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1910 Fire Beckwith Street Carleton Place

1910 Fire Beckwith Street Carleton Place
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
18 May 1910, Wed  •  Page 1

A muster parade had been called for Friday evening to give out new uniforms which are now destroyed. From here the fire was carried across the market square to the magnificent residence of Mrs. James Gillies at the corner of Franklin and Judson streets. This house was on fire long before places nearer to the fire were burned.

From the Gillies’ house the fire came back along Judson street, meeting the fire coming the other way, an entire block being consumed before the fires met. First from the Gillies house to take fire was St. Andrew’s manse, occupied by Rev. J. J. Monds. The church was a couple of blocks away, out of the fire trail, and escaped. Next in line on Judson street came John McFarlane’s frame residence, Samuel Dunfield’s residence, Francis Gallagher’s residence and J. A. Gordon’s residence turning into Albert street and taking Robert Gordon’s residence and the house owned by Mrs. Code all occupied by W. H. Hamilton which there completed the line of burning on the Albert stret side, meeting the fire coming from the Wilkie residence.

On the east side of Judson street the places burned were the brick residence of John McDonald, frame dwelling of Peter McDonald, frame dwelling owned by Ed. Bradford, C. P. R. conductor, Ottawa, and the brick residence of John McLeod. Mr. and Mrs. McLeod are old residents of the city and were out watching, the fire thinking their own house was safe. They, therefore, did not save anything.

Sparks were then carried over two hundred yards to the stables and outbuildings of Samuel Torrance. They were burned but the house was saved. A frame house owned by Miss Cameron near the track caught and burned. Miss Cameron is now on a trip out west but had her furniture stored in the house. on William street across the river from the fire. The people had a hard time watching their propertyand the buildings time and again took fire from embers but ceaseless vigilance and a bucket brigade saved them. May 1910

Mike KeanLinda Seccaspina this map shows where we used to live at 86 Beckwith St. It is #12 on the map. It was the church manse before we lived there and has since been demolished to be a parking lot for the bank.–CLIPPED FROM
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
18 May 1910, Wed  •  Page 8

Historical Items
Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage MuseumPhoto taken in May, 1910 as fire rages through the intersection of Franklin and Judson Streets, destroying the Gillies home.

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
 · Zion Zion-Memorial United Church to the left. A band-shell and the Gillies home on the site of our present Carleton Place Public Library that wasburned in the fire of 1910.

Aftermath of the 1910 Fire- May 19 1910

More Clippings Found About the 1910 Carleton Place Fire

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The Hysteria and Overbooking of Hayley’s Comet 1910

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
September 24  · 

It’s Photo Friday!
In 1921 a covered rink with three sheets of natural ice was built on Charles Street as a new home to the Carleton Place Curling Club. This photo was taken in 1994 shortly before it’s demolition. A 1988 engineer’s report had indicated it was no longer structurally sound, and construction of a new facility on Patterson Crescent was underway. That building is still in use and includes four ice surfaces, a lounge and change rooms.
Early curling took place on the frozen Mississippi River in the 1860s. During the 1880’s, the hardwood floor of the Drill Hall was flooded for use as a curling surface. The Carleton Place Curling Club was formed in 1886, and a two sheet covered rink was built into the end of the Drill Hall on Beckwith Street. This was destroyed by fire in 1910.
Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
August 15, 2014  · 

100 years ago today, the first troops of the 42nd Lanark and Renfrew Regiment left Carleton Place to serve in the First World War. They travelled by train to Perth before moving to Valcartier Camp in Quebec for training.
Horace Brown, age 18, wrote in his diary:
“Sat. Aug 15 – Busy getting ready. Went over to the drill hall about 10 a.m., leaving on 11:20 train. Marched down, the band led and then rigs with the council, then the fellows who were not going across then ourselves. Got to Perth about 12:20 am. Marched about the town and out to the grounds. We had dinner shortly after arriving. Did nothing much all day in the afternoon. Started a march around town but it rained so came back. Had made arrangements to spend Sunday at home, so went down about 12 o’clock to the station. Spent the night there. I had some sleep. When we left the mayor Mr. Smythe, made a speech and all the men who had driven down shook hands with us. Nearly everybody was down to see us off. It seemed hard when the band played “Should Auld Acquaintance be Forgot.”

Moonlight Skating to Greensleeves–Comments Comments Comments

Moonlight Skating to Greensleeves–Comments Comments Comments



Photo-Llew Lloyd — The Old Beckwith Street Arena


Doug B. McCarten We sure had a great time in that arena……

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston Wow – nice photo Llew – did not think I would ever see that again!!


