Another Example of Local Random Acts of Kindness- Zion Memorial United Church

Another Example of Local Random Acts of Kindness- Zion Memorial United Church



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.

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1955 Ottawa Journal


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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


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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

Toronto Star License


From the Toronto Star Archives

File Location:

G2–Canada-Ontario-Carleton Place-124c-GO-354



Photo City of Ottawa Archives-1954-02-07



Always share random acts of kindness 

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  21 Nov 1900, Wed,  Page 7

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  19 Jul 1912, Fri,  Page 2


Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Citizen,
  2. 27 Sep 1920, Mon,
  3. Page 3

The reunion picture was taken after the fire at the Memorial Park United Church was rebuilt. The stained glass windows above the choir loft were donated and dedicated to my great grand parents, James and Rosina Lowe. My grandmother MacPherson’s parents.
The second picture is one of my grandmother Myrtle MacPherson and her five daughters. There were nine children in the family the youngest being 2 yrs when she lost her husband. They are left to right: Florabelle (Keays); Myrtle Claire (Dolly)(Casson; Grandma Mac; Myrtle MacPherson; Ina (McAllister); Ruth (Peters); and Jean (Coleman).
She was an amazing lady and I admired and respected her. She taught me a lot of things and I think of her regularly.
(Ruth Sawdon)

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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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