Memories of Mae Gilhuly

Memories of Mae Gilhuly
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
23 Jul 1966, Sat  •  Page 20

Evelyn Wilson, was 89 in October of 1966 and was one of the few remaining links with the past in Carleton Place. Each night her nurse and companion, Mae Gilhuly turned the five-inch iron key in the large “coin locks” on each door. The locks were made by a British firm whose trade mark was a coin of the realm, imbedded in each lock it turned out.

Both Mrs. Gilhuly and Evelyn Wilson lived in the town’s third-oldest stone house that was the home of generations of Wilsons on Bell Street. It was built in 1841 by Miss Wilson’s grandfather, Dr. Wilson, who came from Glasgow to tend the sick of Morphy’s Falls now known as Carleton Place.

read-Conversations with Brian McArton– Henry Wilson of Carleton Place and the McArtons of Ramsay and Heh Miss Wilsonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn! Carleton Place Heroe

So who was Mae Gilhuly?

Memories of Carol Silliphant

My mom was Evelyn Maude Gilhuly Hanson, her sister was Vi Labron, brothers: Charles, Victor, Reg, Len ( had a store in Perth) Art,and Alton, the youngest and her sister that died as a young girl was Mona Rose

My grandmother was Mae Gilhuly (nee McAllister), grandfather,  Gordon Gilhuly. I went there every summer and my grandmother had a nursing home there. Mae was a close friend of Geordie Findlay, and when he asked her to marry him, she said the last thing she wanted was another husband, so he married another friend of theirs, and they all stayed good friends. She had a sister Pearl who lived across the street from the Governor General,and they were always invited to the garden parties.

Mae’s husband Gordon, had been chief of police in Almonte, Perth,and Copper Cliff ( near Sudbury), died at a younger age in 1937. Some say he had a  broken heart after their first born died at age 26 from an infection I believe came after a surgery. Nana raised the remaining 8 on her own, quite the woman and her later years she lived in her little apt.was on Beckwith Street in Carleton Place. Nana was always older than the ladies she looked after and maybe she weighed  98lbs. But she was a strong woman and her favourite television show was The Little Rascals! She was a wonderful person,and a pillar of the community


The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
13 Jul 1943, Tue  •  Page 5
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
30 Jun 1937, Wed  •  Page 15

Mona Rose Gilhuly

BIRTH3 Jan 1909Smiths Falls, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
DEATH14 Feb 1935 (aged 26)Perth, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
BURIALHillcrest CemeterySmiths Falls, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
MEMORIAL ID211416026 · View Source
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
22 Mar 1945, Thu  •  Page 17

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The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
17 Sep 1938, Sat  •  Page 14

1922 census

Name:Mona Rose Gilhooly
Racial or Tribal Origin:Irish
Marital Status:Single
Birth Year:abt 1909
Birth Place:Ontario
Residence Date:1 Jun 1921
House Number:184
Residence Street or Township:434 Nepean
Residence City, Town or Village:Ottawa
Residence District:Ottawa
Residence Province or Territory:Ontario
Residence Country:Canada
Relation to Head of House:Daughter
Father’s Name:Gordon Gilhooly
Father Birth Place:Ontario
Mother’s Name:May Gilhooly
Mother Birth Place:Ontario
Can Speak English?:Yes
Can Speak French?:No
Can Read?:Yes
Can Write?:Yes
Months at School:9
Municipality:Well Ward Ottawa
Enumeration District:110
Sub-District:Wellington Ward
Sub-District Number:37
Enumerator:JMC Leod MC allester
District Description:Polling Divisions nos. 43 and 45 – Consisting of all that part of Wellington Ward bounded as follows: – On the north by Gloucester Street, on the east by Lyon Street, on the south by Cooper Street, and on the west by Bronson Avenue
Household MembersAgeRelationship
Gordon Gilhooly35Head
May Gilhooly34Wife
Mona Rose Gilhooly12Daughter
Charles Gilhooly Jr10Son
Reginald Gilhooly8Son
Arthur Gilhooly7Son
Leonard Gilhooly6Son
Victor Gilhooly4Son
Violet May Gilhooly11/12Daughter

1922 census

1922 census

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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