where I would run into him often, stopping to exchange news on people from Carleton Place we knew in common.



Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
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It’s Photo Friday!
Harvey Asselstine (1904 – 1990) takes a break from his pharmacy duties and poses for a photo in front of his drugstore. Asselstine purchased the business from William Hughes and operated here at the corner of Bridge and Franklin until the late 1960’s. It’s now the Giardino Atelier.-

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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.

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  1. Her Story: The Woman in the Photo
    That moment has been captured in one of Carleton Place’s historical murals by Sean McInnis, right around the corner where the Rexall drugstore stood. The mural celebrates the founding, all-boys members of the BIA, headed at the time by pharmacist Harvey B. Asselstine. But it also showcases a quieter achievement.
    The woman at the counter is Betty Asselstine Findlay, one of a handful of graduating female pharmacy students from the Ontario College of Pharmacy in Toronto in 1950. She was completing her internship at the drugstore under her dad’s supervision. Betty went on to requalify in the 70s and return to pharmacy after 22 years raising a family of five. She worked at the hospital for many years.
    You can check out the mural, “Celebrating 100 Years of Business History in Carleton Place”, at the corner of Bridge and Franklin Street. https://carletonplace.ca/murals-everywhere.php


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