The True Carleton Place Story of Joie Bond- by Jennifer Hamilton

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The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Jennifer Bond Hamilton sent me this story about Joie Bond. As you know I have been trying to gather details about her and Annie Joey Cram. Thanks to Jennifer Bond Hamiltion we have a story. Thank you Jennifer– this has really made my day, week and month…

It is only through sharing that we piece together what once was and should never be forgotten.

 

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Hello, My name is Jennifer (Bond) Hamilton. Gordon Bond was my father, Joie Bond was my aunt, my dad’s sister. The building on the main street of Carleton Place (beside the Mississippi Hotel) housed by grandmother Mimi’s wool/novelty shop on one side, my grandfather Henry’s barber shop on the other side, and living quarters for the family behind and above the shops.

As my grandmother’s health failed, Joie stayed home to care for her and took over the duties of the shop. I remember as a child my twin sister and I having a lot of fun in the “weird but wonderful” shop of treasures. In addition to wool and sewing supplies, at one time the stock also included school supplies, tea cups & saucers, figurines and other novelties. The shop was always a mess but Joie always took great pride in her appearance–dresses, hats, gloves…always neat and fashionable.

Every Christmas Joie would board the train (always first class in the diner car) and spend a few days with us in Kingston, as did my uncle Tiny (Percy) who lived in Montreal. My sister and I remember that Joie was a little superstitious especially with the color green. Hated it! A little tricky at Christmas when most wrapping paper had some green in it. We learned early on to wrap her presents in red! My parents took her to parties over the holiday season and she loved the social life, a break from her commitment to the shop in Carleton Place.

When both Joie and our uncle Lloyd who also lived in the house became ill and went to nursing homes, my father was tasked with emptying and selling the house on behalf of the family. You can only imagine the task we had ahead of us in Joie’s shop! By then, the late 70’s, the stock was quite depleted but every nook and cranny had some treasure stuffed in it (even little piles of coin here and there that hadn’t made it to the til). It took several months for my dad, sister and I (with baby in tow) to collect, sort, organize … our very own Reality TV show way ahead of its time. Joie was certainly a champion hoarder.

I’m not sure who eventually took the stock, my sister and I each knit a throw; my dad had a couple of local ladies who found homes for some things; much of it had been on the shelves for a long time, was old, dated and of little use to anyone. What I remember most about Joie (from stories passed down by my parents) is that she was once a young woman who had gone off to Business School, was ready to embark on life and likely leave Carleton Place as her sister Peggy had done, but she stayed behind to nurse her ailing mother and support her father. As the years went by she was alone much of the time, often her only social contact was through the shop.

Joie developed a reputation as being quite a ‘character’, a little strange even, especially when she became hard of hearing later in life and often seemed quite ‘out of it’. She certainly operated ‘her’ shop in her own quirky way and even became somewhat of a celebrity in the area for doing it ‘her way’.

Author’s Note– And that is why these two women, Joie Bond and Annie Joey Cram fascinate me.. they always did it their way– no matter how others were stuck in their traditional ways. My hat is off to them both. The Carleton Place Originals.

 

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Buy Linda Secaspina’s Books— Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac– Tilting the Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place and 4 others on Amazon or Amazon Canada or Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street in Carleton Place

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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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