What Information Can You Add?

What Information Can You Add?
17522890_1389849087738648_4606161067111011687_n.jpgCarleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum added a new photo to the album: Photo Friday March 24
 Photo Friday: In which we publish a newly acquired photograph and ask for your help!

This week: A pickup truck with “Wm. McCall & Sons R.R. 1 Carleton Place” on the door. Man presumably shovelling gravel into said truck. Who was William McCall? Who were his sons? What sort of business did they run? Any idea where this gravel pit might have been? Thank you!-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

What do you know about this photo?  What can you tell the museum about Bill and Carrie McCall who lived on Moffatt Street? What do you remember about the business?


Ted Hurdis –I heard often about the McCall little construction business. I believe that the pit was out in Ramsay twp. I worked with Ross for years at the Carleton Place MTO. Their home was on Moffatt St. right where that new double was just built. Just north of the town line.

Janice Tennant Campbell —I grew up across from Bill and Carrie McCall on Moffatt Street. There children were Art (Wife Lena), Freda ((husband Tom Woods) and Ross. Art and Freda had married and left Moffatt Street by the time we moved there I believe.

Please  leave any memories in the comment section. Thank you!


Catherine (Carrie) Alexandra Armstrong (1903-1996) was born in  Ramsay; died in Carleton Place married  William Crozier McCall  in Drummond  in 1921– Armstrong Family    


McCALL, Catherine A. “Carrie” Armstrong Obituary

At her home in Carleton Place, Ontario on Tuesday, May 14, 1996, Catherine McCall beloved wife of the late William C. McCall, Dear mother of Freda Woods (Thomas) of Syracuse New York, Ross of Carleton Place and the late Arthur, Fond mother-in-law of Elena Tullis of Fergusons Falls, Loving grandmother of Catherine A. Woods, Connie Tyrrel (Tom) and the late Ruth Eleanor Nephin. Great-grandmother c Tom, Jim and Robbie Tyrrel, Dear sister of Alma Voege of Stanford, New York and Ann Morris of Lanark, Predeceased by brothers Tom, Bill, Herb Melvin, Edwin and his sister Ethel Johnson, Bell Millar, Margaret Rathwell and Essie Emmerson Resting at the Alan R. Barker Funeral Home McArthur Avenue, Carleton Place, on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Service in the chapel on Friday at 3 p.m. Rev. John Bushby officiating. Interment Boyd’s United Cemetery, Donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Eastern Star Service at the funeral home on Thursday at 4 p.m. Rebekah Service at 7 p.m

William and Carrie’s sons and daughter

McCALL, Ross James
Peacefully in hospital, Carleton Place, Ontario, on Friday, April 1, 2016, in his 89th year. Predeceased by his parents Catherine (nee Armstrong) and William McCall. Brother of the late Freda Woods and the late Arthur McCall. Fondly remembered by Jamie and Manuel Gomes. Ross was a member of St. John’s Masonic Lodge, Carleton Place and will be remembered by members and many other friends in Carleton Place.

December 1, 2005 Freda McCall Woods, 81, of Lakeland, FL and Baldwinsville, died Thursday at Oakridge Rehabilitation Center after a brief illness. She was born in Carleton Place, Ontario and lived in the Syracuse area for many years. Freda retired in 1984 from Church & Dwight in Solvay. She was a member of the Cornerstone United Methodist Church. Freda was also a member of the Order Of Eastern Star Chapter 219 Liverpool-Baldwinsville and Women of the Moose Chapter 649 in Baldwinsville. Survivors: her husband of 58 years, Thomas R. Woods; two daughters, Catherine Woods and Connie (Thomas) Tyrrell both of Baldwinsville; a brother, Ross McCall of Carleton Place; three grandchildren, Thomas C. Tyrrell, James Tyrrell, and Robert Tyrrell; nieces, nephews and cousins.

William John “Arthur” “Art” McCall
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Carrie McCall’s Brother

December 20, 1977        William John Armstrong

Mr. William John Armstrong of Innisville died December 20, 1977 at the home of his grandson, Robert Armstrong, Ottawa. He was in his 80th year, and had been in failing health for some time. He was born September 10, 1898, at Gilbert Plains, Dauphin, Manitoba, the son of an Innisville couple, John W. Armstrong and his wife, Annie Hudson. He was educated at Scotch Corners and Innisville. He resided in this district for 73 years, and prior to his retirement he was a farmer, and also worked as a truck driver for the Department of Highways, Steel’s Cartage, Carleton Place and Reynolds’ Cartage, Carleton Place. Mr. Armstrong was active in the community. He was curator of the museum at Innisville from the time of its inauguration until his death. He was Past Master of LOL No. 92, Innisville, a member of RBP, Carleton Place; Past Master of St John’s Lodge No. 63  AF and AM Carleton Place; a former member of the 100F, Carleton Place, and secretary of St John’s Cemetery Committee. Predeceased by his wife, the former Annie Gardiner. They were married at Trinity Church, Ottawa, July 18, 1923. Survivors include a son, Stanley W Armstrong, Ottawa; grandsons, Robert John Armstrong and William Edwin Armstrong, both of Ottawa; and sisters, Bella (Mrs. Ernie Miller) Pakenham; Maggie (Mrs Ernie Rathwell) Smiths Falls; Carrie (Mrs. William McCall) Carleton Place; Alma (Mrs. William Voege) New Jersey, USA; Essie , Mrs Clyde Emerson) Carleton Place and Annie ( Mrs. Carl Morris) Peterborough. Ont. He was predeceased by a sister, Ethel (Mrs. James Johnston) and two brothers, Thomas and Herb Armstrong. The funeral service took place Dec. 22, 1977 at St John’s Anglican Church, Innisville, with the Rector, Rev. Roger Young, officiating. Interment will be in St John’s Cemetery. Pallbearers were two grandsons, Robert and William Armstrong, and four nephews, John Armstrong, Gordon Miller, Robert Brydges and George Gardiner

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal02 Aug 1949, TuePage 16

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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