Who was This Person? Carleton Place Curling Club Fundrasier 1990s


We have solved many mysteries of who is in the photograph since I have begun doing these. This was taken during what I think was Mississippi River Days in the early 90s.


Photos from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

1910 Fire Beckwith Street Carleton Place

1910 Fire Beckwith Street Carleton Place
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
18 May 1910, Wed  •  Page 1

A muster parade had been called for Friday evening to give out new uniforms which are now destroyed. From here the fire was carried across the market square to the magnificent residence of Mrs. James Gillies at the corner of Franklin and Judson streets. This house was on fire long before places nearer to the fire were burned.

From the Gillies’ house the fire came back along Judson street, meeting the fire coming the other way, an entire block being consumed before the fires met. First from the Gillies house to take fire was St. Andrew’s manse, occupied by Rev. J. J. Monds. The church was a couple of blocks away, out of the fire trail, and escaped. Next in line on Judson street came John McFarlane’s frame residence, Samuel Dunfield’s residence, Francis Gallagher’s residence and J. A. Gordon’s residence turning into Albert street and taking Robert Gordon’s residence and the house owned by Mrs. Code all occupied by W. H. Hamilton which there completed the line of burning on the Albert stret side, meeting the fire coming from the Wilkie residence.

On the east side of Judson street the places burned were the brick residence of John McDonald, frame dwelling of Peter McDonald, frame dwelling owned by Ed. Bradford, C. P. R. conductor, Ottawa, and the brick residence of John McLeod. Mr. and Mrs. McLeod are old residents of the city and were out watching, the fire thinking their own house was safe. They, therefore, did not save anything.

Sparks were then carried over two hundred yards to the stables and outbuildings of Samuel Torrance. They were burned but the house was saved. A frame house owned by Miss Cameron near the track caught and burned. Miss Cameron is now on a trip out west but had her furniture stored in the house. on William street across the river from the fire. The people had a hard time watching their propertyand the buildings time and again took fire from embers but ceaseless vigilance and a bucket brigade saved them. May 1910

Mike KeanLinda Seccaspina this map shows where we used to live at 86 Beckwith St. It is #12 on the map. It was the church manse before we lived there and has since been demolished to be a parking lot for the bank.–CLIPPED FROM
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
18 May 1910, Wed  •  Page 8

Historical Items
Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage MuseumPhoto taken in May, 1910 as fire rages through the intersection of Franklin and Judson Streets, destroying the Gillies home.

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
 · Zion Zion-Memorial United Church to the left. A band-shell and the Gillies home on the site of our present Carleton Place Public Library that wasburned in the fire of 1910.

Aftermath of the 1910 Fire- May 19 1910

More Clippings Found About the 1910 Carleton Place Fire

  1. The Lost Photos & Words- Carleton Place Fire 1910
  2. When The Streets of Carleton Place Ran Thick With the Blood of Terror!
  3. When The Streets of Carleton Place Ran Thick With the Blood of Terror!- Volume 1- Part 2
  4. Burnin’ Old Memories –The Mississippi Hotel Fire

The Hysteria and Overbooking of Hayley’s Comet 1910

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
September 24  · 

It’s Photo Friday!
In 1921 a covered rink with three sheets of natural ice was built on Charles Street as a new home to the Carleton Place Curling Club. This photo was taken in 1994 shortly before it’s demolition. A 1988 engineer’s report had indicated it was no longer structurally sound, and construction of a new facility on Patterson Crescent was underway. That building is still in use and includes four ice surfaces, a lounge and change rooms.
Early curling took place on the frozen Mississippi River in the 1860s. During the 1880’s, the hardwood floor of the Drill Hall was flooded for use as a curling surface. The Carleton Place Curling Club was formed in 1886, and a two sheet covered rink was built into the end of the Drill Hall on Beckwith Street. This was destroyed by fire in 1910.
Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
August 15, 2014  · 

100 years ago today, the first troops of the 42nd Lanark and Renfrew Regiment left Carleton Place to serve in the First World War. They travelled by train to Perth before moving to Valcartier Camp in Quebec for training.
Horace Brown, age 18, wrote in his diary:
“Sat. Aug 15 – Busy getting ready. Went over to the drill hall about 10 a.m., leaving on 11:20 train. Marched down, the band led and then rigs with the council, then the fellows who were not going across then ourselves. Got to Perth about 12:20 am. Marched about the town and out to the grounds. We had dinner shortly after arriving. Did nothing much all day in the afternoon. Started a march around town but it rained so came back. Had made arrangements to spend Sunday at home, so went down about 12 o’clock to the station. Spent the night there. I had some sleep. When we left the mayor Mr. Smythe, made a speech and all the men who had driven down shook hands with us. Nearly everybody was down to see us off. It seemed hard when the band played “Should Auld Acquaintance be Forgot.”

Clippings of the Charles Street Curling Club

Clippings of the Charles Street Curling Club
Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

In 1921 a covered rink with three sheets of natural ice was built on Charles Street as a new home to the Carleton Place Curling Club. This photo was taken in 1994 shortly before it’s demolition. A 1988 engineer’s report had indicated it was no longer structurally sound, and construction of a new facility on Patterson Crescent was underway. That building is still in use and includes four ice surfaces, a lounge and change rooms.

Early curling took place on the frozen Mississippi River in the 1860s. During the 1880’s, the hardwood floor of the Drill Hall was flooded for use as a curling surface. The Carleton Place Curling Club was formed in 1886, and a two sheet covered rink was built into the end of the Drill Hall on Beckwith Street. This was destroyed by fire in 1910.

The first record of curling in the Carleton Place area is of games between men’s teams from Almonte, Ramsay Township and Carleton Place on the Indian and Mississippi Rivers in 1860. During the 1880’s the hardwood floor of the drill hall was flooded for a curling surface.

Jeffrey JacksonThis is club I leaned to curl in during high school. Great memories.Jimmy Miller did the iceI believe we were the first high school team to get to the regionals fromCarletonPlaceTerry Kirkpatrick Mike Peckett Dale Machin and me–Wonderful time

Lila Leach-JamesI had my very first curling game there as well! Seems like a long time ago!

Heather Armstrong
M Terry Kirkpatrick I sure do-It was like a backwards skipping

Robert Bell
4h  · 

How many still have their pins?

From The Carleton Place Ladies Curling Club 1924-1980 thanks to Carleton Place Curling Club

The Carleton Place Ladies Curling Club 1924-1980 thanks to Carleton Place Curling Club
M Terry Kirkpatrick
September 12, 2018  · 

Mom (Dorothea MacIntyre Kirkpatrick) and Dad (Murray Kirkpatrick), Jim Peden, team that won the Lady Gilmour Trophy for Carleton Place Curling Club – late sixties early seventies:
Jean Perkins found this and sent it to me for The Tales of Carleton Place
LES ELLES DU NORD added a new photo to the album: Plaisirs d’hiver.
January 29 at 4:18 PM ·
Winter pleasure

Women’s curling club in Carleton Place, Ontario in the early 1900. S. Beautiful Archive Picture!
Kevin ArmstrongThe names are not in order from left to right either. G Maclean should be J Maclean .
1896 and 1897 Curler- Photo Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum-Ladies have been an integral part of the curling program since 1924. However it was not until the early 80’s that ladies became full members of the club and assumed positions on the Board of Directors. They had their own separate club until that time. The first female president served for two years beginning in May of 1989“. — Photo- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
Rosemary Albert Sanders
September 19 at 6:47 PM  · 

Winchester Curling Club dress up for Woman of the World Bonspiel 🥌🥌🥌
Carleton Place Curling Club.. Clipped from The Ottawa Citizen, 13 Dec 1958, Sat, Page 12
Ted Hurdis
December 19, 2016  · 

Check out this little blast from the past that i got given to me. I assume Findlay foundry did these ash trays for the curling club.
RUNNERS-UP IN GOVERNOR GENERAL’S FINALS – Carleton Place rinks saw their dreams of reaching the Governor General’s Trophy finals for the first time shattered last night by the combined efforts of Jack Bradley and Tiny Herman of the Ottawa CC. The Carleton Place curlers dropped a 32-14 decision to the OCC in the final round of the Ottawa District playoffs on Rideau ice. The finalists, left to right, front: W. Morphy, W. S. McCauley, E. Buffam , J. Miller, skip; back: C. Williams, W. Findlay , J. Courroux and H. Baird, skip. (Journal Photo by Dominion Wide)

Kyle McCulloch32-14? Never seen a score line like that for curling.

Jeff BrennanKyle McCulloch Two game total, likely 12 ends. Possibly using irons, not granite stones.

1970-Blasts from the past
Linda Seccaspina
Admin  · March 16, 2019  · 

Ted Hurdis

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The Souvenir Spoon Man of Carleton Place — Samuel Breadner — Father of Lloyd Samuel Breadner

The Souvenir Spoon Man of Carleton Place — Samuel Breadner — Father of Lloyd Samuel Breadner
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
19 Sep 1900, Wed  •  Page 9

I found this newspaper clipping and I thought it might be an interesting person to document and I was right. Samuel Breadner was a jeweller who began his life in Parry Sound and moved to Carleton Place. His son Lloyd was born in 1895 in Carleton Place and was a WW11 ace. In 1900 Samuel had 16 folks working for him in Carleton Place and then decided to move lock stock and barrel to Ottawa. He moved to Somerset Street and then to Hull in the 1950s. He became the premier maker of all those tourist spoons your Grandmother used to collect.

