Pakenham Cheese & Butter Factory– McCreary Blair Storey

Pakenham Cheese & Butter Factory– McCreary Blair Storey

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A vïllage on the C P R , in Pakenham Township, Lanark County, Ontario 30 miles east of Perth, the county seat, and 9 miles north of Almonte, the nearest bank location. It has Anglican, Catholic, Methodist and Presbyterian churches and a public school.

Telegraph G N W and C P R. Telephone connection. Exp, Dom.
Pop, 600.

H H Dickson, Postmaster


Baxter M J Miss, dressmaker
Burrows J F, blacksmith
Christnlann L O, jeweler
Cowan William, shoemaker
Dack G A, propr Commercial Hotel
Dickson H H, grocer
Dickson J L, tinware
Dunnet B W, general store
Ellis .A.H, agricultural implement agent
Ellis G A, butcher
Francis J H, roller mill,
Francis & Brazeau, woolen mill
Gemmell E W, physician
Givens J, blacksmith
Grace P J, hotel
Graham. Alex, div court clerk
Graham Robert, carriagemaker
Halliday Wm, banker,
Harvey Augustine harnessmaker
Hudson William, confectioner
Lesage Alexander, boots & shoes
Lunney W J, harnessmaker
Jaynch John, cooper
1VIcClinton G, tanner
Mayne R H Mrs, grocery
Mayne & McVicar, livery
Murphy J E, physician
Pakenham Drug Co, C M Stewart, Manager
Quackenbush George, barber
Quigley J B, undertaker
Robertson J M, general store
Scott R & Son, general store
Sheehan J Mrs, hotel
Smith John, carriagemaker
Sproule Charles, blacksmith
Steen -L L Miss, milliner
Tait A H. tinsmith
Willoughby Isaac, tailor



…from 1898-99 Eastern Ontario Gazetteer and Directory

PAKENHAM, a flourishing post village in Lanark County, Ontario, on the Mississippi River, with a station on the C.P.R. , 44 miles from Ottawa. It contains 4 churches (Roman Catholic, Episcopal, Presbyterian and Methodist) saw and flour mills, 1 woollen factory, 12 stores, 3 hotels, 1 bank, express and telegraph offices, etc., and has a large trade in lumber and country produce. Pop.  700  ..from Lovell’s 1906 Canada Gazetteer



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  12 Dec 1947, Fri,  Page 28

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  31 Jan 1949, Mon,  Page 24


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  03 Feb 1949, Thu,  Page 7

Robert N. McCreary, Prominent Resident Pakenham Township (1948) – Striking tribute to the memory of Robert Nelson McCreary, M.A., whose death occurred early Sunday morning, January 30th, was paid Tuesday afternoon at the funeral which was one of the largest in the Pakenham community. The funeral was held from his late home, Pakenham township, to St. Andrew’s United Church , where Rev. H. A. Turner paid a moving tribute to Robert N. McCreary, one of the church’s elders, his devotion to his church and his life long service to the community. Rev. Alexander Mills of Arnprior assisted in the service. Born at McCreary’s, near Carleton Place on July 27th, 1867, a son of the late Joseph Campbell McCreary and Harriet Bailey, deceased received his education at Carleton Place and St. Catherines High School and later Perth Model School. He obtained his Master of Arts from Queen’s University in 1893 and for a time taught school. In April, 1898 he located on the farm where he resided until his death, which followed after a brief illness since New Years. In November, 1900 he was married at Pakenham to Edna Victoria Elliott, who passed away in August, 1946. Surviving are two sons and three daughters – Elliott and Miriam at home, Dr. Robert H. of Arnprior, Kathleen, Mrs. E. W. Stirtan of Oakville , and Edna, Mrs. G. R. Anderson of Kingston . One brother, Hiram McCreary, ex M.L.A. of Carleton Place , is the last surviving member of a family of ten. There are four grandchildren, George and Robert Stirtan, and Nancy and William Anderson. Robert N. McCreary was an active citizen in his own community during his fifty years resident there. In 1920 he was elected as reeve of Pakenham township and for twelve years served that municipality. During that time he was elected warden of Lanark County in 1925 and was a member of the first Mothers Allowance Board and Old Age Pension Board of the county. He was honoured as­ first president of Lanark County Educational Association. In his own community, being a prominent dairyman, he was secretary of Pakenham Cheese and Butter Association, an office he held for over thirty years. Having served, as a trustee of S.S. No. 5, he was appointed secretary and served a quarter of a century in that office. He was a staunch Liberal in politics, on several occasions was urged to, be a candidate in the Lanark constituency. The burial service was held in Pakenham United  cemetery, pallbearers being Harwood McCreary, Howard McCreary, Peter Moffatt, Elmer Ross, Charles Campbell and Dawson Kerr. Among the numerous floral offerings were wreaths from the Session of St. Andrew’s United Church , Pakenham; the Doctors and Staff of the A. & D. Memorial hospital, and Pakenham Township Council.



