It all began innocently enough when the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum posted this.
We recently acquired a group of photographs of this unknown family, taken in 1935. Written on the back of many is “20 Frank Street”. Do you recognize anyone?
Listed at 20 Frank Street in the 1936 directory are Annie and Edwin Armstrong and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Aitkenhead.
Photo from Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
Thank you to Craig Shouldice
This is now 18 Frank Street- there is no 20- notice the double lot- or were the numbers re-done?
Comments from the CPBHM facebook site
Dan Williams-Here’s my guess. 18 Frank st, where my grandparents lived in the 50’s was a double lot. There was by then no other house there. Maybe there was another house there in 1935 when these pictures were taken but it was destroyed sometime between then and the mid 50’s.
Rick Roberts– I lived at 28 Frank Street between 1959-1971. I’m pretty sure that the house in the background, with 2 chimneys, was the home of Clint and Tillie Drader during the 1960s-1970s (Clint died in the early 1960s). Notice the door on the addition to the left…. it led to their kitchen… later a window. The big question is the house beside the people. i strongly suspect that there was a house (probably 20 Frank Street) on what was an empty lot to the south of 28 Frank Street during the 1950s-1960s. In the early 1960s my parents bought a few feet from the north side of that lot to make our driveway wider. At that time the empty lot was owned by the people at 18 Frank Street. In the early 1970s, new 18 Frank street owners built a large addition on the north side of their house to accommodate their upholstery business.
One more recollection… in the mid or early 1900s, sidewalks in Carleton Place had a grid pattern embedded into them where a driveway crossed it. The grids were in about a 12 X 6″ pattern with the 12″side running parallel to the roadway. There was one of those grid patterns in the sidewalk in front of the empty lot where it is possible 20 Frank Street stood earlier.
So to try and get somewhere in this story I acquired the other half of the Aitkenhead pictures at an auction last week. Grand patriarch George Aitkenhead once owned the Aitkenhead Bakery in Ottawa in the late 1800’s- early 1900’s. It was situated on McLaren Street until the great fire of Ottawa/ Hull and then moved to Bank Street. After he moved to his new spot business was not great so he moved out west. More on that later with pictures. His son Robert moved to Carleton Place to 20 Frank Street and Robert Jr. moved to Almonte.
Photo-April 30th 1930- Marion and Mildred Aitkenhead holding young Robbie Aitkenhead at 20 Frank Street at the back of the house.
Remembering a former Carleton Place family- The Aikenheads
Young Robbie, the baby in the above photo worked in the Almonte Bakery and his daughter Millie worked at the Bank of Montreal in Almonte. (Hoping to get all the facts straight as this is what I figured out through pictures, so if anyone knows just dive in there)
Pictures of the family at 20 Frank Street are in another story today, and more pictures of Almonte and the family to come. So what did 20 Frank Street look like? I looked through the archives for fires but found only one. The house was probably torn down as the newspaper article mentions many frame homes on Frank Street. Stay tuned for more.
Update-Craig Shouldice– The Millie Aitkenhead that worked at the BofM in Almonte was Robert Jr’s sister, not his daughter. Robert Jr. has a daughter Millie as well, but she did not work there
The photos from the Millie Aikenhead Collection as I call it will be split between the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum (Carleton Place Photos) and the North Lanark Regional Museum (Almonte Photos)
I try and save old photos after I share them with the world as I feel no one will appreciate them if they sit unseen. If you read My Family in a Box story those pictures are now in the save keeping of Archives Lanark.
1901- Ottawa Journal- Before the 30s as an example of the quality of the homes in that area. They were frame homes and were either torn down or burned down.
Rick Roberts-–Just to keep things completely confusing… As mentioned in an earlier post, I lived at 28 Frank street 1958-1971. Speaking to my mother about this topic, she says that our house was numbered 6 Frank street when we moved there, and was changed to number 28 sometime in the very early 1960s. With that being the case, under the old numbering system “20 Frank Street’ would have been in the block that is north of John street (closer to the river) on the west side of the street. However, the caption “20 Frank Street” may have been added to the picture at the time the picture was taken, or at a date after the street numbers were changed. Oh, the mystery 🙂
Obituary-Robert S. Aitkenhead
(Past President, Branch 192), (Royal Canadian Legion) in hospital at Almonte, Ontario on Sunday, June 24, 1990, Robert S. Aitkenhead, of Carleton Place, in his 61st year, beloved husband of Elva Horton Southwell; dear father of Larry Aitkenhead of Scarborough, Millie and Robbie Aitkenhead and Candie (Mrs. Brent Hurdis), all of Carleton Place; stepfather of Kenneth Southwell and his wife Jerry of Carleton Place and Bill Southwell of Scarborough. Loving grandfather of 7 grandchildren. Loved son of Mrs. Pearl Aitkenhead of Almonte and the late Robert Aitkenhead. Dear brother of Marion Ardley of Ottawa and Mildred Bowes of Norway Bay. Resting at the Alan R. Barker Funeral Home, McArthur Avenue, Carleton Place, on Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Service in the chapel on Wednesday at 2 p.m., Reverend Grant Wilson officiating. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery.
1c1 Aitkebhead (source LCGA Melanie Mason)
s Pearl ? Operated a Bakery in Almonte
2 c1 Robert Aitkenhead
s Pearl ? -1994 memotial Ottawa Citizen 7/22/09 by 3 c2
3 c1 Mildred (Millie) Aitkenhead Norway Bay in 1990
s #1 ? Wilcox Operated a Bakery in Carleton Place
s #2 Melvin Bowes
3 c2 Marion Aitkenhead Ottawa in 1990
s ? Ardlwy
3 c3 Robert S. Aitkenhead 1928-1990 b ; d Carleton Place
s Elva Ann Horton/Southwell 1936-2006 b ; d Ottawa
4 c1 Larry Aitkenhead Scarborough in 1990
4 c2 Millie Aitkenhead Carleton Place in 1990
4 c3 Robbie Aitkenhead Carleton Place in 1990
4 c4 Candy Aitkenhead Carleton Place in 1990
s Brent Hurdis
4 c5 Kenneth Southwell * Carleton Place in 1990
s Jerry ?
4 c6 Bill Southwell* Scarnorough in 1990
How did a Hurdis get in there? According to Ted Hurdis-Brent is a cousin of Ted’s and Ab and Fran Hurdis’s second born son. He was married to Candy Aitkenhead. Thanks Ted!