People of Carleton Place — John Flett

People of Carleton Place — John Flett


150-152 Bridge Street Carleton Place Circa 1870

G.C. Stackhouse a dentist ran the store as a book, stationary, and variety store.
Then the store was under the ownership of John Flett (1836-1900) who operated it as a bookstore in 1880.

It has had numerous businesses in its premises. In 1871 James M. Scott ran a
stationary shop (Lovell’s Dominion Directory). In 1876 a dentist G.C. Stackhouse
was located in the building (Woodburn’s Central Canada Directory). Mr. Stackhouse
seems also to have been in the jewellery trade since the Carleton Place Herald of
1878 contains an advertisement announcing his withdrawal from the trade. The
Herald announced that on March 3 rd of 1880 that Mr. John Flett was buying out Mr.


John Flett was married in 1862 to Margaret Rutherford of Smiths Falls. Flett worked as a machinist there and in Almonte at the Mississippi Iron Works, Little Bridge Street until it was taken over by the Young Brothers.



Andrew Young was in partnership with John Flett who operated The AE Young and John Flett Machinists and Iron Founders on Lot 18 Coleman’s Island. The partnership dissolved in 1871 and Andrew and his brother Robert set up their iron works operations on Water St.


His eldest daughter Mary Elizabeth Flett married James Morton Brown, a well known Carleton Place miller and hydro electric company. (Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum)




The Victoria Daily Times
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
20 May 1887, Fri  •  Page 3


WWI pilot Roy Brown poses for a snapshot with his mother Mary Flett Brown while home on leave for Christmas 1917. They are standing near the intersection of Judson and Mill Streets. The McArthur Mill (later Bates and Innes) is in the distance to the left, the large frame building to the right is no longer there. Photo and Text-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Edmonton Journal
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
14 Dec 1939, Thu  •  Page 5



Perth Courier, Sept. 17, 1886

Brown-Flett—Married, on the 8th inst., at the residence of the bride’s parents, by Rev. A. A. Scott, M.A., Mr. J. M. Brown to Miss Mary E. Flett, only daughter of Mr. John Flett all of Carleton Place.

Mary Elizabeth Flett

Birthplace: Smith Falls, Lanark Co., Ontario, Canada
Death: December 13, 1939 (75)
Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada
Place of Burial: Beckwith, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
Immediate Family: Daughter of John Flett and Margaret Flett
Wife of James Morton Brown
Mother of Margaret Maggie Rutherford BrownBessie Church BrownArthur Roy BrownJohn Horace Brown
“Mental Photographs – Album for confessions of Tastes, Habits and Convictions” with entries from 1882 – 1885. Belonged to Mary Flett, aged 19, who later became the mother of A. Roy Brown and wife of Mort Brown, flour mill owner. Photo and Text-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

People of Carleton Place– John Porter Prospect Carleton Place

The Curious World of Bill Bagg — The Gillies Blacksmith Shop

“2,000 people on the streets”–Dr. Finlay McEwen of Carleton Place

Carleton Place 1845– Dwellings and People

About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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