The McDermott House



1892-02-05- Almonte Gazette

Among the many fine residences erected in town during the past few years there is no finer appearance than the dwelling of Mr. T. W. McDermott, opposite the Roman Catholic. church, an excellent engraving of which is given above. It is located on the site occupied by the first parish priest who lived in Almonte, and within a stones throw of the site of the first school-house this neighborhood possessed.

It is built of brick, in modern style of architecture, and is a cozy-looking and elegant a home as could be desired. It consists of twelve spacious rooms, with summer kitchen attached, as well as a stable, carriage house and woodshed, all neatly and conveniently arranged. The house is heated with hot air and hot water from a furnace in the basement, and furnished in a manner that shows its owner knows what “home comforts” mean, and that he provides accordingly.

Few men in the Ottawa Valley ate more widely known  than Almonte’s portly auctioneer, and in this connection a few words in regard to his life may prove of interest. Thomas Willard McDermott is a native of Ramsay, having been born on the fourth concession of that township, on the McDermott homestead, at present occupied by his eldest brother, Patrick.

He attended various schools, but finished his education in the Carleton Place (Grammar School), where he distinguished himself by taking a first class certificate with honours. He “taught the young idea” in Ramsay for about five years, and then resigned to accept a position in the North-West under the Hon. Wm. McDougall’a government there.

The insurrection out there blighted not only the Hon. William’s calculations, but T. W ’s. as well. The latter crossed the boundary and sojourned in Uncle Sam’s domains for three years, and during that time made a little pile by running a grocery and provision store in connection with lumber jobbing. At the end of the three years he married and returned to Canada, and for the last eighteen years he has occupied a prominent position in Almonte as a dealer in real estate, bankrupt stocks, etc. He is still in that line, is also C .P.R. ticket and telegraph agent, and is prospering. May his shadow ever increase.


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Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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