Baird and Riddell Wagon from the Main Street
103 Judson Street- Toby Randell
January 25 at 6:26 PM · Just for context, here is the original shot not zoomed in on our place. Now you can zoom in on the other structures or the people and wagon– we went and got the history of our house dating back to the late 1800’s from the land registry. The land was originally owned by the grandson or great grandson of Edmond Morphy. I can’t remember which it is of the top of my head. Still cool to have the history and the photo. Toby Randell
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
01 Feb 1905, Wed • Page 3
It’s the only picture we have of the entire house. The larger picture still shows surrounding houses with fire damage from the fire that took out most of the downtown core. Our house was rebuilt, and we know this due to documentation of a $7000 insurance policy at the time–1910ish.
On that map our place would be # 30 owned by John McDonald. His brother was Peter McDonald that lives beside him. So the history was original land transfer to the Morphy family May 3 1871 A mortgage was put on the the land 1878 by WF Morphy and held by Edward George Malloch A deed was registered and a sale between William F Morphy and Jane Low McDonald who we believe was married to John McDonald. In March of 1881. The house stayed in her name until 1910 when a QC deed was registered, likely after the fire and the property changed hands to his daughter Annie E McDougall for $5. It gets odd from there as in oct of 1912 John died in April, a probate was executed by estate of John to 3 people Jessie McDonald ( who we could never track down) Annie McDougall his daughter who it seemed already owned the property?? And Annie’s husband James B MacDougall. In December of 1913 the property transfer to Jessie who kept it until September of 1932 when he sold it to John Swayne for $5000 and he owned it until 1988 when I assume he passed away. So during the fire it was owned technically by Jane Low MacDonald– Toby Randell
Judson Street Fire 1910
From here the fire was carried across the market square ( Memorial Park) to the magnificent residence of Mrs. James Gillies ( Memorial Park and Library) at the corner of Franklin and Judson streets. This house was on fire long before places nearer to the fire were burned.
Judson Street damage in fire of 1910
From the Gillies’ house the fire came back along Judson street, meeting the fire coming the other way, an entire block being consumed before the fires met. First from the Gillies house to take fire was St. Andrew’s manse, occupied by Rev. J. J. Monds. (Bank of Nova Scotia Parking Lot) The church was a couple of blocks away, out of the fire route, and escaped.
Next in line on Judson street came John McFarlane’s frame residence, Samuel Dunfield’s residence, Francis Gallagher’s residence and J. A. Gordon’s residence turning into Albert street and taking Robert Gordon’s residence and the house owned by Mrs. Code occupied by W. H. Hamilton which there completed the line of burning on the Albert street side, meeting the fire coming from the Wilkie residence. On the east side of Judson street the places burned were the brick residence of John McDonald, frame dwelling of Peter McDonald, frame dwelling owned by Ed. Bradford, C. P. R. conductor, Ottawa, and the brick residence of John McLeod. Mr. and Mrs. McLeod are old residents of the town and were out watching, the fire thinking their own house was safe. They, therefore, did not save anything. Sparks were then carried over two hundred yards to the stables and outbuildings of Samuel Torrance. They were burned but the house was saved.
Nee builds after the 1910 fire
Judson Street History
She lived at 30 Judson Street and died before the fire.
Marge Mitchell —My Aunt lived on Judson Street and the train tracks were about 60 feet from her house…there were so many trains whizzing by everyday. We loved seeing them and ran up to the station and sat on the benches and watched these mighty iron beasts. Such a fabulous memory of old time Carleton Place.
Read all about the 1910 fire in related reading below