Judson Street — Clippings History and Photos

Judson Street — Clippings History and Photos
Carleton Place Museum photo– The Baird and Riddell Wagon-Judson Street? With the pile of stones on the site of the library? There is a train going behind the house in the picture and that is now where the trail is that goes through the middle of town. thanks to Toby Randell.

Baird and Riddell Wagon from the Main Street

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
26 Sep 1888, Wed  •  Page 2

Was Beating Anything from Baird & Riddell of Carleton Place Illegal?

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


103 Judson Street With the pile of stones on the site of the library?

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.

Photo Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

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

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
14 Jun 1911, Wed  •  Page 2

Judson Street History

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
19 Feb 1942, Thu  •  Page 19
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Tue, Dec 20, 1898 · Page 2

She lived at 30 Judson Street and died before the fire.

The Gazette
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
14 Nov 1939, Tue  •  Page 6

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
02 Apr 1904, Sat  •  Page 10

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
07 Oct 1971, Thu  •  Page 68
James married Mary Elizabeth Flett in 1886 and together they had five children: Margaret, Elizabeth, Arthur Roy, Horace, and Howard. They lived at 146 Judson Street, Carleton Place.

Front: Horace, Mary, Howard, James Morton
Back: Margaret, Elizabeth, Roy all from the Roy Brown Society
Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

This photo of Bessie Brown (1890 – 1971 ) was taken in June of 1914. She’s showing off a flower arrangement she made as an entry in the first annual Carleton Place Horticultural Society’s flower show. The show was held at the Carleton Place Town Hall.
Bessie has used an old Taylor Brother’s wooden crate as her container. The Brown’s home was on Judson Street, not too far from Taylor’s Hardware Store. We happen to have just such a crate in our collection!
Vintage Photo from Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
This action shot was taken on Judson Street, looking north from Franklin Street towards Mill Street. The scene is almost unrecognizable today. Howard Morton Brown and his brother Horace have added a sail to their wagon and are about to fly away!
Their home is the red brick home to the left of the photo, and is still standing today as 146 Judson. All the other structures we see in the distance were various mill outbuildings on Mill Street, and none remain. The big frame building with two chimneys was McDonald and Brown Woolen Mill.
The log fence to the left enclosed the Brown’s corn field! They kept many chickens and cows behind their property, and their red barn is still standing and visible from Mill Street. There are so many great details in this photo, taken about 1908

Photograph courtesy of Carol Nicholson.
Roy Brown with his mother outside their home on Judson Street, Carleton Place, 1917-1918. Roy returned home for the winter of 1917-1918 and spent time with his family over the holidays. He returned to Europe on January 30, 1918.
This house at the corner of Judson and Franklin streets has certainly changed over the years. It’s always fun though, for us to identify houses we find in old photo albums! The “before” photo is of Arthur Burgess, Arthur Cram (brothers-in-law) and Alfred Cram (who died tragically in a motorcycle accident in 1929). Note the front entrance (and thus the street address) has been moved from Judson to Franklin Street at some point. If anyone knows who lived in this house in the 1920’s we’d love more information. Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

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

Aftermath of the 1910 Fire- May 19 1910

More Clippings Found About the 1910 Carleton Place FireThe Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

The Lost Photos & Words- Carleton Place Fire 1910

When The Streets of Carleton Place Ran Thick With the Blood of Terror!

When The Streets of Carleton Place Ran Thick With the Blood of Terror!- Volume 1- Part 2

Burnin’ Old Memories –The Mississippi Hotel Fire

The Lost Photos & Words- Carleton Place Fire 1910

The Hysteria and Overbooking of Hayley’s Comet 1910

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