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Downtown Almonte 1891 — Thumb Biters Skaters and Widows

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Downtown Almonte 1891 — Thumb Biters Skaters and Widows

On Friday December 4, 1891 a shanty man was caught on train going north through Almonte. He caught the eye of Conductor Reynolds and realizing he was going to be out on his ear he attempted to have his lunch early. The shanty man decided to bite Mr. Reynolds thumb off and refused to leave the train car. Mr. Reynolds was heard using language that this paper cannot repeat and the man found his way down the stairs to the outdoors to find his own transportation.

 

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When Cell Phones Were Needed

On the 13th of December 1897 a big scare was created in town at midnight with the vigorous ringing of the Almonte fire alarm bell. When the local citizens rushed to the fire station asking where the fire was they were told a couple of skaters had been drowned up the river. Meantime, the relatives got very anxious, felt sure an accident had befallen the absent ones, and began to talk of arranging a search party when the thoughtless young men rang the alarm in older to rouse a crowd and arrange to search for the bodies!

The action of those who rang the alarm were condemned on all sides as an unwarranted proceeding under the circumstances. Had Mr. Tosh, the caretaker, not been ill in bed he would not have allowed it. The facts are that a couple of the young folks were skating on the river, and, the afternoon being fine and the ice good, they glided along till Appleton was reached; then went to Carleton Place and, being too late for the evening train, came home on the Winnipeg Express.

November 21, 1873 – On Wednesday a fine young lad, a son of Oliver Jackson, a painter in the employ of James Kearnes of Glen Tay, was drowned while skating on the Tay at the village. The body was recovered the next day.

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On Saturday last Mr. R.L. Bond made himself useful in town as a fire extinguisher. At seven o’clock in the morning he was called across to the town hall and found a blaze beneath the floor of the council chamber in the same spot as threatened to destroy the hall by fire on a previous occasion.

It caught from the pipe leading· from the furnace and had made some headway before the floor was torn up and the fire extinguished without difficulty. The town property committee have taken action to prevent a repetition of the occurrence, which, had it taken place at night, might have. caused the destruction of the hall.

 

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On Friday last Greg McUnton was brought before Squire Smith charged with committing a petty trespass upon the property of Ellen McCarthy. It seems Mr. McCarthy left for Uncle Sam’s domain and before departing leased the land in question to McUnton for a
period of three years. Trial evidence ,brought out the fact that McCarthy had, with
her four little children been left penniless arid with no means whatever of earning a living.

At the urging of McCarthy’s lawyer, McUnton agreed to throw up the lease saying had he known the facts of the case he never would have leased the land, as he had no desire to do anything unkind towards Mrs. McCarthy and her children.

 

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

Dust on the Wind –Ashton Social Notes 1887-1897 Names Names Names

Middleville Social Notes 1890

It Raineth Every Day in Lanark County–Social Notes–July 30, 1897

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Postcards of Lanark County thanks to Sally Tuffin

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Postcards of Lanark County thanks to Sally Tuffin

I have been putting up her postcards for the last few weeks– now I am going to document them all. Thanks Sally Tuffin!

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This would be looking up the river from the town hall bridge. The left hand side would be where Spring St. Is now.

This is Metcalfe park at the base of Bay Hill looking up the river. The park was named after a Dr. Metcalfe. Postmarked Feb. 12, 1909. Both there’s two postcards were published by the Stedman Bros. store.

 

Postmarked Feb. 8, 1908. Published by M.R. MacFarlane in Almonte. These falls are up from Metcalfe Park where the river flows into the bay.

Bay Hill no publisher or postmark.

 

No publisher or postmark.

 

No.publisher or postmark.

Postmarked Feb. 1, 1910 published by Mrs. E. Grieg of Almonte.

 

Postmarked Sept.28, 1907. Unknown publisher.

Postmarked July 6, 1908, published by M.R. MacFarlane

Postmark July 19, 1906.

 

Postmarked Sept. 11, 1909. Published by M.R.MacFarlane.

Postmarked April 3, 1908. Published by M.R. MacFarlane.

Postmarked Aug. 22, 1907. Publisher unknown.

No date  unknown publisher.

 

Postmarked Feb. 1, 1915. Published by Stedman Bros.

Unmailed, no postmark

Postmarked Apr. 12, 1915 Published by Warwick Bros. & Ritter, Toronto, ON

 

 

Postmarked March 2, 1915. Published by Valentine’s and Sons Montreal and Toronto.

