Carleton Place the Thriving Junction Town 1900

Carleton Place the Thriving Junction Town 1900



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1900 Postmarked Business Envelope

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  17 Nov 1900, Sat,  Page 14


But down at the Junction (Carleton Place), where, sweet, waters flow The broad  Mississippi, alive and aglow, Bill Nichols and Pattie, night, morning and noon, Jump like the old cow that jumped over the moon Today it is bridges, tomorrow the roads  For here is the chairman the biggest of toads, And dark grows the puddle of taxes and rates As they ever boost  Carleton bless their innocent  They, ride in a roller with a calliope’s  scream and each one is heading along  at full steam–The Lanark County Council Scottish Poem– names names names




1900 – To supply serge for British army uniforms the Canada Woollen Mills expanded its operations here at the Gillies and Hawthorne mills.

Local talent presented the Temple of Fame, an historical pageant.  The town had a day of enthusiastic celebrations when news of the Relief of Ladysmith came from South Africa.

The Carleton Place Canoe Club was reorganized as a racing association and joined the new international canoe association.  A district grouping to include Ottawa, Brockville, Aylmer, Britannia and Carleton Place clubs was planned.  This town’s club ordered its first war canoe.

Peter Salter bought and reopened the Carleton House, the oldest two storey stone building in the town.  He renamed it the Leland Hotel.




A Village situated on the River Mississippi, in the Township of Beckwith, County of Lanark, C.W. – distant from Perth, 21 miles, from Bytown, 30 miles, and from Smith’s Falls, 20 miles.

Population about 500.


BELL, ROBERT, & Co., dealers in dry goods, groceries, crockery, hardware, & c.

CARLETON PLACE HERALD, weekly, James C. Poole, publisher

DUNNET, GEORGE, dealer in dry goods, groceries, hardware, crockery, drugs & c.

M’ARTHUR, A., & Co., general store, dry goods, groceries, hardware, crockery, & c.

POOLE, JAMES C., printing office

ROSEMOND, JAMES, woollen manufactory

Bell, Robert, M.P.P., agent for marriage licenses, town reeve, and postmaster

Bell, R., & Co., tannery

Bells & Rosemond, grist, saw, and oat mills

Constable, Rev. T.W., Wesleyan Methodist

County Agricultural Society, Robert Bell, secretary and treasurer

Duncan, James, blacksmith and axe factory

Equitable Fire Assurance Company – R. Bell & Co., agents

Fuller, Samuel, foundry

Galvin, Patrick, tailor

Graham, John, waggon and sleigh maker

Gray, Rev. Peter, Free Church

Halcroft, Rev. L., Baptist

Johnston, Robert, general store

Lavalee, Napoleon, hotelkeeper and inspector of beef and pork

M’Donald, Allen, wool-carding and cloth dressing mills

M’Gregor, Duncan, blacksmith and axe factory

M’Laren, Robert, Robert Burns tavern

M’Laughlan, Rev. James, Cameronian

Moffat, William, carpenter and builder

Murphy, Michael, tavern keeper

National Loan Fund Life Assurance Company, R. Bell & Co., agents

Nelson, Hugh, saddler and harness maker

Nelson, Johnson, classical and commercial school

Pattie, David, carpenter and builder

Peden, William, general store

Pittard, Joseph, waggon and sleigh maker

Poole, James C., clerk of division court

Pyne, Rev. A., Church of England

Wilson, Rev. Richard, Wesleyan Methodist

Wilson, William, M.D.


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Carleton Place 1960?? What year do you think? Julie Sadler said- With parking on both sides, you received your driver’s license if you could drive down the main street without hitting anything!

 - Just as the congrgegatlon were leaving leaving...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  27 Dec 1898, Tue,  Page 3


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.



Almonte The Woolen Town 1900

Renfrew The Creamery Town 1900

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About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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