What’s in a Picture?- Mill Street– Ray Paquette

What’s in a Picture?- Mill Street– Ray Paquette

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Yesterday I posted this picture (on of my fave photos) in the story Who You Going to Call? The Constables of 1861 ( see photo credits below) – Got a note from one of my favourite local historians Ray Paquette, and well I have to share. So what was in that empty spot next to the Brown stone home on Mill Street in Carleton Place that is now an empty parking lot? Here are Ray’s words:

Originally the building was Don Switzer’s Chrysler dealership during the the ’50’s. The Switzer family lived in the former Brown residence. The dealership later became *Milt Phillips Motors where I worked while in grade 11 and 12 along with the office manager, Leo McDiarmid , the sole survivor of the four McDiarmid boys who went joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force in WW I.



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal25 Sep 1959, FriPage 46

The Brown Bolton condominiums was the Ritchie Feed and Seed while Don MacGregor ran a body shop out of the site of Slackoni’s . The Carleton Place Hydro office was in a home on the site of the municipal park while the large warehouse on the corner of Mill and Beckwith was the site of Rubino Bros Produce.

I first met Milt Phillips when he was my neighbour on Herriott Street. At that time he was a Sargent in the Royal Canadian Army Pay Corps stationed in Ottawa. His family and mine are entwined through my sister who was/is good friends with his twins-Lynn and Lee. Sadly, my former boss *Milt Phillips passed away recently in his ’90’s  in February. Ray Paquette

Author’s note– I learned a lot about Milt Phillips from Wally Cook when I was fighting to get the North Industrial Park name changed to the Dunlop Industrial Park. These men that were once involved in our running our town were amazing and should never me forgotten. I once asked Wally if they ever had closed/off camera town council meetings and he shook his head and began to laugh,

“Heck, we only had one because McKittrick was sick and we didn’t know what to do.”







Top photo creditCarleton Place and Beckwith Heritage  Museum photo-by Blaine CornellThis is his Dad Herb Cornell with Ray McIsaac- Check out the corner after the old Taylor’s Garage. There was a building there where there is an empty parking lot now next to Spartan’s Pizza


Milton Phillips Obituary-

PHILLIPS, Milton Ernest Gordon
Passed to glory on Monday, February 20, 2017 at the Queensway Carleton Hospital in Ottawa in his 93rd year. Born in Smiths Falls to Gordon and Eva Phillips. Beloved husband of Doris (nee Dodds, deceased in 2012). Loved by children Susan (Dennis) Bjerstedt, Lynn (Bob) Barrett and Lee (Marsha) Phillips; eight grandchildren; and eleven great- grandchildren. Milton was a WW2 veteran and retired from the Ontario Government in 1987. Friends are invited to visit with the family at the Lannin Funeral Home, Smiths Falls on Friday, February 24, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. until time of Funeral Service in the chapel at 1:00 p.m. Interment to follow at Hillcrest Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Billy Graham Memorial Foundation or any charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

Milt Philips-Contributor to Carleton Place industrial development remembered

Milt Phillips-“Milt Phillips and councillor Wally Cook paid a visit to the industrial company Santus in Chicago to determine some of the reasons why Carleton Place was not chosen as the plant site”.–Why the Hershey Chocolate Company Never Came to Carleton Place

Milt Phillips- Picture of Milt here in this story-Do You Remember? Memories of the Pengor Penguin

Milt Phillips- photo in The Name Game —The Dunlops and the North Industrial Park




Clipped from The Ottawa Journal11 Jul 1963, ThuPage 40





The new fire hall on Mill Street was under construction in 1978. It later became the Youth Centre, and has now been torn down and is the site of the new Public Washrooms.
Note the absence of a clock in the Town Hall clock tower, and the two houses this side of town hall. The red brick one housed the Hydro Electric Commission for many years. —Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Related reading

15 Cents for a Movie– Memories of Ray Paquette

Memories of the Olympia & Howard Little Fire-Ray Paquette

Glory Days in Carleton Place- Ray Paquette


Related Reading Mill Street


With a Little Photographic Help — The Friendship Club of Carleton Place

One of the Many Hauntings of Mill Street

Before and After in Carleton Place — Home Photos in Wonderland

Forgotten Mill Street


Related Reading on the McDiarmids who have been mentioned many times in my stories. Here are a couple:

The Lost
Boys by Joe O’Connor

McDiarmid Family– Murals and Vimy Ridge


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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