Born in Carleton Place Samuel’s son Lloyd Samuel Breadner

July 14, 1894
Carleton PlaceOntario, Canada
March 14, 1952 (aged 57)
BostonMassachusetts, U.S.
Royal Flying Corps
Royal Canadian Air Force
Years of service
1915 – 1945
Air Chief Marshal
World War I
World War IIBattle of Britain
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Cross

Lloyd Samuel Breadner

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
04 Jul 1929, Thu  •  Page 18
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
18 Mar 1950, Sat  •  Page 21
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Wed, Sep 07, 1955 · Page 24


National Post
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
07 Mar 1964, Sat  •  Page 16


Carleton Place, Ontario, later, Bank Street, Ottawa, later, Hull, Quebe

S. Breadner – Ontario – 1900

The business of Samuel Breadner was founded in the later years of the 19th century.

Samuel Breadner has moved from Parry Sound, Ont., to Carleton Place.

The Breadner Co. was founded as a jewelry business by Samuel Breadner and they eventually occupied a large building at 1000 – 1002 Somerset St W., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Samuel’s son Jack became president of the company and, counting on large amounts of inexpensive war surplus material, this family business decided to manufacture portable radios in 1946 and they designed their first model to be supplied for the early 1947 season. During 1947 they produced two models, the JBL-27 and, within a few months, the JBL-27A which replaced half the octal tubes of the original with the smaller miniature types. For the 1948 season they were able to build in a full complement of miniature tubes and they renamed this version the JBL-27B which they advertised as the “Minstrel”. They also made an AC/Battery model, the JBL-37 which they advertised as the “Gypsy”. This was their final venture in the radio business and they returned to making and selling jewelry until the mid-1950’s. Another son of Samuel Breadner, Lloyd Samuel Breadner, a WWI ace pilot, was the commander of the RCAF in Europe as Air Chief Marshal during WWII.

Bernard Lacome wrote us (April 4, 2012): “JBL is a contraction of Jack Breadner, Bernard Lacome, Lewis Holland.

BMCo – Breadner Manufacturing Co., founded ca. 1900. Mr. Breadner moved to Ottawa and formed Breadner Manufacturing Co., and built a factory in about 1900.

The firm specialized in souvenir jewellery for the tourist trade, also on their production program were souvenir spoons (several dies acquired from a Montreal Company which went bankrupt). In 1930 the business was reorganized as the Breadner Company Limited. It continued to manufacture souvenir jewellery along with badges and emblems. In WWII the firm made insignias for the Armed Forces, but resumed to make jewellery at the end of the war. A lot of new spoons were added, since the company had developed their own die making facilities. After Samuel Breadner’s death his son Jack Breadner took over the business, 1956 the firm moved to Hull, Quebec, it is the largest Canadian firm specializing in souvenir jewellery and souvenir spoons.

Marks: Sterling BMCo, made in Canada, or Sterling above BMCo


OBJECT NUMBER19710261-3222
EVENT1939-1945 Second World War
ARTIST / MAKER / MANUFACTURERHyndman, Flight Lieutenant Robert Stewart


Name:Lloyd Samuel Breadner
Birth Year:abt 1895
Birth Place:Carleton Place, Ontario
Marriage Date:19 Feb 1917
Marriage Place:Canada, Carleton, Ontario
Father:Samuel Breadner
Mother:Caroline Alberta Watkins Breadner
Spouse:Mary Ida Evelyn Storey


1901 census

Name:S Breadner
[Samuel Breadner
Racial or Tribal Origin:Irish
Marital status:Married
Birth Date:26 Nov 1868
Birth Place:Ontario
Relation to Head of House:Head
Occupation:Mfg Jeweler
Can Read:Yes
Can Write:Yes
Can Speak English:Yes
Thanks Ray Paquette for sending.. I was very interested in your article this morning on the Breadner family. 

I was aware of Samuel’s son Lloyd who had an extraordinary career in the RCAF and was one of the WW I pilots that the late Brian Costello wrote about in his book. I was taken by the loss of Breadner’s only son who was following in his father’s footsteps. I was unaware of the Carleton Place connection when I saw this FB posting of a memorial to the son’s accident by some citizens in Nova Scotia.


 I was pleasantly surprised and very pleased to find your posing from April 21, 2021 regarding Samuel Breadner. It offered new details to me about the manufacturer of a type of “jewelry” that I collect.

    I am a member of a Lions Club here in Marietta, Georgia USA. Since at least the late 50’s, Lions have gathered annually at an International Convention to conduct the business of our Association. Lions from all over the world meet in friendship to share ideas about how we, as Lions, can serve others. Some where along the line, tokens of friendship, perhaps initially as campaign items, were exchanged that helped identify where one Lion was from and/or something about their club and the community they were a part of. Canadian Lions clubs in particular used Breadner Manufacturing to make their lapel pins perhaps because of their expertise in making pins for curling clubs. Photo of the 5 are 5 I recently purchased on eBay for my collection. All are from Newfoundland.

    I know they made souvenir jewelry including charms and spoons, so it wasn’t much of a stretch to make lapel pins. One style in particular was the “Blue Bar”. A two piece pin with an enameled blue bar that carried the name of the club and a dangle of varying design.

 It is my hope to publish a web page with images of all the Breadner Lions pins I have (over 2000). I would love to use the information on your page as part of the History I hope to include. The writing is the easy part, it’s all the pictures I have to take, but hope springs eternal!

    I currently have a page at www.famousray.weebly.com which displays some of the other Lions items I collect, if you would like to visit.

    Thanks again for the information you found, it adds to the depth of my interest.

        Ray Moore

        East Cobb Lions Club

        Marietta, GA

Photos of Carleton Place — Larry Clark— Findlay Memories

Photos of Carleton Place — Larry Clark— Findlay Memories
Photo Larry Clark

Bill LemayI remember riding my bike though the old building

Sheila MueckMy grandparents lived on the right in a duplex beside sadlers

Mary PasiekaQuestion: was that the only boathouse (on the right), or were there more further along?

David FlintI was told the concrete slabs are very thick and obviously expensive to remove and there was another story about the need for a sewage pump…maybe just rumours from the 1970’s.

David FlintWe lived right across the river from it….the lunch whistle was a familiar sound

Janet Roffey BustardDavid Flint I grew up in Napanee, Gibbard furniture was a major employer, much the same as Findlays. When they closed and sold the factory about 10 years ago the property was purchased by a developer and is in the process of being made into condos by the river. It would be great if something like that could happen here. It would take major $$ but it is such a lovely piece of property.

Marlene SpringerYes, I lived in the area in the 60’s and I hear the ground probably is and has to be cleaned before building which is very costly, like here in Perth on the Silversmiths site. Once that’s done they can build. I hope it’s suitable for the town next to the river within the core area.

Steven FlintMy Grandparents were right across the river. Used to ride my bike on the concrete slabs.

Sherene Baird FlintI use to live right beside Findlay Foundry’s lot. There were always speculation on what would be built there but supposedly the cement slabs were too deep to remove so nothing was done!

My Mary Cook

Builder of Findlay stoves dies at 86 By Mary Cook Citizen correspondent CARLETON PLACE

William Fraser Findlay, one of the last surviving grandsons of the Scottish immigrant who built the world-famous Findlay Oval stove, died here Friday at the age of 86. An amateur historian and conservationist who believed people should be allowed to work as long as they are able to, Findlay died following a three-month illness. The funeral was held Sunday in Zion-Memorial United Church, where he was a life-long member.

With Findlay’s death goes a vast knowledge of Canada’s early stove industry. Once the centrepiece of every Canadian farm kitchen, the Findlay stove was banished to junk yards during the 1940s but enjoyed a renaissance in the 70s and ’80s as North Americans rediscovered the charm and efficiency of wood-fired stoves. The original Findlay stoves sold for $40. Restored, they now fetch $2,000 to $3,000 at auctions. Findlay’s grandfather, David Findlay, started Findlay’s Foundry in 1860 in Carleton Place and it continued as a family operation for more than a century.

A graduate in mechanical engineering from Montreal’s McGill University, Findlay was vice-president of manufacturing when the foundry was sold in 1965. The block-long building on High Street was torn down a few years ago. Findlay spent his entire working life in the business and saw the Findlay Oval and Forest Beauty gain prominence all over the world. He maintained a close relation ship with the hundreds of foundry employees and often said no one should be forced to retire just because he had reached the “mythical retirement age of 65.” When the foundry was sold, many Findlay employees were in their seventies, and some even in their eighties. The family-owned business had to be sold, Findlay said at the time, because it could no longer compete in the market place. An avid bird watcher, Findlay spent much of his life promoting conservation. He was considered one of the community’s most knowledgeable historians and could recall facts and figures of many years ago. He had only to be told a serial number on a Findlay appliance and could tell exactly when the product was made and who was working in the moulding shop at the time.

