Margaret Love -From Sweet to Sour


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According to the Carleton Place newspaper– there was a Mrs. Love who had a confectionery store on Bridge Street in the Good Food Co.  building. People came for miles for Maggie’s delicious home made Italian Cream candy.

In the Canadian Census of 1891 Maggie was 32, head of the household, and lived alone in Carleton Place with her son Holden age 15.  But, she seemed to be quite the business owner. So I dug deeper and found out that Holden’s real name was Richard Holden Stewart Love (named after his Grandfather) who was indeed born in Carleton Place on the 18th of June 1876.  His father was John Love and Maggie’s maiden name was Margaret Stewart, both were from Carleton Place. She was married to John in Carleton Place on July 1, 1875 in Carleton Place and Holden was born a year later.

Maggie was definitely estranged from her husband John as he was listed in the 1891 census as living with his sister Marian Bryce and brother William, son Thomas and his niece Maggie Miller. He was also listed as being widowed which many men did in those days if they were separated. By the looks of the newspaper article it looks like Ms. Love did not sit around with a  broken heart.

And all I wanted was information about a candy store.:)


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal28 Apr 1899, FriPage 8


Linda Gallipeau-Johnston– Linda, I remember a candy store right next to Central school – got lots of good stuff there (where Ike Smith has his barber shop) – the lady that ran it was May Malve at least that’s what my memory is telling me! I thought it was just a candy store – anyone else remember this or something else?  Phew – thank heaven – didn’t want to think I had been dreaming this for so many year not to mention the candy I ate. The store was red tarpaper brick back then with the big Central School fence separating the properties.

Llew Lloyd– There was a candy store in the building now occupied by Ike Smith’s barber shop when I went to Central School .

So this is where the Central Candy store was:



Recipe for Italian Cream Candy


  1. Combine sugar, evaporated milk, corn syrup and salt in 4 qt heavy saucepan.
  2. Cook over medium to low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture reaches the soft ball stage (238 degrees).
  3. Remove from heat and add butter without stirring.
  4. Cool to lukewarm (110 degrees).
  5. Add vanilla.
  6. Beat with electric mixer at slow speed until candy thickens and is very creamy.
  7. Stir in nuts quickly.
  8. Pour into two buttered 8 1/2″x4 1/2″x2 1/2″ loaf pans, cool until firm.
  9. Remove candy from pans and wrap each loaf in foil or plastic wrap.
  10. Store in cold place.
  11. DO NOT CHEAT ON THE 238 DEGREES This is very rich and you may decide to use different pans for a different way to serve.


Maggie Love

Canada Census, 1891
Marriage Certificate to John Love


Name Maggie Love
Gender Female
Age 32
Relationship to Head of Household Head
Birth Year (Estimated) 1859
Birthplace Ontario
Marital Status Married
Religion Free Church
Province Ontario
District Lanark South
District Number 84
Sub-District Carleton Place
Affiliate Film Number 30953_148151

About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

2 responses »

  1. the candy store was located right next to the present post office where the barber shop is now. When I was going to Central School in 1949 it was owned and operated by a Mrs. Mulvey(?)

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