Murray’s Taxi —- Frank Blakeley and other Rides

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Murray’s Taxi —- Frank Blakeley and other Rides
and this is me and my sister Deb sitting on Dad’s new 1958 Pontiac.
 
Here’s a throwback for you, Linda when my dad started a taxi business in Almonte.
 
Murray’s Taxi ad in the Almonte Gazette – Thursday August 22, 1957

Some Almonte memories of Taxi service

The Millstone
April 5  · 
John Robitaille — obituary
https://millstonenews.com/john-robitaille-obituary/
Robitaille, John George
(Former owner of John’s Taxi)
March 14, 1947 – April 3, 2021
It is with heavy hearts that we announce John’s peaceful passing on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at the Fairview Manor in Almonte. Loving and proud father of Christine and Robert Robitaille. Cherished and devoted “poppy” of grandson, Colton. John will also be missed by his former wife and friend, Wilma Robitaille.
John is survived by his sisters, Lola, Jean and Betty and predeceased by his parents, Gordon Robitaille and Crystal Cole, as well as his siblings, Ethel, Durell, Harold, Dwayne, Rickey, Campbell, Donald and Dorothy.
We, John’s family, wish to thank Dr Rossi and the staff of the Maple Grove Unit at the Fairview Manor for their commitment to John’s care and wellbeing and for the continuous support. And, many thanks to Josh Gamble for all of his guidance and support during this difficult time.
Private interment will be held at the Auld Kirk Cemetery in Almonte at a later date. Please honour John’s life with an act of kindness.
memories of Almonte– Johnson’s Taxi– 1950s–Sandy France said “Don Johnson was the taxi driver in the early 50’s. Think he may have been an ex serviceman”
Thursday, Aprll18,·1942 Almonte Gazette–
Government inspectors are like clouds of mosquitoes in June checking up on possible infractions of the gas conservation regulations.
One inspector was checking on a number of local men who misrepresented themselves as taxi-drivers in applying for their gas rationing books and so got commercial classification.The inspector Said that the Almonte man who signed their· applications will hear from headquarters. Photo- Almonte.com
Thursday, Aprll18,·1942 Almonte Gazette–
Government inspectors are like clouds of mosquitoes in June
checking up on possible infractions of the gas conservation regulations.
One inspector was checking on a number of local men who
misrepresented themselves as taxi-drivers in applying for their gas rationing books and so got commercial classification
The inspector Said that the Almonte man who signed their· applications will hear from headquarters
Can you help? If you are from Almonte or the surrounding area so you remember?
Linda Beaupre asks:
Hello Linda, new member here. My mother’s family had cousins or uncles in the Almonte area the used to run a taxi service out of their home . I was wondering if you had any info on them , last name was Majaury and it was in the 60s?
Anyone? Thank you!!

Karen HirstMr. & Mrs. Majaury are deceased but their son David still lives in Almonte. It should be noted that Mr. & Mrs. Majaury were a very hard working family, very dedicated to their service for the town.

Don RaycroftYes, we used them when it was really cold to go to school. If you didn’t call them they would pick you up on the way if they thought it was too cold to be walking. Nice people.

Glenna KellsOh yes remember majaury’s taxi…. my mom used occasionally if she had to go somewhere in bad weather

Cathy PatersonLived on the island ! Wonderful people

Maggie LadouceurJim majury was my uncle my mother-in-law was a sister her name was Ella Majury Margaret and Jim had 2 children David and Donna they both live in this area

Mary HurdisMargret and Jimmy Majaury had a taxi service.She loved chocolate and beer! He was related to my husband, his mother was Margaret Majaury. Try texting Elizabeth Dennie her mother was a sister of James if not I have a Majaury book!

Linda BeaupreThank you all for your comments I was very young but remember visiting and they had to leave to drive taxi I was maybe 5.

Karen Hirst
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A glimpse into Ambulance Service in Almonte in 1954….
Having purchased the Scott Funeral Home from Mrs. Loretta Scott in 1954, one of two local ambulance services was operated under the new ownership by John Kerry.

Taking a trip back in time, the photo below shows the ambulance vehicle used by the Kerry Funeral Home. The service would be provided by the two local Funeral Homes in Almonte until 1961 when the province assumed full responsibility for the service.
Ambulance service was booked and called upon like you would a taxi service …. family members were phone bound 24/7.

It was an individual’s choice as to who you called and the service fee was approximately $5.00. Training was that of a First Aid Course and the service could result in every imaginable scenario that one might find themselves traveling on an ambulance cot

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Walton’s Taxi and Did a Plane Really Land on Bridge Street? College and Bridge Street

Looking for Memories of Kennedy’s Taxi

Armchair Tourism in Carleton Place –Part 1–Bud’s Taxi

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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