Memories of Ritchie Feed and Seed Carleton Place

Memories of Ritchie Feed and Seed Carleton Place




Thanks go to Andrew Ritchie for these photos.

Hi Linda, I have some really good pictures of the opening,(1955) of Carleton Place Feed and Seed that my father owned (John and Sue Ritchie)–Mill Street Ritchie’s Feed and Seed. (Now Boulton Brown Condos on Mill Street).


My father did the grand opening from the Carleton Place hospital leaving my mother to handle the opening of the mill


On February 7, of 1970-a fire loss set at $100,000 gutted the mill house of Ritchie Feed and Seed mill in Carleton Place. Business was continuing as usual in the warehousing section of the mill which escaped the early morning explosion and fire. The 100-year-old mill,  was only partially covered by insurance and more than $40,000 worth of stock was lost in the blaze, along with milling equipment, and a 60-foot high grain elevator.



Howard McNeely centre and to his left is Andrew’s grandfather, Jack Ritchie


Andrew Ritchie’s Dad, the late John Ritchie leaning on the truck


You just have to love this photo!!



My grandfather and my mother(Sue Ritchie) at the microphone,


Norma Jackson My Dad , Norman Clark, used to work at Ritchie’s Feed and Seed in that old mill. My sister and I often walked there after school and my Dad would sift through the seeds in his pocket to give us five cents for a chocolate bar

Mindy Merkley Wow, that brings back some memories! I wasn’t born when it opened, but I certainly remember running around that area as a kid, jumping off the steps etc.


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You can also read:

Ritchie Feed and Seed Part 3– The Egg Grading Station-Cecil Hicks — Larry Clark

Tales from Ritchie Feed and Seed — Larry Clark part 2

Tales From Ritchie’s Feed and Seed — Larry Clark — Story 1


The Condo Ephemera of Boulton Brown Mill

What’s in a Picture?- Mill Street– Ray Paquette

Down by the Old Mill Stream — Carleton Place

Memories of Ashton Station Road –Ashton Feed Mill –Jennifer Fenwick Irwin Photos

The Brown Flour Mill Stories

One of the Many Hauntings of Mill Street

Coleman Family History–Just for Your Records

Jumpin’ Around in Carleton Place — Local Urban Acrobats

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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