The facts below are from the flyer passed out on January 1: Carleton Place-A Valley Town at Confederation 1867 by the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum. I have personally added some extra tidbits under the facts. I have to apologize I really got carried away with this one.
Photo–Carleton Place & District Chamber of Commerce “The Ripple”
Carleton Place July 31, 1885 from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum—W.H. Wylie’s steam yacht “The Ripple(43′ keel, 10′ beam) at Hawthorne Woolen Mill, then operated–by W.H. Wylie. Possibly W.H. Wylie sitting on fore rail. On Fore Rail – A.R.G. Peden (Town Clerk) Left on upper deck: Jim Burnie
Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage MuseumFact–The first steamboat was launched on the Mississippi River and made regular trips on the Mississippi between Carleton Place and Innisville.
In the 1880’s to 1900, steamers were produced, and built built right in Carleton Place. They included the” Witch of the Wave” , “ The Morning Star” , “ the Ripple” and the” Mayflower”. Read more here at Heritage Carleton Place.
Warwick Bros & Rutter, Limited
Picture, 1910–Virtual Reference Library
Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum—Mississippi River Days featured a flotilla of decorated boats in 1991.
Did you know that Lake Park Hotel even sported a race track, and some of the horses were transported from Carleton Place via the grand old steamers of the day? Read more here: Lake Park Lodge – Queen’s Royal Hotel- Mississippi Lake Carleton Place Ontario
Did you know an 18 year-old named Bertha Sumner was last seen knocking on the Cram’s door around 4 pm and later seen on the bridge watching a new steamer being launched? What happened to her? Read more here..The Strange Disappearance of Bertha Sumner of Carleton Place
Photo- Linda Seccaspina
Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum Fact–In 1867 our Carleton Place Postmaster Patrick Struthers was in his third term as Beckwith reeve. In just three years Carleton Place would be incorporated as a separate municipal body.
Patrick Struthers (1830-1907) was a merchant and later magistrate and was in charge of the local post office for over forty-five years. On April 1, 1860 Postmaster Patrick Struthers took charge and the post office was in three different locations. It was first on Bridge and Bell and then in 1870’s he moved it across the bridge to the NE corner of Bridge and Franklin. In 1891 the Post Office was moved for the third time under Struthers’ charge. It had moved out of a private business to a government building for the first time and the government building is the red sandstone building at 81 Bridge Street.
Patrick (Peter) Struthers, and his assistant Finlay McEwen, were known for their rather thin light coloured beards. I searched the 1901 census for him and according to a genealogy forum on ancestry.ca the reason he was difficult to find on the census was because he was living with his new wife (Ann Chambers was his first), Margaret’s, mother.The Beckwith municipal council elected for 1865 was: Patrick Struthers, reeve, and Archibald McArthur, Donald Carmichael, George Kidd and Alexander Ferguson.
Ceceila Stuart Struthers McMullen with two of her children
Ceceila Stuart from England was adopted by Patrick Struthers of Carleton Place when she came to Canada with her family in 1870. Susan Stewart and her sister Cecilia (1868-1925) were daughters of John Joseph Stewart, born in London, England ~ 1844.
Mr. Stewart and his young family immigrated to Canada ~ 1871, but Mrs. Stewart died on the way over and was buried at sea. Upon arrival Mr. Stewart, newly widowed, with two young children, no home and no job, was obliged to find his children homes.
Cecilia was “adopted” by Patrick Struthers, the postmaster in Carleton Place, but is listed in the 1871, 1881 and 1891 Census as Cecilia Stewart. Her sister Susan is remembered to have been adopted “elsewhere” and “went west”. West, to the people of Lanark County at this time could have meant the Grey/Bruce area of Ontario, or the Prairie Provinces or the Dakotas.
Mr. Stewart settled in Toronto, re-married in 1874 and had a second family. He maintained contact with his daughter *Cecilia and was known to her children. He died in Long Branch (west end of Toronto) in 1920.
This is probably way more than you wanted to know–but I could have written a lot more:)
Who worked for the post office the longest in Lanark County? Clue– it was a local postmaster–read here: Who Worked for the Post Office the Longest in Lanark County?
