Glory Days of Carleton Place–This and That–Ray Paquette

Glory Days of Carleton Place–This and That–Ray Paquette

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Not playing 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!!

Memories of Ray Paquette


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Thomas E. Nichols was the grandson of Abner Nichols and son of W.A. Nichols whose lumber business took up most of the south east Moore Street and Lake Avenue as well as a good portion of the Carleton Place Mews that borders Landsdowne Avenue.

There was also a lumber yard and saw dust disposal site at the location of the current Farmer’s Market. The business went into bankruptcy in the late 1950’s and the assets were scooped up by Ronnie Waugh who reopened the business as W&S Building Supplies. My Uncle Tom and Aunt Wilma lived at the north east corner of Queen and Lake Avenue East in the large frame house that has a large addition on the eastern side, created by the current owners




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Ottawa Journal Ad

Roy Gilmour was the original owner of the hardware store. I was not aware that Ches Argue was in partnership with him before Mr. Argue assumed sole ownership. Mr. Gilmour moved to Ottawa and worked at the Sears Store in the appliance department in the Carlingwood Shopping Centre. Some of your readers may remember Penny and Peter Gilmour, the older children in the Gilmour family. They lived at the south-west corner of Park and Lake Avenue East, kitty corner from the hospital in the interesting brick house



Ottawa Journal ad–Where was Ullet’s?

Keith Giffin I maybe wrong but Reg Ullett garage was on the town line left hand side , between Thomas and Moffat , garage there today is a truck repair shop.
Ray PaquetteKeith is right. Ullett’s Motors was where he remembers. The Ulletts lived on Herriott Street right behind the garage. Mr. Ullett died under tragic circumstances one Saturday afternoon at the garage. If I have my facts correct he committed suicide.
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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 06 Jan 1919, Mon, Page 8
Ray Paquette I noticed that the deceased had a son Thomas. I wonder if that was Tom New of Rochester Street who later, in my childhood, delivered the mail on R.R. #1?

Linda Seccaspina Did he go off to war Ray?

Ray Paquette Frankly, I don’t recall any talk of his being a veteran. I was less than ten years old during my time living on Rochester Street and WW1 would not be a subject that came up in my conversation!
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.  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.
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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.
The area to the left was Bruce McDonald’s Optometrist practice which, when Mr. McDonald took in an associate preparing to retire, became Ian Edmison’s first location. As an aside, I meet for coffee with Brian McDonald, Bruce’s son, here in Burlington, where we talk about our boyhood experiences living on Herriott Street.

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 andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)


Arthur Street The Burgess House and Dangerous Places- Ray Paquette

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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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