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

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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