Who Remembers Harry’s Cafe?




Harry opened Harry’s Café at 59 Gore Street in  Perth. Jasper was a cook there until the 1940s. Jasper Hum (chef at Harry’s Café from 1930 to mid-1940s, and later had a share and worked at the Astor Café, Smiths Falls). (Courtesy of Linda Hum)-Photo from The Fong Johnston Family in Perth



Doris (née Fong Johnston) Soong in kitchen of Harry’s Café, circa. 1960s. (Courtesy of Linda Hum)  Photo from The Fong Johnston Family in Perth

Harry’s Café flourished during the tourist season when cottagers and summer camps opened up. After the Second World War, Mabel and Doris expanded the menu to include Chinese dishes adapted to western tastes. Mabel died in 1966 and Doris took over the business with her husband, Howard Soong, who also had a share in the Astor Café in Smiths Falls. Harry’s Café closed in the late 1980s.–The Fong Johnston Family in Perth



Jack Wong (husband of Lillian Fong Johnston) and cook, Danny Fong, Harry’s Café, circa. 1960s. (Courtesy of Linda Hum)Photo from The Fong Johnston Family in Perth



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Perth, during ‘Old Home Week’, 1948. This picture was preserved in the family album of Constable Dan Lee (standing at far left). The vertical sign of Harry’s Café is visible on the right. (1948 “Old Home Week” souvenir booklet, Perth)-Photo from The Fong Johnston Family in Perth


Photo from The Fong Johnston Family in Perth



Photo from The Fong Johnston Family in Perth


Photo from Perth Remembered

Now you can read all about the Fong family in this great book!


LivesFamily_r4_01(Linotype-Tasse) (1)Lives of the Family: Stories of Fate and Circumstance

by Denise Chong

Now in paperback! To purchase:

“Our critics’ favourite books of 2013 “A masterful storyteller at the peak of her writing career, Vancouver-born Denise Chong has written a worthy historical follow-up to her bestselling 1994 family memoir, The Concubine’s Children… Bravo.” Georgia Strait, Vancouver


Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News

Related Reading–

Memories of Mrs. Gee’s Homemade Egg Rolls

Patterson’s Restaurant Perth

Summers of Carleton Place Past — Memories of Gooffy’s?

Grandma’s Butterscotch Pie — Lolly’s Tea Room

Food Fit For Olympians in Carleton Place

Boomers of Carleton Place

Remembering Your Smiling Face at My Second Place

RACK ‘EM UP —Do You Remember George’s Playhouse?

In Memory of George’s Pizza in Carleton Place

Twin Oaks Motel Opens -1959 — Highway 7 Landmarks

Sentimental Journey Through Carleton Place — Did You Know About Sigma 7?

Let’s Have Some Curb Service!

Remembering The Leatherworks in Carleton Place

Women Who Made a Difference in Carleton Place — Mrs. Lim of the New York Cafe

New York New York in Carleton Place

In Memory of Former Carleton Place Resident Bill Lim




About lindaseccaspina

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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