Muirhead Gillies and the Boxes Are All Related–Genealogy and Photos

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From the Muirhead Gillies Files

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In front of the Grand Hotel in Caledonia Springs. 1900 – 1915. Item.
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Group on the verandah of the Grand Hotel at Caledonia Springs.-PA-059380.

 

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)

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.

 

relatedreading

Photos of Austin Bain Gillies— Gillies Family Genealogy

For the Love of Money-Gillies Gilmours and the McLarens

Life Inside and Out the Gillies House –Photos 1910

The Sad Tale of Alexander Gillies and Peter Peden

The Lost Gillies Family Ephemera Rescued

The Gillies Home in the Ghost Town of Herron’s Mills

Ring Those Bells in Carleton Place– Wylie’s Woolen Mill

Channeling John Gillies

The Great Gatsby’s of Lanark County?

Fires in Carleton Place–James Gillies House

The Media Then and Now–Johnny Gillies Had a Gun

A Time of its Own– The Mystery Photo

 

 

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Friday October the 13th– 6:30.. meet in front of the old Leland Hotel on Bridge Street in Carleton Place (Scott Reid’s office) and enjoy a one hour walk with stories of murder mayhem and BOO!.. Some tales might not be appropriate for young ears. FREE!!
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Photos of Austin Bain Gillies— Gillies Family Genealogy

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Photos of Austin Bain Gillies— Gillies Family Genealogy

 

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Austin Bain Gillies, Elsie R. Gillies and Mrs. David Gillies (Martha Poole) (mother of the other two) beside St. Lawrence River. ca. 1910 – 1920. Copied container numberPA-059283

 

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Austin Bain Gillies with snowshoes at Gillies Depot. Item. Copied container numberPA-059255.

 

 

Miss Jessie McCann later Mrs. Austin B. Gillies (Carleton Place) on bridge over Tay River in Perth. Item.
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Austin Bain Gillies at Isle aux Ruaux. ca. 1930s. Item.  Copied container number: PA-059281. 

 

 

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Mrs. A.B. Gillies (Jessie McCann), Austin Bain Gillies, Mr. David Gillies and an unidentified lady. Photo taken at the Canadian National Station in Kingston.
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MIKAN 3550277 Mrs. Austin Bain Gillies née Jessie McCann standing beside a white horse. From the Muirhead Gillies Collection

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Group posing with 1908 or 1909 Ford automobile. Ladies l.-r.: Miss Elsie R. Gillies, Mrs. David Gillies, —. Man on the right is Austin B. Gillies, taken at Canadian National Station. ca. 1908 – 1909. Item.
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Austin B. Gillies with camera, child Arnold Gillies Muirhead beside Mr. David Gillies’ home on Bridge ST. ca. 1910. Item.
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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)

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I have been writing about downtown Carleton Place Bridge Street for months and this is something I really want to do. Come join me in the Domino’s Parking lot- corner Lake Ave and Bridge, Carleton Place at 11 am Saturday September 16 (rain date September 17) for a free walkabout of Bridge Street. It’s history is way more than just stores. This walkabout is FREE BUT I will be carrying a pouch for donations to the Carleton Place Hospital as they have been so good to me. I don’t know if I will ever do another walking tour so come join me on something that has been on my bucket list since I began writing about Bridge Street. It’s always a good time–trust me.

 

relatedreading

 

For the Love of Money-Gillies Gilmours and the McLarens

Life Inside and Out the Gillies House –Photos 1910

The Sad Tale of Alexander Gillies and Peter Peden

The Lost Gillies Family Ephemera Rescued

The Gillies Home in the Ghost Town of Herron’s Mills

Ring Those Bells in Carleton Place– Wylie’s Woolen Mill

Channeling John Gillies

The Great Gatsby’s of Lanark County?

Fires in Carleton Place–James Gillies House

The Media Then and Now–Johnny Gillies Had a Gun

A Time of its Own– The Mystery Photo

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The young lady is identified as “Miss Jessie McCann later Mrs. Austin B. Gillies on bridge over Tay River. There are numerous pictures of various Gillies out and about on their Sunday Drives around this time.
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I don’t think the sign was intended for automobiles. Here is 1912 regulation for motor vehicles. The sign appears to mean “driving” as in driving a horse-drawn wagon or sleigh. (FYI – Walking is about 3 mph).

