Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy — Or Mike Muldowan’s Fries



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


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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