Let’s Go Racing Boys with Nellie Sharper and Alex Hunter from Carleton Place

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Let’s Go Racing Boys with Nellie Sharper and Alex Hunter from Carleton Place

 

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lipped from The Ottawa Journal,  26 Jan 1898, Wed,  Page 6

Nellie Sharper was the horse to beat and was initially owned by Dr. Preston of Carleton Place. Alex Hunter rode her and in her last years he owned Nellie outright. Unfortunately, in February 3, 1899 Nellie was scratched from a race at Landsdowne in Ottawa and was sent back to Carleton Place as she was no longer in good shape to race.

Alex Hunter’s father was Sandy Hunter, with a mustache like the handlebars of a bicycle and was in usual good humor, taking in the cash as long as there were customers in sight.  In 1881 and 1882 charcoal was made by Sandy Hunter, a blacksmith in Carleton Place, first for his own use in his blacksmith shop to shrink the wagon tires on the wood felloes of the large six foot wheels of the dump carts used by the Boyd Caldwell and Peter McLaren lumber firms.  His sons Alex and Lorenzo Hunter followed in their father’s footsteps and continued this enterprise from a commercial standpoint for some time. The balance of the charcoal pit products I have talked (The Old Charcoal BBQ Pits in Carleton Place) about were stored in the old barn where his son Alex Hunter had his livery stable, at the rear of the old Metcafe property (between Bridge and Water Streets).

Alex Hunter had a large livery stable in Carleton Place with many horses known by such names as Swayback Charlie, Black Rat-tail, and Old Buckskin.  He made the horses work night and day, drawing wood in the daytime and human freight at night.  He was the same tall, sandy-haired horseman who owned and drove Little Vic at the ice meets in Ottawa and also Nellie Sharper.  Later he operated the former Metcalfe House, which he bought from Joe Wilson.  He owned a hotel in Ottawa afterwards, on Clarence Street down on the market square, the Grand Central Hotel.

 

 

historicalnotes

 

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  11 Feb 1897, Thu,  Page 6

 

 

 

 - A RECORD MILE i . Was Made On The Ice Track on...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  10 Jan 1898, Mon,  Page 6

 - ., . r The races In Montreal were not finished...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  07 Feb 1898, Mon,  Page 7

 

 - Nellie Sharper Victory Protested De-cause...

Clipped from Democrat and Chronicle,  13 Jul 1898, Wed,  Page 11

 

 - Last Day at Hornellsvilie Provided Several...

Clipped from The Buffalo Enquirer,  16 Jul 1898, Sat,  Page 6

 

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.

 

relatedreading

Uncle Johnnie Erskine and Stewart Ferguson by Tom Edwards

More Notes about the Mysterious Arklan Farm

You’ve Got Trouble in Franktown-Dead Horses and Wives

A Horse is a Horse of Course– Of Course—Angus McFarlane

Buggies Horses and Accidents

Wild Horses Could Not Drag Me Away

The Horses of Carleton Place– Wonder if they ever had a Merlin?

Ride a Horse Save a Cowboy

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The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
02 Feb 1898, Wed  •  Page 1

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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