Before and After in Carleton Place–Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum Posting



This week on March 20th  the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum posted the following on their Facebook page:

A new find! A photo of William Jenkins’ Bakery on High Street in 1908. That’s William. And that’s his “neatly fitted up store”. The red brick building exists today as a laundromat, but the white frame building is gone. See the giant painting of a loaf of bread on the side?

And IS THAT AN ELEPHANT on the front facade? Very cool.
The following description was published in the Review of Prosperous Towns in the Counties of Lanark and Grenville, 1908:

“Among the well-known manufacturers of all kinds of bread, cakes, pastry and confectionery in Carleton Place we find as a leading one the establishment of William Jenkins which was established 19 years ago. Mr. Jenkins enjoys an enviable reputation as a business man and citizen and it is not to be wondered at that he has an almost exclusive share of the high class trade of the town. The premises occupied on High Street, phone 87, are embraced in a neatly fitted up store. The bakery is equipped with the most modern machinery. The utmost cleanliness is observed in the manufacture of goods. Every convenience is at hand for the successful prosecution of the business and employment is afforded to 2 bakers. Everything in the line of high class bakery goods, choice confectionery is dispensed.

A special feature is made of wedding cakes. Weddings, parties, balls and receptions, afternoon teas, are fully supplied with the greatest care and attention and upon the shortest notice possible at moderate prices. Courteous assistants are in attendance at the store. Two delivery wagons are in use and the delivery of goods is attended to with scrupulous regularity and promptness. Mr. Jenkins is also a dealer in flour, salt and fresh groceries. A specialty is made of green and black teas. Personally he is a gentleman of the highest standing and has well earned his reputation for reliability and honorable dealing.”

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum's photo.

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage MuseumMr. Campbell did have a store in the Jenkins building at one time as well. Here is a story about Mr Campbell too.

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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