The Mystery of the Bank of Montreal in Almonte

The Mystery of the Bank of Montreal in Almonte

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Bank of Montreal Photo– Millie Aitkenhead Collection

If you have read No Banker Left Behind – Bank of Montreal Almonte  you will see photos of the former 50s staff of the Almonte Bank of Montreal. I got them because of a huge lot of photos belonging to Millie Aitkenhead which I rescued at an estate sale. So these bank photos were all together and I assumed that the photo above of the bank was in Almonte. I had posted it on the Lanark County Genealogical Society page and had it in a story, and no one ever said: “Linda, that’s wrong!!” LOL

UNTIL-– I began The Tales of Almonte this week and Colleen Montgomery said, I don’t believe that this is BMO Almonte. The BMO was originally located in the Legion building then moved to 62 Mill St. BMO Almonte Branch has pictures of the two buildings and Mike Dunn did research of the history of BMO in Almonte and he provided the Branch with the pictures”.


It also appears here, clearly early 20th C: Brent Eades

I am the first one to admit I don’t know everything, and I emailed Brent Eades to clarify the situation as I like to get things right. He sent these photos saying “I’m pretty sure the Bank of Montreal never looked like that”.  So now thanks to Colleen and Brent we can clear things up about this photo. So now my question is: Anyone know where that Bank of Montreal in the photo above was? 🙂

Many thanks to Colleen and Brent!!


I’m pretty sure the Bank of Montreal never looked like that. I have this photo of the ‘new Bank of Montreal’ from what looks like the early 20th century (roads don’t appear to be paved yet)– Brent Eades



I also have this one of the ‘old Bank of Montreal–Brent Eades

No Banker Left Behind – Bank of Montreal Almonte Photos

What Happened to the House and Family on Frank Street –Part 1

The Aitkenhead Family at 20 Frank Street in Carleton Place

Before there was Baker Bob’s There was The Almonte Bakery

Hog’s Back Falls Ottawa –Aitkenhead Photo Collection

Down by the Mississippi River- Almonte Falls Photos 50s

Photos of the Orange Parade Almonte 1963 — Name that Band?

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.

2 responses »

  1. The building where the Legion is located now was originally the Merchant’s Bank but some of its customers complained that it was too far away from the action downtown. The bank was taken over by the Bank of Montreal and a new building constructed on Mill Street where it remains today. I got the three picture right from the Historical Archives at the Bank of Montreal in Montreal.
    I hope this clears up any confusion/


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