Findlay was a life-long member of the Mississippi Golf Club and the Carleton Place Curling Club. As a young man he was considered one of the area’s best all-round athletes. He was a paddler with Canada’s oldest canoe club here, played hockey, and was an outstanding inter-collegiate swimmer. Findlay is survived by his wife, Anna Rose, sons William of Carleton Place and Peter of Ottawa, daughters Catherine (wife of former cabinet minister and Conservative MP John Fraser) of Ottawa and Vancouver, and Jeanie (Mrs. Rene’ Gauthier) of Clarksburg. There are also 10 grandchildren. A sister, Rosamond Gillies, lives in Braeside.

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
20 Jan 1986, Mon  •  Page 3

The End of Era

Closure to By Brad Evenson Citizen staff writer CARLETON PLACE –

The first Findlay stove was poured, flue and firebox, into a casting mould by David Findlay 117 years ago, here along the banks of the Mississippi River. The last of the ornate cast-iron stoves, which still heat thousands of kitchens across Canada, may be poured this week as Findlay Foundry Ltd. shuts off its furnaces amid labor-management discord. The foundry is to close Friday, leaving 56 workers without jobs. Company president Bob Ivey, who was to meet with union members Tuesday to seek ways to save the plant, cancelled the meeting be cause of other appointments. Ivey says he cannot meet with employees before Thursday, a day before the planned closure. “We thought we would be able to turn the company around, but we haven’t,” said Ivey, who blames inefficiency for the plant’s troubles.

In April, after nine employees were laid off, union spokesman Milton Dennie admitted production was being hindered by disgruntled employees slacking off. The grey iron foundry makes cast iron mouldings for a wide range of companies, including a firm that markets the Findlay wood stoves. The closing of the foundry will end a legacy that began with $30 and some Scottish elbow grease in 1856.

David Findlay emigrated to Carleton Place from Paisley, Scotland, determined to make his fortune and establish a clan in a new country. Findlay eventually passed on a flourishing trade to his eight Canadian-born children. “Like most Scottish people, they were religious Presbyterian to the backbone,” says Norah Findlay, 82.

The Findlays made everything from plough tips to handrails for church pews, but the firm’s mainstay was its wood-burning stoves. In the pre-assembly line days of the late 1800s, each stove part was cast separately by moulders. The burly workers toted 60-pound ladles of red-hot iron all day. The molten metal was poured into a wood box of casting sand, with the center hollowed out.

Each stove has more than a dozen separate parts, and a good day’s work produced six stoves. Findlay’s. sons, David Jr. and William, took over the foundry in 1889 and expanded the company’s line of stoves to include dozens of new designs, ranging from potbellied chambers to elegant, nickel-plated works of art. They also copied other companies’ designs shamelessly. “If someone came up with something that was selling well, the others would come up with something almost exactly the same,” says Bill Findlay, 56, great-grandson of David Sr.

By the time Bill Findlay, an engineer, came along, the company was making electrical stoves and other appliances such as refrigerators. However, with a large rural population without electricity, demand for the wood stoves continued. “They made a first-class stove,” says farmer Aloise Bourassa, whose father bought a Findlay Oval stove in 1921. “Every meal I ever ate was cooked on that Oval. “And I don’t see why my boy’s kids won’t be doing the same.”

By 1960, Findlay Ltd. was one of Canada’s largest manufacturers of heating and cooking appliances with annual sales near $4 million and coast-to-coast distribution. Five years later, the company’s shareholders voted to sell out to the Montreal-based conglomerate, Corpex. But Corpex was only interested in the Findlay Ltd. assembly-line factory, and not the old-fashioned foundry nearby that still churned out wood stoves. So a group of employees got together and bought the iron foundry.

In 1969, the old foundry was torn down and a new one built in a nearby industrial park. During the energy crisis in 1973, wood stoves made a comeback. But later, business fell off and the company changed hands several times. It is now owned by a group of Toronto businessmen. “I don’t even think there are any Findlays involved with the foundry any more,” says Bill Findlay, who quit the foundry in 1970. Soon, all that may remain of the Findlay legacy in Carleton Place may be the display in the Carleton Place Museum here.

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
29 Jul 1987, Wed  •  Page 20

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Greig Family — Carleton Place and Ramsay Lanark County

Greig Family — Carleton Place and Ramsay Lanark County

The Gazette last week mentioned the death of Mrs. James Greig of Carleton Place, which occurred on the 24th of March, and this week is enabled to give some interesting particulars regarding her life. She was born in Paris, France, in 1811. Her father, Mr. Thos. Mansell, was an English weaver, who went to France about 1801. Soon thereafter war arose between England and France, and with hundreds of other English­ men, he was made a prisoner at Paris and could not escape. He married the widow of a French officer killed in war, and in 1811 their daughter, the late Mrs. Greig, was bom. In 1819 Mr.Mansell returned to England and Yorkshire, and here their only son Mr. A. T. Mansell, of Westmeath, now 82 years of age, was born.

 In 1820 the family came to Canada on the strength of reports sent back from relatives. For four years they lived near Brockville and then settled in Ramsay, near Almonte. The father died fifty years ago. The mother some years later. The former was 90 years of age, the latter 75. Mr. and Mrs. Greig were married in 1832. He was a native of Clarkmannshire, Scotland. They came to Carleton Place in 1863. 

For six years Mr. Greig operated the grist mill. Then he retired altogether from business- life and for many years the two enjoyed unbroken pleasures. 

The children living are Peter, James, Andrew, Mrs. Jas. Cram Alfred, Mrs. John Donaldson, Rohert and Christena.  The dead are John-Mrs. Templeton and Thomas. All the children were present at dinner on the day of the funeral, Robert and James coming from far western States and Mrs. Oram from Pilot Mound. The funeral took place on Saturday afternoon, interment  family plot in the 8th line Ramsay- cemetery, quite a number going from Almonte to join the cortege, some at Carleton Place and others as it neared the cemetery. Five sons and. her son-in-law were the pallbearers. April 3, 1903

1881 Census

Name:James Greig
Marital status:Married
Birth Year:1806
Nationality:Scotch (Scotish)
District Number:111
District:Lanark South
Sub-District Number:H
Subdistrict:Carleton Place
Household Members:NameAgeJames Greig75Francess Greig70Christina Greig22

Friday December 12 1884, The Almonte Gazette p.3:
DEATH OF MR JAMES GREIG – Carleton Place had during the past week been called to mourn over the loss of two of her leading citizens. We chronicled last week the death of Mr A. McArthur, who was soon followed by Mr Jas Greig, father of Mr Thos Greig, barrister, of Carleton Place, and of Mr A.M. Greig, barrister, of Almonte. The deceased gentleman was born in Alloway, Clackmannshire, Scotland, in July, 1806, and removed from thence to Canada in 1830, and settled on a farm in Ramsay, where he continued until 1862. He then removed to Carleton Place, engaging in gristmilling and taking contracts, one of which was the building of the old lockup in this town. The local grist and oatmeal mills were bought by Henry Bredin from Hugh Boulton Jr. They continued to be operated by James Greig (1806-1884), who ran these mills from 1862 to 1868 after the death of Hugh Boulton Sr., founder of this first industry of the community. read-Working in the Grist Mill

Mr Greig finally retired from business in 1868 to enjoy the competency he had earned for himself by industry and frugality. In 1832 he married Frances J. Mansell, who is still living, and by whom he had eleven children – seven sons and four daughters – all of whom are living with the exception of the eldest son, who died about seven years ago. In February last deceased had a apoplectic stroke, from which he never recovered, but was able to be about, although unable to speak. It was however, evident to others that he was gradually failing, and on Friday last he breathed his last, and was buried on Monday in the 8th line cemetery, Ramsay, followed to the grave by a large circle of friends. Mr Greig was a Conservative in politics, though the man generally weighted with him before party. In religion he was a member of the Presbyterian church, and his late pastor, the Rev Mr Scott, officiated at the funeral. The deceased leaves one sister, Mrs Reisland, of Springfield, Illinois, his widow, 10 children, 18 grandchildren & 1 great-grandchild. Carleton Place has suffered lately in the removal by death of vary many of her oldest inhabitants.
courtesy of Gary Byron

Mrs Frances Grieg

Name:Francess Greig
Birth Year:1811
District Number:111
District:Lanark South
Sub-District Number:H
Subdistrict:Carleton Place

Friday March 14 1930, The Almonte Gazette front page / Headline: JUDGE GREIG DEAD
A.M. Grieg Passes in 81st Year Distinguished Citizen Is Remembered For His Public Service
Mayor of Town and Warden of County County Judge In Bruce County Retiring About Three Years Ago
Was Law Partner of Late Judge Jamieson. Had the Distinction of Not having a Single Judgement
Reversed By a Superior Court. Funeral Friday.

