The Almonte Hotel –Need Community Help!

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The Almonte Hotel –Need Community Help!

 

I have been asked for information about the Almonte Hotel on Bridge Street in Almonte so I am piecing some clippings here.. add comments any comments you remember.. and then put it all together as a community project. Thanks!!

What we know:

Daniel Shipman and Prudence Boyce had 15 children, most of whom lived and 

worked in Almonte, Sarah, Eliza 1812, Stephen Boyce 1814-1852, Sylvanus 

Keeler 1817, Millicent Boyce 1819-1854, Daniel Harvey 1821, Catherine 

1823-1897, Norman 1826-1863, Debora 1827, Samuel McLean 1828-1875, Rachel 

Alvina 1831-1901, Olive 1833, Unknown son 1834, Jehoida Boyce 1836 and Birdie 

  1. Sylvanus Keeler Shipman, my great great grandfather, ran  the saw mill, 

the lumber yard and a distillery in Almonte. He and his father Daniel were 

also principal shareholders in the Ramsay Woollen Cloth Manufacturing 

Company.  Norman Shipman ran the flour mill and was constable of Almonte in 

  1. Catherine Shipman, who was married to Henry Ryan Rose, turned the 

family home 79 Bridge Street  into the Almonte Hotel.Catherine Shipman married Henry Ryan Rose whose ancestors were Loyalists (UEL) from New York. Jehoida Boyce Shipman managed the Almonte 

Hotel and worked in the grist mill and the flour mill before moving to St. 

Joseph’s Island, Algoma, where he had a farm and a saw mill. Samuel McLean 

Shipman was a farmer in Almonte. Stephen Boyce Shipman was a merchant in 

Kingston and married the grandaughter of Benedict Arnold, Charlotte Montague 

Arnold. Bytown.net

Photo-Paul Latour-Almonte Hotel
It has been my practice since I was 16 (and part of my career) to always have a camera with me wherever I go, especially before they squeezed cameras into portable telephones everyone has these days.

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I am both a history/photography buff and I love the history that surrounds us here. I happen to have in my files a small number of Almonte street photos that might be of interest to those on The Tales of Almonte page that tell something of the Almonte of old, even some recent ones. I’d be happy to share with you and all if you would like.

For starters, attached is a photo of the old Almonte Hotel in nothing more than its scivies. Back in April/May of 1999, the hotel had been renovated from top to bottom. The old siding that had covered the building for Lord knows how many years had been completely removed and thus exposed what I would presume to be the original wooden structure.

It had remained like that for only a few days before the new siding was put on, once again hiding it’s original beauty.  Note, as well, both the “Hotel Almonte” painted sign along the top wall and the classic “Almonte Hotel” sign which was taken down during the reno work.

I felt compelled to visually document the old building as it used to be while I had the chance to do so before it got all covered up again. I did so with tripod and camera on the night of April 30, 1999. A full moon was a welcome photo bomb to boot.

If my memory serves me right, the work to cover the old hotel up with newer siding had begun just two days after I took the photo. I’m glad I got the shot before the building was re-covered.

Unfortunately, I have no historical information about the old hotel as to when it was built, how long it had remained as a hotel, stories of what might have gone on there over the years, what it became after the hotel closed, etc.

Paul Latour

Thank you Paul– we love sharing, so PM me or email me at sav_77@yahoo.com with your photos or stories.
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The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
29 Mar 1913, Sat  •  Page 20
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The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
30 Jul 1927, Sat  •  Page 2
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The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
02 Mar 1988, Wed  •  Page 7
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The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
20 Jun 1951, Wed  •  Page 8
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1970s photos from the old Canadian and Almonte Gazette files from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum.
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he Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
08 Jun 1939, Thu  •  Page 12
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The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
17 Mar 1914, Tue  •  Page 1

 

 

 - The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
10 Aug 1940, Sat  •  Page 6

 - The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
04 May 1905, Thu  •  Page 11

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 - The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
07 Mar 1985, Thu  •  Page 4

 - The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
13 Jul 1968, Sat  •  Page 3

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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