Marjorie and Charlie Rintoul–The Rest of the Story– Thanks to Norma Ford

Marjorie and Charlie Rintoul–The Rest of the Story– Thanks to Norma Ford



Photo- Charlie and Marjory from Norma Ford


Yesterday I wrote about Mrs. Charlie Rintoul. People of Lanark County — Mrs. Charlie Rintoul. Norma Ford was able to help me out and now we know the rest of the story thanks to Norma.

I think I can help. Not sure about your story, before my time but mine picks up after 1948. Mrs. Charlie Rintoul maiden name was Marjory Douglas and they lived beside us on Sarah Street in Carleton Place. Her parents were Howard Douglas and Marietta nee Price. Charlie Rintoul delivered ice to people around the Sarah Street area from a horse and wagon and I got to “drive” the horse on a Saturday morning around the years 1950 – 52.

They had a store that jutted into the Mississippi River on the North shore before the bridge on Hwy 7. (I believe one of the Rintoul’s still own property and live there). Marjorie made jewellery and other crafts and sold them at this store in the summer time to the boaters, etc. (I donated a brooch that Marjory had made to the Carleton Place & Beckwith Heritage Museum a couple of years ago).



Howard and Marietta Douglas – Photo Norma Ford

Charlie had his ice house storage barn behind the store. In the summer they stayed in the back of the store, winter months living with Marjory’s parents on Sarah Street. Marjory was born in 1904 and died in 1961 (I was told from a ruptured gall bladder, she waited too long to go to a doctor). I am not sure of the date of Charlie’s death. I am sending a picture of Charlie and Marjory, a picture of Marjory’s headstone and a picture of her parents Howard and Marietta Douglas (terrible picture but the only one I have of them sitting in their back yard). Howard Douglas had a forge in a barn on his property on Sarah Street and he made well casings and pumps for a living.

Marjory and Charlie had no children, I was the closest to a daughter they had and both of them as well as Marjory’s parents were my surrogate parents. Bill Rintoul, not sure what relationship to Charlie but I think a nephew gave some of Charlie’s ice tools to the Middleville Museum and I sent the picture of Charlie up to them as well. The Douglas’s and the Rintoul’s were fantastic neighbours and substitute parents to me.

Norma Ford



St. James Cemetery


Thursday, March 9th, 1961  —We are very sorry to learn of the passing of Mrs. Charles Rintoul, Carleton Place and extend our sincerest sympathy to her husband and parents.


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 (USA)




People of Lanark County — Mrs. Charlie Rintoul

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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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