Alfred Mansell Greig, late county judge of the County of Bruce, died in the Civic Hospital, on Wednesday, after an illness of some month’s duration. He was in his 81st year. He was born in the township of Ramsay near Almonte, son of the late Mr. and Mrs James Greig. After attending school at home & high school at Carleton Place, he studied law in Perth with the late F.A. Hall & graduated as an solicitor & barrister from Osgoode Hall in 1875. Setting up practice in his old home in the town of Almonte, he formed a partnership with the late Joseph Jamieson, who afterwards became Judge Jamieson of Guelph. After Mr. Jamieson’s elevation to the bench, he was in partnership for some years with the late Harold Jamieson & later took as his partner his only son, Percy A. Greig, who s still carrying on the old business in Almonte. In May, 1915, Mr. Grieg was appointed by the Borden government to the position of junior judge of Bruce county with residence at Walkerton, & held that position until his retirement in 1925. He efficiency filled that position during the 10 years of office, not one judgement of his being reversed by a superior court.

An Active Career
Judge Grieg had a busy career and took a deep interest in all the activities that tended to the welfare of the town of Almonte. He served as town councillor, was reeve for three years and also warden of Lanark county in 1885. Following that he was 3 years mayor of Almonte ad each time by acclamation. During his term as reeve, Almonte’s beautiful town all was erected. He was likewise town treasurer for many years. Mr. Greig was a candidate for the Ontario Legislature in the Conservative interest about 25 years ago but was defeated by a small majority. His church activities included a chairmanship of board of managers and a member of the session of St. John’s Presbyterian church. On the union of St. Andrew’s & St. John’s at Almonte some years ago, he continued as chairman of the board of managers & a member of the session of the United Church. Lodge Associations In fraternal societies, Judge Greig was a member of the I.O.O.F., Sons of Scotland, A.O.U.W. & R.O.F. At the time of his departure from Almonte, he was a director of the Rosamond Memorial Hospital, a position he held since the inception of that institution. He was also a director of the Almonte Rink Company and a member of the curling club. He was predeceased by his estimable wife, Annie M. Neilson Greig, in 1926, & is survived by 1 son & 1 daughter, Eleanor (Mrs Chas. E. Lindsay, of Chicago), also Percy A. Grieg, barrister, Almonte, one grandson, 2 grand-daughters and two sisters, Mrs James Cram, Fort William & Mrs John Steele, Carleton Place. The funeral will take place from the residence of his son, P.A. Grieg, Clyde street, on Friday at 2.30 o/clock to the Auld Kirk Cemetery.
courtesy of Gary Byron

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Working in the Grist Mill

The Wilkie Lowry House on Highway 29

The Wilkie Lowry house was owned by my great grandfather, John Fairbairrn Greig, in the 1860sMy great r\andfather, Thomas Campbell Arthur (not MCArthur), married J F Greig’s daughter

Frances Josephine Greig. My grandmother,Jessie Miller Arthur,(Hamilton) was born and grew up in the house as did her eight brothers and sisters. TC. Arthur also ran the Appleton store as dd his uncle Thomas Arthur. Granny was a friend if Mrs Hollie Lowry. I believe they were both members of the ROCKY RIDGE WI. When the Arthurs left the farm they carved there initials on an upstairs window. 2021 marks 200 years since the first of my family arrived in Ramsay. )Robert and Thomas Mansell. Enjoy all your articles,Linda. Thanks so much
Judith Salley

James Greig was probably born in Carleton Place but newspaper notice of wedding (1896) says “of Cardinal, late of Montreal”. Couple seems to moved to Iowa USA shortly after their marriage but there is some evidence James Greig was in Iowa as early as 1888. James Greig may be the son or nephew of Carleton Place lawyer Thomas Greig (1839-1888) or of Carleton Place bookseller James F. Greig (1831-1876). He may also have been of the same family as Alex E. Greig (b. c1840) of Carleton Place or Ramsay Township who became Dean of the University of Saskatchewan and married Jessie Shaw (c1870-1965)

Vic Cameron Defence Man Carleton Place Red Wings

Vic Cameron Defence Man Carleton Place Red Wings
The Gazette
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
23 Apr 1938, Sat  •  Page 17

The Times
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
17 Mar 1981, Tue  •  Page 17

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
08 Feb 1938, Tue  •  Page 16
ust so you do not forget.. and this has been sent to Jennifer Fenwick Irwin of the museum and Joanne Henderson of the arena.. we have more hockey fame in Carleton Place–Thanks to Rick Schnaufer​ here is today’s quiz.
Did you know this Canadian Hockey Hall of Famer comes from Carleton Place? I know I had no idea. It’s James Cooper Smeaton (July 22, 1890 – October 3, 1978) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player, referee and head coach. He served as the National Hockey League (NHL)’s referee-in-chief from 1917 until 1937. Smeaton served as a Stanley Cup trustee from 1946 until his death in 1978. Smeaton was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1961.Smeaton was born in Carleton Place, Ontario. read more –Click here—https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cooper_Smeaton

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Musem– July 10, 2014 -“Butcher” Bill Bennett, who passed away last Sunday at the age of 88. Bill was a local icon – working in his family’s butcher shop, playing hockey for the Red Wings, and involved in many local organizations like the 100 Club, Curling Club and St. James Anglican ChurchToday we remember “Butcher” Bill Bennett, who passed away last Sunday at the age of 88. Bill was a local icon – working in his family’s butcher shop, playing hockey for the Red Wings, and involved in many local organizations like the 100 Club, Curling Club and St. James Anglican Church. Rest in Peace Bill – we won’t forget you!

Buzz Williams was indeed on contract for the Detroit Red Wings.

  • Carleton Place
  1. (Ottawa Valley Senior League, 1898-1901) withdrew early in 1901-1902 season
  2. (Upper Ottawa Valley League, 1908-1909)
  3. (Upper Ottawa Valley League, 1910-1911)
  4. (Interprovincial Hockey Union, 1912-1914) join UOVL
  5. (Upper Ottawa Valley League, 1914-1916) go on hiatus due to First World War
  6. (Upper Ottawa Valley League, 1919-1923) join Rideau Group
  7. (Rideau Group, 1923-1926) join UOVL
  8. (Upper Ottawa Valley League, 1926-1934) join Rideau Group
  9. (Rideau Group, 1934-1936) join UOVL as Red Wings
  10. (Ottawa Valley Senior League, 1963-1964)
  1. (Central Junior Hockey League, 2009-2010) join CCHL
  2. (Central Canada Hockey League, 2010-Present)
  1. (Renfrew-Lenark Junior C Hockey League, 1969-1971?)
  2. (Rideau-St. Lawrence Junior B Hockey League, 1971-2007) join EOJBHL
  3. (Eastern Ontario Junior B Hockey League, 2007-2009) renamed Canadians when granted expansion franchise in CJHL
  1. (Upper Ottawa Valley League, 1936-1941)
  2. (Rideau Group,1945-1946)
  3. (Rideau Group, 1950-1951)

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1971 –Carleton Place Minor Hockey League

Carol “Buzz” Williams – The CP Sniper — Carleton Place Hockey Hall of Fame

Who’s Who on the Carleton Place Midget Hockey Team?

Do you Know What This Hockey Sweater Was?

That Good Ole Hockey Game in Carleton Place

Roy Brown Hockey Photo

Doug Gibson–Founder of Junior Hockey in Carleton Place

He Shoots He Scores — Carleton Place Hockey

The Roar of the Referees and the Smell of the Hockey Bag in Carleton Place

O Brothers Kane in Carleton Place- Where Art Thou?

Where Was One of the Open Air Rinks in Carleton Place?

The Old Carleton Place Arena

To Build a Rink in Carleton Place 1911

Your Carleton Place Trading Card–Meet Number 7 — Brian Trimble

Cold Milk Ice Cream and Butter —- Carleton Place

Cold Milk Ice Cream and Butter —- Carleton Place

photo-Adin Wesley Daigle
Photo-Carleton Place Underground
Keith Giffin

October 9, 2015 ·  

Carleton Place Dairy 
photo-Carleton Place Underground
Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
The Weekly British Whig
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
20 Jun 1921, Mon  •  Page 3

Carleton Place Dairy Tokens, 1930s–Dairies, as well as other local merchants, within the U.S. and abroad often used a token system. When customers would make advance payments to the dairy or milkmen themselves, it would be exchanged for tokens. The customer would then place a token and the empty milk bottles out for the milkman who would exchange the empties and tokens with freshly filled bottles of milk.
The token system was useful for dairies as a low-cost form of advertising. It also aided in establishing loyalty among customers as the tokens could only be redeemed at the issuing business. This ensured dairies had money ahead of providing the milk.

Keith Giffin One of the reasons they changed from money to tokens , the money would freeze in the bottle in the winter time. And do you remember if you didn’t bring your milk in right away it would freeze, pushing the cream and top out of the bottle. Home delivery was great.

photo-Carleton Place Underground

Patty Baker I have some lovely old bottles found on Bridge St by my Dad when he demolished an old garage & built a new one in the 70’s!

Tim Neil you won’t find many pop bottles. We spent our childhood searching the bottom of the river for pop bottles we could cash in for gas money for our cedar strip boat

Ted Hurdis Tim Neil us too , we snorkeled from the park to the main street bridge.

