Photo- The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
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!
Thank 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!
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