Stan the Man! Morton’s Variety Store

Stan the Man! Morton’s Variety Store


All photos from Lucy Connelly Poaps scrapbooks


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Linda Nilson-Rogers Such a well loved man! He sent me a lovely bouquet when my son Jonathan was born, I was his first customer to have a baby! Got my Dad’s newspaper there all the time!

Jennifer Rose Davis What a lovely man. I knew him well.

Isabel Fox He was my Godfather. His son Bob played a huge part in the Canadian Armed Forces. Bob and Bordie Campbell (Golden Hawks) were prominent members in the Forces. They made Almonte proud.

Rose Mary Sarsfield Everyone loved Stan!

Mary Sterling Jarick I met his son, General Morton when I worked for DND in North Bay. He was head of Fighter Group back then. I remember Stan and Madge? very well.

Pete Brunelle I knew Stan , Art and Reg great guys. Back in the 70 ‘ s use to spend my allowance ona  Pop bag of chip and a ton of hockey cards at Stan ‘s he let me stand and read articles out of the hockey news. On hell of a great guy he did not care that I was just a kid we use to talk all the time Stan was one of a kind for sure.

Bob Smithson We need another Stan


– from the wonderful scrapbooks of Lucy Connelly Poaps



Blast from the past-From the scrapbook of Joan Stoddart



The Almonte Cricket Club. Winners of the 1925 Ottawa Valley Cricket League Championship. 
1925 Almonte

The games were typically played on the fairgrounds where spectators could watch in the grandstands. The ACC (Almonte Cricket Club) was one of the teams active in the Ottawa Valley Cricket Council. Teams would play every Saturday. Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa had a team and they were remembered by Stan Morton as a pretty good team. “All around the players were a great group of guys and a lot of fun was had.” Walter Morton, Stan’s father, was an “average player, but the Captain of the team the year they won the cup.”

Lawrence Woodhead, Lorrie as he was known, was an excellent player, “a cracker of a bowler”. The bowlers were the most important members of the team and consequently they would practice hard. The rest would just bat and throw the ball around in practice.

The season opened in June and would run through August. Playoffs would begin in September. Stan remembers one memorable May when a group of club members had taken a day off to help get the pitch ready for play. They had come out with thier lawn mowers ready to work only to be interrupted by four inches of snow.

Players in the early days would travel by train to away games. With the advent of the automobile, the team would take a few cars to a match. “Alf Jackman and Claude Thompson had cars” so the team often piled into the two vehicles. It was quite a feat to haul the team up Bay Hill and they would make sure to get a good run at it.

In the mid 1930’s the team disbanded as interest waned. In its place the lawn bowling club was formed, a group that still plays to this day. The cricket house was moved to Robert Street to be used as the lawn bowlers club house and it still stands today.

These memories were told by Stan Morton, born in Almonte in 1905. The son of Walter Morton, Rosamond Mill worker. Stan is a legend in this town and served as Almonte’s ambassador for many years. His store on main street was always a hub of activity. It was the place for news, toys, candy, you name it, he had it. “Almonte is a great town, none better.”
Stan was born on Farm Street, lived on Farm Street and still owns his house on Farm Street “a true Farm Streeter”. Farm Street was ideally located two minutes from the Rosamond Woolen Mill, where he and his father worked for many years. Community Memories


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


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From the collection of Lucy Connelly Poaps

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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