Community Facts You Might Not Know About Carleton Place for our 150th Birthday – Part 8– It was 1963!


The basic facts from Parts 1-5 (see links below) are from the flyer that I added on too which were passed out on January 1: Carleton Place-A Valley Town at Confederation 1867 by the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

From Parts 6 on– are facts I am personally researching and doing as a 150 challenge…I am going to do mostly community– as community past and present is what makes up the history of our town.


So today I thought we would pull a year number out of our Carleton Place hat and it is– 1963. Here are your Carleton Place headlines and memories:



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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal05 Jul 1963, FriPage 2



The photo above is when when Mr. Menzies was in charge 1959– Photo–Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Fact- Did you know that you could barely move on Bridge Street on Fridays before local mail was delivered? Most folks made their way downtown- some came to pick up their mail at the old Post Office and then do their banking. It was on to shop next as shopping was always done locally.

Mr. Menzies always had a kind word for everyone a few have told me and he is mentioned here: Memories of Carleton Place — The Roxy and Marilyn Monroe

First Rural Mail From Carleton Place–On Friday last the first rural mail delivery from Carleton Place was instituted, when Mr. George Presley started out on No. 2 R.M.D., Beckwith. The route is from Carleton Place, starting at 6 a.m., to 11th line Beckwith, thence to Ashton station and Ashton village, returning by the 9th line and running west to the lake, then south to the 7th line and returning to town by the Franktown road. It is a long route, covering 35 miles. R.M.D. No. 1 is to the McCreary, Scotch Corners, Innisville, Boyd’s section, but has not yet been started, although we understand Mr. Albert Winn has this contract. As soon as a sufficient number of boxes are secured this service w ill be started.—Carleton Place Herald. Nov 22 1912


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The Ottawa Journal08 May 1963, WedPage 32


FactDoes anyone out there have a set of “OV Brand” long underwear tucked away? OV stood for “Ottawa Valley” and long johns were one of the many products produced at Bates and Innes Limited on McArthur Island in Carleton Place. (Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum fact)
Fact-Did you know you used to wear different weights of underwear? Read more here–Do You Have Your Middle Weight Underwear On?

Fact-Did you know that McArthur Island or Kenden Island (Kenden Industries)  was once not an island? Read more here– Did You Know? An Island was Once Not an Island



The Ottawa Journal13 Jul 1963, SatPage 26


Fact-Did you know that Lake Park has been a summer resort centre of one kind or another for about a hundred years? Real Estate prices are sure a lot higher! Read the rest here: The Cottages of Mississippi Lake — Carleton Place Ontario


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The Ottawa Journal24 Jun 1963, MonPage 8

Fact- Did you know that U.S.S. No. 10 Drummond & No. 5 Beckwith existed at Tennyson in 1874?  The school closed in 1966 and the children were bused to Caldwell School in Carleton Place.

Did you know there are some strange animal stories that came out of Caldwell School? Read this:  Believe it or Not! Tales from Caldwell Elementary School and Lobster John and Arnold the Pig in Carleton Place


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The Ottawa Journal24 Dec 1963, TuePage 38


Fact-Hailed the largest Santa Claus parade in the Ottawa Valley. The parade ususally begins at 5 p.m. at Carambeck School and travels up the town’s main thoroughfare Bridge Street. After Santa’s sleigh passes through the town spectators can congregate at the Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital for hot chocolate, caroling and the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Proceeds support the Lanark County Food Bank.(from

Have you seen this group of vintage parade photos? Read more here: Carleton Place Santa Claus Parade Photos



March 1963—Photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Fact–In March of 1963 a furnace explosion began a terrible fire which caused an estimated $75,000 of damage on Bridge Street in Carleton Place.

Read the rest here–The Fire That Almost Wiped Out Part of Bridge Street

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Related reading:

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 and now in The Townships Sun


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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