David McNeely Around the Main Street bridge was the best spot.

Dan Williams If you wanted beer bottles the place to look was out in front of Sandy Walker’s boat house.

Hay’s Shore at the foot of the Second Lake, was James Duff’s farm from about the 1840’s. William (Bill) Duff ran a farm and a retail dairy on the shores of Mississippi Lake. Duff’s Dairy on the 11th line was later taken over and sold to John Hays in 1918. Big Bill did a big business in Carleton Place, and *Fred Hunter of Carleton Place was once quoted as saying it was real milk, as there was no such thing as pasteurization  in those days

Read Hay Look Me Over! Big Bill Duff


Memories of Joan Stearns–My hubby Jerry as a student actually delivered milk, by horse and wagon with Wayne Richards. For the Carleton Place dairy when it was owned by Percy Hays.

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

After returning home from WWII, Kenneth Robertson worked for a short time delivering milk for the Maple Leaf Dairy. This photo was taken about 1947 at 359 Franktown Road. The house is today the office of Morrow Auto Sales. Wendy Leblanc

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The Hay family supplied milk to the Carleton Place Dairy on Moore Street for many years.

Dale Costello I remember the horse drawn milk wagons at Carleton Place Dairy. My mom worked the counter for Percy Hay. Milk with a couple inches of cream on the top, ready for my morning cereal.

Peter Iveson Percy Hay from Hays shore 9th line.When I was living at the corner of Albert and Beckwith 1957 to 1960 we used to have milk delivered by horse and wagon at 6am. You put your token in the empty milk bottle between your inside and outside door.One morning we heard a loud clank,my mother looked out the window and saw Jacky McIntyre on his way to work at Larry Goldsteins.That morning we didn’t get our milk.

Joann Voyce I lived on the other side of town and mine was delivered by Maple Leaf Dairy and the Langtrys

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum·  

Can you identify the location of this photograph? It was taken in 1950. Written in pen on the reverse: “Ground owned by Carleton Place Dairy, was kept cut and cleaned by Bunny Townend and Percy Hay.” Sign on building in the background reads “Nichols Coal & Coke”.

Jane Hughes-Labron This photo taken from Carleton Place dairy lot which is behind the photo taker.This lot became a Used Car Lot and housed an Ice Vending machine. To the right of Rail Way flags was a White Rose Service stn.I believe to the left of the old truck was the C.P. freight bldg. behind the billboard

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
18 Apr 1959, Sat  •  Page 52
Do You Remember Anyone Dying from Home Delivered Milk ...
Allan Street Dairy

Do You Remember Anyone Dying from Home Delivered Milk ...
Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
Do You Remember Anyone Dying from Home Delivered Milk ...
Deaths (03/04/03)
COLEMAN, Horace Korry R.C.A.F. Veteran Dairyman The family of Horace (“Hod”) Coleman are saddened to announce the passing of their father, quietly and peacefully, one day prior to his 82nd birthday at Calgary, Alberta on Sunday, March 2nd, 2003. Dad is survived by his daughters Reverend Margaret and Liana (Gallant) and his son Ron (Kathy Nephin). Dad will be very much missed by his loving grandchildren Genevieve, Jamie, Joshua, Justin and Emily (Gallant) and Travis and Peter (Coleman) as well as by his brother Dr. Lloyd Coleman, Guelph, and his sister Lenore (Motherwell), Ottawa. Dad was predeceased by our loving mother Jean (McNeely) and recently by his son-in-law Deacon George “Bing” Gallant. Owner and operator for many years of Coleman’s Mississippi Creamery in Carleton Place, Dad’s fondest memories were of travelling throughout the Ottawa Valley, the dairy farmers that he loved to visit and the many friends he made in Carleton Place through enjoyable years of curling and golf. Interment of his ashes will be at a family ceremony at Elmwood Cemetery, Perth, in the Spring

Wayne Richards? Wayne once delivered milk and butter from the Carleton Place Dairy. 
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
18 Apr 1959, Sat  •  Page 52

read the stories about the Maple Leaf Dairy below.

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston We occasionally came down here to the McNeely’s to buy our milk out of a milk house

Norma Ford Loved it. Although it was separated first and you still had to shake the milk bottle to mix the cream from the top. Home made butter and buttermilk – yum good. It was disappointing when my Grandpa had to sell his cow because of his age but still remember the tast

What Did you Like Best about the Maple Leaf Dairy? Reader’s Comments..

Treasured Memories of Fred and the Maple Leaf Dairy

Remembering Milk and Cookies –Metcalfe Dairy

No Milk Today–My Love has Gone Away

Do You Remember Anyone Dying from Home Delivered Milk?

Remember These? The Neilson Dairy

When Corn Doesn’t Grow- Neilson Chocolate Will

In Memory of Wandering Wayne –Wayne Richards

The Doors Open Wagon Ride –Valerie Strike Photos– Carleton Place

The Doors Open Wagon Ride –Valerie Strike Photos– Carleton Place


All photos by Valerie Strike– She and Gary rode twice LOLOL




Braumeister Brewing 19 Moore Street–Braumeister Brewing Co. is a Bavarian-inspired craft brewery with a taproom and garden. Offering a new experience for beer lovers in and around the Nation’s capital, Braumeister is the place to enjoy quality beer and quality conversation. CLICK HERE to read more



The sample room at the Grand Hotel– Salesman would gather their wares in this section of the building and local retailers would come to view and by. It is now the Smith & Barrel pub which is dripping with chandeliers, tin ceilings, warm accents, and a beautiful outdoor patio. With unique adaptations on gastro-pub fare, our chef is constantly creating new and exciting dishes to keep you coming back.our professional mixologists offer an expansive selection of craft cocktails and spirits for any taste. CLICK HERE



The Grand Hotel (former Mississippi Hotel)– one of the top 100 haunted places in Canada.

Napoleon Lavallee bought the property for $50 in 1869 and opened the hotel in 1872 after he sold the Leland Hotel/ Carleton House on Bridge Street.  The McIlquham family bought it 11 years later in 1883 and when Joe Belisle worked there from 1917-1920 it had ornate woodwork, a grand staircase and the stone facade had wooden white wrap-around verandas. The elegant dining room tables were covered in  fine lace linen and gleaming cutlery, and the Mississippi Hotel became known for its homemade food and attracted travelling salesman from far and wide. The salesmen set up trunks in their rooms offering everything from dishes to clothing that was scooped up by local merchants that came to buy at the hotel. The place was packed daily with fans from Stittsville, Smiths Falls and Perth–and if you talk to Gerald Hastie people came in early for the fresh baked pies, and by noon they were pretty well sold out. Read more here CLICK



Did you know that Stompin Tom Connors that was one of the folks that saved the Grand Hotel/ Mississippi?  Stompin’ Tom Connors came out of hiding years later to save the beloved hotel where he once sang. In 1990 the Mississippi Hotel was slated for demolition and a few concerned citizens contacted the now reclusive Connors and asked for his help. Connors had become a “recluse” due to his ongoing disagreements with the Canadian music business. The Carleton Place plea to Connors himself got the ball rolling to save the hotel and he and the Mississippi Hotel made national news. READ more here CLICK



The Carleton Place Post Office was built after the Federal Building was closed. Did you also know it always used to be the Central School- but it was torn down.

Circa-1842, 1870, 1962-1963

In the 1850s, parents had to pay what was called school rates and school attendance was not compulsory. The 8 room stone Central Public School was built in 1870 and then in 1876 it was rebuilt and sat in the middle of this large corner lot.

This site was the first Carleton Place Common School that replaced the original form of the 1870 central school that was originally built to form the letter T so a single teacher could watch all the pupils.  In 1919 alterations and additions were also added to the Central School.

Read more here CLICK


The Old Federal Building/ Post Office-

The Government built a new federal building in 1891 on Bridge Street during Mr. Struthers’ term of office. This new building called the old brown stone building was the post office for years between the Franklin street site and the present post office opened in 1963. This building also housed the Customs Office and caretaker’s apartment, and later the unemployment office. Findlay McEwen was appointed Post Master in 1907 after the death of Struthers. McEwen fulfilled the role until his death in 1920. During his term of office three rural mail deliveries were established: Ashton, Innisville, and Appleton.

On the first floor was the post office with Mr. Struthers as postmaster and two ladies for clerks (The Virtue Sisters). Here too as a part of the post office was the Railway Telegraph Service (Myles Shields being CPR operator with Mina Scott). This service later moved to its own building.

Major W.H. Hooper was appointed Post Master in 1920 and served as Post Master until his retirement in 1950. During Hooper’s time if office many changes occurred.He had control of the clerk for the position of Telegraph operator until the telegraph service moved to its own building. The school children popped in daily to get warm on cold days and enjoy the steam heat. The caretaker lived on the upper floor and could be counted on to appear as soon as the children entered the building and order them out. Major Hooper was also a gruff individual and his family on the corner of Lake Ave and Bridge Street. READ more here..CLICK



The Keyes Building/ The Granary Apts–

The Granary is located in the historic Keyes Block at 107 Bridge Street in Carleton Place, Ontario. Like many of the old buildings on Bridge Street, the history of The Keyes Building runs deep and is remembered in different ways by many. The original structure that occupied the lot was built in the early 1800’s.

