Arthur Street The Burgess House and Dangerous Places- Ray Paquette

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Arthur Street The Burgess House and Dangerous Places- Ray Paquette
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Ray Paquette
This house always fascinated me. When I was a lad the house was owned by a Mr. Feltham (sic) who ran a rag business out of a former hotel on the west side of Moore Street in the area beside Interval house that was torn down in the 1950’s and replaced with a Cities Service gas station.
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Photo- The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
Ray Paquette
There was lots of commercial activity on Arthur Street during my boyhood years. Right at the corner of Arthur and Moore Street, the Nichol’s Lumberyard maintained a satellite office and there was a cast iron watering basin for horses with a roundabout. Further up Arthur, alongside the CPR tracks was a small stock yard where every Saturday morning local farmers brought livestock to be auctioned off by H.B. Montgomery which were then loaded into cattle cars on the siding abutting the stock yard.
The Nichols lumberyard also had coal warehouses lining Arthur Street while alongside the tracks the railway maintained a freight shed. I have a vague remembrance of Russ Mill’s Feed and Seed and as his son is in the Carleton Place area he might be able to shed some more personal reminisces of his father’s operation.
Another activity that I remember was the refrigerated cars laden with fruit and vegetables that were placed in the siding north of the Wool Growers to be unloaded by the Rubino’s and taken to there warehouse at the corner of Mill and Beckwith Streets. All this activity captured the attention of me and my contemporaries and we spent many hours roaming through this area, often ignoring our parents caution of how dangerous this area could be for us!
raypThank you Ray for all you send to us and keeping history alive. We can’t do this without any of you so send those stories in!

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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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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