The Mystery of the Almonte Post Office Clock –Five Minutes Fast and other Things….

The Mystery of the Almonte Post Office Clock –Five Minutes Fast and other Things….



I have never seen this postcard before with the lone man walking up the hill– and where is the clock tower?  Thanks to the help from Brent Eades we know that the post office clock was added later. Thanks Brent!!

“Interestingly, the building’s monumental four-faced clock tower was not added until between 1913 and 1916 when a local Member of Parliament, named William Thoburn, ordered its construction. Thoburn, who was also a local mill owner, was rumoured to have demanded the erection of the clock tower to ensure the timely arrival of his employees to work each morning.” 




By the way, Ray Paquette said that the folks in Carleton Place were told that the Almonte clock always ran 5 minutes fast, purposely, to ensure that mill workers from that town working in Carleton Place wouldn’t be late. Cathy Peterson said they would play outside and when it struck nine you had better be heading home. What memories do you have of the clock tower?


 - to arrange along Mr. w. Thoburn. M P., hss...


Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 29 Mar 1912, Fri,
  3. Page 9


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March 29 1912 Almonte Gazette

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 and The Tales of Almonte

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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