Comments Comments Comments–Documenting History

Comments Comments Comments–Documenting History




Not playing with a full deck these days so this morning I spent time making sure I had documented all comments on The Tales of Carleton Place so history can be preserved-keep commenting and sending me memories at Thanks again everyone!! Will add these to the stories on Saturday.


So here goes:

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From Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 10–

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston- I so remember all those awnings in the 50’s – look how wide the sidewalks were. I remember when they were narrowed – Carleton Place had the worse reputation for a narrow Main Street – and the street lights – they would fit in just about anywhere now!
Marilyn White —Going down Bridge St. was a scarey thing as the transport trucks used it too. You aimed your car and prayed as a new driver. We are owners of two of the old street lights.
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 From–Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 9–Flint’s to the Blue Spot


Joann Voyce– McDonald Optometrist was on the right

Dale Costello– Photo by Foote. Remember Ernie well.

Llew Lloyd ” Photo by Footy “

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston On occasion my Dad would make customer frames for his photography.

Ray Paquette Ernie worked with the Ottawa Journal and supervised the carrier boys who picked up their evening papers from the garage behind the store. This was after the papers were delivered to town by Mr. Paul from Perth. It must be assumed that Mr. Paul offered the Journal a better deal than the CPR who delivered the papers to the station when I first began to deliver papers.

Rob Gibson I delivered Ottawa Journal papers in my neighbourhood and along the length of Napoleon Street. Used to pick them up in the garage behind Mr. Foot’s and take them with my bike (sled in winter) up to Sarah Street and area.

Dale Costello Never delivered the Journal, but did deliver the Toronto Star and the weekend Star Weekly.

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston Likewise Dale.

Joann Voyce OMG I had totally forgotten the Star Weekly!

Dale Costello JV you aren’t old enough to conveniently forget our younger times.

Lawrie Sweet In girlfriend and I delivered the Ottawa journal by boat to 75 cottages around Squaw Point shore and across lake including the surrounding islands. The journal gave us free boat what a summer..I believe Ernie had a cottage on Squaw Point as well


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From–When Worlds Collide


Linda Gallipeau-Johnston The river has always been such a challenge to the young of Carleton Place – just have to swim to the other side.

Doug B. McCarten We used to swim to the dam from McDaniels on Bell St. and sometimes jump off the roof of the hydro building or most fun was to walk along the ledge into the tunnel where the water came out of the hydro bldg which was aerated and warm! Probably not the smartest thing to do lol! The new bridge on hwy #7 bypass was a great place too! LOL

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston Ha – and we thought swimming under the lifeguard raft was a great feat – then we used to swim across to the “big rock” that was on the other side. Can’t touch you guys!




From–We Didn’t Throw the Eggs said Carleton Place!

Bill Brown Ah – did not read the article however – rivalry between CP sports teams and others in Lanark County -well – I NEVER once took part ….

Bill Brown Where are all my alumni teammates – Jim Lockhart Paul Williams

Jim Lockhart I am sure a few things might have happened… nothing to bad though.



From Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 10–

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston Loved that store when I was a little kid! It had everything!

Jayne Graham Bought all my K-Tel albums there!

Ann Stearns Rawson I recall buying myself my first wallet there. It was pink with little flowers on it. I’d admired it for a long time before I was able to save up enough money to make the purchase. I loved that store too!


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From–The Gift of a Gavel– Frank Moon

Ben MacRae I’m pretty sure I was in Mr. Moon’s shop with my father back in the early 70’s. I think his shop was on High Street, just west of where Findlay’s Foundry was located.

