The Inner Remains of the Findlay Foundry

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The inner remains of Findlay’s- Photo from the Delmer Dunlop Collection at Archives Lanark

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Photo- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

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This is part of the Findlay Memorial Cairn, located on the site of the first foundry on High Street. It gets missed, tucked away on the north side of High Street in a tiny little park with a shuffleboard court! All that remains is an empty field and a cairn of a once great company.

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Mike Doyle–Thank you, Linda, for this. My father Meyer Francis Doyle (b: 1910), worked in the Findlay plant as a pattern-maker prior to 1939, when he was hired by the Canadian Vickers Company in Montreal, as his trade, learned at Findlays, was integral to the manufacture of the PBY ‘Flying Boat’ which Vickers was building for the war effort.
This plaque and photos will now be part of my family history.

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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.

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  1. Thank you, Linda, for this. My father Meyer Francis Doyle (b: 1910), worked in the Findlay plant as a pattern-maker prior to 1939, when he was hired by the Canadian Vickers Company in Montreal, as his trade, learned at Findlays, was integral to the manufacture of the PBY ‘Flying Boat’ which Vickers was building for the war effort.

    This plaque and photos will now be part of my family history.

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  2. I’m confused! I thought I was at the foundry while it was still in operation later in the ’70’s, maybe as late as 1980, perhaps even later than that. I was working with Vermont Castings and the foundry guys were helping with parts/pattern maintenance. Is there another such facility in the greater Ottawa area? Thanks for your thoughts, Tony

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      • Linda, I have been a permanent resident of Carleton Place since 1983, and at that time for at least two years Findlay`s was in the blue/grey building at Townline/Industrial manufacturing industrial boilers, but whether it was the same company or a bought name I do not know. Before then, about 1979 perhaps, I had the privilege to attend an open house of the founder`s home on High Street following the passing of his grandson. The home was just as he`d left it including all antique furnishings which included a massive ornately turned four-poster bed and toys, the most memorable being a cast metal ride-on truck of possibly the 1910s era.

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  3. Cool 😎
    My mother’s family were based in Carleton Place & I believe some of the family (my uncles ?) worked there + we (me.now) have a set of Findlay cast iron pots & pans at our cottage 👍
    Lovely little town, now a suburb of Ottawa 🤔

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