Union Almonte & Ramsay Contagious Hospital (Pest House) — Looking for Information

Union Almonte & Ramsay Contagious Hospital (Pest House) — Looking for Information


Screenshot 2019-03-19 at 13.37.14.jpg


Good Morning,

I am wondering if you have any information on the Almonte Pest House? My dad referred to it as a place where incurable folks went to. Usually drawn there by sleighs. I gather it was somewhere near where Ann Street is today. I wish I had asked dad more about this while he was living. I think the pest house was also called the Union Almonte & Ramsay Contagious Hospital. My dad, Keith Camelon was born in Almonte in 1924 and he knew so much about Almonte but I was just too busy to take the time to listen.

Thank you. Marion McDonald

Marion, I understand and I feel the same way you do. That is why I document as much as possible. I would like to add to this. If anyone has pictures or comments please add them.




Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 10 Oct 1910, Mon,  Page 2




Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 22 Jul 1902, Tue,  Page 9


It is not surprising to note that the Almonte Town Council was wrestling with ” a report from the committee appointed to examine Union Almonte and Ramsay Contagious Hospital.” The Pest House!  Virulent outbreaks of contagion in the form of typhoid fever, diphtheria, scarlet fever, smallpox, as well as injuries due to explosions, train accidents, runaways, kicks from horses – these were the common complaints. Strangely enough, newer forms of injuries were coming to the notice of medical practise due to crashing automobiles, and falls from flying machines.



Jeff Mills– explained that the word “Pest” was for Petulance and was a place where people who had the Spanish Flu went to die. Supposedly the house was out Country Street between Country and the highway.

Jayne Munro-Ouimet Linda, there was a respite home for those self funding individuals who had few if any children or relatives near the corner of Ottawa Street and Anne. In the early 60 to 2000, it was operated by the Molina family. The lady who operated this home is a family relative. She is my maternal grandfathers niece.

Prior to that the home was operated as a TB survivors recovery run by a group of town and city doctors.

Some of the local soldiers of WW11 spent additional recovery time there.

Today the house is a private residents



b. Union Almonte and Ramsay Contagious Hospital Page 57
That Council approve that the Union Almonte and Ramsay Contagious Hospital be
included on the heritage registry.

Municipality of Mississippi Mills
Tuesday, December 5, 2017




Dark Moments in Ottawa History- Porter Island

Smallpox in Carleton Place — Did You Know?

Think the Smallpox issue on Outlander was far fetched?

Women in Prison 1900s

The Great White Plague

Great Social Evils —The Contagious Diseases Act of Canada

No Home for Those with Tuberculosis

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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s