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The Bank Barn of William Goth

The Bank Barn of William Goth



Framing barns, sheds, and stables according to Robert J. Mackey,  was a much more difficult part of  carpentering than building houses. To frame a big barn, for example in his opinion requires a greater knowledge of the carpentering art than any other part.

Between the years 1875 and 1886 when he moved to Ottawa Mr Mackey framed barns and stables in every township in Carleton county and in parts of Lanark county. The biggest barn job which he had during those 11 year was a barn which he erected in Beckwith township about 1877 for a Mr. William Goth.

The barn in question was erected just off the highway between Ottawa and Carleton Place and was still standing in 1930, but was no longer owned by Mr. Goth at that point. There is still a bank barn on Highway 29  between Carleton Place and Almonte that you can drive by and see what it looks like. These structures were sometimes referred to as “basement barns” because of their exposed basement story.

A bank barn or banked barn is a style of barn noted for its accessibility, at ground level, on two separate levels. Often built into the side of a hill, or bank, both the upper and the lower floors area could be accessed from ground level, one area at the top of the hill and the other at the bottom. The second level of a bank barn also could be accessed from a ramp if a hill was not available.

That barn belogning to Mr. Goth was 50 by 100 feet in size and had an addition of 40 by 7 feet. It was known as a bank barn and contained stables, cow byres sheep pens. The timbers in this barn were 12 inches square and were made of Elm and Ash of great length. Such timbers would be impossible to get locally now. It took Mr. Mackey and three assistants five months to erect the  Goth Barn.



Did you know? William Goth, of Beckwith, from the breastbone up was entirely hidden in white whiskers, hair and eyebrows.  All one could see was a purple nose and two twinkling blue eyes.  He kept good horses and many a time passed the C.P.R. station, homeward bound, at a full gallop.  Mr. Goth had a sense of humour and my mother, nee Margaret Holland, who was telegrapher in the post office, situated at that time, in the building across Bell Street from the Arcade, recalled a remark he made to her one time.  It appears that Mr. Goth and David Findlay Sr. had a tussle in the post office and Mr. Findlay apparently got the worst of it.  When Messrs Struthers and McEwen remonstrated with Mr. Goth, he threatened the whole staff, at which my mother burst out laughing.  Mr. Goth turned and said to her; “Young lady, when I was young I used to laugh too, but, now that I am in an office of public trust I am above laughing.”  John Goth, a son, was principal in the Town Hall school and his daughter, Miss Goth, taught in first grade.






The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
20 Sep 1930, Sat  •  Page 30

3. WILLIAM JOSEPH GOTH b. October 2, 1830 in Carleton Place, Beckwith Twp., Lanark Co., Ont., CAN., d. April 3, 1906 at Con 11 Lot 21 at Carleton Place, Beckwith Twp., Lanark Co. He married MARGARET MCEWEN August 20, 1858 in Carleton Place, Beckwith Twp, Lanark Co., daughter of JOHN MCEWEN and AGNES CAMPBELL. She was b. June 2, 1836 in Paisley, Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland, she immigrated with her family in 1843 to Lanark Co., and d. June 5, 1905 in Beckwith Twp., Lanark Co. Both are buried at St. Fillan’s Cemetery, United Cemeteries of Beckwith Twp., near Carleton Place, Lanark Co.

This couple resided at Con 11 Lot 21 Beckwith Twp., Lanark Co., and had 8 children. Surnames connected are: WILSON (Lanark Co., & Ottawa ), BURT (California USA), BROWN (Michigan & California USA), ALLAN (Lanark Co., & British Columbia), MCNEELY (Lanark Co.), EDWARDS (Morristown NY USA), KREKOW (Texas – Tacoma Washington – Torrance, LA CA – Oklahoma USA), BRICE (Lanark Co., & British Columbia), TAYLOR (Edmonton Alberta & Payton Saskatchewan).


John GOTH Family

1787 – 1874

Early Lanark Settler click here for genealogy


John Goth–Tales of Beckwith Township

Did We Find Henry Lang’s Barn?

The Day a Barn Raising Went Wrong- Meredith Family Genealogy

The Barn on Lot 25 Concession 10 Beckwith –Donna Mcfarlane

So What are the Mysterious “diamond cross” cut-outs seen on barns in Lanark County?