Many Pay Tribute To Late Douglas Harold Blair (1949) – Tribute to the memory of Douglas Harold Blair well known resident of Pakenham was paid by an exceptionally large funeral which was held on Friday July 1 with interment in Union cemetery, Pakenham. Douglas, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Blair, a member of one of the oldest and best – known families of this district, died on June 28 in the A. and D. hospital, following three weeks illness, at the age of 18 years. The funeral was held form his late home to St. Andrew’s United church, Pakenham, for service. Rev. S. B. Cary of Kinburn Presbyterian church, of which he was a member, assisted by Rev. T. A. Turner conducted the service. The United choirs were in attendance. Mrs. C. H. Campbell sang Douglas ‘ favourite hymn “In the Garden”. His passing at so early an age cast a gloom over the community where he was so, deservedly popular. He was a member of St. Andrew’s church, Sunday School and Young People’s association, Kinburn, active in sports; member of Pakenham Hockey, Club and Junior farmer’s group; former member of calf club. He attended the Pakenham Public and High Schools and was a brilliant student. He helped on his father’s farm for the past four years. Douglas is survived by his parents, one sister and two brothers, Isabel, Jimmie and Ray, all of whom live at home. Included in the floral offerings were; Wreaths, Pakenham cheese and butter Co. , and cheese maker; The Junior farmer’s Club. Sprays, St. Andrew’s church, Kinburn; St. Andrew’s choir and Young Peoples Association, Kinburn; Hockey and Athletic association, Kinburn, Pakenham ball club, Pakenham Hockey club. Basket, Royal Bank. Pallbearer were six cousins; John Bradley, Dalton Bradley, Ebert Smith, Ernest Dodds, Blair Erskine and Ralph Armstrong. Friends attended from Ottawa , Renfrew, Lanark, Ferguson Falls Arnprior, Almonte, Guelph , Carp Campbell’s Bay, Shawville, and Green Mount, Maryland.






Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  18 May 1946, Sat,  Page 6


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  08 Apr 1909, Thu,  Page 1


Almonte Gazette Pakenham August 6 1880

Street Improvements.— From’ the temporary manner in which our sidewalks are
being repaired, one would imagine they are not intended for use longer than this
K o w d t is m .—Last Thursday evening there was a disgraceful row immediately
opposite the P. O. If our lock-up cannot be made serviceable on occasion
we would like to know what it is for.

Witches. —Because we are deriving very little and in some cases no butter from our
travelling starved cows, many believe the cream is bewitched by a maliciously inclined
man or woman, supposed to receive power from the devil. It is astonishing how many Protestants, even church members,believe as strongly in superstition than they do in the Bible. We are inclined to ask what Protestant religion is doing when superstition is cultivated to such an alarming extent, W e must be getting back near the time when the witches were burned, and perhaps in our next we can give you the gratifying news of the capture and burning of this one.


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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?


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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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