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.The only known photo of Napoleon Lavallee sits on my wall–read-The Napoleon of Carleton Place
I found this in a 1955 newspaper and did you know they still offer child care services?? Amazing!
So I decided to see if there were other things we did not know.
November 1952- Almonte Gazette
The plebiscite on granting hotel licenses in Carleton Place resulted in a negative answer on the part of the electors when almost 80 per cent of those eligible to vote went to the polls on Wednesday. Not only for those who favored the change, and a fail to get the necessary 60 per cent, but none of the three questions was accorded a straight affirmative majority. For some strange reason, those who framed the vote chose to submit three questions instead of one direct query.
The ballots asked the electors if they were in favor of men’s beverage rooms; in favor of women’s beverage rooms; in favor of the sale of beer in licensed hotel dining rooms. The vote stood as follows on these three questions: Men’s beverage rooms: for 1,123, against 1,- 263; women’s beverage rooms: for 1,126, against 1,283; dining room, sale, for 1,185, against 1,196.
In 1944, the town voted by more than the necessary 60 per cent majority for a retail liquor store and beer warehouse. Some 900 people entitled to exercise the franchise signed the petition for the vote, that took place yesterday. Figures show that only a couple of hundred more than signed the document voted for the change. Those opposed to beverage rooms were more active than those in favor of them.
Some business people who would have liked to come out actively for the change were afraid to do so because they claimed the so-called temperance forces were so bitter they would indulge in business reprisals. It is expected now that those who lost, and are really angry, will indulge in business reprisals against some of those who made themselves openly busy on the other side. They argue that what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. Those opposed to the beverage rooms bought up space in the Carleton Place paper and waged the usual campaign with the old fashioned Carrie Nation slogans about the Demon Rum. The other side apparently wras less active, only ran one advertisement. Both sides got out last minute pamphlets.
Carleton Place has three hotels, none of which is making money in a way that would permit improvement or adequate taxes for the municipality.
It didn’t seem ironic to regulars having a final round at the Albion Motor Hotel that the last day of business at Ottawa’s oldest hotel would fall on Friday the 13th. They know the 140-year-old hotel will still stand as a heritage site in new development slated to start in spring of 1985. But most who came to hoist their glasses in farewell to their favorite watering hole don’t think any bar can live up to to what they consider the “friendliest place in town.” Sure the 50 rooms at the Albion are a little shabby now, and the Rideau Centre across the street makes the modest building pale in comparison. “But where else could you be insulted with such love by your waiter?” said Matt Napier, referring to the hotel’s crusty 72-year-old beerslinger, Ralph Moisan. Napier is now studying in at the University of Windsor, but the former customs officer extended his visit to Ottawa for coffin” of his former Ottawa hang-out. As for Moisan, who worked 30 years at the Belle Claire Hotel on Queen Street before it closed in 1974, most of what he had to say to customers about how he felt about the end of an era at the landmark was unprintable. But there was a trace of a tear in his eye when Moisan finally admitted he looked upon the Albion closing as “losing my second home,” though he insists he can still find employment as a bar waiter “just about anywhere.” Thomas C. Assaly Corp. and Jarvis Freedman, head of Equity Management International Ltd., were given approval by Ottawa Council last week to develop the city block surrounding the hotel. An 18-storey, 243-unit apartment building, 300-room hotel and recreational complex is planned on the site bounded by Daly Avenue, Nicholas, Waller and Besserer streets. The project is expected to cost about $75 million. Ken MacLennan, director of marketing for Assaly, said Friday that close to $5 million will be spent to renovate the Albion, designated a historical site in 1983. “The building will be renovated to the same state as in its heydays during the end of the last century, and will most likely Fred Cattroll. Citizen be turned into a restaurant serving customers at the new hotel,” said MacLennan. At least three sides of the building must remain standing. The fourth wall, facing Nicholas Street, will be torn down since that side of the original building underwent major renovations in the 1950s, when the Albion was owned by former NHL hockey star William Touhey.
If you look at my hanging fixtures on my porches (6) and the lights in my 2nd floor TV room (6) they all came from the Albion Hotel..