Life Inside and Out the Gillies House –Photos 1910

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Looking at the summer of 1910  with the Gillies family of Carleton Place makes me smile. Taken outside the Giles house on Townline and Bridge Street in Carleton Place. Photos from Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

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David Gillies house, Carleton Place Used as a boarding school for English children sent to Canada during the Second World War, the 121-year-old David Gillies house is now an apartment building. The building, located at Bridge Street and Townline Road, sports a distinctive zinc-metal roof. Gillies’ father-in-law, James Condle Poole, who founded the Carleton Place Herald weekly newspaper in 1850, I) had the stone house built in 1873 after fire twice destroyed wood-frame houses on the site. The east wing, constructed after Poole’s death in 1883, was built with stone from the Herald’s original offices

Related Reading about various Gilles in Carleton Place

The Sad Tale of Alexander Gillies and Peter Peden

The Gillies Home in the Ghost Town of Herron’s Mills

Ring Those Bells in Carleton Place– Wylie’s Woolen Mill

Channeling John Gillies

The Great Gatsby’s of Lanark County?

Life on the Farm in Photos From Gillies Corners –1950s

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Sarah Cavanagh from Carleton Place sent me these pictures yesterday of life on the farm in Gillies Corners. They tell a of hard work like the Edwards family in Carleton Place. Sarah sent along a small photo bio:

“They aren’t too old 1951-55. They are photos from the farm my dad grew up on (and still lives on) in Gillies Corners. 4/5 are from 1955 and picture the family harvesting  the season’s hay. The hay barn in the pictures is still used today. The one (of the 2 men sawing) is from 1951. The little boy on the tractor in the one hay picture from 1955 is my dad at 6yrs old. The women in the house dress unloading the loose hay is my Grandmother (Irene Brown) helping my Grandfather (Bill Stevens). And the 1951 picture is my Grandfather (Bill Stevens) and a neighbor sawing barrels in half with the bucksaw”.

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Life in North America in the 50s was dominated by hot and cold wars. This period began in 1950 with the Korean Conflict. It ended with the Vietnam War. And everyone lived with an uneasy Cold War in between when life seemed to teeter on the brink of all-out nuclear attack.there were more immediate concerns, as it may have been for most farm families during this time. They were aware of the world events, but were more concerned with keeping the family and the family farm together. It is pretty evident in these pictures that Sarah’s grandparents felt the same way.

Memories of the Lumber Era- The Buchanan Scrapbook Clippings and Local photos from-Nigel Klemencic-Puglisevich

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

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Lanark County local photos from-Nigel Klemencic-Puglisevich



Lanark County local photos from-Nigel Klemencic-Puglisevich

Lanark County local photos from-Nigel Klemencic-Puglisevich
Lanark County local photos from-Nigel Klemencic-Puglisevich
Lanark County local photos from-Nigel Klemencic-Puglisevich
Lanark County local photos from-Nigel Klemencic-Puglisevich
Lanark County local photos from-Nigel Klemencic-Puglisevich
Lanark County local photos from-Nigel Klemencic-Puglisevich

Lanark County local photos from-Nigel Klemencic-Puglisevich

Logging Down the Line From Snow Road to Lavant to Carleton Place to Appleton to Galetta

Remembering the Old Log Timber Slide

I Saved the Lives of 29 Men That Day

The Pembroke Lumber Company Rare Photo

History of McLaren’s Depot — by Evelyn Gemmill and Elaine DeLisle

The Continuing Saga of Christena McEwen Muirhead—The McLaren Mill

The Day Carleton Place was Nearly Wiped Out!

Clippings Of the McLaren Case The Scandal That Rocked Lanark County

History of McLaren’s Depot — by Evelyn Gemmill and Elaine DeLisle

David Armitage Gillies –Last of the Old “Camboose” Lumber Men


Loggers– Arborists– Then and Now in Lanark County

A Logging Camp Story — Beaver Stew

Just Another Day in Logging

  1. Six Women in Town but Lots of Logging
  2. Loggers– Arborists– Then and Now in Lanark County
  3. You Don’t Waltz With Timber on a Windy Day
  4. Smoking Toking Along to the Log Driver’s Waltz 
  5. Sandy Caldwell King of the River Boys
  6. Your Mississippi River, Ontario Fact of the Day

Bennett Family Photos — Thanks to Kelley Crampton

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Bennett Family Photos — Thanks to Kelley Crampton
Hi Linda! I was just looking through my Bennett family tree book. I thought you would love these pictures from it. Re: Ocean Wave Fire Company.–Kelley Crampton

When George Albert Bennett was born on October 13, 1867, in Ferguson Falls, Ontario, his father, Edward, was 33 and his mother, Dorcas, was 31. He married Sarah Anna Vaughn on October 23, 1888, in Carleton Place, Ontario. They had seven children in 14 years. He died on June 14, 1907, in Carleton Place, Ontario, at the age of 39, and was buried there.

