Hawthorn Mill–The Early Years– 1874 -1930

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Hawthorn Mill–The Early Years– 1874 -1930

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Church Choir Picnic – 1885 just in front of the Hawthorne Mill Emily Street-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

An Invitation to the Old Hawthorne Mill

I realized I had the early history of the Hawthorne Mill all over the place in my files– so decided to document it here for once and for all. Please note that Hawthorne should be spelled without an e as Mr Code who built it spelled it that way

The larger industrial plants opened in Carleton Place in the 1870s were the McArthur and Hawthorne Woollen Mills and the Gillies Machine Works.

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Ottawa Daily Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
13 May 1871, Sat  •  Page 2

1874--In the first stages of a five year business depression two new industries were started here.  They came with the building of the three storey stone structure of the Gillies Machine Works on the north side of the river at the lower falls, and the opening of the four storey stone woollen factory of Abraham Code, M.P.P., later known as the Hawthorne Woollen Mill.

1879-With two local woollen mills remaining in operation, the closed Hawthorne Woollen Mill was offered for sale by Abraham Code.

1881- W. H. Wylie, lessee of the McArthur mill, bought the Hawthorne woollen mill from its new owner James Gillies at a price reported as $19,000.

1907 – A Quebec company, the Waterloo Knitting Co. Ltd., similarly re-opened the Hawthorne Woollen Mill.


1910- The Hawthorne woollen mill was reopened by its new owner, the Carleton Knitting Co., Ltd.

1917–The Hawthorne Mills Limited was incorporated with a capital stock authorization of $200,000. In the first world war they supplied serge for British army uniforms and the Canada Woollen Mills expanded its operations here at the Gillies and Hawthorne mills.


1918- The Hawthorne woollen mill, with two hundred employees, was enlarged.

1927- According to this list the Hawthorne Mill was closed down again with a lot of other woolen mills

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal10 Mar 1928, SatPage 21

Llew Lloyd– In the summer of 1960 or 61 I worked for my father cleaning and painting the original stone structure to get it ready for Leigh instruments to move in . Amazing that the building was abandoned all that time and managed to be put back into service .

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Photo- Linda Seccaspina

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  17 Jul 1937, Sat,  Page 1

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We love comments, we love stories and we love photos.. Thanks goes to Joyce MacKenȝie for this sheet of writing paper from the Hawthorne Mill in Carleton Place-

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  16 Jan 1915, Sat,  Page 19

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 21 Feb 1948, Sat, Page 17 Louella Shail at the Renfrew Knitting Mills.. (Hawthorne)–

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 21 Feb 1948, Sat, –Colourful Spring plaids from the Renfrew Woolen Mill (Hawthorne) being displayed by Mrs Zephyr Bennett

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  16 Sep 1904, Fri,  Page 1

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Wanda Tysich of Carleton Place at the Renfrew/ Hawthorne Mill

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  21 Feb 1948, Sat,  Page 17

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  11 Apr 1924, Fri,  Page 16

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  04 Sep 1907, Wed,  Page 6

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  03 Mar 1908, Tue,  Page 7

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B.J. Ritza assistant designer for the Renfrew Woolen Mill/Hawthorne

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  21 Feb 1948, Sat,  Page 17

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  17 Jul 1959, Fri,  Page 5

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  13 Oct 1955, Thu,  Page 2

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  31 Oct 1930, Fri,  Page 17

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More Hawthorne Mills history… this place was sold a lot..:(
Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 25 Oct 1932, Tue, Page 15

Did You Want to Work For DRS? 1999

10 year Leigh Instrument Reunion Photos– Donna Mcfarlane

Chimneys and Black Boxes —Leigh Instruments

Remembering Industry in Carleton Place- Digital and Leigh Instruments

Bomb Scare in Carleton Place

Looking for Information on the Mann Family of Blacks Corners

Hawthorn Mill reads

Hawthorn Mill Houses on Emily Street ????– Erin Mills

The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 5- Code Family– “Hawthorn Mill was a Failure, and the Same Bad Luck has Followed for at Least 50 Years”

Hawthorn Mill–The Early Years– 1874 -1930

The Mills of Carleton Place -Victoria Woolen Factory to the Hawthorn

The Revolutions of the Hawthorne Mill

The Rencraft Fire Dept Photo Brings Back a Familiar Name

The Case of the Bell that Disappeared

Shenanigans at the Hawthorne Mill?

About lindaseccaspina

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.

6 responses »

  1. Is there anyone I can talk to about using a metal detector to find the old relic that maybe around the lands of the mill. These items need to be part of the history of the mill for the future.

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