In July of 1984, Cumberland Township councillor Brian Coburn landed a good deal on a slightly used bar. At the same time, Ottawa collector Ian Macdonald was picking up some mirrors and chairs from the 1930s and an area farmer was buying a 40-year-old baler. But what they really bought were chunks of local history as the Albion Hotel, Ottawa’s oldest, bares its body and sells its soul this week. Because the 140-year-old hotel is to be incorporated in a $75-million hotel and residential complex, everything inside cash registers, pillows, switchboard and bar stools is to be sold, beginning today.
At a sale for dealers Wednesday, most of the larger items, such as stoves, bars and kitchen equipment, were bought. Macdonald is opening a 1 930s-st vie restaurant on Clarence Street in September. “I heard about the Albion closing and thought ‘Hey, that place is the 1930s personified’,” he said while walking out with chairs and octagon tables. Coburn, meanwhile, got a bonus with his buys, which included the $1,700 bar. As he and several helpers dismantled it, dozens of old, rusty coins were uncovered about $10 worth, some dating back to the 1920s. Coburn plans to use part of the bar and refrigerating equipment in his Navan restaurant, the Ballycastle, and save the rest for expansion.
The baler was used by hotel staff to crush and package paper and cardboard. The new owner intends to use it to bale wood shavings in his horse barn. Al Cohen, of Cohen and Cohen wreckers, handling the sale, said at least 100 dealers visited the hotel Wednesday. He predicted the hotel, at Nicholas and Daly streets, would be swamped today. For those wanting memorabilia, Albion Hotel blankets are selling for $5, while tavern chairs are going for $25. A sign promoting happy hour has a $2 price tag while another proclaiming the hotel’s ‘Showgirl Revue’ will cost $49. Black and white televisions are selling for $25, while glasses are 50 cents and red lounge chairs are $19. While some shoppers had history in mind, others were there strictly on business. Steve Valois, general manager of Capital Food Equipment, was eyeing a gas stove that had a $1,500 price tag.
He said the company, which specializes in used restaurant equipment, could turn the stove into a new-looking appliance by cleaning and sandblasting it. Thomas C. Assaly Corp. and Jarvis Freed-man, co-owners of the hotel, plan to build an 18-storey, 243-unit apartment building, 300-room hotel and recreational complex. The Albion was designated a heritage site in 1983 and $5-million is to be spent renovating the hotel. Construction is to start next spring, 1985.
Barry Augerahhh, the big “A”, safest bar in town, ’cause that’s where all the cops and judges from next door drank.
Andrew Bartholomew ChaplinThe Albion was a watering hole for the members of NDHQ’s Directorate of History that was lodged on the fourth floor of the Ogilvy Building in the 1970s.
September 3, 2015 · Raymond Bjornson shares this picture described as the Albion Hotel, a favorite Ottawa watering hole.No source, or date, alas.
Tania LevyThe portion of the Albion incorporated into the hotel, as its restaurant/bar is still there. It used to be Trio and was renamed The Albion Rooms recently. They make an excellent Caesar!
Photo- Jo-Anne Dowdall
Lynne Johnsonthey don’t look of age!
Heather BigrasI recognize that wallpaper anywhere lol
Bryan ReingoldWhere we drank in Toronto at the Hayloft (part of the Ports of Call), a jug of beer was $1.75 That would have been about 1971 or so.
Byron BuddGreat loss to Carleton Place. When the Queen’s and the Mississippi closed there doors. Sure as hell don’t make them like that now
Llew LloydYou missed a great life learning experience if you never waited tables in the Queen’s Hotel men’s room
John EdwardsI was never allowed into either hotel.
Deedee SonnenburgMy uncle was a bartender there in the early 80’s, I remember as a kid sitting at the bar with a mini bottle of coke, I felt so grown up
Jack DenovanI played gigs in both.The “Miss” was an adventure for sure.
Philip LeeWhen I was 16 I had a summer job in Almont and was going through a period of reconciled difference of opinion with my parents, I roomed at the hotel.
Holley Gardinerwow Phillip That must havebeen an experience
Wendy Tilley John CorneilThe Queen’s Rules! Many interesting experiences started there..
Harry PageAs long as your cash was of age everything was good!
