Downtown Smiths Falls 1887

Downtown Smiths Falls 1887
In 1887 in Smiths Falls, while Capt. Harden of the Salvation Army was conducting a service at the corner of Main and Beckwith streets, he incidentally made some plain statements about drunkenness and drunkards. A man who was drunk in the crowd, hearing remarks along this line, resented same and slipped up and struck Capt. Harden In the face, knocking him down. The captain of the Army would not prosecute the offender, who nevertheless was charged with disorderly conduct and fined $5 and costs, amounting to $10.30.
In 1887 Rideau lodge, No. 241. I.O.O.F., Smiths Falls, had a membership of 62. Today the membership reaches over the 400 mark and within the past 12 years two other branches of this order have been instituted in Smiths Falls-Chimes Rebekah lodge No. 155 and Liberty Encampment No. 67. ‘ Changes of Time.
In 1887 Mr. Wm. Lavender came home from California and brought with him a horned toad.


In 1887 in Smiths Falls, twenty-one firms and businesses were advertisers in the local newspaper, then called the Rideau Record. In the personnel of these firms or businesses there has been an outstanding change during that time. Today, out of that number there is not one of these men connected with a business here today, and an onlooker through these Arms’ names finds that today there Is only one case where the son’s name appears. The following is a list of firms and advertisers.


Former Advertisers. The following ‘ads” are taken from the flics of the Rideau Record of in 1887:


Graham & Foster,” the only noted cheap, cash, ready-made clothing, dry goods and millinery store In Smiths Falls


O. Carss. general Insurance agent, representing fire, life, marine and accident Insurance
Frank Clark, sole agent for the Rathburn Lumber Co. Parties building would do well to see our stock before buying
J. Washburn’s special cost sale. Is strictly a cash sale
The Wardrobe House, second to none
M. Ryan, contractor and builder
Miskelly and Begley, a large stock of glassware and lamp goods to choose from
Mr. Horace Carley, agent for Brockville Steam Laundry
R. W. Steacy Jewellery store, where the seeker for good value in jewellery and silverware should call
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Geo. Steele, planing mill, custom planing and sawing
A. G. Foster, the Town Tailor, his clothes are unsurpassed in style and quality
Garrett’s Vienna Bakery– headquarters for all tropical  fruits in season and choice confectionery-
Dr. J. S. McCallum, as usual we have a complete stock of every, thing in the drug line, of the flnest and most reliable kind
McKimm and Loucks, have the very nicest stock of boots and shoes ever shown in Smith Falls;
Lindsay and Gilday — new goods and new prices;
Bryson Graham and Co., every department’ crowded with new goods– comparisons invited;
Lockwood and Miner, front street livery;
W. Corbett, large stock of monuments. . head stones, fencing, etc.;
Carss and Corbett building lots for sale;
Jas. Murray– a great drive in groceries

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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