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Free Dishcloths at 26 Bridge Street 1967

Free Dishcloths at 26 Bridge Street 1967

1967– Does anyone remember this??

26-28 Bridge Street Carleton

Built circa 1880–

Ms. Dalgattie operated a store at 26 Bridge Street from about 1882 until the 1910s. During Ms. Dalgattie’s ownership of this building, the CP Telegraph was also housed in this building. Some of the people who rented half of the building from Ms. Dalgattie included Dummert’s Bakery, Stevens Grocery, Mrs. Broom rented an apartment, Hastie, and Shepherd. In the 1930s, Sam Wilson operated a second hand store and Mr. White operated a tinsmith shop.

Some of the business owners that worked out of 26 Bridge Street included Fevaeroux’s Bakery in the 1960s, Judy McGlade Financial, Tom’s Bike Repair, and  Dan Cameron/ Danny’s Meat Market until he moved to Bell Street. Ted Hurdis said that his great Aunt Marge Fevaeroux ran a bakery here. They sold mostly Richmond Bakery goods in the store. The last name of Fevaeroux seems to be debated between this and Fevereau.

Also mentioned for this locale was Wilmer Hecks, real estate office of J.M. Quinn and Adeline Valiquette a hairdresser.

Sue Mcconnell– Simon Gold added that the the sign on the building to the left in the second picture is Simon Gold’s. This was his first location in Carleton Place and opened there sometime in 2002 and moved the salon when Milano’s purchased the building 2006-07.

Ray Paquette —Where Milano’s Pizza is was the grocery store of Wilmer Hicks who my family patronized when I was a boy. Charlie Jay operated his shoe repair to the left in the space showing the rental notice. He later moved his operation across the street to the current location of “Good As New”. In 1980, when I returned to Carleton Place, Don Smith ran a barber shop out of the former Jay space. The main commercial space has served many functions: a record shop, a seasonal toy store prior to Christmas and many other commercial endeavors that I have forgotten!

Debbie Roy— In the early 1970’s, the building on the left, used to be Albert Gale Real Estate and Rupert St. Jean was one of their agents.

I also seem to remember a sheet music store there too and hope someone can help me out. Jayne Graham– I think this was a music store that used to be owned by Bill Kerr. I took guitar lessons there.

Petra Graber from the Good Food Co.

With regards to Milano’s, there was a music store selling new CD’s when I opened the restaurant. It was owned by a guy named Bruce who used to come in for lunch. Great store and he employed several high school students. As a teenager, I spent all of my allowance on music from Sam the Record Man and others, so I thought Bruce’s store was great. He was in business for 5 years, but he told me he wasn’t making enough profit to stay open – that was his time limit to become viable.

After that, it was a sheet music store. It was also a coffee shop called ‘Sounds Like Coffee’ which was run by Roger Weldon and his girlfriend. They marketed to high school students and allowed smoking in their establishment to attract that segment. Then it was Simon Gold.

Thanks everyone!! Of course now this building is home to Milano Pizza.

The Mayhew Sisters Business Women of Carleton Place — Schwerdtfeger Genealogy

Memories of Carleton Place Businesses –Latif Crowder CGS Woodwright

April 1934 Carleton Place Business

The Former Businesses of Carleton Place –Notes Part 3– Historical Newspaper Clippings

Carleton Place 1903 Business Directory –Names Names Names

The Former Businesses of Carleton Place –Notes Part 2– Historical Newspaper Clippings

The Former Businesses of Carleton Place — Notes Part 1- Historical Clippings

Colonial Coach Terminal –The Carleton Lunch Bar

Colonial Coach Terminal –The Carleton Lunch Bar

From the Trotman Family Carleton Place Gazette 1946


The building has one off centred entrance but at one time there may have been two entrances to this building as the brick where the second possible entrance was is a different colour compared to the rest of the brick on the façade.

Mr. Steen (from the Winchester area) owned this brick building and Mr. P.G.N Frizell who lived on Lake Ave. East operated a small grocery store. Later Percy Hardy operated his photography studio and in the 1930s Fred and Lib Stanzel occupied it as a lunchroom and had living quarters upstairs. It also use to house a clothing store that I can’t seem to find a mention of.

Clifford Peden bought the building and made it into upstairs and downstairs apartments where he and his wife Donalda and son James lived in the upstairs apartment. Mrs. Rena Paul and then Mrs. Gladys Lashley lived downstairs. Keith Giffin said: “My uncle Clicker Peden lived there after he retired and converted the lower part to apartment. My cousin Jim Peden lived there for awhile and the Giffins ran the lunch bar for number of years called The Carleton Lunch Bar”.

Norma Jackson-– One memory I have is going to the restaurant with my Mom and having pigs in a blanket

Donna Mcfarlane-– Howard and Allie Neil ran the restaurant there for awhile when I was in high school then Mrs Mcgregor had it.

Valerie Edwards– I will always remember my Dad taking me there, I think we sat at the counter, for a hot chocolate after the Remembrance Day ceremonies, each November 11. So much so, that each Nov. 11 I take a thermos of hot chocolate with me & find some place to sit after the crowd has gone.

This building is now a residence and for many years the citizens will remember it as the Colonial Bus Stop and restaurant.