Greg WrightThose pitchers were always delicous…lol
Toby RandellThat’s my brother Craig Randell back row right
David RobertsonToby Randell are you sure that is your brother _ I think it is Marc Dumais … I don’t remember him in attendance but I could be wrong — yes the pic reminds me of your brother but I don’t think it is him
David RobertsonThe ones leading me a stray in the picture are : top Row Jo-Anne Dowdall, Marc Dumais Middle row: Heather McDermid ,Penny Gear, Elizabeth Hailstone ,myself David Robertson Bottom Row: David Jeschor and Shawn Oakey .. I think this was around Grade 12 graduation as I remember us singing ” We Don’t Need No Education” Pink Floyd and talking about the end of school .. can anyone one in the picture confirm
David Robertsonmmm – it looks like Penny to me but it could be Sandra .. maybe Jo-Anne Dowdall-Brown remembers who is beside Heather .. Is it Sandra or Penny .. I seem to remember Penny in attendance but I don’t remember what I had for lunch yesterday let alone 42 or 43 years ago LOL
Saturday afternoons spent in the Men’s Beverage Room playing shuffleboard and trying, without success, to beat the late Ted Lemaistre Jr. Great memories…
- Did You Know we Once Had a Grand Hotel? The Grand Central Hotel
- The Rules of the Queen’s Hotel in Carleton Place
- “You Fight Your Own Battles- I will Fight Mine”– Dan Miller of the Queen’s Hotel
In the mid 1860’s you probably would grab a drink in Carleton Place:
The Beckwith House owned by William Faust
The British Hotel- William Kelly
Willima Moore’s Hotel
Then there was the Carleton, which was built by the Bells as a hotel in the 1830s, then bought and reopened as The Carleton by Napoleon Lavalee in 1846. Peter Salter renamed it The Leland Hotel in 1900 and then it was operated by the Doyles from 1904 on until converted in 1955.
Also well known was The British Hotel which was owned by William Kelly and then became Vic Bennett’s Garage which was at the corner of Bridge and High Street. There was also the Ottawa Hotel, the Ontario Hotel and Lee’s Hotel which was the South East corner of Moore Street railway crossing. Absolam also had a small tavern on the north side of Bell Street from 1863-1870. There were six livery stables which furnished horses and all kinds of first-class rigs for business or pleasure.
In 1904 Carleton Place’s eight hotels were:
James Lee’s The Leland
Walter McIlquham’s The Mississippi Hotel
Albert Salter’s Queens Hotel
The Revere House- formerly The British Hotel
J. E. Rathwell’s Royal Hotel, formerly the Wilson House
D. B. Snedden’s
P. J. O’Briens
P. Salter’s Queen’s Royal at Lake Park
With files from Howard Morton Brown
Susan Elliott Topping My Grandfather worked there in the evenings after his job at the Gazette office.
Judy Reid Hamre Our high school “Philosophy Club” ran afternoon meetings out of there in our graduating years. The philosophy?
“Can’t dance, might as well drink beer”
Or something like that.
Patti Larose The woodshed lounge. Lol. …where ladies needed an escort and could only sit on one side of the hotel (bar)–the staff. ,Alli,Niper,and Lizard and Marty
Linda Nilson-Rogers At one time there was a sign saying ladies and escorts over the door. Mixed drinks could be had there. The poolroom area was licensed only for beer.
Dawn Jones Linda Nilson-Rogers if I remember correctly we were all there one night with Keith, Donnie and Cindy and Randy(my husband) and myself. I think I was only ever in there less than a handful of times. I did have the occasion of calling the hotel though..searching for an uncle or two who was late home.
Allan Stanley–Ask Marg McNeely for a story
Margaret McNeely–Well here’s my story…..worked there as a waitress in the dining room when i was 15…ppl that ate there were usually only overnighters and passing thru. I remember an American family of five left me a $5 tip…boy thought I had struck gold!
Karen Hirst Story goes that first night in town for Kerry family, year 1954, we had our supper in the dining lounge of the Almonte Hotel.
Rosalyn Wing At one time Mr. Whitten owned it and One side was men only.
Stuart McIntosh Same as Notty Lee’s in Smiths Falls
Don Raycroft Magically, the beer was always the optimal temperature for drinking !!
Don Raycroft No matter how long it was between visits Ali always knew what you drank !!
Don Raycroft Mary Edmonds ran the kitchen at one point. Her food was homemade and really good. Best hot hamburgers anywhere
Carol McDonald Don Raycroft Mary did make great meals for sure!
