Miss Moore -from the files of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
Photo from the files of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
Tragedy struck in February of 1954 when dense smoke hung over the Memorial Park United Church after a horrible fire devastated the church. However, the congregation rallied immediately, and the Carleton Place council put the Town Hall at the church’s disposal.
Committees were formed to explore a possible union with the Zion Church on one hand or rebuilding on the other. At a largely attended meeting it was decided to rebuild and in the Spring of 1955 a brand new page was written under the leadership of Harold Griffin and his talented wife and also with the citizens of Carleton Place.
The Memorial Park United Church may have been knocked off their feet, but they quickly got right back up again. Any fire or tragedy in Carleton Place has always brought out the best in the people. Carleton Place is a community that reaches out every day as this is who we are, and this is what we do each and every day.
1955 Ottawa Journal
1917 snapshot of Howard Morton Brown heading to the Beckwith arena. The family lived on Judson Street, and he is running across their “cornfield” towards the Memorial Park United Church on Franklin Street. The frame arena in the distance stands where today’s Public Library is. From the files of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
Zion United Church during the blaze. …poured out, driving him back across the main portion of the church. The room is directly over the boiler room. Hueston ran to the manse and roused the minister, who called the fire department.
Rights and Licenses
From the Toronto Star Archives
Photo City of Ottawa Archives-1954-02-07
Always share random acts of kindness
Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 21 Nov 1900, Wed, Page 7
Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 19 Jul 1912, Fri, Page 2