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Old Almonte Photo Collection — In Back of the D. W. Snedden Drugstore 1953

Old Almonte Photo Collection — In Back of the D. W. Snedden Drugstore 1953
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April 1953 Almonte Gazette

While going through a box full of old photograph plates in the stockroom at the rear of D. W. Snedden’s drug store, Mr. Kenneth Johnson, who is an ardent amateur photographer, unearthed a treasure trove. Apparently the late M. R. MacFarlane, or one of his staff, followed the same hobby as Mr. Johnson. Those were the days of large cameras with glass plates almost as big as a school slate. And they made good pictures, too, as can be seen by the samples Mr. Johnson developed and which are now on display in Mr. Snedden’s drug store window. 

A reproduction of one of them appears on the top section of this page. The scenes developed from the old plates recall memories for the elder generation of this town and would be appreciated by out-of town readers of the Gazette who are no longer in the junior age group. 


We see among them a picture of the late Dr. Hanley sitting in his buggy in front of M. R. MacFarlane’s residence on Church Street. He wears a hard-shell hat and the horse looks tired, like most doctors’ horses did in those days. 

Two Children In Front Of Red Mill almonte.com

There are pictures of Dr, Oliver MacFarlane and Jack Taylor in the knee-length pants worn by children of that period; groups of women in long skirts and big hats of their time, few of them who can be identified; splendid scenes of the old stone bridge on Main Street, the churches of the town, the town hall, the Almonte Flour Mills with the railway bridge then supported by stone piers the old steel bridge with the arches, later to be replaced by the present one; up and down views of Elgin, Church and Country Streets, and, as the auction sale bills say, many others too numerous to mention. 

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One of the priceless pictures shows Mr. Porritt’s ancient automobile with young MacFarlane standing on the front seat. It is said to be the first horseless carriage to arrive in Almonte, and what it did to the horses can better be imagined than described. Maybe we’ll get around to printing a picture of it one of these days. The whole collection of pictures which Mr. Johnson has resurrected is most interesting and should be grouped, framed and placed in the public library or the council chamber.


In the street scene printed above can be seen the edge of the late H. H. Cole’s store, Kelly’s Hotel which had been sold to a Mr, Me-Donald, Shorty Young’s shoe store and shoe shine, Patterson’s Drug Store, the Riddell & McAdam Building, then occupied by Wesley West; J. McKinnon’s, Shaw’s Hardware, John O’Reilly’s general store, and on the left— J . L. Hamilton, photographer, in the brick building later moved back from the street and occupied at that time as an office for Baird’s Mill, later to be used as an office for the P.U.C,, arid demolished some ten years ago; and in the distance, the clockless post office. The clock came about 1913. Read—The Mystery of the Almonte Post Office Clock –Five Minutes Fast and other Things….

Future Dr.Oliver Macfarlane- almonte.com

You can see a lot of these photos on almonte.com


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May 8 1945 V. E. Day in Almonte – Photos

Down by the Mississippi River- Almonte Falls Photos 50s

No Banker Left Behind – Bank of Montreal Almonte Photos

Photos of the Orange Parade Almonte 1963 — Name that Band?

More Photos of the Rosamond Water Tower


Memories of Almonte by the Commonfolk Part 2

Memories of Almonte by the Commonfolk Part 2

There isn’t much I can’t find– it takes a bit — but I came across these notations from an Almonte.com Almonte.com WordPress site. I thought people would like to share or add to these memories. Most of these are from 2010-2014.. More to come–Please note I have left them as they were written.

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Does anyone remember the fire in Almonte that took the life of 4 little Cole children,if so can you remember what year it was ?
Submitted by margaret robillard-box-– From Smiths Falls on Sunday, October 4, 2009




Clipped from The Ottawa Journal05 May 1965, WedPage 5

Please see separate posting of Cole family fire below

Looking for a very good friend of mine i knew very well back in the late 40’s and early 50’s/ Her name was Elizabeth Shaw.. Her father was working at one of the woolen mills in Almonte back then.If anyone has any info plse give me a shout. thanks again Des Julian
Submitted by Des Julian From Sudbury Ontario on Tuesday, September 15, 2009



