Benoit & Richardson Photo– a Mystery

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Photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

 

Benoit & Richardson Ottawa no date– I thought I saw it at an auction but no– checked my files and it did come from the museum. So what was the relation?

Historian Jaann Kolk who has helped me with a few other Lanark County mysteries commented on my photo on Lost Ottawa

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Linda, is this photo connected to Carleton Place in any way? I can’t find much on this in city directories or Journal archives except this note from Oct. 20, 1897 which mentions Carleton Place photographer O. Benoit had been visiting his family on Clarence St. In Ottawa. Perhaps Benoit had a business in Ottawa briefly at some point?

Jaan is probably very correct in his assumption. Working together we slowly unravel the past. Thanks Jaan!

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Jaan Kolk–The sign on the back wall advertises “The Boston Cigar” made by the L.O. Grothe company of Montreal. They were in business from about 1880 to at least 1940, so that does not help much with the date. But the logo is identical to a cigar box dated to 1897 http://www.historymuseum.ca/cmc/exhibitions/tresors/cigares/cigar272e.shtml

 

More thanks to: Rick Roberts, Carleton Place resident 1953-1971 & 2015-?

O.L. Benoit also operated as a photographer in Arnprior between 1902-1904. (source: Glen C. Phillips,The Ontario Photographers List 1901-1925, Volume 2, Global Heritage Press, 2002).


Benoit and Chevrier are recorded as photographers in Ottawa in 1893 … no mention of Benoit and Richardson, nor of Richardson alone. (source: Glen C. Phillips,The Ontario Photographers List 1851-1900, Volume 1, Global Heritage Press, 2002)


Looks like Phillips missed listing the other places where Benoit worked as professional photographer… odd insofar as Philips’ published lists of professional photographers in Ontario and Western Canada are considered to be the most comprehensive published source available. Checking microfilmed newspapers (advertisements) for the period may nail down the years that Benoit worked in CP and Ottawa with Richardson.

 

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Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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  1. O.L. Benoit also operated as a photographer in Arnprior between 1902-1904. (source: Glen C. Phillips,The Ontario Photographers List 1901-1925, Volume 2, Global Heritage Press, 2002).

    Benoit and Chevrier are recorded as photographers in Ottawa in 1893 … no mention of Benoit and Richardson, nor of Richardson alone. (source: Glen C. Phillips,The Ontario Photographers List 1851-1900, Volume 1, Global Heritage Press, 2002)

    Looks like Phillips missed listing the other places where Benoit worked as professional photographer… odd insofar as Philips’ published lists of professional photographers in Ontario and Western Canada are considered to be the most comprehensive published source available. Checking microfilmed newspapers (advertisements) for the period may nail down the years that Benoit worked in CP and Ottawa with Richardson.

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