Lost Ottawa— Lost Carleton Place



Thanks goes to Lost Ottawa for these photos I had not seen before. I have seen many of the Gillies family.. but these I had not seen before

Sunday Drive … with members of the Ottawa Valley’s famous Gilles family hamming it up near Carleton Place.

This would be your old school drive in horse and buggy.

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Ladies dressed for a drive up the Ottawa Valley in Carleton Place, on Bridge Street in 1912.

You needed all the clothes you could get to drive around in an open touring car of that era. Nice hats too!

Driver is Elsie Gillies. David Gillies stands on the sidewalk, looking a little unsure about the whole thing. More Gillies clan in the back seat.

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This one similar to my Gillies Photos..

Saturday Outing … Up the Ottawa Valley in Carleton Place, two members of the famous lumbering Gillies family get ready for a drive in 1912. Elsie Gillies at the wheel, I believe.

At this time it would be good to have a man along for the ride — to start the car using that crank you see below the radiator. On the “do my bidding principle,” as Mrs. Lost Ottawa calls it.

This car is identified in the original caption as a Packard. What say you, car guys?

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And now back to our regular programming … Best dressed boaters of theCarleton Place Ladies Canoe Club in front of Findlay’s Foundry, 1903.

‘m envisioning what they’d all look like after tipping that canoe 🙂 The hats floating away…..

Postcard from Carleton Place: Tourists have their picture taken on the bridge over the Mississippi River.

Looking downriver there are buildings. The one on the left (hydro plant) has disappeared, and the one on the right has been turned into condos … but hey, it’s still standing.


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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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