 

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What Did You Eat at the Superior? Comments Comments Comments and a 1979 Review

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What Did You Eat at the Superior? Comments Comments Comments and a 1979 Review

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Marty Taylor Dates. Unfortunately, all the waitresses said “NO”. 😉


Cathy Paterson Hot Roast Beef , Vanilla Drink , Rice Pudding


Angela Munro-Brelis Rice pudding!!!! By far

Tammy-Mike McLaughlin Chicken and zucchini sticks!

Dawn Jones Breaded veal cutlet. yum.

D Christopher Vaughan Chicken!

Leann Thompson Lasagna! It’s the best for takeout.

Angela Munro-Brelis Oh yea!!! Good call on the lasagna

Jason Perrier Growing up it was cheeseburger deluxe with gravy on the fries and a chocolate shake. It was always a hot chocolate on the way to school and can’t forget how good the pizza was.

Peggy Byrne The candy counter there was unbelievable – they made all their homemade fudge and it was delicious – especially the one that was rolled in peanuts.

Connie Ross Having a cherry coke!!

Christine Moses Pork souvlaki now but not sure it was on the menu 30 years ago.

Julie Cavanagh-Wilson Breakfast! Can’t get their perfect poached eggs anywhere else.

Brenda Marshall Banana cream pie

JoAnne Phillips A cheeseburger with all of those delicious fried onions on top.

Sharron Davis Rice pudding!

Donna Timmins A coke or Pepsi with salted peanuts in it. True!

Wendy West Turzanski Had to be the
Cheeseburger 🍔 and fries with gravy – delish!

Sandy France When it was owned by Dinty and Eddie Scott, four hamburgers and 4 fountain cokes.

Sylvia Coones Lime coke

Judy Ann Rice pudding topped with whipped cream …yum yum

Sandy Irvin Milkshakes

Susan Elliott Topping Rice Pudding and Chicken!

David Osborne Ice Cream cones (60 years ago!)

Ron Terpstra-Hot Chicken Sandwich

Mary Sterling Jarick Hot beef or chicken sandwich.

Judy Ann I’m getting hungry … 😮🙂

Jayne Munro-Ouimet Crispy chicken

Kevin Illingworth Rice pudding or their milkshakes

Sandra Houston Chicken. But you still had to have a cheeseburger deluxe gravy on the side….with fried onions

Melissa Hamilton Their chicken was the best! Grandpa used to always send me for some…..but don’t forget the honey packets or I was in big trouble

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Johnny Spinks Pizza

Karen Hirst Friday pea soup and fish & chips along with the best rice pudding were go to menu items many years ago

Cyndii Hitchins Demers chicken and rice pudding ..

Marion MacDonald cherry coke

Sandra Houston Coconut cream pie
Rice pudding

Anne Hourigan Hamburger

 

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Photo from Ted Hurdis
 
Here is a pic of my mother in front of “the soup”/ The Superior. Probably around 1942 1943. Dad would have been overseas and that’s my sister Thelma in the carriage



Don Raycroft Hot hamburger, gravy on the fries !! Best anywhere..

John Metcalfe Veal cutlet as well as their chicken and I loved the fried onions it made any burger the best ever

Sally Tuffin Loved their club sandwiches.

Jaci Smithson Vanilla coke floats

 

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John Montreuil Anyone one ever see Doug Sonnenburg in there?

Christine Brodie Hot chicken sandwich

Paul Charlebois- Best pizza anywhere! Cheeseburgers too

Sandra Thompson Coconut cream pie, rice pudding, chicken souvlaki, chicken salad sandwich & hamburgers, I could go on but I won’t. You get the picture…lol George & Terry were very good cooks. I enjoyed many meals there. I wish they were still there, it’s just not the same anymore. I hardly go there.

Erin Topping Cherry coke 😁

Julia Abbott Greek salad

Sheila Mueck I work there when Ed and Dinty owed it and June Alice Ann Ruth Flossie and others I can’t remember sorry !!!!!!!!

Karen Hirst I worked at the Superior Restaurant as a waitress on weekends, last year of high school. Owned then by George & Terry Charos. Great staff at the time, very helpful. Restaurant work isn’t easy for sure, so hats off to those who serve us while we enjoy our meals in all the restaurants we patronize—thank you.

 

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Jayne Munro-Ouimet Karen, it is still belongs to George and Terry. One of the wives is still the server. Little has changed on the menu and they still make their special chicken.

