Community Facts You Might Not Know About Carleton Place for our 150th Birthday – Part 9– It was 1903!


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– 1903. Here are your Carleton Place headlines and memories:



This Bank of Nova Scotia building was built in 1903, then torn down in 1974 and replaced with the current red brick structure.-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Fact: Business was brisk on our Main Street which is known as Bridge Street and Edward Sibbit was taking over the Summit Store.

January 2 1903-Mr. Ed. Sibbit has secured a lease of the Summit Store and will open up for business as soon as he can get possession with a full line of staple groceries and crockery. The new firm will be known as Sibbit & Co. and will open later this month.

January 23, 1903–Carnations were as plentiful on the streets on Saturday as ordinary bouquets during the flower show. The sequel was found in the reopening of the Summit Store under the management of Messrs. Sibbit & Co.and every visitor to that shop during the day receiving a beautiful carnation.




 This is the family of James Dunlop and his wife Anne Chambers-Photo-Roland Humphries

Fact-January 9 1903-Mr. James Dunlop, millwright, went to Almonte Friday to assist Mr. Slater in setting  the latter’s portable sawmill in running condition. What do you now about the James Dunlop family from Carleton Place? Click here-Rescuing the Money Pits —The Other Dunlop Home with the Coffin Door



Photo-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum.– McDiarmid Stoves destroyed 1904-

Fact-January 23, 1903-The Chosen Friends are to have a big festival in their hall on Friday evening. Who were ‘The Chosen Friends’ and where was their hall–and what does the photo of the 1904 fire have to do with them? Click here-The “Chosen Friends” of Carleton Place –The Fire of 1904



Fact-January 30 1903–The Carleton Place town hall was not large enough to hold the immense crowds which gathered- to witness’ the annual Sunday school entertainment of St. James church last week. -$163 was taken in with 10 and 15 cent admissions. The Sunday school performed on the slanted stage. Do you know why the town hall stage is slanted? Click hereWhy is the Town Hall Stage Slanted? Is it Collapsing?




The Ottawa Journal19 Sep 1903, SatPage 13


L-R:  Brothers James Colin Bryan and Levi Brian. Photo from traveltales 

Fact- Levi Brian was one of our tradesmen in town. Who was Levi Brian? What did he do? Click here: Putting a Face to Levi Brian, Stonemason, of Carleton Place




 Allan Street Carleton Place- Photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum — see the corner of the Queens Hotel and the Hawthorne Mill in the distance.


1903 Facts about what was going on with our road building in Carleton Place below.


The Ottawa Journal29 Jul 1903, WedPage 5



The Ottawa Journal15 Aug 1903, SatPage 12


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Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum –Best dressed boaters of the Carleton Place Ladies Canoe Club in front of Findlay’s Foundry, 1903


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Related reading:

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

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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