Last night we had a real round table discussion about Happy Valley on The Tales of Carleton Place. But, as I keep telling everyone, we will not get down to the bottom of things until we keep dishing around the pickle barrel.
Peter Redden thought the Neelin Street area was called Happy Valley, and boy everyone was set straight pretty quickly, and that is what I like. Happy Valley will always be off Townline, but now we have the new facts that the Neelin Street area was once called Treasure Valley as Wendy LeBlanc told us:
Wendy LeBlanc—Linda, When I was a kid in the 50s to mid-60s, the area know as Happy Valley was the area along Carleton and Lanark Streets north of the Town Line. Many hard-working families lived there – the Dugdales, Percys, Gilbaults, Bairds, Omearas; Thompsons, Flynns – and I remember going to Victoria and Prince of Wales Schools with kids from all of those families. My father – who grew up on Campbell Street – referred to the area that is now in the arena property as Treasure Valley; I recall walking the area that was not covered by the town dump (currently the ball fields in front of the arena) with Dad and particularly remember a pear tree growing there.
We have to also love my gal Joann Voyce and her remarks that that particular area was called SH1T CREEK as the sewage plant drained around there. I don’t think I will ever ever forget that one.
Peter Redden added his thoughts and especially noted were the veterans of Carleton Place:
“The memories of a child, 50 years later. I remember both places now: Happy and Treasure, when I lived there. I suspect the gobsmack is about our vets. and I truly remember them as left behind and then seeing them on Remembrance Day with their blazers and medals. I was heart broken as an 8 year old. But that was a reality of everywhere.”
If you have other memories, please add them