Karen Hirst Yes that is true—building is owned by George & Terry and Peter cooks sometimes but I believe business is run by another fellow??  Peter’s wife does the waitressing.

 

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Scrapbook Memories of the Comba Family Almonte

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Scrapbook Memories of the Comba Family Almonte

 

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Comba Family in Almonte 1914.. photo from almonte.com

 

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New George L. Comba School Opened Officially at Almonte – ALMONTE, March 21.–(Special) – The official opening of the new $80,000 George L. Comba Public School took place Friday night and a large gathering was on hand to see Mr. Comba hand the key over to Principal John C. Sutherland. The four-classroom school which accommodates 140 pupils was named in honor of Mr. Comba for his 35 years service as secretary-treasurer of the Public School Board. The school, which is H-shaped, has a combined area of 5,800 square feet. It was built in such a way that additional classrooms could be added in the future without changing the oil-heating system. Howard Davey was the general contractor and included in the list of sub-contractors were J. H. Martin of Almonte, who did the heating, plumbing, and ventilation, and A. W. Smith of Almonte who did the lighting. Senior School. D. Ward McGill, chairman of the Public School Board, acted as chairman for the opening ceremonies and Mayor Alex McDonald welcomed the guests. In receiving the key from Mr. Comba, Mr. Sutherland said he hoped to see the school grow and develop from a junior to a senior school.. Grades one to six are now being taught by Mr. Sutherland and the following staff: Miss A. Gillie, Miss M. Turner and Mrs. M. Turner. Arthur W. Smith, president of the Almonte branch of the Canadian Legion, made the presentation of the school flag and commended the school board for their work in the new project. J. W. Barber, inspector of public schools, spoke briefly and said everyone should feel proud and give, thanks for the new school. There would have to be many sacrifices made, however, until it was paid for. Dedication of the new school and the closing benediction was given by Rev. F. F. Reade of Almonte. During the evening Miss Judy DeSadeleer made the presentation of a bouquet of flowers to Mrs. G. L. Comba in appreciation for her services helping her husband carry out his duties during his recent illness. Members of the local Scouts were on hand to help during the ceremony and included in the guest list were the present, school board along with last year’s members and members of the town council. At the close of the evening Mrs. John Sutherland and Mrs. George L. Comba poured tea and refreshments were served.
Wendy Decaire Ahh, my sweet great Uncle George. I think Kathy may have that photo at our family home. It may be dated. Early 50s
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IN TORONTO TOMORROW, flying squads of Red Cross volunteers will conduct a blitz of the downtown area. Shown here are Tanya Patterson, Kay Gilmour and Eileen Comba, who display a placard telling of planned efforts of 350 fund-raise
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The Co-operative Nursery School of Almonte
The school has its origins in a private nursery school founded by Doris Comba in 1959. By 1960, the school had relocated to its present location. In 1973, the parents decided to establish a co-operative and since then it has been a non-profit organization. It operates and is regulated by the Childcare and Early Year Act of Ontario.
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In 1932 the girls began inter-scholastic play in a two day elimination tournament, which served as the County championship. Mrs. Maisie Cowan came to teach Physical Education at the High School in 1938, and put together some strong teams. The 1944-45 Junior team won the Lanark County title . Team members included Catherine Jamieson, Betty Houston, Vivian Naismith, Emily Comba, Margery Royce, Alice Jamieson, Doreen Sinett, Rita Young, Noreen Moncur and Joan Brydges
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George Leslie Comba
Birthdate: 1891 (66)
Birthplace: Pakenham, ON, Canada
Death: 1957 (66)
Almonte, ON, Canada
Immediate Family:
Son of Charles Comba and Jenny Comba
Husband of Emily Louise Comba
Father of Murray Lawrence Comba and Emily Louise Comba
Brother of Annie Maud Comba; Leslie (Lizzie) Esme Emma Comba; Thomas Ernest Comba; Charles Comba; Mary Alice Comba and 4 others
Occupation: Mayor.
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My mother was Doris Comba and she was married to Murray (funeral director on Church street)I lived there from 1949 to 1952. I remember Donnie Petersen, a good friend who lived behind us. We lived on Church street across from Comba’s funeral home, also Jerry Keeley and his whole family, very good friend. Remember diving off front bridge and also into the flume off the railroad bridge. My cousin was Hugh Mcmullan; he lived in the big stone house just up from the Flour Mill on Main Street.
Remember Stan and Jessie Morton and their children, used to go to the Ball games at the fairgrounds on summer nights. Swam at Donaldson’s and Murray used to take us kids to the big Rock at Blakeney as well as the rapids. Loved going with Donnie to his Dad’s Ice Cream Factory, worked there a couple of summers with Mr.Thorpe, Archie and the rest of the crew, My mom worked as Mr. Petersens Bookkeeper for awhile and then for Harry Gun at the IGA market before she married Murray.  Had a crush on Judy Guthrie and Sylvia Gale back when the world was young. Would love to hear from any who knew me way back then. The best years of my life, at least as a kid–Jack De Sadeleer Australia from almonte.com

