Lake Avenue and Bridge Street 1970 — The Crossing Guard — Clyde Emerson

Lake Avenue and Bridge Street 1970 — The Crossing Guard — Clyde Emerson

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Photo of Lake Ave and Bridge Street intersection. Photo- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


In the 70s according to the Carleton Place Canadian of April 29th 1970 school patrol officers did not last that long. Clyde Emerson finally gave up the job after frustration and Mr. R. Potvin  was sworn in as a special constable.

Emerson was a guardian for the local school children for a long while and was reported as a ‘first class’ one too seeing his job was not an easy one especially during the noon hour traffic.

Time and time again the crossing guard without the aid of lights at the four corners would go to the centre of  the street clad only with a stop sign and bright clothing so the children could cross the busy intersection. All too many times cars ignored the man and attempted to force their way through. Regardless of children or other traffic conditions. local folks said the only person that should be directing that corner was one of the local policemen as they would know enough to respect the uniform.

Winter at the four corners during the school year was especially difficult and Mr. Emmerson frequently remarked to them in a curt tone that it was easier for a driver to wait a few minutes then have the small children stand at the corners in freezing and blustery weather.


In 1970 there were 8 entrances to the corner that drivers had to watch and it was called the strangest intersection in Carleton Place. Not only was there Lake Ave and Bridge Street to consider but also Neil’s Lane with exits from service stations and cars making U-turns at Neil’s Lane.

Local citizens were demanding red and green traffic lights as hopefully drivers would understand these lights if installed. Folks were exasperated to sit as long as five minutes or more to cross the intersection at noon hour, after school until 6 PM and nearly all day for busy shoppers on Fridays and Saturdays. Good wishes were offered to Mr. Emmerson and to the next patrol officer.



1919-In a baseball game at Riverside Park between junior teams of Carleton Place and of the Smiths Falls C.P.R. club, local players included Mac Williams, Bill Burnie, Howard Dack, Jim Williamson, George Findlay, Tommy Graham, Gordon Bond and Clyde Emerson.  The umpire was Bill Emerson.  The score was 15 to 14 for Smiths Falls.



The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
25 Jun 1945, Mon  •  Page 20

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Photo from John Armour

Then– where the Canadian Gas Bar is–6 Bridge Street Carleton Place– corner Lake ave and Bridge

This land was part of the original land grant from the Crown to Edmond Morphy. In
1839 Edmond’s son Edmond owned the land. This lot was divided and passed
through many hands before it became Major Hooper and his wife’s residence in
1920. Hooper’s residence was referred to as the Raloo Cottage.

Major Hooper’s wife before she was married was Mabel McNeely. It remained in the hands of the Hooper Family until 1954 when McColl Frontenac Oils purchased the land. A gas bar and convenience store has been at this location ever since and today it is a Canadian Tire Gas Bar.

Major Hooper became Postmaster in 1920 until his retirement in 1950. During
Hooper’s time if office many changes occurred. He had control of the clerk for the
position of Telegraph operator until the telegraph service moved to its own building.

Peter Iveson- Aunt Craig, Mrs. James Craig lived at Lake and Bridge across the street, I remember the white house being torn down about 1957 and the garage station built.


Taking it to the Streets—The Crossing Guards of Carleton Place

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 1– Canadian Tire to The Moose

Bridge Street 1966 by Murray Wilson

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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