The Old Steam Engine Tractor on Mullet Street




For years when I used to make my way to Townline in Carleton Place a Steam Engine Tractor sat on the lawn of a Mullet Street home. Can anyone add any information? Where is it now? Well, we found out in short order and that was great!

Jeremy Stinson added : I lived across the street from Desmond and Jean Moore, who owned the steam engines you mean. Many of their children/grands are still around the area. After Dez passed, Jean said she was contacted by the Milton Heritage Farm (whatever it is called) and sold everything to them. They came, packed everything up as is and carted it off. She said they were quite happy Dez had spare parts like turn signal for his old 2 ton truck.

Jody Capello added: The steam engine belonged to my grandfather Desmond Moore. Thanks for sharing the photo. It was nice to see it again.

Janine McDonald Azzouz–Here’s a photo from 1979 with my Grandpa taking all the kids for rides around the neighborhood.


Author’s Note- It is now being well kept at the Country Heritage Park in Milton Ontario. See the video below.


Robert McDonaldMy wife’s grandfather, George Marshall, used to work on Steam Engines in Carleton Place. Here is an old photo of him from the mid 1970s. 


Here is another photo of George Marshall and the steam engine.  This photo was taken at the bottom of Lisgar Street, where it meets Argyle (Thanks to Jennifer Fenwick Irwin)
Linda Gallipeau-Johnston— We lived just around the corner of the Moore’s for a short time – the kids loved that they could go and check out this machine by just walking down the street.




Desmond Moore

In Memory of Desmond and Jean Moore

MOORE, Desmond Arnold Peacefully, surrounded by his family at the Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital on Tuesday October 28, 2008 at the age of 87 years. Loving son of the late S. James Moore and the late Margaret (nee Shane). Beloved and best friend of 60 years to Jean (nee Gould). Adored father of Carol (Joe) McDonald, Donna (Ewen) Marjerrison, Karen (Denis) Prieur, Cheryl (Brent) Wheeler. Cherished grandfather of Jody (Steffen) Capello, Janine (Sam) Azzouz, Dane Fellows, Jennifer (Brian) Minifie, James Marjerrison (Grace Jung), Taylor Wheeler, Vanessa Wheeler and his great-grandchildren Nicholas and Sophia Capello, Yasmine, Aden and Siena Azzouz, Desmond and Caine Fellows and Avery Minifie. Friends may call at the Tubman Funeral Homes, Carleton Place Chapel, 61 Lake Avenue, Carleton Place on Wednesday October 29, 2008 from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday October 30, 2008 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Funeral Service will be held at St. James Anglican Church, Carleton Place on Thursday October 30, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. followed by interment in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to St. James Anglican Church, 225 Edmund Street, Carleton Place, ON, K7C 3E7 or the Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital, 211 Lake Avenue, East, Carleton Place, ON, K7C 1J4

792776_A_20130718.jpg MOORE, Jean B. (nee Gould)
November 2, 1928 – July 17, 2013
With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of our wonderful mother, Jean B. Moore. Beloved and best friend of the late Desmond A. Moore. Left to mourn, her adored family Carolann McDonald (Joseph), Donna Marjerrison (Ewen), Karen Prieur (Dennis), Cheryl Wheeler (Brent). Her cherished grandchildren Jody Capello (Steffen), Janine Azzouz (Sam), Jennifer Marjerrison (John), James Marjerrison (Ashley), Dane Fellows (Ciara), Taylor Wheeler and Vanessa Wheeler. Treasured great-grandchildren Nicholas and Sophia Capello, Yasmine, Aden and Siena Azzouz, Avery Minifie, Desmond, Caine, Drake & Cruz Fellows. Predeceased by her parents John and Anna Gould (nee Jackson) and by her sister Edna Lightbody (Eldon). Fondly remembered by her nephews Bryant (Donna), Roydon (Lynn) and David and their families.
Friends may call at the Carleton Place Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 61 Lake Avenue West, Carleton Place on Thursday from 4-8 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at St. James Anglican Church, 225 Edmund Street, Carleton Place on Friday at 2 p.m. Interment St. James Anglican Cemetery.
In her own quiet way, she served the needs of many and was a faithful member of St. James Anglican Church.
In lieu of flowers donations to the Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital or St. James Anglican Church would be appreciated.







Photo from Janine McDonald Azzouz–I was inspired by the house comparison photos lately and looked up the photos of my grandparents’ house. This house is located at 190 Morphy St. It was built by my Grandpa – Desmond Moore in 1949. His father James Moore helped to clear the land and dig the basement. Desmond and Jean Moore raised their four girls in this little house – even having my great grandmother (Granny Shane) move in with them for many years! In the photo you can see Des Moore and two of his daughters – Carol McDonald and Donna Marjerrison. They owned the house until 2013 after my Grandma passed away. The “recent” photo is from 2013 when my grandma still tended to the flowers at the front of the house.





Thrasting Bee in Lanark Township about 1890.


Submitted by Del DunlopPhotograph by Robert J. Stead.

This is the Thomas Watt & Son stove display probably at the Middleville Fair.

Comment on Steam Engines at the Middleville Fair from The Almonte Gazette 1895

“I was disappointed at seeing that few steam plows were exhibited.  The sheep were very fine,  of which there were some superior animals. There was also a large number of pigs on exhibition,of which there was some fine specimens and for which large prices were asked”

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4 responses »

  1. I could be wrong but I thought a Mr. Moore owned that steam tractor…. He lived in the house on the property. I stopped on day about approx.13 to 15 years ago and we talked about the steam tractor.. I remember his name was Moore but I could be wrong


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