The Almonte Hospital Hoopla

The Almonte Hospital Hoopla


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The Almonte Hospital Hoopla was held on Friday and Saturday with perfect weather but the attendance was not as large as last year. At this time the amount of the net proceeds is not available but will be published next week. Some 650 dinners were served on Saturday evening and very fine dinners they were. The results of the draw were: Electric dryer, Mrs. £. W. Smith, Ottawa; –-bicycle, Albert Gale, Almonte; steam iron, Mrs. Patrick Reilly, Ottawa; electric shaver Mrs. Toop, Almonte; Quilt, John Willard, Almonte; Rag Doll, Allan Cochrane, Almonte. A bride doll, donated by Joyce Olmsted was won by Mr Davidson of Ottawa. The rag doll was donated by Mrs. Hornsey and the quilt was also donated. June 2, 1960 Almonte Gazette


The Hoopla Committee of the Almonte Hospital Women’s Auxiliary has completed an estimate of the net proceeds of the event for this year. It is expected that the Hoopla Committee will be able to turn over to the Hospital Building Committee, $1300.00. Since all of the bills are not yet in, some expenses have been calculated as accurately as possible. However, the final figure will be very close to this amount. The Hoopla Committee general convenor was Mrs. C. Olmsted; Mrs. J. Coupland in charge of publicity; Mrs. G. Dunfield, treasurer; Mrs. J. Cameron assisted by Mrs. D. Faimey, smorgasbord; Mrs. G. Shaver, Hoopla draw tickets  June 9 1960- Almonte Gazette


This postcard photo, taken in 1910, shows nurses on the steps of Rosamond Memorial Hospital. The current hospital was built in May 4, 1961, and the old hospital is now apartments. The first baby born in Rosamond Memorial was Victor Horton, first cousin of local store owners Stan Morton. Photo courtesy of Ruth More.The property known as the “Rosamond Memorial Hospital” was to be completed 1 November 1907—It was used as a Hospital from January 10, 1908 – May 31, 1961

The new Rosamond firm of 1866 began operations by buying the Island property of some sixteen acres and building its No. 1 Mill, then one of the finest in Canada.  Bennett Rosamond (1833-1910) was elected president of the Canadian Manufacturers  Association in 1890 and was Conservative Member of Parliament for North Lanark from 1892-1904.  He was president of the Almonte Knitting Company and in 1909 donated the Rosamond Memorial Hospital to the town.  He continued as head of the Rosamond Woollen Company until his death, when he was succeeded by Lieutenant Alex Rosamond (1873-1916).

Above is a picture of the new Almonte General Hospital which began serving the public on Thursday, May 4th. It is a very fine building with modern equipment and has a capacity of 42 beds. Built of red brick, the new hospital is only about half-a-block from the old one, a picture of which appears below


Above is a picture of the Rosamond Memorial Hospital which served Almonte for a great many years. As will be seen from the photograph it is a handsome building but, it only had a capacity of 15 beds although it often accommodated twice as many patients. But it had narrow corridors and had outlived its usefulness, according to modern hospital standards. It would make an excellent nursing home.

The Doctors of Almonte … In the First Half of the Century – John photo



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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