The Old Stone Home on High Street–Memories

The Old Stone Home on High Street–Memories




Joann Voyce—Corner of High St and Water St—This shows the stone house that stood on that corner opposite Findlay’s loading dock 1950s


Keith Giffin –Our family lived in that stone house, for a number years in the late 40,s. The float that you see was from the optimist club of Carleton Place ,they sponsored a boys camp on Graham Lake as well as the Smith falls and Ottawa club


Joann Voyce-– The building between Stalwart ( part of Vic Bennett Motors ) and the stone house on the corner was Hugh Devlins Barber Shop on the left and a family residence on the

Ray Paquette– Didn’t Bob Francis and his family live in the residence when your family was on High Street?

Joann Voyce– Not sure but Alan and Connie Bennett lived on the right side of the stone one when Mike was born

Ray Paquette –-Connie was a good friend of my mother while my son Scott was in school with Matt, Mike’s son. I remember when they lived down the hill on Allan Street. Alan was in the Air Force and so the family was somewhat nomadic…

Joann Voyce– Hugh Devlin and his wife lived over the Barber Shop and his daughter Doreen and her husband lived on the right of her parents


Stephen Giles— My Mother and her parents moved to Carleton Place in 1946. Their first residence was an apartment in this house

Blaine Cornell-Yes, Robert Francis and family lived in this old stone the 50’s If i remember correctly his father’s name was Fred. I remember a family by the name of Monday operating the barbershop also in the mid 50’s.






Joann Voyce
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Yes Deborah Devlin-Adams I pushed you in Marg’s doll carriage and I have a picture of it

Linda says “look at the buildings you can see beside Findlays”


On the Perth road, now High Street, a dozen of the village’s buildings of 1863 extended from Bridge Street along the north side of the road for a distance of about two blocks.  There was only one building on its south side, the large stone house torn down several years ago, at the corner of Water Street.  It was built in 1861 by John Sumner, merchant, who earlier at Ashton had been also a magistrate and Lieutenant Colonel of the 3rd Battalion.  Carleton Militia.  Beyond this short section of High Street was farm land, including the farms of John McRostie, Peter Cram, the Manny Nowlan estate and David Moffatt.  The stone farm houses of John McRostie and David Moffatt are now the J. H. Dack and Chamney Cook residences

John Toshack, who came to Ramsay with his wife, seven sons and two daughters, was a man of strong religious tendencies.  He had been a deacon in the Congregational Church under the Rev. Mr. Ewing in Glasgow, and preached in the first shanties of settlers in Ramsay before there was an ordained clergyman in the township.  His younger daughter, eleven years old at the time of the 1821 migration, became the wife of the first Peter Cram of Carleton Place.  Surviving her husband on the Cram farm homestead on High Street which later was acquired in the eighteen eighties by her nephew Peter Cram (1831-1920) of Carleton Place, she died in 1890 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. James Thom in Ramsay.

The buildings on the north side of High Street were rented houses owned by John McEwen, William Neelin, William Moore and Henry Wilson; and the homes of Mrs. John Bell, Arthur Moore and James McDiarmid; together with Joseph Pittard’s wagon shop, and two doors west of it near the future Thomas Street corner, the new foundry enterprise of David Findlay. —Howard Morton Brown

In 1914- A resident was awarded damages for injury to a horse frightened by an unattended and unlighted automobile parked on High Street.


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  29 May 1971, Sat,  Page 36

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Jean Isabel Galbraith Findlay , 207 High Street, Carleton Place (Findlay home).



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.



The Carleton Place House with the Coffin Door

Looking for Memories of Harold Linton’s Gas Station

Peter Cram of Beckwith Perth and High Street in Carleton Place

Before and After – Old High Street Barn

Was This the Architect of the Findlay Homes on High Street?

Can Nancy Drew Solve the Case of Carleton Place’s Hardy Boys on High Street?

The Hardy Boys in Carleton Place

Ken Findlay Fatally Shot on High Street

One of the 7 Wonders in Carleton Place


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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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  1. Yes, Robert Francis and family lived in this old stone the 50’s If i remember correctly his father’s name was Fred. I remember a family by the name of Monday operating the barbershop also in the mid 50’s.


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