Darlene MacDonald Don Raycroft Carolyn Elliott also worked in the kitchen. Food was home made and delicious
Mary Anne Harrison One night we left The Almonte and headed for CP to The Queens. A cousin of mine, who shall remain nameless, pumped about 20 bucks into the jukebox before we left. Moon River would have serenaded the customers the rest of that night and most of the next day before the money ran out. We laughed ourselves silly over that.
Paul Latour LOL … too funny!!. … 😀
Susan Elliott Topping Only hotel I ever got kicked out of-(underage) LOL.
Don Raycroft Susan Elliott Topping I guess we are now wondering how many you got kicked out of once you became of age !!😊
Susan Elliott Topping Don Raycroft None! Now I don’t even drink. Lol
Steven Currie If Ali saw u pulling up outside, he would have a cold pint waiting for u before u got through the door, great fellow
Don Raycroft Steven Currie There is nothing that says “home” more than that.
Linda Mills TANG & Chuckwagons 🤢
Sandra Houston- Linda Mills chuck wagons were the best….
D Christopher Vaughan Sandra Houston Scott Davey and I each bought a case of chuckwagons from the guy who stocked the freezer one Friday afternoon.
Don Raycroft Linda Mills the chuckwagons were probably the most unhealthiest thing on the planet. But they were sooo good. I must try and recreate them for my grandsons. I’ll just tell my daughters it’s a history lesson !! 😊
June 16 1960–Almonte Hotel
It was announced on Thursday of last week that Mr. Fred Hayward, one of the partners at Hotel Almonte had sold his interest in the business to Mr. F. J. Nagle of Toronto, his associate since the property was sold by Mr. A. H. Whitten in 1955. It was a case where both partners felt that one man ownership would be more efficient. After negotiations over a period of time during which both offered to buy the other out, Mr. Hayward agreed to take Mr. Nagle’s bid and after July 1st he will be the sole owner of the hotel.
He is a native of Toronto and has been a partner since 1955. For 25 years he was in the service of O’Keefe’s Brewing Co. Ltd. For a long time he was one of the sales representatives of that concern travelling in Western Ontario and other parts of the province. “Fred” as he is known to his close friends is a family man, his wife and seven children residing in Toronto. During his time as a partner in the local business the interior of the hotel was greatly improved, the men’s beverage room was brought up to date with new flooring, soundproof ceiling and many other new appointments that were long overdue. Mr. Hayward has a nice personality and made many friends during his five years as a citizen of the town. His partner, Mr. Nagle, who has come here periodically over the last five years has an upholstering plant in Toronto. It is probable that he will appoint a manager to operate the business here as he cannot be absent from.
Susan Elliott Topping You can buy them at Giant Tiger! (In SF’s anyway)
Steven Currie They are in a cage with Round Up in Canadian Tire
Allison Vaughan used to walk from school there on Fridays for French fries
Tracy Giles-Thompson –Allison Vaughan Best homemade fries and gravy!
Christine Mitchell So, I remember when I was very young, maybe 9 or 10, my dad was staying in a room upstairs temporarily. This would have been mid eighties. He came and went out the back fire escape. Somehow, the bolts holding the fire escape to the building came loose, and the stairs fell when my dad was on them. He jumped hoping to get less hurt, ended up breaking his foot very badly. Was in the hospital for a while, in a cast for an even longer while. He walked with a limp after that until he passed. Ali Dixon would know about this.
Sandra Houston— Christine Mitchell I remember that…friggin scary
Brenda Voyce Christine Mitchell I remember that.. the old fire escape ladder I bet had not been checked for years.
Christine Mitchell There were many Friday and Saturday nights myself or my brother would call there looking for dad to see when to get supper started, or to ask him for money. Lol. Then we’d show up, stick our heads around the doorway and wait for someone to call Mitch so we could get our $10 or whatever it was we asked for. It always seemed that everyone there knew everyone and it was always a big party.
Shelagh Kelly-LaFloor Is the building still around and where is it?
Linda Nilson-Rogers Shelagh Kelly-LaFloor it is now the home of Rebound..reunited across from Circle K
Sara Alexandra– My dad’s old jacket is from the Almonte Hotel
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
20 Jun 1951, Wed • Page 14
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
06 Jul 1965, Tue • Page 8
If I get one good summer day in a summer, and I am out driving around on that summer day, I am content. I therefore declare the summer of 1947 to be a success. Such a day occurred on Civic Holiday. When I whipped in my Fireball motor over the highway Monday night, I was singing along with Carrie Jacobs Bond: “When You Come to the End of a Perfect Day.” Do you want to know my recipe for a perfect day? Well, this one had everything in it from sunshine to smorgasbord.