The modest wood building housed the Keyes’ family shoe business and living quarters. The structure was destroyed by fire in the 1880’s. READ MORE HERE CLICK




The Queen’s Hotel–

When Tom Sloan was the owner of the Queen’s hotel he had a sign out front that was really worth reading:

Good Sample Rooms-Centrally Located

Commercial Rates- One dollar and a half per day

This house has been renovated all through and is one of the coziest and most enjoyable in the Ottawa Valley.

Hotel Rules for Visitors

Board- 50 cents a square foot- meals extra

The hotel is convenient to all cemeteries- hearses to hire 25 cents

Guests are requested not to speak to the dumb waiter

Guests are requested not to play any games more exciting that Old Maid after 7 pm so as not to disturb the night clerk’s slumber

If the room gets too warm open the window and see the fire escape.

In case of fire you will have a hard time finding the fire escape, there ain’t any.
If you’re fond of athletics and like good jumping, lift the mattress and see the bed spring

Married men without baggage are requested to leave their wives at the office for security
Dont worry about paying your bills;the house is supported by its foundation.


READ more here.. CLICK

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Woodcock’s Bakery

Rick Roberts — Woodcocks unsliced bread and large soft cookies were staples at our house. Harry Delarge was a baker at Woodcocks during the 1960s. One day each week, Harry made baked beans that could be purchased in a paper board french-fry box. Haven’t tasted beans that good since…

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston Remember the round loaves everybody – that and sugar buns was our Saturday thing!!!

Sylvia Giles It was the Caramel Cookies that they used to make!!!! The size of a side plate and full of plump raisins!! Mmmmm

Lori Dawn The donut machine in the front window



Moore House- Carleton Place & District Chamber of Commerce

The first chamber of commerce was founded in 1599 in Marseille, France. Another official chamber of commerce would follow 65 years later, probably in Bruges, then part of the Spanish Netherlands. So how old is Carleton Place & District Chamber of Commerce? The Honourable Perrin Beatty of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce spoke to local business owners at the Carleton Place & District Chamber of Commerce breakfast in 2016 at the Town Hall and we celebrated a century of support for local business.  So now we are 103!!

Did you know that Moore House was once part of an 100 acre farm which extended from the intersection of Highway 7 and Franktown Road to Rochester Street and included Lake Ave East to Moore Street and Lansdowne Ave to Napoleon. Then it was moved up Bridge Street. READ more here CLICK

Did you know it houses a collection of Roy Brown memorabilia and the ghost of Ida Moore. Who was Ida Moore? READ MORE here– CLICK



The Carleton Place Town Hall–

Mr. Willoughby, the builder, billed the town of Carleton Place for an extra $3,000 which was more than the original agreed upon price. He had decided to add those cupolas of his own accord without mentioning it to anyone, but he still felt the town of Carleton Place should pay for it.

Now here is it where it seems to get cloudy. One newspaper reported that Willoughby took the matter to the Supreme Court. The next story was he simply took the council to a local court. It doesn’t matter which story you believe because Wiloughby lost in the end as the town council had not asked for the cupolas.

My question is: Don’t you think they would have noticed those cupolas being added and put a stop to it? I am sure this did not happen with a flick of a wand overnight. Another odd story from the Carleton Place files. But honestly, thanks goodness he did.. they are beautiful. READ MORE HERE CLICK



Did you know 100s of people used to walk up and down Mill Street when the mills were open? Bolton House and Roy Brown’s childhood home on the right. Bill Bagg and Brook McNabb used to live in that home too. Read more about the Mills here CLICK



Mrs. Gillies House was once located in Memorial Park but burnt down. This fabulous home was destroyed in the 1910 fire that covered a good portion of its neighbourhood including the old Zion Church at the corner of Beckwith and Albert.

A couple of interesting facts … the home was only 26 years old when it burned. Mrs. Gillies who was by then a widow donated the land to the town to be used in perpetuity as a public space.

Read More here- CLICK




House of Fong was one of the only buildings to survive the fire of 1910. You can see the old. Members of the Methodist (United) Church formed a bucket brigade around the church and the parsonage of Rev. A. Wilkinson and succeeded in saving both buildings.

Read more here- Click

NEXT HISTORY WAGON RIDE AT PUMPKINFEST October 19th.. Each ride begins at Carleton Junction/ Woolgrowers. Scary scary stories only.



Armchair Tourism in Carleton Place- What are Baseball Bats Used for in Movies?

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

Armchair Tourism in Carleton Place –Part 2–A Snack and a View

Armchair Tourism in Carleton Place–I Threw Away my Candy at The Ginger Cafe Part 3

Armchair Tourism in Carleton Place –Part 4–Stepping Back in Time

Armchair Tourism in Carleton Place –Part 5–Fly Me to the Moon

Armchair Tourism in Carleton Place– Wooly Bully!!!! Part 6

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series –Volume 13

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series –Volume 13

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215 Bridge Street Carleton Place

This building is not the original one that housed the grocery store of
Bowland and McRostie. Since its construction, it has only had minor upgrades and
alterations over the years.


Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum Photo

The grocery store of Bowland and McRostie was located at 215 Bridge Street.

Fred P. McRostie employed Olive Robertson who lived on Charles Street to be his clerk. His son Meredith worked at the store when he was home from College and Gordon H. Bennett was the butcher.


McRostie’s store– Photo Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Anne Turner emailed the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum with the following:

My grandmother kept a daily diary all of her married life, which I have, so my information is “from the horse’s mouth” so to speak. My grandfather (Fred McRostie) went into business with Bowland in 1909 & later became the sole owner.

Fred died Sep’t 29, 1934, but my father (Peter Meredith McRostie) who had returned from attending Queen’s University in 1931 & joined the store kept it going until its sale to a Mr. Fisher in February 1939. The building was not torn down then as she mentions him painting & renovating. ( That was Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum info)


The next one is a calendar from my grandfathers store, although he had died by then and my father had taken it over. Joan Halpenny photo

I remember as a child seeing my grandfather’s name across the side of the building whenever I came to town and that would have been in the 1950’s so I believe the original building was still standing at that time, although I have no pictures to support this. However, there is no mention in my grandmother’s diaries which run to 1948 of it having been torn down.

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Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum Photo

There was a pool room located upstairs operated by Charles Walford. The local branch of
the Legion took over the building for a time and rented the upstairs. When the new
Legion was built on George the building was torn down. I also remember the building as selling ice cream in the summer.


photo shows John and Milton Dezell at their Supertest service station sometime in the 1920s. This station was located on Bridge Street, at the corner of Bell. The accompanying sketch of the site is from a 1926 fire insurance map and clearly shows the overhang and supports. The pink (brick construction) building to its right was the McRostie Grocery store. Next to it, is 205 Bridge Street, commonly known as “the doctor’s house”.

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum Photo

John Dezell operated the Supertest Service Station. In 1939, the Supertest Service Station came under the management of Charles Black and George Carson. In 1950, Cameron Smithson leased the service station. In 1957, Charles Costello gained ownership. In 2006,
215 Bridge Street still is the site of an auto repair garage.


The corner lot was the Supertest Service Station run by John Dezell and his son Forest. Later Chas. Black was the proprietor. Llew Lloyd said– Good timing . When it was the Super Test garage Bernie Costello played the piano for the Saturday afternoon crowd 

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198 and 200 Bridge Street Carleton Place–Circa 1860


Photo: Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

The Sinclair stores (198 Bridge Street is now a vacant lot and 200 Bridge Street was
The Looking Glass). The building that remains standing is of a wood frame
construction as was the other building. At one time, Robert Crampton owned the
building closest to the water and he ran it as a general store and a post office. Then
it was owned by a Hollingsworth and was a grocery store. It was also Bennett’s
Butcher shop.

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Then in 1924 it was bought by William Sinclair and was a dry goods
and ladies store operated by him and his brother Bill . It stayed as that until the 1950s.  It was also the Sinclair family residence for some time. His wife Helen Virtue with the help of Marjorie Connors Robertson, Isabel Cleland Allan, Marguerite Chapel Louks, Lois Brebner Bennett and Mrs. Frankie.


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It was sold in the 1950s. The building next to it (200 Bridge) was the tailor shop owned by Colin Sinclair. He was a professional tailor and made men’s suits all from his own patterns. Both his sons and grandson were also professional tailors. At one time, they made the police uniforms for the entire town. The apartment above the store was occupied by Mrs. Herb Bennett and sons Donald and John. Later John and Elizabeth Knox Splane. 200 Bridge Street later became , Goofy’s, The Looking Glass etc.

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Around 1884, James E. Bennett decided being in business for himself would offer much more reward than looking after someone else’s cattle.  And so the first Bennett’s Meat Market opened its doors.  The store was located where Goofy’s Ice Cream parlor now stands.  The spot was considered a prime location.  Here some of the main businesses of the day were neighbors and a steady stream of people passed the shop each day.