Linda Seccaspina Ben MacRae– You can read all about him here:The Magical World of Mr. Moon by David Robertson

Ben MacRae Yes, that’s the shop I remember. I definitely remember the many belts and pulleys and shafts running from the ceiling to the many machines on the benches. It was an awesome sight to behold but wouldn’t hold up to today’s safety standards! lol


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From–Waugh’s 1950’s ad

Julia Waugh Guthrie- My grandfather owned a foundry in almonte , I will have to check whether he had any of this merchandise in CP. my guess is it was one of his brothers.
Ted Hurdis- I think where the closed Macs Milk on the Mississippi corner.
Linda Seccaspina I just didn’t realize they sold washing machines there.. Read-Splinters of Sinders Nichols and Brides
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Donna Mcfarlane Was that the Mcewen boys Linda.. I remember my parents talking about them having an experience like that…

Linda Seccaspina--Yes

Ben MacRae Which McEwen boys would that be, Donna?

Donna Mcfarlane Ben MacRae Finley and his brother

Ben MacRae Donna Mcfarlane , his brother Earl? Is that the McEwen’s that are back in my lineage?

Donna Mcfarlane Ben MacRae No finley lived on the farm adjacent to ours he had FRaser and Keith as brothers .. his dad was Willie//

Ben MacRae Donna Mcfarlane got it. Thanks.

Donna Mcfarlane Ben MacRae Finley was on fire dept with your dad


Ben MacRae That’s right. I remember dad talking about him.

Donna Mcfarlane Ben MacRae finley will be 92 in sept…\

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Llew Lloyd- I grew up across the street from Stew Ferguson . I remember him hooking up his horse to a cutter and taking us all for a ride across the back bridges , He was a great guy with all the kids In the neighbourhood.



From–Glory Days in Carleton Place– Fooji Doris and George

Dale Costello The name Fooji resurrected something from my memory bank. Was an early teenager back in the 50;s and one of the fellows I remember was a lad named Fooji Houston. Not sure of his first name as Fooji was probably a nickname. Anyone have info?

James R. McIsaac David Houston was his given name…
Fooj was developmentally handicapped and lived in several Long Term Care homes, over the years, Bridge Street across from the Hydro and ultimately High Street Nursing home…

Dale Costello I knew of his development hindrances and always talked with him as if everything was normal. I hope he knew that.

Joann Voyce I remember the police letting him help take the money from the parking meters. Did he set up pins at the bowling alley at one time as well?

Dale Costello Joann Voyce Yes he did, I worked side by side with him at Playfair Bowling Alley.

Ray Paquette David spent many hours patrolling the Main Street with a pipe in his mouth and box under his arm picking up debris/litter thrown away carelessly by less civically minded citizens. I seem to recall that the Town held a small ceremony for him in recognition of his tireless effort in reducing the clutter on our streets.

Ray Paquette David was the best pin boy ever. He was able to pick up pins on two lanes while the rest of us were limited to one.

Marilyn White I remember the day he asked to be called David not Fooj. Always felt bad after that as we only knew him by the name Fooji.

Dale Costello Never did ask which name he preferred, but would have called him properly.

Norma Ford I believe that David had early childhood meningitis before there was a lot of knowledge about it, would be back in late 40’s and early 50’s.

Bill Brown Fooji was the Brown Boys competition in retrieving pop bottles off of Main Street in the garbage cans and planters (green half barrels) on Saturday and Sunday morning !!

Bill Brown We were 9 and 7 at the time!!

Llew Lloyd David used to pop in at Ken Blackburn’s every day and ask if he had any bottles. One day just as he opened the door Ken said , ” sorry Dave no bottles today ‘ . Dave said ” not looking for bottles today Mr. Blackburn I need some laces for my boots ” After Ken found the right laces David asked how much he owed . Ken said for you David they’re free . Just as quick David replied . ” I guess in that case I’ll take two pair Mr. Blackburn”. Dave was quick at more things than setting bowling pins .
Ted Hurdis David was a CP mainstay for many years. His favourite come back saying ” I guess maybe so but i don’t rightly know “. He was a brother to Duke Houston from Almonte he always looked out for David’s needs.

