The Saylor Store on Snow Road (McLaren Depot)

The Saylor Store on Snow Road (McLaren Depot)



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  20 Apr 1978, Thu,  [Second] REVISION,  Page 3



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  13 Apr 1978, Thu,  [First Edition],  Page 55



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McLaren’s Depot Store

– About/History

What is now part of Snow Road Station was once called McLaren’s Depot. The lumberman Peter Mclaren built a small log store, with a post office and a residence on what is now the east end of Snow road. He also built large warehouses, stables and a blacksmith shop. His blacksmith was James Cameron father of Walter Cameron, the famous blacksmith and woodcarver of Fallbrook. In 1887 the Canada lumber company bought all of the McLaren interests and Peter McLaren moved to his home in Perth, Nevis Cottage. He became a Senator in 1890. The Canada Lumber Company built a larger store next to the warehouses and a house next to the store for the use of their Superintendant and Paymaster. Some prices from their time were: eggs – .10 per dozen, high laced shoes – 1.50, coal oil – .25 a gallon, chewing tobacco – .10 per plug and green tea – .25 per pound. The post office that was in the original log building was closed in 1914 when it amalgamated with the Snow Road Station post office that was at Geddes’ Store at the C.P.R station.



It remained there until John Geddes retired and it moved back to McLaren’s Depot Store in January 1949 and the post office kept the name of Snow Road Station and remains so today. In 1895 the Canada lumber company sold the McLaren’s Depot complex to Bill and Jim Richard, brothers from Massachusetts who continued to run the store. They built a large stone house farther down the road that is still there today. They operated the store until they left for western Canada about 1900. The house was bought by David Gemmill in 1909 when he obtained the rest of this property. Eventually all the buildings disappeared except the larger store, the home beside it and one old storehouse that became a garage.






 - Peter McLaren i ;Paid ta$t Tribute Body Beaches...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  15 Jan 1929, Tue,  Page 7 - C. M. Forbes Dies; Registrar of Deeds For...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  31 Dec 1946, Tue,  Page 14





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A History of Snow Road & McLaren’s Depot

The Continuing Saga of Christena McEwen Muirhead—The McLaren Mill


The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
23 Jul 1913, Wed  •  Page 4

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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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