Carleton Place 1913- A Fire in the China Shop and…

Carleton Place 1913- A Fire in the China Shop and…


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November 3 1913–Almonte Gazette

It was thought that this fire occurred in 1915 but it was 1913 as I found out yesterday. The china shop was located in the same location Kiddytown was.


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November 1913–Almonte Gazette Carleton Place news

Chief Wilson has telephoned to the surrounding towns for a piano tuner who rented a horse and rig a few days ago in Carleton Place and has since failed to return. The animal is a small black mare and was attached to a top buggy.

An Indian arrow head of copper was unearthed by the water works excavators
at the corner of Victoria and Allan streets a few days ago, and is now on exhibition in Dr. McIntosh’s drug store window.

Mr. W.S. Healey, specialist in motor  mechanism, packed up his household effects on Tuesday and moved to Stittsville, a mile and a half from which he has discovered a
grotto in a spruce and balsam woods, where he has erected a little cabin.
There, all alone, he will put in the winter in the hope of curing a deeper seated case of asthma from which he has been a sufferer for some years. He hopes to emerge- in the spring with a recast breathing apparatus, and resume his work in Carleton Place.

Mr. Richard Finners started out this morning on his regular rounds for Mr. Stevens, in apparently good health. He delivered goods at Mr. William Moffatt’s and on the way to
his rig passed some jocular remarks with Mr. R. Dowdall; then stood and watched the engine and spoke with the engineer, Mr. Playfair, when he suddenly lurched forward and fell on his face. Mr. Playfair hastily summoned Dr. McIntosh, but before he arrived
life was extinct. The body was conveyed to Patterson Bros. parlors. Deceased was about twenty-six years of age and was married but a short time ago.


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  24 Mar 1913, Mon,  Page 1


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  05 Feb 1913, Wed,  Page 3


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  20 Jun 1913, Fri,  Page 1


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  05 Feb 1913, Wed,  Page 3

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  28 Jul 1913, Mon,  Page 1



This building started out as Leslie’s China Store and was operated by Mrs. Leslie circa 1890.  There was a fire in 1913 but later R.R. Powell operated a grocery at this site. The first of two Powell Grocery locations opened and  chose the Leslie Building, next to Comba’s furniture store.

Mr. Powell was the Sunday School Superintendent and he had three main interests in life: his business, his family, and the Methodist Church (Zion Memorial), which he attended regularly and was a lay preacher. It was a family run store and each helped in the store and he also employed Roy Whyte of Lake Ave East as a delivery boy. The oldest girl was Gladys. (Mrs. John Lashley and her sister Olive was a very popular CPHS teacher) Fern worked as a civil servant and Bert went to college and never returned to Carleton Place. Read more at:  Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 4- Leslie’s China Shop to Rubino’s/Giant Tiger


Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ 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 Winners of The Lanark Fair 1913

It’s Your Balderson News 1913

Just Like Internet Dating?— Circa 1913


Join us and learn about the history under your feet! This year’s St. James Cemetery Walk will take place Thursday October 19th and october 21– Museum Curator Jennfer Irwin will lead you through the gravestones and introduce you to some of our most memorable lost souls!
Be ready for a few surprises along the way….
This walk takes place in the dark on uneven ground. Please wear proper footwear and bring a small flashlight if you like.
Tickets available at the Museum, 267 Edmund Street. Two dates!!!

OCT 28th
Downtown Carleton Place Halloween Trick or Treat Day–

Here we go Carleton Place– Mark Your Calendars–

October 28th The Occomores Valley Grante and Tile Event–730pm-1am Carleton Place arena-Stop by and pick up your tickets for our fundraiser dance for LAWS. They also have tickets for Hometown Hearts event at the Grand Hotel fundraiser

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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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