Forgotten Mill Street



Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage  Museum-by Blaine Cornell

Blaine Cornell brought this in this week. This is his Dad Herb Cornell with Ray McIsaac- Check out the corner after the old Taylor’s Garage. There was a building there where there is an empty parking lot now next to Spartan’s Pizza. Anyone remember what that was?

For all the folks asking what was on the corner where the town empty parking lot is now next to Spartans you can see the building which was formerly Don Switzers garage .I believe later on it was run by Mel Phillips , Susan’s dad






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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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  1. Linda

    It was a big white building I think but I don’t remember what it was specifically. I remember working there when I was in High school. Bill MacGregor’s dad (Bill MacGregor) had a company there upstairs called Hi Q A. I worked part time for him. I don’t know if it has anything to do with the present Hi Q A or not. MacGregors lived in the house where Sinders Bridal house is now.

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  2. I always thought it looked like an auto parts shop. A Mr McNally also ran a business upstairs when I was teaching here.


  3. Originally the building was Don Switzer’s Chrysler dealership during the the ’50’s. The Switzer family lived in the former Brown residence. The dealership later became Milt Phillips Motors where I worked while in grade 11 and 12 along with the office manager,Leo McDiarmid , the sole survivor of the four McDiarmid boys who went joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force in WW I. The Brown Bolton condominiums was the Ritchie Feed and Seed while Don MacGregor ran a body shop out of the site of Slakoni’s (sic). The Carleton Place Hydro office was in a home on the site of the municipal park while the large warehouse on the corner of Mill and Beckwith was the site of Rubino Bros Produce.

    Interestingly, my former boss Milt Phillips passed away recently in his ’90’s

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    • Ray, I was quite sad when Milt died as I learned a lot about him from Wally Cook when I was fighting for the renaming of the Industrial park for the Dunlops. Again nothing but gold.. thank you.


  4. I first met Milt Phillips when he was my neighbour on Herriott Street. At that time he was a Sargeant in the Royal Canadian Army Pay Corps stationed in Ottawa. His family and my are entwined through my sister who was/is good friends with his twins-Lynn and Lee

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