Photo kindly shared by the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
I am going through a lot of pictures at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum and most pictures I see of the town are taken right where the RBC and Scotia Bank are situated. I keep wondering why. But look, something I personally have not seen before. An Esso station! Joann Voyce said Earl Horricks ran this Esso and Carman Lalonde said Barrs.
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Linda Gallipeau-Johnston—That looks like our old theater on the far side of the garage – they used to give away a free piece of silverware in the evening in the 50’s – I remember my Mom collecting it.
John Armour— Earl Horrick’s Esso, later taken over by Tim Nephin. In 1972, gas was about .35 cents a gallon (pre metric). My Father let me charge up to him, all the gas I wanted, to fuel my small boat with 5 1/2hp Johnson motor. I spent my summers exploring every nook and cranny of Mississippi Lake and only shut the motor off to re-fuel. Finally put a rod through the motor and burned it out from overuse.🚣 (Have always owned my own boat since I was 11 years old)
The theatre next door originally had piano accompaniment in the days of silent movies. (My Grandmother, Mae LeMaistre, played)
On the other side of Horrick’s was a smoke shop.
Rick Roberts-Rupert St Jean operated the Texaco at the north west corner of Lake Ave and Bridge Street (where the Canadian Tire gas bar is now) . As a student, i pumped gas there from early 1967 – August 1971. BTW, Stomping Tom Connors was a regular visitor at Rupert’s Texaco when he was playing the Mississippi Hotel…. used to come over for a Coke and story-telling when he was off.
Earl Horricks operated the Esso station in the picture, from the early 1960s (and maybe before) until after I left CP in 1971. The Horricks family lived directly behind the Esso station in a white house facing Victoria Street. The empty lot to the south of the Esso station served as a Chrysler dealership for a year or two somewhere in the 1962-1964 era… I remember going with my father to check out the cars with the push button automatic transmissions.
Jane Chandra–You are correct Rick. Our Father owed it in the 60’s. Tim Nephin apprenticed and work for our Dad, he did not take over the business when he retired.
The Bernicki’s from Smith Falls lived in the little grey house that was set back off the Main St.in the 60’s. They were originally from Smith’s Falls, Dale’s Dad worked in the Butcher Shop where Young’s Variety Store was on the Main Street.