George Albert Bennett
BIRTH
Nov 1867
DEATH
15 Jun 1907 (aged 39)
BURIAL
Saint James Cemetery
Carleton Place, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada  Show Map
MEMORIAL ID
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Name:George Bennett
Gender:Male
Marital Status:Married
Age:23
Birth Year:abt 1868
Birth Place:Ontario
Residence Date:1891
Residence Place:Carleton Place, Lanark South, Ontario, Canada
Relation to Head:Head
Religion:Church of England
Occupation:Grocer Clerk
Can Read:Yes
Can Write:Yes
French Canadian:No
Spouse’s Name:Anna Bennett
Father’s Birth Place:Ireland
Mother’s Birth Place:Ireland
Division Number:1
Neighbours:View others on page
Household MembersAgeRelationshipGeorge Bennett23HeadAnna Bennett23Wife

Kelley Crampton– in front of the town hall– the Ocean Wave moved into the town hall in 1902.

The first Fire Hall was across from the present day Maple Leaf Dairy was rented for $7.00 per month, for the period from 1st of December to the 1st of April. In 1902, the Company moved from Bridge Street to Mill Street and took up station in the Town Hall. The Company remained there until 1978, when a larger facility was built, further down Mill Street. In April of 1995, the Ocean Wave Company moved to its present site on Coleman Street.

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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 use to stand.  Read–Summers of Carleton Place Past — Memories of Gooffy’s? 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.– Mary Cook

Kelley Crampton Photo

Ocean Wave

Ocean Wave Firemen Getting Uniforms

Fire, Could End All You’ve Become — Photos of those that Protect Carleton Place

Update to the Smiths Falls Fire — Ed Larmour

William McIlquaham From The Theatre to the Fire

Fires in Carleton Place–James Gillies House

Photos of Beckwith Township Fire Dept 1970s

Beckwith Fire Department 1965 Names Names Names

The Rencraft Fire Dept Photo Brings Back a Familiar Name

What if You Had a Fire and No One Came?

Fire, Could End All You’ve Become — Photos of those that Protect Carleton Place

Help Thy Neighbour in Carleton Place- Ronnie Waugh Fire 1959

News of Butter– Fireman— and Women of Stamina in Carleton Place

Bennetts

Comments About Bill Bennett

Bennett’s store on William St- Community Comments

James Gordon Bennett — Know Your Carleton Place Streets

Bennett Family Photos– Thanks to Andrew Gardner‎

Holy Meatloaf! Remember the Manwich?

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


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

Where’s the Beef in Carleton Place?

Giant Tiger Photos — Where Everyone Knows Your Name — Part 1

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Giant Tiger Photos — Where Everyone Knows Your Name — Part 1
Please play while viewing the photos

Sometimes you wanna go
Where everybody knows your name
And they’re always glad you came
You wanna be where you can see (ah-ah)
Our troubles are all the same (ah-ah)
You wanna be where everybody knows your name

Thanks Giant Tiger

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

Sharon FordI think it is the first owner of Giant Tiger in CP. His name was Bert.

Kim Martin Elder— People have identified this as a Giant Tiger– with Betty Currie on the right.. I know you were just a sweet babe when this was taken but any ideas if this was the Bridge Street store? Anyone? Yes, it was the Bridge Street store


Giant Tiger- The Mews
The old Giant Tiger at the Mews..
Sharon Ford Photo
May 25, 2020  · 

Petya Lowes posted this yesterday…Congratulations!!!! **12 years ago today we opened the Giant Tiger on Coleman. I have been in this store since it opened–**Great pic of Ken and Helen Anderson. Really fantastic people.
Kim Martin Elder
May 25, 2020  ·

