How Did A Carleton Place Photo End Up at the Victoria Archives?

How Did A Carleton Place Photo End Up at the Victoria Archives?



Photo–Vintage Carleton Place & Beckwith This clipping is from a school scribbler that was kept by Louella Edith Drynan (nee Shail).-



Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum




Mrs. Alex Sibbitt- The back says Mrs. Alex Sibbitt. I believe that this must be a picture of Mary Morphy– Joyce Sibbitt Photo


Bridge and High Street 1875 before the grocery store re-model (corner white frame house)–3230883 Public Archives.Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Years ago Mayor Eldon Henderson received this photo (news clipping) from the Victoria Archives in British Columbia that had been in their files for many years. As it was a Carleton Place, Ontario photo the archives felt it should be in our local photo collection.

He was confused at first, but after finding out where the store had been located Mayor Henderson began a contest for the general public. The winning location answer received a free one year subscription to The Review. Do you know where it was in Carleton Place? It was on the corner of High and Bridge Street where Mr. Campbell once had his store. I have sat here examining the buildings to the side and amazed how this building transpired over the years today. Who would have known? How did the photo end up in British Columbia? Keep reading…

Marj Whyte wrote:

Across High Street was a brick building once known as The Sibbett’s Summit Store (Sibbet’s Grocery & Liquor Store–Lloyd Hughes). Later it was ran by Lorne J. Campbell and then D.A. Roe became the owner and it was also Baird’s Food.

Photos below by Shane Wm. Edwards– thank you for all the photos you take so we can put these mysteries together,



All photos- Shane Wm. Edwards after all the bricks were removed.


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All photos- Shane Wm. Edwards



Still has the log ceiling beams–2017


Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Food Costs– The Herald– – May 1884.

The Summit Store is the Spot.  Your choice for #1.00: 6 cans Salmon, 6 cans Lobster, 8 boxes Sardines, 11 lbs Prunes, 12 lbs. new Valencia Raisins, 13 lbs. Bright Sugar, 4 lbs. choice Japan Tea.  Five dozen Labrador Herring for $1.00, or $3.00 per half barrel.  Also Fresh Halibut, Mess Pork, Fresh Herring, Tommy-Cods, etc.  Early Rose Potatoes.  Green Apples – Glassware and Crockery, Boots and Shoes. –Howard Morton Brown


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  20 Jan 1903, Tue,  Page 5



Ed Sibbitt- Photo Joyce Sibbitt


Barely one year later Edward left town…

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  18 Dec 1903, Fri,  Page 4

And this is why the above photo from the Victoria Archives in British Columbia that had been in their files for many years ended up there. Edgar Sibbett moved West and that is where his memories ended up.



Doug B. McCarten— This building was across from our house and when I was growing up it belonged to Ellard (sp?)and Beulla (sp?) Gordon who ran her beauty parlour in the front! They raised two boys Dale and Jimmy who married Judy Houston and Robert who was my boyhood friend! They had a TV 📺 before we did and I can remember going over to watch!

Robert and I decided to move the Neilsons Ice Cream sign from the front of the dairy (it was on legs with feet) to the middle of Bridge Street one Halloween 👻 and then hid in his Mom’s beauty parlour to see what happened! The police came by and moved it back to the dairy! This was fun so we did it a number of times until the Police 👮arrived at the sign at the same time as my father coming the other way.

My dad stopped and had a discussion with the officer no doubt inquiring if they had seen me…… It was probably 3 or 4 a.m. and seeing my dad with the cop I made the prudent decision to sneak home, get in bed and pretend I had been there the whole time! I snuck in the back door, tiptoed across the kitchen and was just starting my quiet climb when I looked up and there was my mom at top of the stairs waiting for me…… I don’t remember the punishment but they never did find out about our participation in the sign scandal! I remember how funny we thought it was at the time and we laughed so hard my sides ached…… What great fun we had growing up!!

Corry Turner-Perkins– Ellard and Buella were my neighbours on Towline Rd in their later years and they were both beautiful people.I was just a teenager and “Mr.G” as I called him and I would talk for hours over the fence or in the driveway.I still have a small broach he brought me back when him and Buella went to Graceland. Buella would wave me over and send me home with treats or fresh picked rhubarb.! If I recall correctly they were married for 70 years!
Kenneth Jackson yes i remember when Bulah had the salon . it was around this time that i helped to renovate the building into apartments.
Joann Voyce I vaguely remember shopping in there with my mother when we first moved to High St 1948. Who remembers the fire in the second floor of the building right beside Gordon’s? When you look at it now with one story and a flat roof, people must wonder why it looks like it doesn’t fit in with the rest of the street



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  03 Sep 1897, Fri,  Page 8

Perth Courier, May 19, 1899

Lewis Sibbett, second son of Alexander Sibbett, Carleton Place, died at Evaleth(?), Minn., on May 12(?) 13(?), aged 28.  The complaint was an abscess of the abdominal cavity.  The body was brought to Carleton Place and interred in the Cram Cemetery, Rev. A.A. Scott of Zion Church, conducted the services.  His wife was a Miss Whitton.


Need Apricots in Carleton Place? –1899

Full text of “Evaporated fruit and vegetables [microform]” 1899


*70550 Wm. Jenkins, Carleton Place.

70560 Alex. Sibbett, Carleton Place-Sibbitt Alexander, grocer

Wines and Liquors—Sibbett Grocers Carleton Place




Dale Gordon and his Great Uncle Jack Howard, taken on Bridge Street in front of the store in 1955 or 1956. Dale writes: “My parents moved from Sudbury in Dec of 1947 to help my great Uncle Jack Howard operate the store ,He apparently ran the store with his wife who had passed away . I notice on the building it is called the Howard Block so it may be that he owned the building and someone else ran the store My parents ran the store and my mother opened her hair salon in part of it .My great Uncle passed away in the late 50,s and my mother moved her salon to the small unit just to the north of the store .you can see the entrance door and window in the picture. The store was operated as an antique store by Charlie Rintoul..I remember hanging out in it as a kid .

I think it was around 1960 my parents renovated the building into the 8 unit apartment building . We lived in one of the apartments and my mother ran her salon in the portion at the front .I believe in 1966 my parents sold the building and moved to the town line
Hope all this helps
Dale–Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

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 Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum




Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum




Lorne J. Campbell owned the business when this ad was printed in 1936. Note the reference to the “Howard Block” as well as the different street address. Building numbers have changed several times over the years

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Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum



Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum




Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)

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.





Robberies in Carleton Place — Mr. Ed Campbell of High Street

*Bill Jenkins- Riverman and Wedding Cake Maker?

*Before and After in Carleton Place–Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum Posting


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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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