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Blueberry Shortages in Ramsay 1934 and 1894

Blueberry Shortages in Ramsay 1934 and 1894

The blueberry crop was said to be almost a complete failure in August 1894. Fire, thought to have been started by berry pickers burned across some 400 acres and menaced several farm homes in the Wolfe Grove section before it was brought under control by a heavy rain storm.

Although it was said the blaze started on a Thursday no general alarm was
given until the Saturday when the fire had gained considerable headway. Farmers did a lot of hard work fighting the flames and were meeting with little success until rain came to their assistance. Even after the fire was over remaining coals were still smouldering in the burned area and the situation was being watched closely. The blueberry bushes were destroyed.

In August of 1934, serious damage was done to the blueberry crop in the Almonte area as there was a lot of damage done by a hail storm. It did considerable harm through a paper of Ramsay and Huntley.

Several fields of grain belonging to Mr. Arthurs and Mr. P. Syme were badly threshed out by the hail, many of the stones measuring from 4 to 6 inches in circumference. In Beckwith too, many farmers suffered loss, while in North Elmsley the damage done to the the grain and vegetables was serious.

It was reported here that the dwelling of Mr. H. Cavers, Ramsay, was struck by lightning on Saturday.The report was untrue but Mr. Alex. Caver’s dwelling near Appleton was hit. The lightning struck the chimney, demolishing it entirely, and passed through the house, scattering the
plaster from the walls in all directions. The veranda was also shattered and
the posts ripped to pieces. No one was injured. The damage will amount to
about $200.

Other stories about Chimneys in Appleton

Appleton’s Twisted Chimney

Digital Photo, Fall 2012
Donated by Sarah Bennett
This digital photograph from 2012 shows the once famous log cabin cottage in Appleton owned by the Gilmour family (left side of photo). Here is the full story, written by Kenneth Godfrey:

My grandfather, Harry D. Gilmour built this cottage, and put a ‘beehive’ shaped stone fireplace into one corner. He asked Beatty Hamilton, a well-known bricklayer from Carleton Place, to build its chimney, but literally with a “twist”. Beatty was at first not pleased with the idea, as he feared that folks might think it a poor job on his part, but H.D. (who enjoyed verbal and visual jokes) prevailed, and persuaded him to build it as a spiral, and I think it stood for many years until a fairly recent renovation, and alas, the chimney (like many other unique quirks from the past) is no more.

The annual Union Hall Blueberry Tea was held on Sunday afternoon, August 27.   Judging from the feedback at the event, the chatter and laughter, and the smiles all around when the homemade desserts were served, the event was a great success!–https://millstonenews.com/community-enjoys-annual-union-hall-blueberry-tea/

Blueberries also have an interesting history! We’ve read that in Ireland, baskets of blueberries are still offered to a sweetheart in commemoration of the original fertility festival that happens each August 1. Although we don’t how true that is, it does sound lovely! They call it Lammas day, which is also their harvest celebration.

Did you know that blueberries are native to North America? Long before they were cultivated in the early 1900s, they grew wild, and were enjoyed by the Indigenous people. Of interest, they harvested the “star berries”, which are the blossom ends that form at the end of the berry, and is shaped like a five-point star. Thereafter, they ate them fresh or dried them for later use.

Something I did not Know About –Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust — From High Lonesome to Blueberry Hill

Stories From Fiddler’s Hill

Sept 1910 another fire

Carleton Place High School 1933-1934 Kevin Percy

Hi Linda, I have seen some old High School photos recently. How about this one from 1933-34
Kevin Percy
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
22 Dec 1934, Sat  •  Page 21
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
28 Jul 1934, Sat  •  Page 8

Commercial Students CPHS 1937 –Kerri Ann Doe O’Rourke

The CPHS Autograph Book –Christena Rygiel

Last Grade 13 Graduation from the old  Carleton Place High School 1918

What do you Know about the Prince of Wales Cairn?

Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory of the Coming of the Prince of Wales School

Comments About a Picture–Prince of Wales School

And the Walls Came Tumbling Down-Prince of Wales School High Street

What Will 50 Cents Get You at the Prince of Wales School?

Where Are They Now? Paul Keddy of CPHS 1970

The Time Capsule of CPHS

A Typical School Day at CPHS by Vera Griffith 1952

The Band was Amazing but the Coke Driver Let Jack Hastie Down CPHS 1951- Delmar Dunlop

Carleton Place High School–“Running CPHS Bears” 1948

1967 Carleton Place High School Grads..

High School Confidential — More Vintage Shenanigans at Carleton Place High School

Reefer Madness at Carleton Place High School

Straight Outta Carleton Place High School–Cheerleaders and Things

Straight Outta Carleton Place High School–Prom Tickets

Straight Outta Carleton Place High School –Hurdis–isms

Doo Wah Diddy Diddy —The 1964 Royalty? Straight Outta Carleton Place High School

Who Were These CPHS Students? Straight Outta Carleton Place High School

Straight Outta Carleton Place High School — Wava McDaniel Baker

Straight Outta Carleton Place High –Teachers 1963

The Improved Stereo Remix of 1963 –Straight Outta Carleton Place High School

If You Ever Smoked in the Boys Room—– Straight Outta Carleton Place High School

1963 Rule of Thumb for a Strong Physique — Straight Outta Carleton Place High School

The History of Mom Dancing –Straight Outta Carleton Place High School

Dissecting a Rat- Straight Outta Carleton Place High School

Name them?

April 1934 Carleton Place Business

April 1934 Carleton Place Business



Carleton Place 1934


At present relief is only being issued to one family, owing to the breadwinner being incapacitated from work through an accident. The cost to the town for relief in January last was $68: in February $32; in March $33 and estimated for April, $18. From May 1 no further relief will be issued.


Looking north on Bridge Street at Albert in 1930. There are many interesting things in this photo – Central Garage on the immediate left, (now Mr. Mozzarella’s)), the many great old cars, and on the right, a Bell Telephone sign pointing to the Exhange building located further down Albert Street, the original two story veranda on what is now “Techniques For Hair”, a Highway 15 sign, and further down, the sign for The New York Cafe which burnt down in 1960

Bates and Innes Ltd woollen manufacturers, are running to capacity, with a night staff working at carding and spinning. More than 275 employees are working in this mill, a considerable increase over the number employed last year. The extra output to date for this year is 200 percent more than that for the corresponding period in 1933. This increase is due to orders from the West, where wholesalers during the depression allowed their stocks to drop below par, but now that a more optimistic feeling ‘is covering that territory they are replenishing their stocks.


Bates and Innes staff, 1936 from the  Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

The Renfrew Woollen Mills, mill No. 2. owned and operated by M. J. O’Brien, Ltd. (late Hawthorn mill), has been running to capacity since last fall. The mill now employs 225 hands hands. Six months ago the mill employed barely a 100.



Wanda Tysich of Carleton Place at the Renfrew/ Hawthorne Mill

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  21 Feb 1948, Sat,  Page 17





So How Much Time Do You Get for Stealing Wool?

Donald Munro Wool Puller

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

So How Much Time Do You Get for Stealing Wool?

Before The Carleton Place Mews?

Carleton Place Wins Prizes for their Wool!

“Wear Your Woolens Ladies” — says The Carleton Place Canadian