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!
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!
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.