Things You Might Not Have Known About Howard McNeely

Things You Might Not Have Known About Howard McNeely


Photos-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum -Canadian files


Howard died in January 1994 at his home on Rochester Street in Carleton Place

Howard was mayor of Carleton Place from 1960-1967.  In the 1950s he was also a councillor and reeve

Howard operated a barber shop on Bridge Street  for nearly 60 years.

Howard teamed up with H.B. (Burnett) Montgomery and auctioned just about everything off for about 50 years. After  H. B.’s death he teamed up for a spell with Frank Burns. “We aim to please” was his motto on his phamphlets, but I heard “It’s nice and clean folks!” more than the other phrase at his auctions.

As mayor, one of his priorities as stated in the Canadian was acquiring land from the Dunlop family which became the Business Park North and now known as the Dunlop Business Park.

One of Howard’s best friends were the parents of Brian Costello.

Howard was famous for towing along his public address system that he used in auctions for local events any time they needed him.

Howard was once the head of at least two local orchestras and was also a well known square dance caller.

Howard was a 45 year member of St. John’s Masonic Lodge No. 63

Howard never told anyone his age preferring to leave it up to everyone’s imagination. Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it don’t matter.


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

  1. relatedreading


Howard McNeely- I Aim to Please

H B Montgomery Auctioneer

“30 dollar bid it now, 35, will you gimmie 35 to make it 35”?–Howard McNeely

50 cents I ’m bid–Auctioneer Clayton Hands


In the Year 1923 —- “BHM”– (Before Howard McNeely)

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.

One response »

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s