The Malloch Barn and Other Things

The Malloch Barn and Other Things

The Malloch Barn and Other Things
Hi Linda. This is the barn at our Malloch family farm…The barn was built by Dan Malloch my great grandfather in 1909. This is the first major repair ever done on the barn since my great grandfather had the barn built. Check out the thick stone walls. Blake is repairing the corner of the barn his great great grandfather had built. I love history. –Glenda Mahoney
All Photos Glenda Mahoney
Anybody who is familiar with the ways of the Lanark County farmer knows that they set a high value upon their cattle. In fact, it frequently happens that sometimes the cattle are better cared for than the members of the farmer’s family.
If anything goes wrong with the herd, or if the milk sours or the butter will not come, it is set down as a case of “hexeri” and the services of ‘one that knows” are called in. The latter prescribes a charm to be nailed above the stable door, and, in fact, treats the cattle that have been “hexed” just as he does his human patient. In driving through the country districts it is not an unusual sight to observe these charms above the entrance to the cow stable. –The Appeal- 1900

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

Ramsay Barn Fire-Why Were the Tracks on Fire?

Ramsay Barn Fire-Why Were the Tracks on Fire?




Carleton Place Herald February 1917

Barns Burned in Ramsay

A red glow in the northern sky last Friday night gave indication of a large fire in the of direction, of Almonte. Information later gave the details of the destruction of the barns of Mr. T . S . Arthur, on the 9th line of Ramsay, on the former Hawkins farm.

From what can be learned the fire originated from the C .P .R . tracks. Mr. Arthur was out an hour before and as he thought, already had extinguished a fire on the track. It is now thought that the sparks had got to the buildings before the fire was extinguished and were smouldering for some time. In the  barns were a number of implements, so that the loss will be quite a heavy one, and much sympathy is expressed for the owner for his loss.

So why were the tracks on fire?

When the cold hits, it isn’t the trains that have trouble. It’s the switches that direct the cars between tracks that freeze, and when a switch fails, it can compromise an entire line. To keep the switches functioning, some railways still use the centuries-old method of burning kerosene or natural gas to keep everything running.

Yes, there are more civilized methods now, like hot air blowers that clear debris, but in an era of self-driving cars and other modern marvels, simply using fire to melt ice has a quaint retro feel to it and in some places they still do it.





 In 1821 another group of emigrants arrived from the British Isles. Along the 9th line where Highway 29 now runs, the following took up 100 acres each John Donaghue, Thomas and Robert Mansell, William Lummox, Catin Willis and William Hawkins. On the first, second and third concessions of Ramsay were Thomas Forster, Alex Leary, James Smith, Fred DeLisle, Patrick McDermott, Arthur Nugent, George Blackburn, Stephen Young, Charles Sterne, William Chapman, John McKerecher. Along the sixth line settled John and Donald Joseph McLean, Joseph Hewitt, and John Dobson. Late in the summer of  1821 the Lanark Society sponsored settlers began arriving in Ramsay. —click here..


Just got a comment on the Ramsay Barn Fire-Why Were the Tracks on Fire? from Robert Hawkins-Feduke…
Thanks again Linda, and by the way, under historical notes, the Hawkins farm (Wexford Farm), settled by William Hawkins, in 1821 is still in the family, 196 years! How cool is that?


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  18 Jul 1904, Mon,  Page 1




Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)

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.




He Fired the Barn! The Orphans of Carleton Place

Strange Coincidences– The Duncan Fire

The Bush Fires of Darling Township

Henry Lang and His Lanark County Magic Barn?

Let’s Raise a Barn

So What are the Mysterious “diamond cross” cut-outs seen on barns in Lanark County?



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I have been writing about downtown Carleton Place Bridge Street for months and this is something I really want to do. Come join me in the Domino’s Parking lot- corner Lake Ave and Bridge, Carleton Place at 11 am Saturday September 16 (rain date September 17) for a free walkabout of Bridge Street. It’s history is way more than just stores. This walkabout is FREE BUT I will be carrying a pouch for donations to the Carleton Place Hospital as they have been so good to me. I don’t know if I will ever do another walking tour so come join me on something that has been on my bucket list since I began writing about Bridge Street. It’s always a good time–trust me.

Are You Ready to Visit the Open Doors?


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Henry Lang and His Lanark County Magic Barn?

Henry Lang and His Lanark County Magic Barn?

 - Ued Arthur Lang, who 'finally ' settled...



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 29 Aug 1898, Mon, Page 7

So I read this assuming it was the old Caldwell Sawmill that used to be at Riverside Park. Never assume anything in history, especially the Caldwell’s as there was a sawmill in Almonte too.  Those Caldwells were everywhere!! I found this out as I began to scour the old Almonte Gazette’s looking for information on Henry Lang.



