May 12, 1958
Commissioner W. Wycliffe Booth, Salvation Army leader In Canada and Bermuda, and Mr. Booth officiated at the formal opening of the new $20,000 Salvation Army Citadel on Bridge Street here Saturday afternoon. Thanking the public for its support, Commissioner Booth stated that the Carleton Place citadel is one of 28 citadels now under way in Canada.
“The Salvation Army Is enjoying a period of considerable expansion in Canada at present,” Commissioner Booth stated. The new citadel is of cement block with brick facing. It has a seating capacity for 135 persons. It has a five-room apartment at the rear for second Lieutenant and Mrs. Edwin Gurney, commanding officers of the Army here. It has a basement as a centre for young peoples activities.
The Ottawa Citadel Band, under Bandmaster Ron Dymond, participated in the opening ceremony and gave a festival program at the citadel in the evening as well. The Carleton Place Salvation Army Band, mainly composed of young people, with old instruments, made a hit at the afternoon ceremony. The band is instructed by second Lieutenant Gurney. Spontaneous Collection Commissioner Booth, holding up one of the old instrument used by the band, made a $50 contribution toward buying new instruments. Sr. Major William Ross. Montreal, divisional commander, added a $50 contribution from divisional headquarters.
A spontaneous collection was taken up, which with these two gifts, realized $230, for the purpose. Major G. W. Comba of Carleton Place and Rev. H. Griffin of Memorial Park United Church brought town and fraternal greetings at the opening ceremony. A message was read also from George H. Doucett, MP for Lanark. Officials Present Salvation Army officials participating in the opening ceremony along with Commissioner and Mrs. Booth were: Brigadier Frank Moulton, Toronto, national young peoples work secretary; Sr. Major and Mrs. Ross, Montreal; Sr. Major Herbert Honey-church of the Ottawa Citadel; Brigadier N. B. Bell, Army public relations officer, Ottawa; and the local commanding officers. About 200 attended the afternoon ceremony and the evening band festival, many having to stand to participate in the two services. Commissioner Booth preached at the Citadel service on Sunday evening, again to a capacity attendance.