The Photos of John Armour


These are from the collection of John Armour- 1977 CPHS graduate- Thank you John!

From the early 1900’s — Carleton Place, Ontario

The is Central School (demolished in 1963 – site of current CP Post Office) Circa 1912 – Principle far right is R. J. Robertson Principal.

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Photo of young Mabel Hooper (circa 1908) who was a McNeely and married Wm. H. Hooper (photographer in CP and former military POW in WWI). She is buried at Pine Grove United Cemetery. From the Jessie and Robert Armour collection as given and told to John by his Grandfather, Walter Armour (1895-1980)




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“Captain William Hooper and his wife Mabel at “Raloo Cottage”. Mabel (1879 – 1952) was the daughter of Brice McNeely Jr. and Mary MacDowell. They were married in 1905.”He became a noted early professional photographer in the 1900’s Carleton Place and were a respected couple.



Photo- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

WW1 broke out and within two weeks, the town’s first dozen volunteers under Captain William H. Hooper left Carleton Place. Major W. H. Hooper, husband of Mabel Hooper –home after four years’ service in the first world war including two years as a prisoner in Germany, was welcomed in a reception held outdoors.  Indoor meetings had been banned by reason of deaths from a world influenza epidemic.

R.J. Robertson- Principal Central School

In 1910 Carleton Place appointed a new public school principal to teach the senior class and supervise the operation of two schools and the work of thirteen other teachers.  The opening salary was $800.  Teachers were: Misses McCallum, Shaw, Burke, Anderson, O’Donnell, Caswell, Sturgeon, Sinclair, McLaren, Fife, Flegg, Morris, Cornell, and Mr. R. J. Robertson, principal.

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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