Doug B. McCarten Fooji who was actually named David Houston and who suffered from mental challenges did search for shiny bits of paper, etc. He was given a fluorescent vest by the BIA in CP because there was worry that he might be hit by a car.  He was a very gentle soul who would talk to you if you spoke to him! He was in a supervised living home at the corner of Bridge and the Town line which sadly closed and the last I knew of home he was living in a room in the Queens Hotel! Very sad to say the least!

Ted Hurdis Doug he moved to the Nursing home on High St. Years ago. I’m not sure but he was still there a few years ago.

Doug B. McCarten Ted Hurdis you know, I have no idea how old he was….I would have guessed middle aged back then but that was 45 years ago!! I’m happy to hear that he was looked after…..

Doug B. McCarten A little off topic, but does anyone remember Earl Waugh who used to rack balls at Cec McCann’s and who kept an eye on expired parking meters?

Dale Costello I do.

Doug B. McCarten Dale Costello what ever happened to him, do you know?

Dale Costello Unfortunately, I dont know. Knew most of the Waugh family, but wasn’t close to any of them or chummed with them.


Ted Hurdis The last i heard of Earl he was living in Perth. That’s quite a few years ago now.

Bill Brown Earl was a kind fellow who loved to rack balls at the pool hall – remember him well

Dale Costello Who else does everyone remember from “The Good Old Days” that we don’t hear much about today?


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158 Judson: Carleton Place For sale

Stone home built in the 1830’s adjacent to Mississippi River. Professionally restored and extended with new kitchen. Three beds, main floor laundry and powder room. Private, fully fenced and landscaped backyard 40’ by 94.

Peter Iveson— I remember when Mr. Reynolds use to live there sixties.He was a volunteer fireman.Does anyone remember the time he drove out of his lane way and hit the telephone pole across the street which carried the transformer for the whole south side of town,there was a brilliant flash,the fire siren went dead and the whole so that side of town was blacked out?

Linda Seccaspina OMG… he must have been upset..

Peter Iveson Is Corky Renolds still alive?

Craig Wilson No, he passed a number of years ago

Peter Iveson He plunged the whole south side of town
Into to darkness fortunately it was a mild winter’s day back in 1961.We lived nearby on Judson Lane in the back of Mary Cook’s house


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 From–Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 9–Flint’s to the Blue Spot



Ted Hurdis My favourite place. As a young man and family later i bought all my appliances from Bob. Stereo , TV, washer dryers , dishwashers you name it. I remember buying 2 big 100 watt speakers from Bob i swear the windows would shake !! Hahaha

Jennie Thom When Flints was closing I bought a home stereo system and he delivered it right to my house. Great man beginning to end. Loved Flints.

Margaret Martin I was sad to see this store close, the Flint family sold reliable products & gave everyone friendly fast service.

Joann Voyce My Niece and I bought the last two gas ranges in the store as Flint’s was closing

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston Still have our stereo set we got way back in the later 70’s – great to see that sign again!

Steven Flint I loved working there

Beth Thompson We bought a lot from their store:)

Louise Jeays We bought the best dishwasher from Al Flint. It still works beautifully!

Ray Paquette What a momentous Saturday morning in 1954 when Bob Flint arrived at our house with the 17″ RCA Victor TV and the necessary supplies to install an antenna on the roof! If memory serves me, Bruce Sadler was assisting Mr. Flint during the antenna installation.

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston We got ours 54/55 and I am sure Bruce Sadler was at our house too – we thought we were in heaven even though the programming was certainly limited – good thing though as it kept us outside.


From 215 High Street Findlay Home For Sale Ad


Sherri Iona I used to live across the street at 214.

Peter Iveson Mr and Mrs.William Findlay lived there until their deaths in the early 70’s ,I lived at 192 High Street back then. Then it was later owned by a single man from Ottawa in the late 80’s.The property had not been divided up and had spacious lawns and gardens.  I never forgot the time I went trespassing and Anna Findlay was very angry with me.