Shipman’s lumber yard circa 1860, by site of Old Town Hall. Michael Dunn photo.Photo-The Millstone


Almonte Gazette July 22 1898—The old sawmill opposite “island” (save the mark !) at  the N.L.A.S. grounds has been torn down and towed across the river to the farm of  Mr. and Mrs. Lang, where the the bulk of the timbers, etc., will be used in the erection of a barn to replace the one destroyed by fire.

Almonte Gazette-August 26, 1898-Mr. Henry Lang has purchased from Mr. Gilbert Cannon (for $150) the old shingle mill on the shore of the Bay here, and this week the building is being down and conveyed to Mr. L .’s farm, where the fine timbers, etc., will be used in the barn now in process of erection

Almonte Gazette September 2, 1898–That barn of Mr. Henry Lang’s will be an interesting one from the fact that its material has been mostly furnished by two  landmarks Mr Caldwell’s old sawmill and Mr. Cannnon’s shingle mill on the shore of the bay below the town—both, as well as the timber slides, having become relics and reminders to the present generation that in bygone years Almonte was a live lumbering centre.


So who was Henry Lang and why was the Almonte Gazette so interested in him?


 - Ued Arthur Lang, who 'finally ' settled...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  20 Apr 1957, Sat,  Page 34


Arthur Lang was one of the first settlers and emigrated here from Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland in 1811.  He was also Almonte’s first school teacher. The first bold venture of Scottish settlers of Ramsay upon little-known local waterways was made in 1821 down the Clyde and Mississippi rivers from Lanark village to the falls at the site of Almonte.

“As recalled by Arthur Lang’s eldest son, William Lang (1811-1902), their craft were “rough boats build by the men. A good many portages had to be made and it took some days to complete the trip. When coming down Mississippi Lake they stopped at an island, and while preparing a meal a big Indian hove into sight. Fear filled every heart.

The late John Steele was equal to the occasion. He seized a huge loaf of bread and presented it to the Indian as an evidence of their friendly intentions. The peace offering was not accepted and the Indian passed by on his way to his camp on another part of the island, paying no attention to them. A night was spent on the north shore of the river above the falls at Carleton Place, beds being spread on the ground.” At the present location of the Almonte town hall shelters were made in wigwam style for use as a headquarters until all had completed the building of cabins on their lands.”  Howard Morton Brown


The family had erected a barn which stood on the farm until it was burned when the fire caused so much damage to property in Almonte and along the river bank at Mr. Henry Lang’s and Mrs. D Miller’s. In 1898 Henry Lang decided to rebuild it. After those scant newspaper clippings I could find nothing else. But now we know some more of the story and how this barn was built with wood from Lanark County landmarks.

Does anyone know anything about this?

Jennifer Ferris sent this



Henry Lang’s barn, likely none existing now. According to McGill digital library maps from 1879ish, Lang farm was con 10, lot 14 east half. Snipped pic of map of Ramsay–
According to the settlers list from Granny’s Genealogy garden pages, an Arthur Lang was deeded con 10 lot 14 west on July 31 1821. Robert Wilson deeded the east half of the same, on Dec 8 1822.
Information from from Jennifer E Ferris. Thank you Jennifer!


New Saw Mill

1861 – A steam-powered sawmill was built in the area of the present Riverside Park on the south bank of the river.  The old Muirhead sawmill, which was located near the present electric power plant, was leased and reopened by Robert Gray.

1867–A new sawmill was built by the Gillies & McLaren firm to employ up to a hundred men.  At Arklan Island a smaller sawmill was built by William Bredin.



Caldwell Sawmill

1869 – This towns second large sawmill business was started by Boyd Caldwell (1818-1888) and managed by his son William Caldwell.  It operated for twenty-two years on the site of the present Riverside Park.


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)




So What are the Mysterious “diamond cross” cut-outs seen on barns in Lanark County?

So Tell Me About this Barn in Carleton Place

Before and After – Old High Street Barn

He Fired the Barn!

So Tell Me About this Barn in Carleton Place




Last night at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum Jennifer Fenwick Irwin had a great vintage photo display. This was one of the photos. I know where this is. Do you?

What do you remember about this barn? Start talking folks! I am all ears:)

ANSWER– This photo was donated by Charlie McDougall- This WAS the garage at his house on Beckwith Street- (empty Canadian Tire/Farmer’s Market Parking lot). It was torn down some years later after the house was removed. The bottom floor was for the car and a workshop. Up above was used as storage.