 

 

 

 

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Stan the Man! Morton’s Variety Store

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Stan the Man! Morton’s Variety Store

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All photos from Lucy Connelly Poaps scrapbooks

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Linda Nilson-Rogers Such a well loved man! He sent me a lovely bouquet when my son Jonathan was born, I was his first customer to have a baby! Got my Dad’s newspaper there all the time!


Jennifer Rose Davis What a lovely man. I knew him well.

Isabel Fox He was my Godfather. His son Bob played a huge part in the Canadian Armed Forces. Bob and Bordie Campbell (Golden Hawks) were prominent members in the Forces. They made Almonte proud.


Rose Mary Sarsfield Everyone loved Stan!

Mary Sterling Jarick I met his son, General Morton when I worked for DND in North Bay. He was head of Fighter Group back then. I remember Stan and Madge? very well.

Pete Brunelle I knew Stan , Art and Reg great guys. Back in the 70 ‘ s use to spend my allowance ona  Pop bag of chip and a ton of hockey cards at Stan ‘s he let me stand and read articles out of the hockey news. On hell of a great guy he did not care that I was just a kid we use to talk all the time Stan was one of a kind for sure.

Bob Smithson We need another Stan

 

 

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The Almonte Cricket Club. Winners of the 1925 Ottawa Valley Cricket League Championship. 
1925 Almonte

The games were typically played on the fairgrounds where spectators could watch in the grandstands. The ACC (Almonte Cricket Club) was one of the teams active in the Ottawa Valley Cricket Council. Teams would play every Saturday. Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa had a team and they were remembered by Stan Morton as a pretty good team. “All around the players were a great group of guys and a lot of fun was had.” Walter Morton, Stan’s father, was an “average player, but the Captain of the team the year they won the cup.”

Lawrence Woodhead, Lorrie as he was known, was an excellent player, “a cracker of a bowler”. The bowlers were the most important members of the team and consequently they would practice hard. The rest would just bat and throw the ball around in practice.

The season opened in June and would run through August. Playoffs would begin in September. Stan remembers one memorable May when a group of club members had taken a day off to help get the pitch ready for play. They had come out with thier lawn mowers ready to work only to be interrupted by four inches of snow.

Players in the early days would travel by train to away games. With the advent of the automobile, the team would take a few cars to a match. “Alf Jackman and Claude Thompson had cars” so the team often piled into the two vehicles. It was quite a feat to haul the team up Bay Hill and they would make sure to get a good run at it.

In the mid 1930’s the team disbanded as interest waned. In its place the lawn bowling club was formed, a group that still plays to this day. The cricket house was moved to Robert Street to be used as the lawn bowlers club house and it still stands today.

These memories were told by Stan Morton, born in Almonte in 1905. The son of Walter Morton, Rosamond Mill worker. Stan is a legend in this town and served as Almonte’s ambassador for many years. His store on main street was always a hub of activity. It was the place for news, toys, candy, you name it, he had it. “Almonte is a great town, none better.”
Stan was born on Farm Street, lived on Farm Street and still owns his house on Farm Street “a true Farm Streeter”. Farm Street was ideally located two minutes from the Rosamond Woolen Mill, where he and his father worked for many years. Community Memories

 

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

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A 1978 Walking Tour of Mill Street Almonte

