The Napoleon of Carleton Place






There have  been few stories told of the man called Napoleon Lavallee that once owned the Carleton House in Carleton Place and then the Mississippi Hotel, and I have often wondered why. The only picture of him we know of hangs on the wall of the Mississippi Hotel. I have a  copy of it somewhere but cannot find it. Yesterday I found a story about him and want to document it.

March 7th 1890- Almonte Gazette



A Resident of Carleton Place for Sixty Y ears—Sketch of His Life.

Few men in this county are better known than was the late Napoleon Lavallee, who passed away from earth on Tuesday morning last at four o’clock, aged 88. The Ottawa Citizen says: “At the moment of his death no one was present in his chamber, death not being then expected, but that the…

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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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