Photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum–Howard Little’s Barber Shop, Olympia Restaurant and Elmer Robertson’s garage. 1960
A fire that amounted to $75,000 worth of damage occurred on the main street of Carleton Place in 1960. The Olympia Restaurant, Howard Little’s Barbershop and a garage owned by Elmer Robertson containing a small amount of furniture fell prey to the flames.
Jim Antonakas, his brother Dino and the latter’s wife Pitsa occupied an apartment on the second floor and were wakened by Chief McIsaac who discovered the outbreak at 3:30 am which had originated at the back of the restaurant. A dress shop next door to the burning structure that was owned by Mrs. Eleanor Shane also caught fire during the blaze but Chief Caldwell Wilson was able to save it.
Photo- Martin McNabb
Jim Antonakas had previously purchased the building 2.5 years before that fateful day. Antonakas had originally operated a restaurant in the Byward Market in Ottawa. Everything in the restaurant and garage was destroyed but the firemen aided by the residents of Carleton Place were able to save almost all of the equipment in the barber shop. Later Mr. Little rented space in Ernie Foote’s building on Bridge Street and was expected to move in shortly. In a wonderful small-town gesture Bill Miller, owner of the Queen’s Hotel supplied breakfast free of charge to all the Carleton Place and Almonte firemen. During the fire coffee was served to the fire fighters by Dorothy Burns Snack Bar, the Queen’s Hotel and nearby neighbours.
Author’s note– I had no idea until Lynn Hastie Card told me this morning that Harold Little was the great great grandfather of my granddaughter Tenley Card Seccaspina.
Lynn Hastie-Card to Linda Seccaspina— Howard Little is my grandfather, my Mom’s dad and my cousin I believe still has the chair.
Norma Ford— My brother Jim Dorman helped some guys get the barbershop chair out of the shop, I wonder what ever happened to that chair. I remember he was quite proud of helping.
Joan Stoddart– Mr Little had a horse seat he put over the arms of the chair so little guys would be taller . I remember my brother’s first hair cut from Mr. Little
The picture below is of Howard Little courtesy of Julia Waugh Guthrie- thank Julia!
So I found this picture at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum from the old Canadian files and could not figure out why they would have an old picture of a chair. Could this be a photo of Howard Little’s chair that was rescued?
NEW PICTURES HAVE BEEN ADDED TO: The Fire That Almost Wiped Out Part of Bridge Street