Constable Frank Rose – Moonshine, Indians, Raids, Drunks and Dances –The Buchanan Scrapbooks

Constable Frank Rose – Moonshine, Indians, Raids, Drunks and Dances –The Buchanan Scrapbooks

Rose’s funeral January 29, 1948

With files from The Keeper of the Scrapbooks — Christina ‘tina’  Camelon Buchanan — Thanks to Diane Juby— click here..

Big Frank Rose was six foot, 239 pounds, and born on a farm in Ramsay Township on the Clayton Road in 1896. His family moved to a farm in Pakenham Township where he and his brother were still boys and attended Cedar Hill School until the war broke out.

He enlisted and went overseas with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces stationed in England until in 1919 when he returned to farming. In 1924 he became interested in the lumber trade and travelled to Dryden, ONtario and later Hamilton, Ohio where he worked in pulp and paper.

In November of 1926 he returned to Ramsay to marry his sweetheart Kathleen A. Arthur and they journeyed back to the US. In 1927 Frank became Lanark County’s first OPP officer and they returned to Almonte to await is acceptance. He began with a salary of $100 a month and if he made good it would be raised to $1200 a year increasing gradually to the max of $1800 a month.

Here are some of his diary notations:

January 20,1928

Train fare from Almonte to Cornwall- $4.00

meals- 45 cents

January 21, 1928

Raid on Gambling house.

Made an investigation in case of X impersonating an OPP officer

January 28,1928

Observation of bootlegging and gambling house at 12 midnight– all quiet

Brought X (native) from jail to police court as witness against Y for selling liquour to said native,

About 8:30 Pm proceeded to the scree of an accident..struck a horse and cutter.

Mr. X is charged with doing assault with doing bodily harm to wife

Proceeded to serve a summons but due to bad weather, left car and hired a horse and cutter

February 8th, 1928

Took observations of a number of dance halls, but found no evidence of liquor

Visited the same dance hall at midnight and told them to stop dancing and go home ( Cruisin Through the Dance Halls- From Carleton Place and Beyond!! Larry Clark)

February 29th, 1928

Proceeded to Smiths Falls Rink and remained on duty there until the visiting team left on the train about 10:40 PM

Had a tip and had to travel a great distance only to seize a half bottle of spirit.

March 2,1928

Proceeded by train to Arnprior to assist Chief Reid of Carleton Place County Police on the cases of foxes from the ranch of X.

Found no clue except a piece of veneer that had broken off cutter as it was turned about. Too late to get a train out but got a freight train about 11:35 Pm

Proceeded to Almonte to take observation of liquour conditions in pool room ( read-It Came Out of Rooney’s Pool Hall)

March 17 1928

Carleton Place to assist Prov officer JJ McGregor to raid on premises of X reported reported to be selling moonshine. No evidence. ( read about Johnny McGregor here-Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 8–Olympia Restaurant to McNeely’s)

April 17,1928

Proceeded to CNR station and found a man drunk in the toilet. Two tramps had lifted his watch and whatever money. Covered all rods leading out of town.

April 19, 1928

Received complaint about Mrs. X from Mr. X about a lady who had been living in their home and been making liquor from wheat. She had put all the wheat down the sewer until it filled up and then moved out.

May 1, 1928

Received call from Chief of Police Peacock from Almonte to insist him in break ins in the shops and theft at H H Coles Gents Furnishings. Found out that a strange car from Ottawa, supposed to be an Essex, had been seen. Proceeded to Ottawa and arrested X from Ireland who had confessed to Ottawa Police and brought him for trial back in Almonte.

May 30th, 1928

Proceeded to Almonte to attend picnic by request.

Received word that a band of gypsies were in Perth

July 16, 1928

Went to inquest of Reverend Father Connolly killed at railway crossing at Snedden

Proceeded to take observation of Dollar Day in Perth.

August 15,1928

Obtained search warrant to also keep tab on all trains

Search Hydro camp at Almonte for stolen goods supposed to be stolen from one Hassan Abdullah, Jewish pedlar ( Almonte and Carleton Place) Found some goods, but cold not make a court case.

Nov 19-Dec. 5th, 1928

ON Hunting Leave

Proceeded to cheese factory to investigate theft of cheese and butter.

He was a one man representative of the force and that meant long hours for him and his family. He often brought work home and sometimes he would be fingerprinting criminals on the kitchen table.

He would rather see a guilty man go free than an innocent man charged.

Thanks to Jean McPhail of Almonte, and daughter Barbara Armstrong of Kingston and Margaret Campbell of Balderson for use of the diaries and photos and Steve Forester for research. With files from Adam Fisher

Also read:

Big Frank Rose –The First OPP Officer in Lanark County

Cruisin Through the Dance Halls- From Carleton Place and Beyond!! Larry Clark

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 8–Olympia Restaurant to McNeely’s

It Came Out of Rooney’s Pool Hall

With files from The Keeper of the Scrapbooks — Christina ‘tina’  Camelon Buchanan — Thanks to Diane Juby— click here..

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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