Patrick C Dowdall Druggist and Other Things

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Patrick C Dowdall Druggist and Other Things

Historical Notes:
Druggist P.C. Dowdall opened his Almonte store in 1880, and was was still serving those with constipation in 1935.
Druggist Manassah Patterson (also known as John) 
Manassah was a druggist and owned Patterson’s Drug Store on Mill Street in Almonte. He initially came to Almonte and took a position with Mr. Shaw, a druggist, and shortly afterwards he bought the business and conducted it for a time in the building now occupied by Mr. Therien. Read-Constipation Guaranteed to be Cured in Almonte

1888 Almonte Gazette

Last week those two large poplar trees which have stood the breeze and sheltered the building occupied by Mr. Patrick C. Dowdall’s Medical Hall and Mr. R. J . Dowdall’s residence for “ years and years,” as Miss Ophelia in Uncle Tom’s Cabin would say, were removed from public view, as well as the smaller maple ones in front of Mr. Geo. Wilson’s new store.

They were, indeed, pop(u)lar trees, and although it seemed to those who claimed the right of ownership to them that their usefulness had become a thing of the past, they were nevertheless removed with a degree of sadness to more than the owners, which carried many back in thought to the good old school days when children used to rhyme in merry glee that beautiful piece entitled “ Woodman, spare that tree.”

But the woodman did not spare the trees. He, instead, applied his axe vigorously to their trunks, and a few hours sufficed to remove from the gaze of an admiring public half-a-dozen or more ornaments, which, in days past, were the pride of their owners. The change, however, is considered an improvement, more particularly as the street is one of the principal and most public ones in town

March 23 1888 Almonte Gazette

Alos read-Constipation Guaranteed to be Cured in

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
08 May 1936, Fri  •  Page 22
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
07 May 1936, Thu  •  Page 3

Almonte lost its oldest businessmen, Wednesday night, in the passing of Mr. Patrick Connor Dowdall, at the age of 80 years. “P. C.” as he was known, was one of the town’s finest citizens in every sense of the word. Through the long years that he conducted his drug business, here, he built up a reputation for fair dealing and good citizenship that is seldom equalled. 

Born in Perth in 1856, a son of the late Edward Dowdall and his wife, Mary O’Connor, “P. C.” came to Almonte with his parents as a young child. His grandfather, Patrick Dowdall, was one of the original settlers of Lanark County, having come out from Westmeath, Ireland, in 1818 with his wife, Judith Keating settled on land granted by the Go; ernment near the military post, Perth-on-the-Tav. 

The late Mr. Dowdall received his primary education in the schools of Almonte, after which he was apprenticed to a druggist in Pembroke. Upon graduating from the College of Pharmacy at Toronto he debated for a time whether he should take a position in Pembroke or start a business of his own in Almonte, then a thriving woollen town. He finally decided on the latter course and in March of 1880, he opened the store until the time of hfs death.

For the last six months Mr. Dowdall had been confined to his home through ill health and his daughter, Miss Dorothy, a graduate pharmacist who had assisted him for some years past, carried on in his absence. Mr. Dowdall’s death was not unexpected but nonetheless caused widespread regret in this town and district where he was so well and favorably known.

While never inclined to push himself forward Mr. Dowdall showed his good citizenship by shouldering a full measure of responsibility in connection with public service. He was for some years a member of the Board of Education; a town councillor, and, as deputy-reeve in the days when Almonte by virtue of its population was entitled to a deputy, he gave his best on the local body and on the county council at Perth. 

He also served for a time on the Public Utility Commission of the town, and  had for their objective the advancement of civic interests. In 1891 Mr. Dowdall married Miss Anne E. Boyle of Toronto, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Boyle. Two sons and two daughters were born to this union, namely, Dr. Geoffrey Francis Dowdall, a graduate of McGill University, whose early death in 1929 was a great source of grief to- the father; Edward, a barrister in Kitchener, Ont.; Miss Eileen Dowdall, B.A. of the Imperial Bank staff, Toronto, and Miss Dorothy a t home, who was associated with her father in the business. 

Of Mr. Dowdall’s immediate family only two members survive, a brother Frank at Port Dalhousle and a sister Mrs. Albert Dwyer (Teresa) of Almonte. Another sister, Mrs. William McGarry, mother of the late Bob. Thomas McGarry of Renfrew and four brothers, Richard, James, Edward ‘and John predeceased “P. C ” The funeral will be held on Saturday morning a t eight o’clock from the family home on Perth street, to St; Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, thence to St. Mary’s cemetery. Almonte Gazette 1933

Patrick C Dowdallin the 1921 Census of Canada

Name:Patrick C Dowdall
Gender:Male
Racial or Tribal Origin:Canadian
Nationality:Canada
Marital Status:Married
Age:65
Birth Year:abt 1856
Birth Place:Ontario
Residence Date:1 Jun 1921
House Number:44
Residence Street or Township:Perth St
Residence City, Town or Village:Town of Almonte
Residence District:Lanark
Residence Province or Territory:Ontario
Residence Country:Canada
Relation to Head of House:Head
Spouse’s Name:Anna A Dowdall
Father Birth Place:Ontario
Mother Birth Place:Ontario
Can Speak English?:Yes
Can Speak French?:No
Religion:Roman Catholic
Can Read?:Yes
Can Write?:Yes
Months at School:X8-40
Occupation:Druggist
Employment Type:1 E
Nature of Work:Dirsesnary B
Municipality:Almonte
Enumeration District:97
Sub-District:Almonte (Town)
Sub-District Number:45
Home Owned or Rented:Owned
Monthly Rental:BB
Class of House:Single House
Materials of Construction:Brick
Number of Rooms:7
Enumerator:J. Paul
District Description:Ward 3, Polling Division No. 2 – Comprising the remainder or balance of the said Third Ward
Neighbours:View others on page
Line Number:48
Family Number:45
Household MembersAgeRelationshipPatrick C Dowdall65HeadAnna A Dowdall50WifeDorothy Dowdall16Daughter

Bridge Street Near Front Bridge Old Boys Reunion 1920 W. J Dowdall- almonte.com

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