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

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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