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A 1978 Walking Tour of Mill Street Almonte
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Found in a 1977 newspaper article  in the newspaper article
102 Mill St., Baker’s Jewellery, was built in 1868 by Brown & MacArthur Dry Goods. Note the quoins (contrasting corner blocks) typical of this area. ( formerly Keepsakes and now Cashmere & Rose)
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94-96, Morton’s & The Couple’s Corner, built in 1905. The verandah overhanging the sidewalk represents the one-time fashion along all Mill St. The nine-foot passageway was built to allow for animals and carts passing to the rear courtyard.
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95, Rooney’s Pool Hall was erected in 1835 as the home of Almonte’s first citizen Daniel Shipman. In 1859 it became a hotel– Almonte House. Alterations through the years sadly obscure its original United Empire Loyalist tradition.
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88-90, typical of the 1870s, once housed the Sons of England meeting hall on the third floor.
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83. c.1875, retains fine old glass, woodwork and roof-edge metal cresting.
86, Superior Restaurant, shows the old “boomtown” front, an early 20th century design for an illusion of spaciousness.
The 1890 local sandstone building with clock tower was a post office designed by Dominion Architect (1881-1897) Thomas Fuller who designed Parliament’s original Centre Block. 78. a white and -red brick style dominant in the 1870s.
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71, Teddees, old law offices, possibly built around I860. In 1915 the third floor housed the Almonte Citizens Band.
70-72, James Tobacconist. Note upper brick corbelling, moulding above windows, cast iron pillars.
62, Bank of Montreal, built in 1906, uses stone to effectively accent softer materials. Stedman’s. known as Mr. Forgie’s Brick Building, built about 1873 was first occupied by Forgie, a merchant.
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Artist’s drawing of the portion of the McArthur Block at 63 Mill Street which once housed the Almonte Gazette. It first appeared in the Gazette’s Christmas edition dated December 25, 1891. Thanks to the scrapbooks of Lucy Connelly Poaps
61. the block including the Almonte Gazette, was built 1885 by Wm. MacArthur, a local tinsmith.
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Thanks to the scrapbooks of Lucy Connelly Poaps1949 outside of Josh’s Restaurant (McCormick’s style shop) Kay Julian Norma Barr Jean Blakely-
36-38. Lee’s and McCormick’s. was Murphy’s North American Hotel until 1878. Note the west wall with its two superimposed old ads.
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Kerry’s and the Pharmacy, an 1883 building, once owned by members of the Shipman founding family. Pinecraft, on the corner, occupies this part of the original Rosamund Mill complex dating to 1862. Its 5-sided rugged stone design set the early building fashion here, as was followed by the 1863 structure across from it. On the way out of Almonte, you might like to stop for refreshment or a meal at Mama’s Place, a roadside steak house and tavern.

What Happened When Agustin Barrios Gomez Came to Town?

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What Happened When Agustin Barrios Gomez Came to Town?

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The opening ceremonies were to take place at 3 pm, on Saturday, August 2, 1980 in Gemmill Park. Mr Gomez, representing the Mexican General and diplomat after whom the town was named in 1859, was be the principal dignitary of the event, which was also  to be attended by civic officials, the mayor and reeve of Almonte and Ramsay, and local members.

In 1977,  Agustin Barrios Gómez was appointed ambassador to Canada where the family lived until 1983. Gomez was commissioned by the Mexican consulate in New York City during the Latin American debt crisis and was soon after appointed as ambassador to Switzerland.

After speeches by the various dignitaries, there was to be a performance by the Governor Generals footguards, who were last in Almonte in 1970 on the occasion of the 150th
anniversary of the first settlement of the area. The guards were being sponsored at least in part, by the American Federation of Musicians. A 250-pound birthday cake was then be carved up and distributed to the crowd, while overhead a team of skydivers to perform acrobatics

Former Mexican Ambassor to Canada Mr Gomez with his wife received a key to the town of Almonte in August, 1980. Shortly after the presentation they all resulted in an accident and the party crashed into a nearby creek. So what happened? Read the comments below.

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Sally Tuffin That was the 100th anniversary of Almonte. Despite the accident it was a wonderful celebration. My mom and sister were singing in the Centennial Choir with director Thora Pugh and the town was giving out buttons. I still have money somewhere.

Donald Price I remember that incident. What a panic! It was the creek going through the spring bush by the arena. I remember it was a very hot day. I am not sure what spooked the horse but he took off like a shot out hell. That creek has been there for as long as I remember. We could drink the ice cold spring water from the pipe sticking out of the ground.This is where the the horse and buggy ended up. IN the creek.

Joanna Meehan-Harrington wasn’t it down at the bottom of Spring Bush (when it was S.Bush not the manicured park it is today) the little creek/stream there. 

Peggy Byrne Yes, that is where it happened. Was just talking about this with a group of friends over the w’end. One in the group was Paul Finner who actually loaned the Ambassador dry clothes to continue on with his events for the day.

 

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

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