Clippings of the McEwens and the Beckwith Quarry

Clippings of the McEwens and the Beckwith Quarry
Lorne McNeely crushing rock in the Beckwith quarry
One of the largest crushers was a model produced by Taylor Engineering in 1919. It had a 60-inch (152-cm) receiving opening and remained in first place until Taylor produced the 72-inch (183-cm) gyratory crusher in 1969. It served as the world’s biggest and only machine at that size until 2001,

april 1873
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
07 Oct 1899, Sat • Page 6
Findlay C McEwen
3 March 1844–19 June 1922

Different location but same idea for the Beckwith and Almonte Quarries-Joel Barter
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  · February 10, 2020  · 
Scotstown Quarry

Finley Kearney McEwen


Finley Kearney McEwen was 95 in September. He owned the farm that borders the Beckwith airport. He had a brother Keith and another Fraser. Finlay has one son Paul, Fraser had no children, but Keith did have. Finlay was one of the original Beckwith firemen..

The farm has been sold I think for housing development and Finley and Mary have moved to bungalow off the tenth line.

The Findlay McEwen mentioned in the ad above would be Finleys grandfather who was married to Elexey Duff.. Finley’s father was William.

Name:Finlay McEwen
Birth Place:Beckwith Township
Residence:Beckwith Township
Spouse Name:Elexi Duff
Spouse Age:23
Spouse Birth Place:Scotland
Spouse Residence:Beckwith Township
Marriage Date:21 Mar 1862
Father Name:Hugh Cott Mc Ewen
Spouse Father Name:William Duff
Spouse Mother Name:May Duff
Microfilm Roll:1030059

Samantha Rye–That’s my uncle Findlay 🙂 the farm is called Glen Athol and if you’d like a detailed history of it/the CP McEwens let me know

Scott HendersonSuch a nice man. Findlay and my dad we’re partners in a hobby steam engine. Spent many a Saturday at the his farm with my dad working on the steam engine

Phyllis ByrneWe bought a lot of lumber from this lovely man. You could talk to him all day long. So informative.

Roy CokerGreat friend. We determined through comparing notes that I had worked with his brother on helicopters in the Canadian Navy

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
27 Nov 1895, Wed  •  Page 5

From Neil Brownlee who is going to built an apt building on this site.. (McEwan Mills)

Finley McEwen in Maggie’s Place operated the saw mill that was McEwen’s Mill in 1940. The farm is called Glen Athol. He and his crew took in trees and made and sold lumber and sod for locals. Prior to the mill, Finley McEwen’s grandfather Findlay C. McEwen (March 3rd 1844-June 19th 1922) and his father William H. McEwen (1873-1963) ran a quarry there called Dominion Quarry. Findlay, his wife Elexi Duff, his son William, William’s wife Ana, and their many Irish immigrant workers quarried stone for building local homes. The workers would use crowbars to lift the stone then chisel it on tables into smaller workable pieces. Stone for the Churches and Town hall in Carleton Place, then known as Morphy’s Falls, was also quarried as well as for the original parliament building in downtown Ottawa. It was taken on the steam engine from Carleton Place to Ottawa on the very trail behind the subdivision. They once took a chunk out once that was 15 tons and required a special wagon. It was to be used as a base for a saw mill in Renfrew. Quarrying was big business back then and Finley’s grandfather and father had 48 employees working there digging for stone. The workers were kept fed and hydrated by Finley’s Grandmother Elexi and mother Ana. The quarry business ended around 1900 due to the rise in popularity of brick and it being cheaper to make. The land was then bought by Lorne McNeely for a saw mill. Finley then bought it off McNeely and ran the mill. Finley was known for miles around for the Mill. 

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