My dad, Don Maxwell was from Almonte. He was the son of Martin and Barbara (Babby) Maxwell. I remember visiting the town as a kid and riding the horse drawn milk truck. My dad met my mom in Almonte in the late forties. He was engaged to a girl from Ireland he had met during the war but saw my mom who was doing her student teaching at the high school and that was it. I love going back… a gorgeous valley town.
Submitted by Janet From Kingston on Monday, September 14, 2009


Almonte is a town of friendly people with big caring hearts, a smile goes a long way.
Submitted by Wayne Spinks From Hopetown,Ontario on Friday, September 11, 2009



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I was born in Almonte at Rosamond Memorial Hospital in 1945, and spent the first year of my life in the Almonte Town Hall. My grandfather, Albert Ashfield, was the town custodian, and my Mom and I stayed there while my Dad was overseas.
Submitted by Sharon (Curry) Hollingsworth— From Halifax NS on Tuesday, September 1, 2009




Clipped from The Ottawa Journal11 Oct 1949, TuePage 22

I was born in 1952 spent 2 years of my life in Almonte 1959 and 1960 and they are by far my fondest memories of my childhood. I lived across the street from the catholic church in a white house on Bridge street. I truly loved to see the pictures on this sight. My neighbor was an older lady by the name of Mrs.H. Martin whom i still have a little book she gave me The upper room. My sister patti was crowned queen in 1960 at the ice arena for what i am not sure.My best friends were to different girls one was Bonnie and her father owned a bowling alley that burned down and linda in my class in grade 2.We all got class pictures in grade 2 with our separate photos on one sheet I am the first picture top left. Does anyone out there remember the R.C.M.P. series that was on t.v. at the time? Well this has been great fun. Oh just one more thing in the memory we went to the Anglican church and Canon Meakin was the pastor at that time. Thanks so much for this sight who ever started it. it has given me lots of joy about my favorite memories and that town. Submitted by maureen johnson on Tuesday, August 18, 2009




While sitting watching the puppet parade go by today (August 8, 2009) we noticed a VR carved up at the top of the old post office building on Mill St.Does anyone know what those initials stand for???  Submitted by Richard Merrill Haney From Ottawa,Canada on Saturday, August 8, 2009


That would almost certainly stand for “victoria regina”, meaning Queen Victoria; those were her given initials during much of her reign. Submitted by Brent Eades From Almonte on Saturday, August 8, 2009



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Hi Almonte. recently I found the film that was made in Almonte back in 1950. called “Our Town is The World. it sude brought back some memories.. being that i was one of the young people in the movie.i manage to purchase it thru the NFB. and have watched it many times..For those who are interested you can find it at the NFB. website..
Submitted by Des Julian  From sudbury ontario on Sunday, June 28, 2009



The Millstone Church Street School

It’s always good to come back to this site… next best thing to being there in Almonte. Getting back to one’s roots is good medicine for the soul. It’s been 40 years since our family moved from Almonte, but it still gives me goosebumps every time I come into town. And I always make a point to drive by Church St. School, and our old home up on Hope St.
Submitted by Frank Blakeley From Peterborough, ON on Wednesday, June 10, 2009




Clipped from The Ottawa Journal21 Dec 1950, ThuPage 20

I read in one of your local papers that Almonte will get a Junior B Hockey Team next year.I was remembering the Almonte Bombers from the 1950/1951 season.They played against Smith Falls,Perth,Carleton Place,Renfrew and Arnprior.I believe that most of the players were from Ottawa.Some of the last names that I remember were,Hughes,Dinardo,Schroader and Lombardo.Does anyone have any memories of this team,were there any Almonte players?What was the logo and team colours?Do you remember any of the other players?The team played their home games at the old rink.My father ran the concession stand for a few years,his name was Bill Miller.My brother Terry and Donnie Peterson used to clean the ice during the first and second period.Any one have a few memories of this Almonte Team Submitted by Tom Miller — From British Columbia on Sunday, June 7, 2009


My connection to Almonte goes back to my Great grandparents, Carter and Vaughan
Submitted by Tom Carter  From Elliot Lake, On on Thursday, May 14, 2009



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal12 May 1939, FriPage 20

I would welcome any information on a Andrew Elliot who I believe died there on 24/1/1943. He was married to Barbara Gray. He was my great-uncle.Regards to All There
Submitted by Pete Boyd From Scotland on Wednesday, May 13, 2009



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 and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)




Memories of Almonte by the Commonfolk

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Tragedy of the 60s — Cole Family Fire