Photo —Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
Nancy Willis emailed me yesterday to tell me she used to crave Mike’s chips in the 60s– but didn’t live in Carleton Place. Nancy actually lived in Smiths Falls, and when she was 8 months pregnant she used to get the normal cravings similar to all pregnant women. The worst was getting a craving for Mike’s fries and having to hitchhike all the way to Carleton Place for some of his fare. Now that is devotion– or one heck of a craving!
Nancy has been telling her family that story for years, and also has pictures of when Mike’s wife was running the truck. She once asked Mike’s son what the secret to his Dad’s fries was and he told her not even his mother knew.
As a youngster she begged her grandmother for money, but granny could not understand why they all loved french fries because she was very old school. The word around this area is: once you had Mike’s you could never go back as they say.
Her grandparents lived on the corner on Morphy and Ramsay Street and the old house is still there. She said it must be over 160 years old and used to have a barn. She is looking for any historical information about it– so if you have any please drop me a line.
In Memory of Mike Moldowan — The Man Behind the Fries
1963 Rule of Thumb for a Strong Physique — Straight Outta Carleton Place High School