Bill Poulin Jr. playing snooker at McCanns pool hall- Photos from the Canadian and Gazette files from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum—
Thank you to all that commented and sharing your memories!
Dale Costello One of the best pool players was Bill Poulin Jr. at Uncle Cecil’s
Bill Brown Shawn Gorman and Kathy Gibson in the background watching
Ray Paquette That must be Bill Sr’s son in the photo. I spent a lot of my youth in the pool room and that is not the Bill Poulin I remember!!! In the ’50’s Bill Poulin was considered to be the pro of the Pool Hall and there was one table set aside for money games that was played on by a select few, Bill, Garry Clifford, Wally Lawford and a few others whose names escape me…
Norma Ford This brings back some embarrassing memories. I was sent to pick up my Grandpa’s Club Chewing tobacco at the pool room. When your about 10 years old and go into a place that only men were allowed in – not good. Grandpa always gave me a nickle a trip, would do anything for him. I can’t remember who he sent when I was too old (or too embarrassed) to step foot in there, a real taboo. Very funny now and I wish I had just stepped up and played pool, would that ever have shocked all those guys. –
Ray Paquette- In the ’50’s Bill Poulin was was considered to be the pro of the Pool Hall and there was one table set aside for money games that was played on by a selct few, Bill, Garry Clifford, Wally Lawford and a few others whose names escape me…
Terry Latham This is Jr. Was better than Bill sr.
Baine Cornell Bill Poulin Sr. was one of the best. I remember Bill playing an exhibition against George Chenier the reigning Canadian snooker champ at the pool room.
Bill Russell I remember when Cliff Thorburn came to the pool hall.
Keith Giffin I saw that game as well Blaine Cornell ,very good game . Allie Hastie loved to play straight pool, had a few games with him. The shirt and the vest were 2 of my favourites to play against Jim and Benny Clarke.
Bill Brown When ya played in Almonte pool hall – they always positioned the pink ball to the side of the red balls!! Weird
Llew Lloyd Bill Sr. was still playing when I frequented the billiard hall . I believe in my time you had to be 16 or have a note from your mother . It was a bit tense at Sunday dinner when mom saw the note she had written for the first time
Doug B. McCarten You actually had your Mom sign a note? BAHAHAHA
Mary Lou Stafford Not exactly ..that’s why I was tense. Lol
I remember many of those hand written notes my Mom wrote LOL😂
Ray Paquette By the way, when did girls begin to frequent the pool hall? I hope that is not interpreted as a “sexist” comment…
Bill Brown 70s for sure !!
Doug B. McCarten Never in my time! Women were never allowed nor were they interested! It was strictly a mens room in the 60’s! Cecil restricted males as well until they were 16!
Ray Paquette Do you remember standing outside and watching the pedestrian traffic, particularly the young ladies, go by with an occasional remark from one of the young “gents” causing a witty comeback from the girl it was directed at?
Mary Lou Stafford I remember going in and it would have been 76/77 and being worried one of the guys would complain because that’s when the girls were first welcome by a few and they were a little choosy about who went in!
Tom Edwards I remember my grandfather going in there to buy Irish Sweepstakes tickets. Do you ever remember of that with your dad Norma?