Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 11

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 11


142 Bridge Street Carleton Place Circa 1870


Photo-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum–The Day The Wizard of Oz Came to Carleton Place


Photos-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

142 Bridge Street Carleton Place

The Queen’s is the oldest hotel that is still in operation in Carleton Place as a hotel and was originally built for Duncan McIntosh of Perth Ontario who was the father of Dr. Duncan H.McIntosh, of Carleton Place.



Photo-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


In 1882, Mrs. M.J. Chatterton bought the hotel and operated it as the Chatterton House. Peter P. Salter doubled the size and renamed it the Queen’s Hotel. In 1889, it was repurchased and run by Mrs. Chatterton and Ab. Salter. Later it was renovated and operated by Dan Miller.


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The cost was $1.50 per day with hot water and electric lights. There were 40 new rooms and a free bus to the train. In 1937, the roof on the Queen’s Hotel blew off because of high winds and sat in the middle of Bridge Street. Dan Miller sold the Queen’s to Lloyd Ionson from Cobourg. There were 50 rooms. Miller ran the hotel from 1920-51 intermittently.

Mary Whyte remembers one of her school friends Pauline O’Keefe whose father owned the hotel at the time. When Dan Miller bought it he had a taxi business on the premises and had some year round boarders and one of them she remembered was Jabe Coombs a  foreman at Findlay’s. Later Dan’s son William and his wife Marguerite (Griffith) operated the hotel and Geoff Laycock was the next owner.


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Photo-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


According to the museum history Miller ran it for 4 years then he sold it to Mr. Chadwick. In 1927, Miller re-obtained and ran the hotel for another 3 years and then rented it to Mr. Martin 2 years. Lindsay Thurlow was the next to operate the hotel. Mr. Miller’s sister Mrs. William Taylor took the building and changed it into apartments. Mr. Miller returned to Carleton Place in 1948 and began modernizing the hotel and providing a dining room. He changed the apartments back to hotel rooms and built 13 garages at rear and 2 apartments over a section of the garage.

When Tom Sloan was the owner of the Queen’s hotel he had a sign out front that was really worth reading:

Good Sample Rooms-Centrally Located

Commercial Rates- One dollar and a half per day

This house has been renovated all through and is one of the coziest and most enjoyable in the Ottawa Valley

Hotel Rules for Visitors

Board- 50 cents a square foot- meals extra

The hotel is convenient to all cemeteries- hearses to hire 25 cents

Guests are requested not to speak to the dumb waiter

Guests are requested not to play any games more exciting that Old Maid after 7 pm so as not to disturb the night clerk’s slumber

If the room gets too warm open the window and see the fire escape.

In case of fire you will have a hard time finding the fire escape, there ain’t any.
If you’re fond of athletics and like good jumping, lift the mattress and see the bed spring

Married men without baggage are requested to leave their wives at the office for security
Don’t worry about paying your bills; the house is supported by its foundation.

Tammy Marion —There use to be a longish narrow building at the back of the Queens at the backside of the parking lot. It was still there in 1984-85. I was told years ago that it use to be a stable back in its day – for the people’s horses when they came by horse to the Queens. Don’t know if that was true or not – but took it as if it was. It had an upper level too. In 1984 or 85 there was an apartment on that upper level as I remember Audrey Wilson living there then.



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  14 Apr 1899, Fri,  Page 6


The Queen’s most iconic boarder was Wandering Wayne Richards

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In Memory of Wandering Wayne –Wayne Richards

Time Travel- Is that Wandering Wayne in this 1930 Photo?

Christmas in April – (Wandering) Wayne Richards

More than Words- Mural is Almost Finished!



Related Reading to the Queen’s Hotel

The Day The Wizard of Oz Came to Carleton Place

Carleton Place Folk Art from the Queen’s Hotel –The Millers

Dan Miller of the Queen’s Hotel vs the Town of Carleton Place

People of Carleton Place, Ontario — Gail Sheen-MacDonald

Part 1- Tales of the Chatteron House Corset — Queen’s Hotel in Carleton Place- can be found here.

Part 2- Hell on Wheels at Lady Chatterton’s Hotel in Carleton Place– can be found here.

Part 3- I Will Take Some Opium to Go Please —The “Drug Dispensary” at the Chatterton House Hotel

Part 4- Chatterton House Hotel Registrar- George Hurdis -1884

Part 5-What the Heck was Electric Soap? Chatterton House Hotel Registrar

Part 6-The First Mosh Pits in Carleton Place — The Opera House of the Chatterton House Hotel

Part 7-All the President’s Men — Backroom Dealings in Carleton Place?