Kim Martin Elder

May 25, 2020

Petya Lowes-Linda Seccaspina
December 16, 2019  

The man called Ray 🙂

Have you noticed this on the side of Giant Tiger?I was searching for something about a Munroe child being an acrobat in the New York World’s Fair and somehow I came across this video and text from the Carleton Place Library. What happened April 9th 1917?The Battle of Vimy Ridge was fought during the First World War from 9 to 12 April 1917. … The battle took place on the Western Front, in northern France. The four divisions of the Canadian Corps, fighting together for the first time, attacked the ridge from 9 to 12 April 1917 and captured it from the German army.McDiarmid Brothers— from The Carleton Place LibraryWe are so honoured and proud to share with you this local documentary prepared in 2007 to commemorate the 90thanniversary of the Battle at Vimy Ridge produced by our summer student, Emma Kinsman. The video was presented and placed at the Perth Regional Historica Fair in 2007.From the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage MuseumThe video centers on the McDiarmid brothers of Carleton Place. Four of the six McDiarmid brothers enlisted in the First World War with only 1 returning home. Harold and Victor McDiarmid were killed at Vimy Ridge, and Arthur, who returned home to die after being exposed to poisonous gas.Following the war, Mary McDiarmid and her only surviving veteran son, Leo, unveiled the Cenotaph in Carleton Place which was created to honour the town’s fallen sons.his documentary was made in 2007 to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Battle at Vimy Ridge. It was produced by Emma Kinsman about the McDiarmid brothers of Carleton Place. Four of the sixMcDiarmid brothers enlisted in the First World War with only one returning home. Harold and Victor McDiarmid were killed at Vimy Ridge, and Arthur returned home to die after being exposed to poisonous gas. Following the war, Mary McDiarmid and her only surviving veteran son, Leo, unveiled the new Cenotaph in Carleton Place which was created to honour the town’s fallen sons.Photo—Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage MuseumThis is the second panel of the Giant Tiger Mural. It’s a full one! From left to right: Mary McDiarmid, local teacher and David Findlay, founder of the Findlay Foundry, with the Gillies McLaren sawmill and workers in the background, at center, an ariel view of Carleton Place showing the Findlay Foundry on the north bank of the river, a wagon load of stoves heading to the train station to be shipped and the CPR train bridge with a train heading north. Various lumber mills, churches and our town hall fill the background. Carleton Place has a full and varied history!–Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

August 28, 2019  · Shared with PublicPublic


CP Retail News.. Seems like Giant Tiger has some new carts as demonstrated by Sophia Seccaspina LOL- Photo taken by Heather Lalonde
Petya Lowes
November 26, 2020  · 
yes that was me in the Giant tiger costume in 2014 Carleton place Santa clause Parade.
Carleton Place Community Christmas Dinner
December 17, 2019  · 
We love this Town and Community…
A Huge Thanks to Giant Tiger in Carleton Place for your amazing support and Contribution!!
We beyond appreciate it
Remember to support them

Kim Martin Elder
November 28, 2009  · 


— with Petya Thomas Lowes and Rob Lacasse.

Kim Martin Elder with Scoon
August 15, 2008 

Kim Martin Elder
August 14, 2008  · 


— with Rob Lacasse and Deb StGermain.

Kim Martin Elder
August 14, 2008  · 


— with Deb StGermain. and Wendy!!!!!
Photo- College Street and Bridge by Mike Jeays

Where everybody knows your name (where everybody knows your name)
And they’re always glad you came
Where everybody knows your name (where everybody knows your name)
And they’re always glad you came
Where everybody knows your name (where everybody knows your name)
And they’re always glad you came
Where everybody knows your name (where everybody knows your name)

Related reading

Giant Tiger Photos — Where Everyone Knows Your Name — Part 2– Thirteen Years ago..

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

Photos of Carleton Place — Larry Clark— Findlay Memories

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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

Related reading

49 High Street — Community Notes About The Findlay Guest House

The Man Known as D.K. Findlay–David Findlay

Three Cheers for Dave Findlay –The Movie

The Ministry of Propaganda in Carleton Place — Carleton Place Canoe Club

Friday’s Message About the Findlay Foundry and Whistle

Findlay vs. Bailey in Carleton Place —Horses vs. Cars

Shane Wm. Edwards Findlay Fish Tale

Confederation Life Bulletin 1961 Findlay

Comments and Memories About the Carleton Place Findlay Company

Notes About J.K. Findlay

Memories of Findlays 1972 – “They’re Proud, Independent, and Resigned to the Loss of their Jobs”

Looking for Names- Findlay Foundry

The Inner Remains of the Findlay Foundry

From the Belly of the Findlay Plant….

Someday my Prince Will Buy Me a Cinderella Stove

Findlay’s 101 and a Personal Confession

Where Did you Learn to Swear in Carleton Place?

