One Hundred Years ago the residential section of Almonte was Queen, Main and Princess Streets. New England was mostly forest. Elgin Street had but four residences and Church Street three. From the corner of Mill and Bridge Streets South to Country Street there were but five buildings. Just around the corner at Country Street was Robert Anderson’s store and dwelling. I am inclined to think that over this store was the first lodge hall of the Almonte Masons.
The Island (Coleman’s) was mostly under timber. But across the stone bridge was Tennant Brothers’ store (one of the earliest ) and on the Power House lawn was the first Village jail. Joseph Jamieson was the first lawyer in Almonte, having come here from Arnprior in 1867. He first lived on Wesley Street in a row of plaster houses which were torn down about twenty-five years ago. He had intended to be a printer and founded the “Renfrew Journal.” Later he studied law in Perth with W.O. Buell and practiced for a short time in Arnprior. He was the last Reeve of the Village of Almonte, and also an early Warden of the County of Lanark.