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Names Names and more Names of Almonte

Names Names and more Names of Almonte


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Almonte Gazette 1875


These are the memories of Mr. Robert Young  and Mr. R. L. Bond formerly of Almonte. These two gentlemen had known each other since early boyhood had shared the same experiences and pleasure during a long period of years, and it was only natural that they should seize on this occasion to talk over old times.


Ottawa Daily Citizen March 1870


The following story is about the town of Almonte as it was back in the 1870s. But before proceeding with the story, just a word about the narrators themselves. Mr. Young was born on a farm near Benny’s Corners, six miles from Almonte. His father was the late Peter Young, who came to this country from auld Scotia in the early thirties. Mr. Young left the farm at an early age and lived for several years in Appleton, where he learned the foundry business.

In 1870 he went to Almonte and a  few years later he entered into partnership with his two brothers, Andrew and William and they started up a foundry business in a small way in an old stone building on Water street. About 1878 they acquired more pretentious quarters down by the Mississippi River and they continued to operate this plant until 1907.  Waugh Brothers later conducted a stove manufacturing business in the same building.


January 1870 Ottawa Daily Citizen


Mr. Bond was born in Carleton Place eighty-four years ago. His father, the late Joseph Bond, who came out from Mount Rath, Queens County, Ireland, about 1824, settled in Carleton Place while it was still known as Morphy’s Falls. In 1861 the family moved to Almonte where the father engaged in the shoe making business. After learning tinsmithing Mr. R. L. Bond went into what was known as No. 2 mill to learn the finishing trade. Later he went to the United States and in 1870 (time of the second Fenian Raid) he returned and Joined No. 1 company of the 42nd Battalion of Almonte.

In 1898 Mr. Bond came to Ottawa and went to work for the Pease Furnace Company, then situated on Bank street, near Albert. Later he was with the Ottawa Furnace and Foundry Company, and still later with the Laurentian Foundry.

Almonte was a much more lively place in the 1870s those days the town boasted a population of more than three thousand; the Almonte railway station was the busiest on the Ottawa and Brockville line; the town had no fewer than six woollen mills and, according to Mr. Young, more business was transacted in one week than in a whole month now.


Ottawa Daily Citizen 1875


Back in the 1870s Almonte’s woollen mills were: No. 1, on the island, conducted by B. and W. Rosamond; No. 2, on Mill street, by Elliott, Routh and Sheard; Gilbert Cannon’s mill, down on the bay, Just below the hill; John Baird and Company, on Mill street near McLean’s grist mill; the Anchor Knitting Mill, on the island, and William Thoburn’s mill, on Little Bridge street. In later years Judge Jamie-son’s son married Miss Annie Thoburn and became proprietor of the mill.  Rosamond’s No. 1 mill was the largest manufacturing plant in the town; it employed about 300 hands.

The following are some of the people who figured prominently in the business life of the community in the 1870s were:

Andrew Matthew, general merchant and issues of marriage licenses; F. H. Davis, proprietor of the Almonte House; Aaron Barnelt, cooperage business; Donald Cameron, blacksmith: John Murray, tanner (on the island); William Forgle, grocer and butcher: Sandy Lang, blacksmith; Arthur Lang, saw mill; Dugald MeEwan, tailor; Duncan McGregor, proprietor of the Victoria Hotel (Riley’s House); Frank McMulkin,  blacksmith; John Menzies, general merchant and registrar for North Lanark; Henry Patterson, cabinet maker and chief constable of the town. William Templeman, afterwards editor of the Victoria, B.C.. Times, and minister of interior in the Laurier government, was guiding the destinies of the Almonte Gazette. The Gazette was started in 1868 by Mr. Templeman and R. J. Northgraves as a four-page sheet, all hand set. Mr. Bond was a brother-in-law of the late Mr. Templeman.

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Rueben Bond and grand daughter Georgina (Gina) Wilson; daughter of Christina (Bond) Wilson.

W. H. Rea conducted a large general store where one could get anything from carpet tacks to a mowing machine; William Riddle, chair factory, where the Penman factory was now, on Mill street; John Patterson, blacksmith; Andrew Smith, wagonmaker; James . H. Wylie, postmaster; J. B. Wylie (son of J. H.), general merchant; Brown and McArthur, general merchants, at the corner of Bridge and Mill streets; Noble Bennett, blacksmith; John Glover, cooperage business; R. Driscoll, proprietor of the Almonte Foundry, near the Agricultural Society grounds; Daniel Glossop, boot and shoe manufacturer. Alex. McLean and J. C. Stevens were proprietors of the town’s two grist mills. John Scott was station agent for the Brockville and Ottawa Railway.