Funky Soul Stew was Once Cooking in Carleton Place

Cooking with Findlay’s — Christine Armstrong’s Inheritance and Maple Syrup Recipe

Commercial Centre Planned for Findlay Site

Walter and John Armour and A Findlay Stove

The Findlay Foundry Ltd. Closes—- The Video

Judson Street — Clippings History and Photos

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Judson Street — Clippings History and Photos
Carleton Place Museum photo– The Baird and Riddell Wagon-Judson Street? With the pile of stones on the site of the library? There is a train going behind the house in the picture and that is now where the trail is that goes through the middle of town. thanks to Toby Randell.

Baird and Riddell Wagon from the Main Street

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
26 Sep 1888, Wed  •  Page 2

Was Beating Anything from Baird & Riddell of Carleton Place Illegal?

103 Judson Street- Toby Randell

January 25 at 6:26 PM  · Just for context, here is the original shot not zoomed in on our place. Now you can zoom in on the other structures or the people and wagon– we went and got the history of our house dating back to the late 1800’s from the land registry. The land was originally owned by the grandson or great grandson of Edmond Morphy. I can’t remember which it is of the top of my head. Still cool to have the history and the photo. Toby Randell

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103 Judson Street With the pile of stones on the site of the library?

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
01 Feb 1905, Wed  •  Page 3

It’s the only picture we have of the entire house. The larger picture still shows surrounding houses with fire damage from the fire that took out most of the downtown core. Our house was rebuilt, and we know this due to documentation of a $7000 insurance policy at the time–1910ish.

On that map our place would be # 30 owned by John McDonald. His brother was Peter McDonald that lives beside him. So the history was original land transfer to the Morphy family May 3 1871 A mortgage was put on the the land 1878 by WF Morphy and held by Edward George Malloch A deed was registered and a sale between William F Morphy and Jane Low McDonald who we believe was married to John McDonald. In March of 1881. The house stayed in her name until 1910 when a QC deed was registered, likely after the fire and the property changed hands to his daughter Annie E McDougall for $5. It gets odd from there as in oct of 1912 John died in April, a probate was executed by estate of John to 3 people Jessie McDonald ( who we could never track down) Annie McDougall his daughter who it seemed already owned the property?? And Annie’s husband James B MacDougall. In December of 1913 the property transfer to Jessie who kept it until September of 1932 when he sold it to John Swayne for $5000 and he owned it until 1988 when I assume he passed away. So during the fire it was owned technically by Jane Low MacDonald– Toby Randell

Judson Street Fire 1910

From here the fire was carried across the market square ( Memorial Park) to the magnificent residence of Mrs. James Gillies ( Memorial Park and Library) at the corner of Franklin and Judson streets. This house was on fire long before places nearer to the fire were burned.

Photo Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Judson Street damage in fire of 1910

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. (Bank of Nova Scotia Parking Lot) The church was a couple of blocks away, out of the fire route, 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 occupied by W. H. Hamilton which there completed the line of burning on the Albert street 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 town 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. 

Nee builds after the 1910 fire

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
14 Jun 1911, Wed  •  Page 2

Judson Street History

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
19 Feb 1942, Thu  •  Page 19
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Tue, Dec 20, 1898 · Page 2

She lived at 30 Judson Street and died before the fire.

The Gazette
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
14 Nov 1939, Tue  •  Page 6

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
02 Apr 1904, Sat  •  Page 10

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
07 Oct 1971, Thu  •  Page 68
James married Mary Elizabeth Flett in 1886 and together they had five children: Margaret, Elizabeth, Arthur Roy, Horace, and Howard. They lived at 146 Judson Street, Carleton Place.

Front: Horace, Mary, Howard, James Morton
Back: Margaret, Elizabeth, Roy all from the Roy Brown Society
Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

This photo of Bessie Brown (1890 – 1971 ) was taken in June of 1914. She’s showing off a flower arrangement she made as an entry in the first annual Carleton Place Horticultural Society’s flower show. The show was held at the Carleton Place Town Hall.
Bessie has used an old Taylor Brother’s wooden crate as her container. The Brown’s home was on Judson Street, not too far from Taylor’s Hardware Store. We happen to have just such a crate in our collection!
Vintage Photo from Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
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This action shot was taken on Judson Street, looking north from Franklin Street towards Mill Street. The scene is almost unrecognizable today. Howard Morton Brown and his brother Horace have added a sail to their wagon and are about to fly away!
Their home is the red brick home to the left of the photo, and is still standing today as 146 Judson. All the other structures we see in the distance were various mill outbuildings on Mill Street, and none remain. The big frame building with two chimneys was McDonald and Brown Woolen Mill.
The log fence to the left enclosed the Brown’s corn field! They kept many chickens and cows behind their property, and their red barn is still standing and visible from Mill Street. There are so many great details in this photo, taken about 1908