Part 8- Who Was John Boland? Chatterton House/Queen’s Hotel Registry — The Burgess Family Dynasty

Part 9-What Happens Behind The Queen’s Hotel Stays Behind the Queen’s Hotel

part 10-John Sparrow’s Royal Parilion – Chatterton House Hotel Carleton Place

part 11-The Rules of the Queen’s Hotel in Carleton Place

part 12 –He Did What? Tales of the Queen’s Hotel

The Sultans of Swing at The Queen’s Hotel in Carleton Place

Things That Disappear in Carleton Place — Elgin Street and The Queen’s Hotel Sign

The Mystery Murals of The Queen’s and Mississippi Hotel

The Rules of the Queen’s Hotel in Carleton Place


151 Bridge Street Carleton Place


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Photos from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

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151 Bridge Street Carleton Place

151 Bridge Street housed two stores but one side was vacant. R.D. Carmichael’s
grocery was located here. Carmichael’s was a long narrow store with a round wood stove in the back. There was a scale to weigh all bulk food and everything was put into small brown bags and tied with a string. It was mentioned in McDiarmid’s weekly column in the Canadian that a whole hank of bananas hung in the window and they became quite brown before they were all sold.

Mr. Carmichael employed his half sister Jessee McGregor, Alberta Whyte, Vera Cavers and Lorne Whyte was the delivery boy. Whyte used to call all the customers on Monday morning, took your order and delivered late that day or the very next morning. He repeated this on Thursday and Friday and the other side of the river was serviced on the between days. No money was exchanged between the delivery boy and the customer and every week you went in and either paid the bill or paid towards something towards the bill.



Photo from the Canadian Files- from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

When the entrance way and the floor of his store got so worn it became a hazard Mr. C just moved all his groceries and carried on. After R.D. Carmichael’s relocated, R.A. Beamish had a store located here. The4 manager was Eddy Lavoie who married Jean Hamilton and he employed Daisy Peckett. Later the manager was Florabelle MacPherson. A fire occurred in the early part of the 1960s totally destroying the building. The current building was erected and has housed such businesses as Vicky’s Dress Shoppe, Esquire Dress Shoppe, the Bridge Hotel, The Bridgewater Inn, and now the Bridge Street Tavern. When the building burned one of the women’s clothing stores was in operation at this site. The owner had just purchased her new stock for the upcoming season. Of course we remember that it was the home of Ballygiblin’s Restaurant for many years.




Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  01 Mar 1963, Fri,  Page 1


related reading

The Fire That Almost Wiped Out Part of Bridge Street

DILL we meet again! A Tip of the Glass to Ballygiblin’s

Derek Levesque – More than Words

Meet Chef Dusty Pettes from Ballygiblins

A Charming Woman is a Busy Woman – Sherry Duquette

It’s a Mad World! View from a Carleton Place Bench


150-152 Bridge Street Carleton Place


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Photos Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum



150-152 Bridge Street Carleton Place Circa 1870

G.C. Stackhouse a dentist ran the store as a book, stationary, and variety store.
Then the store was under the ownership of John Flett (1836-1900), then by A.C.
McLean from Perth to March 1889, then by M.C. Pewtress from Hamilton Ontario. In
the 1890s, it became a soft drinks bottling plant of Adam R.G. Peden son of William
Peden (1813-1879) Carleton Place general merchant. He was Town Clerk from
1877-1921. This street corner stone building has long been divided into a bakery
and barbershop through the years.
It has had numerous businesses in its premises. In 1871 James M. Scott ran a
stationary shop (Lovell’s Dominion Directory). In 1876 a dentist G.C. Stackhouse
was located in the building (Woodburn’s Central Canada Directory). Mr. Stackhouse
seems also to have been in the jewellery trade since the Carleton Place Herald of
1878 contains an advertisement announcing his withdrawal from the trade. The
Herald announced that on March 3 rd of 1880 that Mr. John Flett was buying out Mr.
Woodcock’s Bakery and Jerry’s Bakery also operated businesses at 150 Bridge Street.  Some of their employees beside their son Roy were Viola Shannon and Dot Foxton. The man who delivered their baked goods around town daily by horse and cart was Harvey Paul.. People looked forward to the Easter season as on Holy Thursday he went around town delivering Hot Cross buns at 25 cents a dozen.

Bill W’s sister Evelyn ran a hairdressing salon in the right hand corner and the other entrance to this building was rented by Howard Mc Neely who had his barbershop  from about 1929 to the 1970s until he purchased the George Doucett building. His helper was his brother Mel and then his brother Earl. When Howard moved his store it became The Clip Joint a hair salon run by the late Barbara Lanthier and Linda Horricks Tompson until Barb moved her salon past the bridge.

Next door at one time was Ad Valiquettes Hair Dressing and later Dr. J. A. McEwen had his office there.





Dale Costello One of my favourite CP stores. Woodcocks Bakery. If you could buy the smell of fresh baked bread, you couldn’t afford it.

Joann Voyce Worked there in the summer and weekends. Started at age 14.

Doug B. McCarten Butterscotch cookies yummy my favourite!

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston I am sure every mother in town knew her kids wouldn’t move an inch if they got to watch that donut machine – we sure didn’t! I wonder what happened to that machine – whether it was saved or not???????????? – not to mention the rest of the stuff.

Ray Paquette I had the only paper route in town that made no money because my last delivery was to Woodcock’s where my proceeds were “eaten” up buying those jam filled scones!!

Joann Voyce When I worked there I learned all my great work ethics from Vi Shannon and Ethel Reese.. Two great ladies !