He hired Charlie Devlin to help out and the two of them did all the work…and it was all done by hand in those days.  One side of the shop held a large plank anchored just down from the ceiling.  Huge meat hooks held beef quarters, where the lady of the house could come, look over the selection and make her choice.  Hand saws prepared the meat, because electricity was yet to come to Carleton Place.

A two wheel cart, hauled by horse, carried a box with a lid on the back, and a step for the driver; from the cart, deliveries were made all over town.

Summers of Carleton Place Past — Memories of Gooffy’s?

Scoon Scott’s Legacy– Good to See You!

Grandma’s Butterscotch Pie — Lolly’s Tea Room

In Memory of Barbara Lanthier

Lost Buildings–Sinclair Brothers Tailor Shop

Through the Looking Glass

204-206 Bridge Street Carleton Place

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Photo- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

204-206 Bridge Street Carleton Place Circa 1870

204 Bridge Street has a long history as being primarily a barbershop. Before it
became a barbershop this is where William Taylor operated his hardware store
before moving to the building at the corner of Bridge and Mill that was occupied by
McArthur. This frame building was a barbershop operated by Hughie Devlin. At the
same time that Devlin was a barber Harry Robertson was a cabinet builder at this
location as well. Some of the barbers included Claude McDaniel, Jack and Earl
McPherson, W. Sadler and then Jock Mailey. Around the mid 1940s or the early
1950s is when Jock Mailey and George Lemaistre hung their shingle out as barbers at
204 Bridge Street until George went to work for the CPR. Later Merrill Griffith purchased the building and turned it into apartments. In 2005 it was boarded up.

208-210 Bridge Street Carleton Place


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208-210 Bridge Street Carleton Place–1870 circa

In or around the 1920’s Wilfred Bellamy operated a confectionery store and later a
restaurant at this location. In 1937, there is an advertisement in the Carleton Place
Herald for Bellamy’s Ice Cream. Wilf and his wife Eva (Carr) were in business for a long time and had a nickelodeon, which was similar to a jukebox and the best
toffee around.  Over the years they employed Viola McKimm, Ruby Voyce, Annie Morris and Leslie Paul.  The Bellamy’s lived on Townline East, but had no family. In 1958 Bellamy’s sold it to  a Mr. A. Jones.  It was opened as a spaghetti diner. In an advertisement in the Carleton Place Canadian from 1971 the name of the restaurant is John’s and in 1975 saw the name change to the Bonanza Pizzia/Restaurant. Hence now location to Bonanza Kids?

Stephen Giles I remember going to the Bell office with my Mother to meet Joan Whalen after her shift. Then we would go to Bellamy’s restaurant where Joan’s mother Vi McKim worked. Best coconut cream pie in the Ottawa Valley!

Jeremy Stinson The ‘Color Your World’ building, I remember being Bonanza Pizzeria when I was little. That was before the building was fixed up and painted. My parents had a large Dodge van and you could drive through to Water street through the old car lot next to it. The building was covered in grey and black shingle siding.


Tammy Marion  – I’m not 100% but I think it was where the Bonanza Restaurant/Pizza place use to be on main st ( Bridge.St) and it was called the Carleton before it became the Bonanza. That’s what I think anyways

I stopped at a restaurant in the town of Carleton Place. The restaurant was called Bellamy’s. It was on the main street. Bridge Street. It was in there that Phil all of a sudden decided to throw his lemon meringue pie all over the place — on the table, on our faces, on the floor, on the next table, on the wall and even over — read the rest tomorrow– read more here.. A Story About Bellamys and Lemon Pie

The Empty Parking Lot

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Photo–Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum



Joan Stoddart mentioned something two days ago. The Remembrance Shop did indeed have three locations. The first Remembrance Shop opened in 1950 located between Sinclair’s and Bellamy’s on Bridge Street. An important owner of The Remembrance Shop was Edith Bowers who bought it from Elizabeth then Mrs Lowry. It did start in the front part of the white building by Bellamy’s.

From the picture it looked like quite a grand hotel, but sadly it closed and remained vacant for years. The Drader family moved to Carleton Place around 1932 where Simeon worked as a carpenter. In 1953 he purchased the old Rathwell hotel which by then was in  very bad way and falling apart. Willington McGonegal had a second hand store next to Bellamy’s.

Drader renovated the building and constructed nine apartments in the building that was known as the Drader Block. In 1954 Simeon and Mary Drader celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The Rathwell Hotel was demolished in 1956 and Simeon Draper also died in 1956.

Tammy Marion There use to be a building next to the old Bonanza Pizzeria – Color your World in this photo, before it became just a parking lot as it is today..Can’t remember if it was a garage,car sales lot or what it was at the time, but there was a building there. I remember it burning down in 1978 as I lived next store that year in the old Maynard Furniture building ( I refer to it as that) ( where the MP Scott Reid’s office is today) and the firemen/police were knocking on everyone’s door in the building to get everyone out – just in case the fire spread..

Tammy Marion Well the building that burned down in 1978,could have been 79 too- didn’t look anything as grand as that picture Linda lol..and it wasn’t so close to the road either. It was set back in more if I recall correctly because I remember seeing cars parked infront of it when I walked by… The address to my apartment was 226 Bridge St. ( middle door) apt faced the main st. Maynards Furniture Store and front was to the right of that door when facing the building – High St end. That’s why I referred to it as the Maynard Furniture building.Bought a television from them in 1980,81.. Now I’m going to rack my brains trying to remember what it was that burned down back then.Pretty sure Paul Dulmages garage was in operation then – which was right across the road of that now empty parking lot. He had a Rottweiler pup named Thumper or someone that worked there did. Funny-I can remember that but not what burned.


Photo–Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum–This building used to be in the empty parking lot next to Scott Reid’s office on Bridge Street. St. John’s Masonic Lodge formed in 1843- This building was built in 1911 at 55 Bridge Street. The Ancient Order of United Workmen might have been in the former beer store building on Bridge St.–read-The Ancient Order of United Workmen-Death Benefits etc.

At the same time the next building which was frame and was known as the Oddfellows Hall was also destroyed. It had a long entrance hall which opened up into two large rooms. The first room had two or three pool tables and the second room had a fairly smooth floor which was rented out to different organizations for meetings and dances. The second floor of this building was the Lodge rooms of the local Oddfellows and Rebecca Lodge.

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Ray Paquette– The memory I have of Bennett’s at High and Bridge was the September morning walking to CPHS the day the 1955 Chevrolet was unveiled. What made this new car launch memorable was the the significant body style change from the previous models. It heralded a new era in design and became the talk of car enthusiasts. That was the time when all automotive producers unveiled the next year’s models in September.



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  03 May 1946, Fri,  Page 2

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The Bennett Butcher Shop- Corner of Bell and Bridge Street



James E. Bennett’s butcher shop in Carleton Place with Charlie Devlin–Photo Thanks to Deborah Devlin-Adams


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The Bennett Butcher Shop- Corner of Bell and Bridge Street


James E. Bennett – 1860/1927

Mayor of Carleton Place – 1904-1906 – Grocers and Butcher, est. 1883.

I’ve written quite a few pieces about Bennett’s Butcher store along with stories about Ruth Ferguson and Danny when he was in charge of the premises. There are not too many folks that don’t know about Bennett’s Butcher shop, and if you don’t then read on for the history. The butcher shop had an apartment on the 2nd floor and a huge metal teapot hanging out at the 2nd level of the corner of the building. At the start of Old Home Week it was painted green and if you ask anyone today, no one knows where the darn thing went to. The business was first operated by J.E. Bennett who was also the mayor of the town from 1904-1906. Later his son, Austin C. Bennett and his son, William operated the butcher and grocery business. Over the years the staff included: Shirley Robilliard, Dorothy Cooke, James Taffy Williams, George Folkard, Bernie O’Meara, Ruth Ferguson, Isabel Wylie, and Jerry Tinsley. Austin Bennett, his wife and his son Bill lived upstairs for some years, but later on moved to the corner of Townline and Thomas Street. Bill, and his wife Lois (Tweedmark) resided on Flora Street. You can check out my links below or better yet read Mary Cook’s story that was in the 1987 Carleton Place Canadian.

James E. Bennett: Early Carleton Place Butcher–From Heritage Carleton Place

By Mary Cook

The Carleton Place Canadian, 1987

    James E. Bennett had no way of knowing that the small butcher shop he opened in the late 1800’s would see four generations of Bennett’s in the business before the final chapter closed on one of the best known butcher shops in the Ottawa Valley.

Old photographs show a wiry, golden haired man of moderate stature.  He was born in Ferguson’s Falls in 1860, and came to Carleton Place as a child of 9, supposedly to take over his father’s blacksmith shop when he was old enough.  The shop was located in the empty lot between the Valleytown apartments and the first stone house going west on High Street, which is now a private parking lot.

But young James had no intention of becoming a blacksmith.  In an era when it was expected a son would follow in his father’s footsteps, young Bennett went off to be a herdsman for a well known businessman G. Arthur Burgess.

