Before the Gillies House There was.. Fire 1873

Before the Gillies House There was.. Fire 1873

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Carleton Place January 1873-

It is our sincere regret to record the total destruction of the Carleton Place Herald Printing Office. printing office and also the residence of Mr. Poole on the evening of Tuesday last. The fire originated in the office from what is thought to be a deflective flue and the roof was ablaze. The printers were engaged in the front room of the office when the fire was discovered. The alarm was instantly given and the efforts of those present were directed to suppress the fire in the house which had by this time made considerable headway. All their efforts were utterly futile as the flames spread rapidly over the wooden building at the corner of Town Line and Bridge Street. A vast crowd of people collected and everyone lent a willing hand to save the contents of the office. Most of the types, forms, stands, cases etc and desks were saved. The steam engine was too heavy to be removed and had to be left to destruction.

The dwelling house a large two and a half story frame builting only erected tow years previous might have been saved had the corporation owned a fire engine. But Carleton Place had none and the building was soon enveloped in flames. In the course of a few short hours the office and house were only heaps of smouldering ashes, but the furniture and household effects were saved.

A small engine kept at Mr. Caldwell’s sawmill was brought on the grounds but too late to render any effective service. Mr. Poole’s loss is estimated at over $8,000 and he has no insurance. His policy had expires some days ago and had not been renewed. The luminous glare of the fire was distinctly seen in Almonte, (about six o’clock) and apparently seemed only a few miles off. The night was perfectly calm, otherwise.


January 1873

Mr. Poole, of the Carleton Place Herald
will not be so heavy as at first calculated.
The press and steam engine, with slight
repairs, will be as good as ever. No delay
was occurred in the regular issue of the
paper, which has been printed, since the
fire, at the Almonte Gazette office. Mr. Poole will rebuild ( and he did, the beautiful stone home that now stands)


Snippets of the Illustrious James Poole

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The Sad Tale of Alexander Gillies and Peter Peden

The Gillies Home in the Ghost Town of Herron’s Mills

Ring Those Bells in Carleton Place– Wylie’s Woolen Mill

Channeling John Gillies

The Great Gatsby’s of Lanark County?

Life Inside and Out the Gillies House –Photos 1910


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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