John Stinson–Little door by the river at the Patterson store was called the”Indian Door” It was also used to put stuff on boats for people to take up lake…groceries, furniture and so on. I am pretty sure there was a piece in the Then Canadian sometime, likely in the 80’s (I lived in C Place b/w 69 and 94 and remember reading it Susan Fisher may have written it.)
Sandra Rattray My husband ‘s father, Howard Rattray, and his father, John Rattray and their predecessors, owned part of Indians’ Landing. The story that was passed down was that the Indians used to trade their furs in there (at the former Patterson’s Furniture Store and Funeral Home or embalming room) This was common knowledge to many of the older locals.
As the 18th century progressed, items of British manufacture items such as guns and gunpowder, hatchets and axes, and broadcloth and thread replaced more traditional tools, weapons and other aspects of Indian life. It was no different in Carleton Place as each Indian nation weighed the choice of whether to remain neutral in any local conflicts or take the sides they had to consider how their choice would impact their access to the gifts and trade goods upon which they were now dependent.
They loved to trade for: woolen, cotton and linen goods (including broadcloth, thread, blankets and garters), as well as saddles, shoes, hats, “riffles and smoothbored musketry; very cheap,” gunpowder, flints and bullets; iron items such as pots, axes, hoes and hatchets; and other domestic items such as scissors, razors and “dressing glasses” (mirrors). But, if you read the article below that was written in the 1920s, they did expect freebies and for folks to be polite and they were extremely smart in their dealings.
- where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and theSherbrooke Record and and Screamin’ Mamas (USACome 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. Tales of Almonte and Arnprior Then and Now.
The Devil Went Down to the PUMPKINFERNO!
Where Was Meyers Cave?
The Adventurous History of the Mississippi – Linda’s Mailbag
Beckwith Child Stolen by Natives
The Natives of Carleton Place — Violins and Deer