I found this postcard today from Longley Auctions–Inventory # 100154– 1899 Mississippi Hotel Carleton Place- Numeral tied by RPO cancel to Buffalo. Nice illustration in green, slightly reduced at right. It is on sale for $45
Yowsers says Linda! Carleton Place is on the map!
In 1883 the hotel was purchased by Walter Mcllquham who doubled the room capacity to 56. Walter’s son, Clyde Mcllquham and his family ran the hotel from 1907-1959 and according to history his son Watty was quite the character and would sell bottles of booze right out of his dad’s hotel bar. Ever so often he would get caught red-handed by the local police and would be sentenced to 30 dollars or 30 days in the Perth jail. Watty didn’t really care for being the cook in the family hotel so he would always choose the 30 days in jail to rest up and avoid working.
I also found this in the Almonte Gazette and had to laugh. Cartoon Place indeed!
Almonte Gazette April 1897. The town of Carleton Place must be a drouthy lot as it takes ten places licensed to sell liquour to supply their wants
Photo by Linda Seccaspina