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Robert S Rowden Yep, I believe Garnet Rogers was the headliner…he did what was, at the time anyway, a fairly strange set for a folkie…too bad they haven’t had a festival there since, I enjoyed it very much (I even had the T-shirt for years)

Linda Seccaspina You went to the concert and got the tshirt..:)

Robert S Rowden I did =)

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 17 May 1965, Mon, Page 3


Doug B. McCarten Me too! Where is she now??

Sherri Iona It is Colleen (Gollinger) Arrigoni ‘s sister. She’ll be around town in a few weeks.

Sherri Iona Very gifted.

Joann Voyce Her Aunt Edna is still around town as well

Doug B. McCarten Glad to see that she was successful in life!!

Kim Osborne This was my Mom ❤️
Unfortunately she’s no longer with us, the obituary posted here is hers. She had an AMAZING, happy, full-filling life!!! She was extremely talented in MANY ways both personally and professionally! She had the most INCREDIBLE husband who loved her more than I’ve every witnessed in any other people!!! She also has three pretty amazing daughters (if I do say so myself lol) and 8 grand-children.
Linda Gallipeau-Johnston Judy and I were in a public speaking competition in grade school (7) – Judy won and it was great – she did a speech about her Dad. She continued after that – sorry to say I woosed out! We walked to guides and school together – we lived just around the block from each other.Debbie Roy Hi Kim. So sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. I knew Judi in the early 1960’s. We were in the same majorette corp. Sending big hugs.

Thanks to Sherry Crummy for finding her obituary and may she rest in peace.

Osborne (nee Gollinger), Judi

Judi Osborne, beloved wife of Jim of Calgary, passed away peacefully at the Rockyview General Hospital on Thursday, April 22, 2004 at the age of 56 years following a year-long battle with cancer. Her family was by her side.

Born Judith Anne Gollinger on January 8, 1948 in Dartmouth, NS, she grew up in Carleton Place, ON. Judi served for more than thirty years with local YWCA’s in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario, and as a Senior Executive of YWCA Canada. She served on the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Calgary for seven years and as President in 2001-2003. In 2003, Judi was appointed to the National Board of Directors of YWCA Canada. She was also active in other organizations including PrairieAction Foundation, Governor’s Council, Calgary Chapter, Canadian Society of Association Executives, and Alberta Women’s Enterprise Network. In 1992, Judi was awarded the Canada 125 Medal for her “significant contribution to compatriots, community and to Canada.” She received the Cleta Herman Award in 1994, the highest honor YWCA Canada can bestow on a staff member. In 2002, Judi was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Medal recognizing her life-long commitment to community service.

Judi is survived by her loving husband Jim of thirty-eight years; their three daughters, Tracey (Elisabeth), Kimberley (Tony) and Carrie; seven grandchildren, David, Joey, Jonathan, Casey, William, Caylyn and Darrin; five sisters and their families; one brother and his family; and her Aunt Edna Boyle.

A Celebration of Judi’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 at 2:30 P.M. To forward condolences go to Judi loved flowers, but invited family and friends to please contribute instead to a fund dedicated to helping women in need achieve economic self-reliance. Memorial tributes may be made directly to The Judi Osborne Memorial Fund (Judi’s Fund) in care of the Fund Development Office, YWCA of Calgary, 320 – 5 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 0E5.

Before she passed away, Judi asked that her warm thanks be extended to ‘Judi’s Team’ for sharing her journey and for their support and encouragement every step of the way, and to the exceptional nursing staff of Unit 73 at Rockyview General Hospital, to Dr. Deanna Campbell and Dr. T. D. Groves, and to the nursing staff at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre.


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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.

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  1. Good morning Linda

    I was out and about yesterday and I noticed at the corner of Santiago Street and Rochester Street, there is still a foundation there, small but it is still there. I believe that may be the remains of the penny candy store that used to be in that location. I remember there used to be one there, and it reminded me that there was another one at the corner of Queen Street and Munro Street. I was just curious if any of your readers remembers these stores?


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