Memories of Findlays 1972 – “They’re Proud, Independent, and Resigned to the Loss of their Jobs”

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Memories of Findlays 1972 – “They’re Proud, Independent, and Resigned to the Loss of their Jobs”

 

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Photo from the Ottawa Citizen 1972 thanks to the kindness of Marion Giles McNeely

 

May 20 1972

“I just can’t get it through my thick head why they are closing a plant equipped to produce like this one.” Don McNeely who had worked at Findlays for 33 years.

“It’s always been a good life here- I don’t know where I am going to get a job-there are a few possibilities.” Mr. Lowe

There were only about employee 125 cards left beside the time clock where there were once 200. The protests of unions, the public meetings, the anxious intervening of politicians, and the uproar in the House of Commons are finished. And so is Findlays.

“We were going to get another deck, but that’s out”, joked one man looking at the worn out one.–anonymous worker

 

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Photo from the Ottawa Citizen 1972 thanks to the kindness of Marion Giles McNeely

 

“There’s a sentimental attachment to the place and to fellow workers but no one is going around crying”.–anonymous worker who had been at Findlays for 16 years.

“They’re proud, independent,and resigned to the loss of their jobs. It’s management’s democratic right to close down the plant.”–anonymous worker

“I did some bricklaying work once, but it took forever to do the calculations.”-Milt who never finished Grade 6 and planned to return to school.

 

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Photo from the Ottawa Citizen 1972 thanks to the kindness of Marion Giles McNeely

 

“The only jobs you can get are ones nobody else wants. Who wants to work for $1.85 an hour.”-Alfred, an immigrant who had worked for two years at Findlays. (Findlay salary was $2.16)

“There is some possibility that the enamelling department could continue to do custom work, but we don’t know where the money would come from to finance the operation.”- Gerry 14 year veteran of Findlays

“It’s almost as if they bled this company dry to keep the other going.”  (Montmagny Plant) Gerry 14 year veteran of Findlays

 

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Photo from the Ottawa Citizen 1972 thanks to the kindness of Marion Giles McNeely

Don McNeely and Gordon Lowe

 

Mr. McNeely was considering a job in Smiths Falls but he didn’t know if he would take it because he didn’t want  to do all the highway driving.

“There isn’t much work here in town and I don’t want to travel”.–Woman who worked in the electrical assembly department for 16 years.

“Maybe things will get better–we’ll have a big party at the end. But, it’s going to be terrible not working.”– another Findlay veteran.

The prospect of years filled with comforting routine finally faded at Findlay’s and all that is left is an empty field.

 

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The Findlay Brothers buy the land on High Street–Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 19 Jan 1901, Sat, Page 4

 

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal20 Aug 1947, WedPage 20

 

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 Deputy Mayor Jerry Flynn came to our Christmas Open House and found his father Clifford in this painting of workers at Findlay’s Limited! You never know what (or who) you’ll find at your local museum! Visit us soon!

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal29 Aug 1934, WedPage 7

 

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Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum–‎Findlay Plaque Unveiling 2014– Have you seen the Findlay Plaque on the old Patterson building across from the town hall?

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  23 Jul 1974, Tue,  First Edition,  Page 2

 

 

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Have you seen the Findlay movie at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum? During WWII, a movie was filmed inside the foundry depicting the war department. The war department was created to produce ammunition boxes and grenade castings. The movie is special in the fact that it captured the large number of women employed atFindlay’s working in the war department.– Photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum #strongwomen

 

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)

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Where Did you Learn to Swear in Carleton Place?

Funky Soul Stew was Once Cooking in Carleton Place

 

Cooking with Findlay’s — Christine Armstrong’s Inheritance and Maple Syrup Recipe

Commercial Centre Planned for Findlay Site

Walter and John Armour and A Findlay Stove

The Findlay Foundry Ltd. Closes—- The Video

 

 

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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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