Jim Amy Kirkpatrick The best raisin buns and caramel cookies in the world!!!

Sherri Iona And fresh bread, when maple syrup came in

Sharron Ann Foote Donuts made in the window on Saturday mornings. 50 cents bought a dozen—allowance for the week well spent!!

Valerie Edwards Woodcock’s bakery in right corner , the best caramel cookies preferably with raisins

Llew Lloyd I remember they had a red haired baker . He was the ginger bread man. He baked cakes really fast .

Catherine Marvin Cream Puffs for 50 cents.

Penny Trafford I’m with you Cathy, Cream Puffs. My memory of them I swear I was still in a stroller, I bet they were only 10 cents! 😂

Peter Hawkins We always stopped there, on our way into town to visit my grandmother, to pick up a dozen raisin cookies.

Llew Lloyd The raisin cookies were a staple at 81 Bell . Hot cross buns at Easter were another family favourite . Remember the ladder on rails to store bread etc. on the upper shelves ?

Ted Hurdis When Wendy got pregnant for Brodie my mom went to Woodcocks and got her 4 huge cream puffs in a box.

Wendy LeBlanc- Mum did all our baking to save money but I somehow recall the delightful triangular-shaped super-flakey pastries filled with jam and sprinkled with coarse sugar. Ooh! I can still recall the taste as I write about them. I also remember cream puffs – Peggi Mace and I were students of Helen Gardiner in Grade 5 in Central School; we ran errands for her downtown nearly every day and once a week we would go to the bakery for her; she always treated us with a cream puff. I can’t think of Helen – a wonderful teacher – without thinking of cream puffs and visa versa!



Related reading to the bakery

Wondrous! The Woodcock Bakery

Roy Woodcock Photo -Woodcock’s Bakery

Christena McEwen– The Belle of Beckwith Part 1 -“The Woodcocks”



Related reading to the Aitkenhead family

The Aitkenhead Family at 20 Frank Street in Carleton Place

What Happened to the House and Family on Frank Street –Part 1

The Aitkenhead Family at 20 Frank Street in Carleton Place

Before there was Baker Bob’s There was The Almonte Bakery

Hog’s Back Falls Ottawa –Aitkenhead Photo Collection

Photos of the Orange Parade Almonte 1963 — Name that Band?

How to Make a Vintage Apron- Aitkenhead Photo Collection

No Banker Left Behind – Bank of Montreal Almonte Photos

Down by the Mississippi River- Almonte Falls Photos 50s

Are These Memories Just for Ourselves? — The Family in a Box


Photo Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

154-160 Bridge Street Carleton Place


Vintage Carleton Place & Beckwith


Photo just outside Movshovitz’s

From the Carleton Place Review Files from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Carleton Place Ambulance team leading, Steven More, Tim McIntyre, Jason Watt… Thanks Jim McUsac! He said 1992-1993?-Remember the Hospital Bed Races of Carleton Place?

154-160 Bridge Street Carleton Place Circa 1885- Sumner Block

Valiquette’s hair dressing was in this building and later Dr. J.A. McEwen had his office
here. Max Movshovitz’s dry goods store was located in what was known as the
Sumner Building. Morbic Sumner operated a dry goods store also. The Sumner Building at 154-160 Bridge Street is on Lot 25, which is one of the larger lots on Bridge Street. In the 1960’s a large fire occurred and a parking lot took over where some of the businesses had been. So it is unclear based on land deeds if some of the businesses were located in the Sumner Building or at what is now the parking lot. Dr. Winters was a dentist and his
practice was taken over by Dr. Smith an MD. Two Stanzel sisters operated a


From the Carleton Place Review Files from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

When Dr. J. A. McEwen had his office here the family lived on the corner of Franklin and Beckwith which had previously been a bank. ( see story-Cameron Ellis Building — What Happened to the Rest of it?)

When Mr. Movshovitz had their store in this building the family lived over the store with their son Isaac who was handicapped and their other children Abraham and Shirley. They were part of the Bridge Street business group for a very long time and two of their clerks were Mrs. Preston Shail (Laura Gorr) and Mrs. Earl Fleming (Emma Smith).

Next door was Godden’s Jewelry Store and then Jack Bennett opened an electric shop and
it was here that Stewart Cavers worked and learned the trade.  Later a Mr. Dunfield from Renfrew took over the shop and sometime later Mr. and Mrs. Earl Fleming turned it into living quarters.


Related reading

Magical Movshovitz Moments



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 (US

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I have been writing about downtown Carleton Place Bridge Street for months and this is something I really want to do. Come join me in the Domino’s Parking lot- corner Lake Ave and Bridge, Carleton Place at 11 am Saturday September 16 (rain date September 17) for a free walkabout of Bridge Street. It’s history is way more than just stores. This walkabout is FREE BUT I will be carrying a pouch for donations to the Carleton Place Hospital as they have been so good to me. I don’t know if I will ever do another walking tour so come join me on something that has been on my bucket list since I began writing about Bridge Street. It’s always a good time–trust me.

Are You Ready to Visit the Open Doors?



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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