Photograph courtesy of Carol Nicholson.
Roy Brown with his mother outside their home on Judson Street, Carleton Place, 1917-1918. Roy returned home for the winter of 1917-1918 and spent time with his family over the holidays. He returned to Europe on January 30, 1918.
This house at the corner of Judson and Franklin streets has certainly changed over the years. It’s always fun though, for us to identify houses we find in old photo albums! The “before” photo is of Arthur Burgess, Arthur Cram (brothers-in-law) and Alfred Cram (who died tragically in a motorcycle accident in 1929). Note the front entrance (and thus the street address) has been moved from Judson to Franklin Street at some point. If anyone knows who lived in this house in the 1920’s we’d love more information. Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Marge Mitchell —My Aunt lived on Judson Street and the train tracks were about 60 feet from her house…there were so many trains whizzing by everyday. We loved seeing them and ran up to the station and sat on the benches and watched these mighty iron beasts. Such a fabulous memory of old time Carleton Place.

Read all about the 1910 fire in related reading below

Aftermath of the 1910 Fire- May 19 1910

More Clippings Found About the 1910 Carleton Place FireThe Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

The Lost Photos & Words- Carleton Place Fire 1910

When The Streets of Carleton Place Ran Thick With the Blood of Terror!

When The Streets of Carleton Place Ran Thick With the Blood of Terror!- Volume 1- Part 2

Burnin’ Old Memories –The Mississippi Hotel Fire

The Lost Photos & Words- Carleton Place Fire 1910

The Hysteria and Overbooking of Hayley’s Comet 1910

Gillies Mill Sand Point Braeside…. Fires etc.

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Gillies Mill Sand Point Braeside…. Fires etc.
Gillies Mill no date
the day after the fire 1949-The Gillies Fire Braeside July 4th 1949

John built his first sawmill on the Clyde River, 3 miles north of the village of Lanark, Ontario. In the early 1870’s, John sold the Gillies Mills at Carleton Place to John Herron and bought the sawmill at Braeside from the Hon. Asa Foster (who had previously purchased it from Rev. Henry Usborne).

In 1867, James came to Carleton Place as manager for John Gillies (his father) and Peter McLaren (later Senator McLaren) where he oversaw the operations of the sawmill. James also maintained his partnership with his brothers (William, David, and John Jr.) who had moved to Braeside.

John Gillies (1811-1888) came to Canada in 1821. In the 1840’s, he built a water-driven sawmill five miles north of the village of Lanark, at a place then called Gillies Mills (now known as Herron’s Mills). In 1862, he purchased the Gilmour limits on the Mississippi River and a sawmill at Carleton Place for his sons; he enlarged this sawmill to a capacity of 20 million feet. (This sawmill was later purchased by the McLaren and Edward’s interests and operated under the name of the Canada Lumber Co.). In 1872 or 1873, Gillies bought the Braeside sawmill (which came to be known as the Gillies Bros., Ltd.) from the Reverend Henry Usborne (an absentee English proprietor who built the mill in 1869 on the completion of the Canada Central Railway to Sand Point, 2 miles west of Braeside) and also purchased 200 square miles of timber limits on the Coulonge River in Quebec.

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
04 Aug 1910, Thu  •  Page 6

On July 4, 1910, a fire destroyed the west lumber yard containing 29 million board feet of lumber at Braeside; the sawmill was not damaged. But, in 1919, there was another fire and the sawmill was destroyed. However, by 1920-1921, a new electrically driven brick and concrete mill was erected. At that time, it was the firstfireproof mill of its kind in Canada.

There was also a fire in 1949- see The Gillies Fire Braeside July 4th 1949

Braeside Archives

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
31 May 1915, Mon  •  Page 9
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relatedreading

Arnprior The Saw Mill Town 1900

The Gillies Fire Braeside July 4th 1949

David Armitage Gillies –Last of the Old “Camboose” Lumber Men

The McLaren Fire — 3,000,000 Feet of Lumber Destroyed

The Day Carleton Place was Nearly Wiped Out!

The Day Carleton Place was Nearly Wiped Out!

The Lost Gillies Family Ephemera Rescued

The Gillies Home in the Ghost Town of Herron’s Mills

Photos: Sand Point flood

Channeling John Gillies