Added November 20 2017-
Perth Courier, April 1, 1892
The Carleton Place Herald of 29th March says: “On Thursday last Miss Margaret Struthers, daughter of the late Robert Struthers of Ramsay and sister of Patrick Struthers, Esq., postmaster, Mrs. Duncan Miller of town and William Struthers of Appleton, passed away after suffering from a severe illness for some time past. The deceased has lived with her brother for a number of years and was well known in town. She was 54 years of age. Hers is the first death in the family of 12 children in 42 years.
Perth Courier, March 22, 1889
Among the new magistrates newly appointed by the Ontario government are Messrs. John F. Cram, Patrick Struthers and William H. Wylie all of Carleton Place. The latter gentleman is a strong Conservative.
Perth Courier, Feb. 21, 1896
A nephew of Patrick Struthers of Carleton Place was killed at Oil City, Pennsylvania a short time ago while working at his trade as a carpenter and Mrs. Struthers left for Oil City on getting the news.
Perth Courier –July 9 1897
On Friday last a man named John O’Connell was brought in from Carleton Place by Chief Wilson and committed for trial by P. Struthers, J.P. charged with stealing a $5 bill and a silver watch guard from one James Scott in the Mississippi Hotel on the 28th ult. He denies the charge and has asked for a trial without jury and before the county judge.
Peter Struthers, for the past quarter century postmaster at Carleton Place, is enjoying his first visit to Manitoba. The Pilot Mound Sentinel says: “Mr. Struthers is accompanied by his sister Mrs. Miller, who is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Edward Cavers of Gowanscroft.”
Perth Courier, Nov. 25, 1892
The Carleton Place Herald records the death of Mrs. Patrick Struthers wife of postmaster Peter Struthers of that town at the age of 77 years. Her death took place at Toronto on the 18th inst. Her maiden name was Ann Chambers and she was first married to William Moffat of Carleton Place who met an accidental death in California in 1852(?) during the gold fever there. Mrs. Isaac Cram of Montague and Mrs. Joseph Cram of Beckwith are daughters of hers by that marriage. In December of 1860 she married Mr. Struthers. She had been in poor health for the past 20 years.
*Cecilia Stewart, adopted daughter of Patrick Struthers married John Mcmullen and had 6 children. She passed away on 21 Feb 1925 in Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada. Her husband John was born in Pinhey S Point March Township Carleton, Ontario, Canada on 20 Oct 1856 to George Mcmullen and Margaret Tubman. He passed away on 3 Mar 1939 in New Jersey, USA.
I found one of their sons, *George Patrick Mcmullen, who was born in Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada on 13 Dec 1892. George Patrick married *Annie Fern Cooke, born in Beckwith August 6, 1892, and they had a *son J. McMullen.
*February 3, 1971 J. McMullen Dies Merrickville
- J.McMullen passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 1971, at Smiths Falls, following a short illness. He was 46 years of age. Born in Merrickville, July 29,1924, he was a son of George Patrick McMullen and his wife, Anne Fern Cooke, who survive and were formerly of this area. He received his education at Merrickville Public School and Albert College, Belleville, Ont. He had served with the Royal Canadian Navy from 1939 – 1945 and had been employed as a lineman with the construction department of Canada. He attended the Merrickville United Church and was a member of Merrickville Lodge A. F.& A.M., No. 55, G.R.C. and Maitland Chapter R. A. M . , No. 68 at Kemptville, Ont. Besides his wife, the former Margaret Isabell Buchanan, and his parents, he is survived by a daughter, Patricia Gail and a son William George, both at home. The funeral was held in the Chapel of the Lannin Funeral Rome, Smiths Falls, on Saturday, February 6, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Harold Kempling officiating. Interment will be in South Gower Cemetery in the spring. The pallbearers were Messrs. John Bruce, Bill Smith, Gordon Knapp, Thomas McKibbon, Arthur Heroux and Gordon Whaley.
*ANNE FERN COOKE MCMULLEN (Boyd’s Cemetery)
|Birth:||Aug. 4, 1893
|Death:||May 20, 1982
Born in Scotch Corners, Beckwith Township, Lanark County, Ontario. Died in Smiths Falls, Ontario. Married George Patrick McMullen on June 23, 1920.Family links:
Seeley Cooke (1855 – 1933)
Rebecca Chamney (1859 – 1940)Spouse:
George Patrick McMullen (1892 – 1972)*Sibling:
Chamney Edward Cooke (1889 – 1972)*
Anne Fern Cooke McMullen (1893 – 1982)
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