The Farm of Alec and Chrissie Tosh — David Tosh

The Farm of Alec and Chrissie Tosh — David Tosh

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 David Tosh

Hi Linda,

Here are some old photos of my grandparent’s farm including the one that I already posted.  Two others are newspaper clippings from when the house was for sale.  The last one is an auction sale that was done when my grandmother decided to move out of the house.

Thanks David!!!

Stuart McIntosh Cream cans by the gate. Wood smoke from the brick chimney.

Allan Stanley I loved going there as kid… Great Aunt Chrissie always had on an apron and was always baking pies and cake

Stephen Brathwaite Where was that?

David TosThe end of Union at Carss

Steven Currie— Is it still standing David

David Tosh It was still there when I took a photo of it last August.



David Tosh Just the house. All the barns were torn down in the early 1980s.

Steven Currie Love them old places u grew up with, I own the old farm my dad’s family grew up in outside Clayton

Steven Currie Is it still in the family?

David Tosh I don’t think so

Margaret McNeely Aunt Chrissie Tosh…..her specialty was donut holes….she use to sell them to a lot of people.


Tosh Farmhouse 4



Tosh Farmhouse 5




Tosh Farmhouse 7


Tosh Farmhouse 8


Granny Tosh auction 1

There were three bridges going onto the Island, one called Stone Bridge, one called Back Bridge and the other one called Front Bridge. After you cross the Back Bridge as if you were going into the Rosamond Estate they had a huge set of stairs that took you up to Union Street. We used them many times for a short cut to my Uncle Alec and Aunt Chrissie Tosh’s farm at the end of Union Street and I’m sure many of the mill workers used them when going home after work. I have read in the local paper that they are restoring the steps for the new Coleman Island Trail.

A few of our swimming spots were underneath the old blacksmith shop at Gary Houston’s house, at Rock Bottom on the Tosh farm and also at Brown’s Dairy located in part of the town they called New England. 

Growing up on the Coleman Island in the 40’s and 50’s Marg McNeely






David Tosh


Here are some more members of the Tosh Family.

TOSH Mary Christina (Chrissie)

In hospital at Almonte, Ontario, on Wednesday, July 8, 1981, MARY CHRISTINA (CHRISSIE) BOND (of Almonte). In her 85th year. Beloved wife of the late Alexander Tosh and much loved mother of Stuart, Ottawa; Mervin and Orval, Almonte; Hartley, Oakville. Dear sister of Mrs. Harry Nontell (Ruby), Creston, B.C.; Mrs. Pansy Kuehl, Kitchener; Mrs. Jean Proctor and Mrs. Kay Goodfellow, both of Almonte. Predeceased by Florence, Alberna, Pearl and Gordon. Also survived by nine grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Rested at the Gamble & Comba Funeral Home, 127 Church Street, Almonte, from 2-5 and 7-9:30 p.m. Thursday and where service will be held on Friday at 2 p.m. Rev. Ed Smith officiating. Interment Auld Kirk Cemetery.

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Hi Linda,

I think this photo was taken in Almonte but I don’t know for sure.  My Uncle Mervin lived in Almonte for most of his life so perhaps it was.  Thankfully, someone wrote the names of the people on the back of the photo.  Left to right they are Helen Cochran, H Edmunds, Mervin Tosh, Lyle McLaren, Mary Mitchell.  Thank you.

David Tosh.

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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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