Around 1884, James E. Bennett decided being in business for himself would offer much more reward than looking after someone else’s cattle.  And so the first Bennett’s Meat Market opened its doors.  The store was located where Goofy’s Ice Cream parlor now stands.  The spot was considered a prime location.  Here some of the main businesses of the day were neighbors and a steady stream of people passed the shop each day.

He hired Charlie Devlin to help out and the two of them did all the work…and it was all done by hand in those days.  One side of the shop held a large plank anchored just down from the ceiling.  Huge meat hooks held beef quarters, where the lady of the house could come, look over the selection and make her choice.  Hand saws prepared the meat, because electricity was yet to come to Carleton Place.

A two wheel cart, hauled by horse, carried a box with a lid on the back, and a step for the driver; from the cart, deliveries were made all over town.

James E. Bennett soon outgrew the small shop next to the bridge.   An  opportunity came up to move across and down the street, and the young businessman jumped at the chance.  He took his three sons, Harry, Gordon and Austin, “Onnie” into the business with him.  It was a location that was to see almost 70 years of continuous business by the next two generations of Bennett’s.

The store was a massive stone structure (unchanged today) that stood on the corner of Bridge and Bell Street.  It was distinguished by a huge tea pot that hung from the corner of the store between the first and second storeys.  The pot advertised Salada Tea, and one day in the 20’s when the town was celebrating Old Home Week, Ted and Jack Voyce climbed a ladder and painted the massive tea pot red commemorating the event.  No one knows where the tea pot is today.

In the very early days, before Bennett’s built their first abattoir, the shop had to close down in the afternoons so that the butchers could travel the countryside buying their meat.  They would arrive at the farms, strike a deal, slaughter what they had bought, and head back to town.  The first abattoir was on the 7th line of Ramsay near the old lead mines, and almost back to back with the Anglican Cemetery.

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Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Musem– July 10, 2014 -“Butcher” Bill Bennett, who passed away last Sunday at the age of 88. Bill was a local icon – working in his family’s butcher shop, playing hockey for the Red Wings, and involved in many local organizations like the 100 Club, Curling Club and St. James Anglican Church
Today we remember “Butcher” Bill Bennett, who passed away last Sunday at the age of 88. Bill was a local icon – working in his family’s butcher shop, playing hockey for the Red Wings, and involved in many local organizations like the 100 Club, Curling Club and St. James Anglican Church. Rest in Peace Bill – we won’t forget you!

In the winter time, the store also closed in the afternoon, but then it was time to haul ice from the Mississippi River.  The shop had an ice box, and two ice houses held the year’s supply.  Each day, ice had to be hauled into the shop to fill the ice box.  The Bennett’s didn’t have that problem in the winter.  The butcher shop was so cold the meat froze overnight, and stayed frozen all day.

All the Bennett’s, right from that first James E. who started the business in the 1800’s possessed a wonderful sense of humor.  James’ grandson Bill, remembers a woman coming into the store for a quarter’s worth of cooked ham.  It was a blistering hot day.  Bill’s grandfather James looked her square in the eye and said, “Hell, lady I wouldn’t open the fridge door for a quarter on a day like this.”  Apparently, the ice would melt as quick as you would look at it, and Bill says if his father was going to open the ice box door, it was going to be worth his while.

James E. Bennett built three houses in the Flora Street area.  One of them is occupied by his grandson Bill and his wife Lois.  Behind the house were stables where up to five horses were housed.  They were used as delivery horses for the meat market, and they knew the routes as well as the men who drove them.  One old horse, the story goes was so familiar with the routine of the business that when Findlay’s Foundry whistle blew at 12 noon, the horse headed for Flora Street with or without the driver.  “You better be on that cart when the whistle went, or the horse went home without you”, was the saying of the day.  In the morning a delivery man went door to door picking up order for meat.  There were no telephones, and this was the way the business ran.  The lady ordered from the delivery man, he rushed back to the store, filled the order and rushed back out to deliver it so she could cook it for the noon meal.

Ledgers of the day reflected the simple way of life and how business was carried on.  Some entries carried only the first name of the customer, or it might simply state the last name and beside it how much was owed.  It could read “Bells…12 cents”.  The amounts were small, and when the account was paid, there was no receipt given.  A simple pencil line through the entry showed the debt was cleared.

There was co-operation between the shops too.  Sometimes a ‘debtor’ would leave a shop in a huff…invariably it was over a bill.  Bill says, “someone would rush over to the other butcher shops and say Mrs. So and So left us and she owes .40 cents.

Well, he’d send the message back…’she won’t get a cent of credit from us until she pays the .40 cents.’  That’s how business was done in those days.”

As stated in a previous story, much business was carried on in a reciprocal manner.  Bennett’s had agreements with at least two other merchants in town.  Cameron’s blacksmith kept their horse shod, and Bennetts supplied their meat.

Once a month a tally was made to settle the difference.  The same system worked with Nichols Mill.  The mill supplied all the lumber Bennett’s needed, and the meat market filled the Nichols meat needs.  Once a year, the two businesses would have a reckoning.  The tallies were usually just a few dollars apart.  They’d say, just forget it.

Wipe the slate clean and let’s start over again, Bill Says.  After James died, his three sons took over the business.  By the time the second world war broke out, Onnie was on his own as everyone who worked for him joined up, leaving no staff to run the store.  Young Bill was taken out of school in Grade 11.  He was to remain working alongside his father for more than 40 years.

Bill remembers the store he did chores in when he was just a little boy, long before he knew he would eventually be taken into the business.  “There were meat counters all along the back.  The floors were covered with sawdust.  Barrels of pickles, herring and sauerkraut lined the walls, and we built a little booth for Dorothy Malloch.  She was our cashier, and when you got your meat from the counter you took up a little slip of paper and paid Dorothy.  Later Isobel Wylie and Ruth Ferguson joined the staff.  A big stove sat in the centre of the floor, and boy did it got cold at night.  And in the daytime, when the fire died down, we’d throw in a roll of wrapping paper if we ran out of wood.  It was cheaper than wood, too.  It didn’t give off much heat, but it kept burning all day long.”

The first electricity the store had was purchased from Art Burgess who built a small power plant east of the present Medical Centre on Lake Avenue.  Burgess sold power to several industries and businesses before the town was hooked up to outside power.  For the first time Bennett’s were to have electric refrigerators.  It was perhaps the biggest improvement ever seen in the business.

As a young boy Bill always had a pony to the envy of all his friends.  “But Dad had an ulterior motive in buying me a pony and cart.  It was his way of initiating me into the business at an early age, because while everyone else was out playing, I was expected to use the pony and cart to deliver meat,” he says.

The business grew during the war.  But the workload of looking after the rationing books was enormous.  That job had to be done when the store was closed and the place was quiet.  There was never enough butter and bacon to go around, and it was a “first come, first served system.”

Prices went up during the 40’s.  They were a far cry from what they were in the early days of James E. Bennett, according to early ledgers.  Two pounds of beef sold for .14 cents; two and a half pounds of steak for .23 cents, and pork chops and sausages for .12 cents a pound.

As the seventies came to a close, the Bennett’s Meat Market was approaching almost 100 years of continuous operation.  Onnie was ready to call it quits.  And so was Bill.  The business was sold in 1978 ending an era unmatched by any other retail business in the town’s history.

James E. Bennett had established a reputation for honesty and service early in the game.  It was carried on for three generations.  The businessman left his mark politically as well.  Like almost every other merchant he took his turn in municipal politics, holding the office of mayor from 1904-06.  He set a pattern for what he expected the business to be…a service industry that met the needs of the town honestly.  He probably expected his sons, grandchildren, and great grandchildren to carry on as long as they were able to do so, and in the same fashion.  Had he lived, he would not have been disappointed.

Today, the old stone building still serves as a meat market, as Danny Joly continues to meet the same high standards set by that original butcher more than 100 years ago.  James E. Bennett would be pleased.

Note: Since the printing or this article in 1987, unfortunately the meat market closed that was located in the old Bennett’s Meat Market. The building at the corner of Bridge and bell Street now houses the Hing Wah Restauant.

Glory Days of Carleton Place–Mike Kean

Memories of Ruth Ferguson

As the World Turns in Carleton Place — Soap and Ground Beef

Glory Days in Carleton Place— Jan McCarten Sansom

Where’s the Beef in Carleton Place?

Name That Carleton Place Butcher? FOUND!

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (US


Carleton Place Business–Lloyd Hughes List

Comments Comments Comments–Documenting History

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 1– Canadian Tire to The Moose

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 2- Milano Pizza to Milady Dress Shop

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 3- St. Andrew’s to Central School

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 4- Leslie’s China Shop to Rubino’s/Giant Tiger

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 5-The Little White House to the Roxy

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 6-The Eating Place to the Post Office

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 7 –Scotia Bank to the New York Cafe

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

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 9–Flint’s to the Blue Spot

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 11

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 12

Dr. Johnson Downing and Ferril I Presume? Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 12 a

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign–Dr. Winters 154-160 Bridge Street Carleton Place –Jaan Kolk Files