Tales From McCann’s Pool Room – Rob Probert

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I had to laugh about the story of hanging out in front of McCann’s Pool Room.

There is no question that for many years it was the true recreation centre of the town. At least for the guys. People walking by could be intimidated by the numbers of those hanging out front in good weather. Mostly what was going on was just figuring out who was up to what and where. No question as well that Woggy ( Weldon Armour) was the mainstay.

 

Weldon was a retired Mountie and had been badly crippled in a car crash while on duty. Woggy had opinions on everything and was not shy. He knew all the goings on. Smart as a whip and wise to every trick in the book.

 

In any case, my story is pretty pale but I have never forgotten. I was maybe 13 years old and

usually walked home on the other side of the street. One day I was minding my own business and a woman, on my side of the street, stopped me and basically ordered me to go into the pool room and tell her husband to come home. She was in no mood for me (a stranger and a kid at best) to do not do what she wanted. She was crystal clear!

 

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Well, I had to do it but I was sure that I was never going to see the light of day once I told her

husband what to do. I didn’t know him either. I also had never been in the pool room.

I identified the man from her description and interrupted his game, and I found out that you don’t do that. I delivered the message, in front of his buddies and assumed I was dead. Well, anyway, I high tailed it out of there and only could hear the guys laughing their heads off.

 

The man probably was all of 30 years old and his wife was putting down her foot, or at least I was doing it for her. YIKES. The Pool Room was one of the great experiences of growing up in Carleton Place. Nonsense was tolerated but well controlled. Step out of line and you could be barred… a fate worse than anything!

Rob Probert

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Dan Williams commented on No Girls Allowed? Uncle Cecil’s Pool Room by Rob Probert
 
I really don’t remember girls being banned in the 60’s . I never saw them in there and I was there a lot but I just assumed they weren’t interested. I do remember hanging out front watching the traffic and how boring it was leaning on the parking meter on a Sunday morning when the pool room and virtually everything else in town was closed, wondering if anybody would actually go by!
 
I played the pin ball machines regularly and just for fun reading for all of you I will tell you a little story about them. When I got married I bought the wedding ring next door at Dack’s since they were friends of the family and would give me credit. The day I went to pay for it I stopped in at the pool room just to try my luck and ended up blowing all the money I had for paying for the ring. Thank God I knew Dack’s well and they let me have the ring and pay later. Dad had worked at the pool room at one time so Cec let me in at 12 on my dad’s Ok. There’s a lot more memories than that but maybe another time.

 

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.

 

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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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