Austin F Cross August 6, 1947- page 17
When I had started to high tail it through from Smiths Falls to Carleton Place I remembered Sven Larsen and his invitation to try a smorgasbord at the Queen’s Royal, Carleton Place.
Now those of you who know this Scandinavian ritual will realize that it sounds as improbable that you would get a smorgasbord in Carleton Place as you “would get bouillabaisse Marseillaise at Ka-zabazua”. But I wheeled into the Queen’s Royal, and ordered up a smorgasbord.
In case there are people unfamiliar with this kind of meal, I should explain that it is sort of hors d oeuvres on a Gargantuan scale, and that it is a full meal in itself. We had salami, and smoked salmon, fresh tomatoes, and pickled herring. Many people do not know that the “smoked fish” they eat is eel! It is caught in the Richelieu river, brought to Ottawa for smoking, and relayed to Carleton Place.
You may have heard of tropical ants that over-run an elephant who is lying down, and who five minutes later leave only a skeleton. Well, the ants are sluggards compared to our family, for we left nothing. The smorgasbord a la Larsen was a great success. This with ice cream garnished with fresh (yam yum) peaches, and I was willing to call it a day.
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
15 Aug 1899, Tue • Page 2
It was only then that I had time to look at the hotel. It was originally operated by Peter Salter, who used to operate the Bodega in Ottawa, and whose son Hubert, was a great favorite with the Ottawa (Lisgar) Collegiate boys, as well as being an all-round athlete. In any event, the hotel stood idle for a long time, till the Larsens got hold of it. It faces Mississippi Lake, a sportsman’s paradise if you like ducks, fish, or boating.
In front of the hotel is wild rice, specially sown to attract ducks. Wild rice with ducks or geese about Thanksgiving is a great delicacy. I do not know if you can buy wild rice here, but a couple of places in Montreal sell it. Anyway, the ducks get for nothing what we pay more than a dollar a pound for. The hotel, with the croquet, its badminton, and its loafing chairs give you a great chance to do little or nothing in a delightful way.
Did you Know?
Furthermore, there were restrictive covenants on properties preventing them from being sold to Jews. As well, many clubs, resorts and beaches were barred to Jews. Signs warning “No Jews” or “Christians Only!” could be found on Halifax golf courses, outside hotels in the Laurentians and throughout the cottage areas of Ontario, the lake country of Manitoba and the vacation lands of BC.
Although I have no “personal knowledge” of such signs, I have been told from a few people that locally they remember seeing them at Lake Park Lodge
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
29 Jan 1955, Sat • Page 35
Files—Thanks to the kindness of Cathie Hawkins McOrmond
Mr. Salter owned the Queen’s Hotel in Carleton Place and during the decades, he and Mrs. Chatterton swapped ownership back and forth through the years. Who knew what was going on between the two of them? On the 31st of March in 1932 Mr. Salter was very lucky he did not lose his life that day when he drove Mr. Hambly of Ottawa who was a guest of the hotel to Lake Park on Mississippi Lake.
The horse was going at a great clip as he turned in to stop at the front door. But the horse had other ideas and turned in sharp and the cutter struck a stone and the occupants were thrown out. Mr. Salter’s head struck the hard road and he was knocked out cold. There was a large gash on his head from back to front and the blood flowed from the gash.
Friends flocked around and he was carried into the Queen’s Hotel and Dr. Sinclair was summoned and Salter’s wounds were dressed and word was he suffered great pain.
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 and The Tales of Almonte
Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun Screamin’ Mamas (USA) and The Sherbrooke Record
- The Gazette,
- 09 Apr 1887, Sat,
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where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and theSherbrooke Record and and Screamin’ Mamas (USACome 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. Tales of Almonte and Arnprior Then and Now.
- Part 1- Tales of the Chatteron House Corset — Queen’s Hotel in Carleton Place- can be found here.Part 2- Hell on Wheels at Lady Chatterton’s Hotel in Carleton Place– can be found here.