Carleton Place 1846–Only 6 Single Men in Town



Mc Arthur Woolen Mill -Photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Perth Courier, June 12, 1891


Carleton Place Looks Forward

An old friend who has been a subscriber and constant reader of the Herald for 40 years fell into a reverie of remembrances the other day and communicated to us a number of interesting facts regarding early days of our town.  He looks back to the year 1846—45 years ago—when they were without our present far reaching land limits.

There were 58 occupied dwellings ranging from an old log shanty of small dimensions to the two story house.  There were but three of the latter—that now occupied by Mrs. Muirhead (then Rosamonds) and another occupied by the late Horace Brown’s family (then by Boultons).  The present hotel kept by John Fulton and finished and occupied in that year by the late Napoleon Lavalee as a temper and hotel was built.  Of the whole 58 there are at present but 29 buildings now standing.  Some have been replaced by stone, brick or wooden structures and three or four have disappeared.

The industries of that day were:  one grist and one oat mill owned by Bells and Rosamund; a carding and fulling mill by the late Allan McDonald; one tannery and one horse saw mill; four general stores were kept by Bell and Co, W. Peden, John Gemmell and McArthur & Co.  The latter came here in September or October.  The physicians were the late Dr. Wilson and Dr. Russell.

Workshops:  two blacksmith forges by Duncan McGregor and James Duncan; three carpenters, D. Pattie (the father of our present Reeve), John McLaughlin and W. Moffat.  Three boot and shoe shops J. Murphy, J. Bond (now of Almonte) and J. Coleman; one cooper shop kept by A. McAffrey and Lavalee; four tailors, Scott, Fitzpatrick, Laidlow and Galvin; one harness shop of McNab and Webster; three wagon shops, Graham, Walsh and Pettard. There was one public school and the scholars now alive will never forget the teacher of 1846—Mr. Neilson.  Peace to his his memory.  Those were the good old days at school and no mistake.  There was a small private school kept by Mrs. Poole.


There were four church buildings the old wooden St. James (Methodist), Cameronian and Baptist.  Of those who were then married only six now remain in town, viz. Robert Bell, David McNab, Robert Knox, George Willis and Patrick Galvin (absent just now for a little while).  Col. John Summer had been here before that year but had gone to Ashton.  George Hurdis I think married the following year.

ger.jpgPhoto from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Of those who were young men just coming into manhood there are now three, James Munro, James McFadden and Peter McRostie (as for our present Reeve he was then in petticoats).  So much for the men of 1846 in town let us now recall some of the old faces of the surrounding neighborhood who have weathered the storms of nearly half a century.  First I think of Daniel Cram and Patrick Nagle on Glen Isle, James McLaren and James Moffat (carpenter) and Peter Lake.  Across the river on the 10th Concession Beckwith was William Rattray, on the 9th, Alexander Stewart.  I should also mention Charles Munro as a man of those early days.  No doubt some of our own boys and girls will live to see Carleton Place in the next 46 years.  P.G.


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

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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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