When Comments Turn into Climax Chairs and Donkeys — Samuel Pountney Genealogy

When Comments Turn into Climax Chairs and Donkeys — Samuel Pountney Genealogy



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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 24 Mar 1899, Fri, Page 7–  

Yesterday I posted the newspaper clipping above from 1899 about Sam Pountney.  After he sold his chair and business Samuel Pountney later moved back to Arnprior.



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Jeff Brennan who does a lot of history work for Arnprior Then and Now sent this clipping that Mr. Pountney was leaving Arnprior in 1898  for a better life in Carleton Place.Looks like business was no better there as a year later he moved back to Arnprior  in 1900 and resurrected his business in Arnprior in Julius Kittner’s old shop.



Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 09 Apr 1900, Mon,
  3. Page 7


 Jeff Brennan had this great comment about the man.

Jeff said:There was a Sam Pountney, a barber in Arnprior many years ago. He had a donkey that he would ride in local parades. It was the height of humor to ask people afterwards, if they had seen Sam Pountney’s ass!”

But the story went on about Samuel Pountney and it was very sad as I found out more.


Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 08 May 1922, Mon,
  3. Page 15 

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  4. Samuel Pountney
    in the 1921 Census of Canada
  5. Name: Samuel Pountney
    Gender: Male
    Marital Status: Married
    Age: 51
    Birth Year: abt 1870
    Birth Place: Ontario
    Relation to Head of House: Head
    Spouse’s Name: Pamela Pountney
    Father Birth Place: England
    Mother Birth Place: England
    Racial or Tribal Origin: English
    Province or Territory: Ontario
    District: Renfrew South
    District Number: 124
    Sub-District: Arnprior (Town)
    Sub-District Number: 26
    City, Town or Village: Arnprior
    Street or Township: Hugh St
    Municipality: South Ward
    Occupation: Barber
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household Members:
    Name Age
    Samuel Pountney 51
    Pamela Pountney 48
    Iraia Pountney 22
    Melaine Pountney 20
    Mabel Pountney 18
    Pearl Pountney 14
    Mepite Pountney 13
    George Pountney 11
    John Pountney 9 -drowned in 1922- see newspaper article
    Weldon Pountney 2 -

    Clipped from

    1. The Ottawa Journal,
    2. 07 May 1942, Thu,
    3. Page 24

    Screenshot 2018-11-06 at 16.48.21.jpgScreenshot 2018-11-06 at 16.49.34.jpg1935–wf_120314_LastWord_Comments680x300.jpgGail Grabe My question is “What is a No.1 Climax Chair?



Antique Wooden Barber Chair Climax by Eugene Berninghaus 1887-Rare Berninghaus brand 1880s “Climax” model barber chair with wonderful incised carving and lots of beautiful burling. A chair in this condition would go for $3000 today.

  1. Linda Seccaspina Gail Grabe here ya go.. not what you were thinking LOLOL



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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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