Almonte also boasted a splendid volunteer fire brigade in the early seventies. In 1874 the town purchased a new, fire engine (hand pump) and the brigade decided to take part In a pumping contest at Brockville. The new engine was larger and more up-to-date than any in the Ottawa district and there was not one of the sixty who manned it who did not tip the beam at over 200 pounds, while several went around the 240 pound mark, The story of how the Almonters put a couple of things over on their competitors and won the contest.

Blakeney, Ontario, Canada, Historical Map, 1879


When the contest was concluded Archie Houston, proprietor of the hotel at which the Almonters stayed, bought about two dozen brooms and arranged them around the Almonte fire engine, thus indicating “a clean sweep.” It was not until the late 1860s that lovers of the “stanes” in the Almonte district formed a club and built rinks in the town, but at a much earlier date pioneer Scotch settlers gathered on the Mississippi river at Rosebank (Blakeney), four miles below Almonte, and had the time of their lives.



Ottawa Daily Citizen March 1870


They fished nicely rounded stones from the bed of the river, decorated them with fancy silver-mounted and ebony handles and then “curled” to their hearts’ content. One of the most outstanding curlers of that time one who learned (the roarin’ game in auld Scotia and who, towards the end of his career, boasted that he had been a curler for seventy-five years, was James Templeton. He was a member of the Almonte Curling Club for over fifty years. In 1894, James Templeton was honoured as Almonte’s oldest citizen and the oldest active curler in Canada. He was 90 years old. When he was seventeen years old, he began “curling and courting”. At age 90 he said “I have been at the rink, ready for a game with the besom and stanes. I don’t think there are many who can beat that score”. Templeton built his house for his family on the eighth line of Ramsay. Mrs. Templeton and the children were brought from Smiths Falls by hired teams to their new home, but the long journey was too much for the baby’s strength, and she died within half-an-hour of the family’s arrival — the only death that occurred among his eight children. (Millstone)

Later, when the Almonte Club was In full swing, Mr. Young and Mr. Bond were members and others included Messrs. William Willoughby, Alexander Sinclair, Peter McArthur, Alexander Young, Peter Young Peter McDougall, William Temple man, J. K. Cole and Samuel Davis.

In 1881 Almonte had Its first mayor contest. Dr. Patterson and James Rosamond opposed each other for the exalted position and when the ballots were counted It was found that Mr. Rosamond had been elected by one vote. Dr. Patterson’s supporters and friends were not satisfied to let it go at that and they demanded a recount. The ballots were counted again and the doctor was found to have one more vote than his worthy opponent and was duly declared elected.

When the North Lanark Agricultural Society was organized back in the 1860s the exhibitions were held in a field just off Main street, where Robert Scott, stonemason, built a fine stone residence in the late 1870s. That is when the present Water street site was selected and the grounds were expanded by filling in part of the bay. The first exhibitions were small affairs, consisting mainly of a showing of livestock and a very meagre display of roots and vegetables. When the horses were being judged they were paraded up and down Main street, while spectators lined both sides of the street.


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    5. Bond — George and James Bond

    6. The Bond Family– Genealogy

Need Info or Stories of Another Home on Princess Street

Need Info or Stories of Another Home on Princess Street


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Last week we put together of the Moore House on Napoleon Street–read–Putting Together Pieces About Historical Homes– John Moore’s House –Napoleon Street

and let’s see if we can do this again and create the history of this forgotten home.

Jennifer Fenwick Irwin asked:  It’s on the east side of Princess, between Lisgar and Sussex and has been empty since I moved her 20 years ago…

So what can you tell me?




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 (USA)


Putting Together Pieces About Historical Homes– John Moore’s House –Napoleon Street

Photographer Finds Money in a Local Abandoned Home

Just a Field of Stones Now? “The Old Perth Burying Ground” Now on Ontario Abandoned Places?


The Abandoned Appleton Mill

The Abandoned Smiths Falls Hospital 2011

The Abandoned Farm House in Carleton Place — Disappearing Farms

The Church that Died

Inside the Old Honey Pot — The Henderson Apiaries Carleton Place

Burning Down the House — Literally in Lanark County

Investigating the Basement of the Carleton Place Canadian – If These Walls Could Talk

Get your Green On!– You’ve Got to Eat in Carleton Place!


There is nothing like celebrating St Patrick’s Day in Carleton Place, Ontario. You will meet everyone at our local watering holes: from an actual Irish dude, to the Dad who went out for cigarettes 12 years ago and never came back. Of course there will be those fake fighting Irish women, or the guy sporting a Shamrock tattoo that will actually pay off that day.

So what’s happening in Carleton Place on St. Patrick’s Day?