Llew Lloyd I remember that. The lights would be turned down and there was a ” moon light ” at each end of the rink .

Ruth Drummond Around disc of orange tissue paper put over the light, romantic don’t you think Dave.

Llew Lloyd Was ” Greensleeves “ the only record they had ? I remember if you helped clean the ice at the Senior B game , you got a free public skating ticket .

Doug B. McCarten Nope there were some waltz music 🎶 too lol particularly during moonlight skates

Peter Iveson The ugly old arena

Llew Lloyd The outside was ugly, but the memories made inside were beautiful .

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston So so right!

Jim Mikolaitis
I remember seeing Santa at the back of the rink after the parade and the firemen would give you a bag of candies. We would then circle back around the rink and re-enter the line to get another bag! Haha!
My BAD???
I also remember the “trough” urinal in the men’s washroom and man did it stink!
Funny what you remember! Haha

Joann Voyce There was also a tennis court on the other side of the cenotaph

Valerie Edwards Of course, many a good skate there

Dale Costello Oh so many treasured memories from the Beckwith Street Arena. I was very fortunate to have been raised in the era when winter activities centered around the rink. Played many a hockey game from Peewee, Bantam, Midget and Juvenile throughout the 50,s, under the coaching of Lorne Mcneely. Fabulous times and tons of memories.

Ray Paquette Remember how cold it was? Between periods we used to go into the rest rooms to get warm. During the summer months when ice was absent the arena was used for other community occasions including the annual CPHS Cadet Corps inspection as well as other events.

Penny Trafford I remember the skating, Halloween Costume judging, the arena’s own unique smell is still in my brain. Great memories.

Donna Mcfarlane played broomball there one year it was so cold

Cindy Showers This is so interesting.to read!

Ann Stearns Rawson Loved meeting up with friends at that arena for a weekend skate and then going to the Olympia Restaurant for hot chocolate.

Ted Hurdis I started my hockey there as a peanut. We played 1/2 a year then it was shut down. The dressing rooms were up some steep stairs especially for us little lads. Loved the old barn from their one public skating song down to the frozen water fountain. Hahaha

Ted Hurdis We use to have a girls hockey team too. Even way back then my sister Nedda played on it.

Norma Rotzal Skated there many times

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston There was no place like the old rink!!!

Marilyn White Loved moonlight skating night on Thur. They covered the big light at the ends of the rink with orange paper.


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Llew Lloyd Linda . I think this one originated with one of your other followers .
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Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ 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.



The Old Carleton Place Arena

Doug Gibson–Founder of Junior Hockey in Carleton Place

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Smiths Falls Fire-Coghlan & Moag

Smiths Falls Fire-Coghlan & Moag


Original SFFD firehouse, fire hall, fire station Smiths Falls, Ontario Canada 11092012 ©Ian A. McCord (ocrr4204) byocrr4204 (flickr)  

June 18 1897 Smiths Falls

A correspondent sent us the following: Two small frame buildings side
by side near the corner of William and Beckwith streets went up in
smoke about midnight on Saturday. One, owned by Geo. Steele, and occupied
as a workshop by John Hannay, plumber, was not insured, but all the other damage was covered by insurance.

The other building was Coghlan & Moag’s storehouse for coffins. The fire also extended to
Coghlan & Moag’s corner building, and damaged all the furniture in the upper flat, but was speedily extinguished by the volumes of water from the hydrants and the steamer.

Everyone appreciated the prompt service of the waterworks. The building itself suffered comparatively little damage. The council will probably now hustle to increase the number of hydrants.

I read it in the Almonte Gazette



FURNITURE. Ontario Business Directory 1903

Coghlan & Moag, Beckwith street.


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal13 Mar 1913, ThuPage 10

Death Notice from Coghlan & Moag

 JONES, William Stanley, m, Nov. 10, 1900, 27 years, Oxford Co, cause – nervous prostration, teacher, infm – Coghlan & Moag, Smith’s Falls (Lanark Co) 014913-00


Marsh Funeral Home in Smiths Falls–Smiths Falls & District Historical Society–???

Erratum The picture labelled as “Marsh Funeral Home” is actually the subsequent Lannin Funeral Home. George Ray Lannin purchased the business from the Marsh Brothers, sons of business founder Jay J. Marsh, about 1957 when it consisted of the stone building on the right of the picture. Ray Lannin had some older buildings (I believe a drive shed) torn down in the mid-60s and had the white brick part added. I went to school with his daughter Rhonda (now Mrs. Ted Purvis of Merrickville) and still have occasional contact with her. John Morrow.


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal26 Aug 1897, ThuPage 5

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 (US


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