St James Gate- Our Original Irish Pub- 111 Bridge Street is beginning to party at 11am. They will be featuring their Celtic meals like: their delicious St. James Pie and Fish N Chips, as well as green beer. Don’t forget they exclusively serve Easy Amber and Bud Buster from the Perth Brewery. Say Hi to Rebecca, and the other St James gals, and tip them your festive hat and some green!

Ballygiblins on Bridge Street -151 Bridge Street

If you never had a real Irish Stew you need to walk, no run, to Ballygiblin’s tomorrow. Chef Dusty Pettes (“Just Dusty” to me) told me he is making ‘the real deal’— you got it- Irish Lamb Stew. Lamb stew is Irish penicillin: a rich stew full of potatoes, leeks and carrots that’ll cure whatever ails you. While you’re there you should order the Lamb Meatloaf with all the fixins’ to take home for dinner. After drinking all that green beer you are going to be in NO condition to cook, so might as well kill two birds with one stone. As usual, they offer Gluten-free choices, and if you are on a diet there is always the festive Giblin’s Greens.

Old Town Bakery—73 Lake Avenue West

This was a review I found on Yelp:

They have a literal WALL of fresh bread and baked goods. A sneeze-guarded rack of brownies and butter tarts and nanaimo bars and things I’ve never heard of that would re-assign the sneeze-guard as a drool-guard. They have a sandwich station set up ala Subway, but brother – this ain’t Subway. They have fresh loaves of bread waiting to be sliced into extra-thick pieces for your giant sandwich. Lots of sandwich fixin’s to choose from and they’re not stingy. Once your sandwich is complete they wrap it in wax paper and stick it satisfyingly into a brown paper bag, Then you have to try hard not to request any croissants or broccoli and cheese filled something-or-rathers which can be heated up if that’s your fancy.

My thoughts are: You have to go in there to meet Kathy! Tomorrow, they will have Shamrock Cookies, Shamrock Krispie Squares, and they told me today that they were baking St Patrick Day cupcakes. Get one of each, and give Kathy a hug – or try:)


The Queens 142 Bridge Street

If you have read my book “Tilting the Kilt” you need to make at least ONE pit-stop at this historic hotel. As legend goes, Mrs. Mary Chatterton ran the “Chatterton House” in the Queen’s Hotel alleyway. It was well reputed that Mrs. Chatterton served more than alcohol to her clients! An advertisement for Chatterton House read: the proprietress has spent a large portion of her time in catering to the wants of the traveling public and this house has become justly famous for its good cheer and pleasant associations.” 

The Queen’s Hotel no longer has to deal with Lady Chatterton, but will be having LIVE music all day (The Diplomats from 6-10), and of course, will be serving up Guinness Beer. On March 17th, 13 million pints of Guinness will be knocked back around the world in honour of St. Patrick so have one for me at The Queens. They will also be giving out pairs of SENS tickets, hats you name it. May the road rise up to meet you at The Queens.

The Lunch Box (Army Navy Club) Townline Road

The gals will be serving up some good old fashioned home-cooking from 11-5- serving home made Irish Stew on top of mashed potatoes. When I was there they were just baking Key Lime Pies for tomorrow. Enjoy a lunch there like Mum used to make.  And, don’t forget our local legion ANAF on Townline are having an Irish breakfast at 11:00 and festivities during the day .

The Waterfront Gastro Pub-12 Bell Street

According to the meals at the Waterfront are good, hearty and homemade, so will St. Paddy’s day be any different? The people who work there are friendly, professional, and this historical establishment is just across the town’s main bridge nestled along the Mississippi river bank. They are going to have live music until 1 am, and lots of yummy Irish fare. So may the sound of happy music, and the lilt of Irish music fill your heart with gladness.

The Thirsty Moose 20 Bridge Street

Lets face it– why does anyone go to the Moose? If you are reading this outside of Carleton Place, you need to go there once in your life to meet the Moose’s owner, Bubba. When I asked him what was going on he told me no lies- just the facts shot from his spot on the bar eating a salad. A salad? There goes Bubba’s reputation around town.

Bubba sadly told me ‘the damn band canceled’ for St. Paddy’s Day. Anyone that knows the Carleton Place watering hole knows you don’t need a damn band at The Moose. So bring along your harmonica, guitar, and singing voice, as Bubba is already chilling the Green Beer and stirring the Irish Stew. When I asked him why people should come to The Moose on St. Patrick’s Day, his response was,

Where else are you going to get hammered on a Tuesday?”


“Get in My Tummy” — Ballygiblins — Ultimate Sticky Toffee Pudding

Carleton Place- The Happiest Damn Town in Lanark County

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