Ray Paquette

As Keith may remember, it was also the terminal for the Colonial Coach Line and it was from the lunch bar, where we bought our tickets, we would wait for the bus which would come from Ottawa, turning off Moore Street at Lake, coming up Beckwith to Albert where it would wait at the corner of Bridge for the passengers. I remember Doug Labron went to the Ottawa Technical High School and commuted to Ottawa by the bus which left early in the morning.

Ed Giffin 2019 Photo Dale CostelloPeter Bradley said: I remember Ed Giffin used to write on the top of the blackboard in Latin so Scuddy Sinclair could not reach to rub it out, great days!

Photo- December 1954- Carleton Place Lawn Bowling Club–*Cast of Characters involved in the “espionage” of this photo–Ken Godfrey; Blaine Cornell (Ringleader I presume) ; Tim Findlay–and Ed Giffin was the silent partner

James R. McIsaac

Well I can tell you running an ambulance with emergency lights on down the main street then was always a treat, never hit a mirror….

Donna Mcfarlane

One of the first times I was parallel parking after getting my licence… I was across from Olympia restaurant and somehow got the large mirror on the half ton between the double headed parking meters.. Thank goodness Jim Lowry and bert Acheson were in the Olympia and they got truck mobile for me again.

The Carleton Lunch Bar- Carleton Place Tourism of the Past — Keith Giffin

Cold Milk Ice Cream and Butter —- Carleton Place

A Few Memories of Blaine Cornell

The Carleton Place Riverside Park Booth Etc. Etc.

On the Sunny Side of the Street

On the Sunny Side of the Street

Bill BruntonI liked the Main Street when we moved here in 1972, now that I think of it. Parking on both sides was tricky for sure but it was a busy place.

Julie Sadler

With parking on both sides, you received your driver’s license if you could drive down the main street without hitting anything!

Tom Edwards

LOL The Main Street was as narrow as the Smiths Falls highway.

Patricia M Mason Leduc

They always bring back such cherished memories of my childhood years heading to the cottage on the weekends with my Father and Mother both deceased now. I find myself always enlarging the pics to see if I can find our families car. Fond memories

James R. McIsaac

Well I can tell you running an ambulance with emergency lights on down the main street then was always a treat, never hit a mirror

Dale Costello

If a Holstein were to walk down middle of main street, he could hit cars both sides with his tail.

Doug B. McCarten

As part of my driving lessons, my Dad would have me drive him to the Post Office after the quitting time whistle/siren had gone off at Findlay’s foundry and have me parallel park outside! Talk about pressure….with everybody trying to get home!

Lynne Johnson

My driving instructor had me parallel park on Lake Avenue by the high school just as everyone was getting out of school. All my friends were waving as they passed saying hi. That was pressure!

Donna Mcfarlane

One of the first times I was parallel parking after getting my licence… I was across from Olympia restaurant and somehow got the large mirror on the half ton between the double headed parking meters.. Thank goodness Jim Lowry and bert Acheson were in the Olympia and they got truck mobile for me again.

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
24 Mar 1897, Wed  •  Page 1

Love this old photo of Bridge Street in 1930! Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
— at Downtown Carleton Place. Mj Ferrierwhen everyone had an awning on the sunny side of the street

1977-Vintage Carleton Place & BeckwithThese clippings are from a school scribbler that was kept by Louella Edith Drynan (nee Shail)

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum–Centennial Parade, Bridge Street, July 1, 1967

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Bridge Street 80s-Photo Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Branch 192 on the Main Street– The book of memories of Arthur Drader was put together by Audrey Drader for Father’s day. Trevor Smith

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 1– Canadian Tire to The Moose

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 2- Milano Pizza to Milady Dress Shop

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 3- St. Andrew’s to Central School

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 4- Leslie’s China Shop to Rubino’s/Giant Tiger

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 5-The Little White House to the Roxy

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 6-The Eating Place to the Post Office

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 7 –Scotia Bank to the New York Cafe

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 8–Olympia Restaurant to McNeely’s–

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 9–Flint’s to the Blue Spot

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 10–

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 11

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 12

Dr. Johnson Downing and Ferril I Presume? Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 12 a

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign–Dr. Winters 154-160 Bridge Street Carleton Place –Jaan Kolk Files

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series –Volume 13

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series –Volume 14

Carleton Place Business–Lloyd Hughes List

Comments Comments Comments–Documenting History

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series –Volume 14

Mitchell & Cram — History of The Summit Store 1898-1902 –Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series –Volume 15

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign–Dr. Winters 154-160 Bridge Street Carleton Place –Jaan Kolk Files

Memories of Jimmy Moreau

Memories of Jimmy Moreau
James Moreau, Store Owner in Almonte, from the Moreau family page

1960- Almonte Gazette

The following tribute to the late Jimmy Moreau has been sent to the Gazette by Mr. Dugald Campbell of Vancouver: Vancouver, B. C. October 6, 1960.

Editor Gazette: I just wish to extend my sympathy to the relatives of my old friend, Jimmy Moreau, who has just recently passed on. Jimmy was the oldest business man in Almonte, the paper says, and I can well believe that. On my last trip home a few years ago he was the first-of my old friends to greet me at his little shop.

It was about morning train time from Ottawa, Jimmy asked me to hold on a bit till he picked up the Ottawa papers. Sure enough the folks who wanted papers trooped in, one by one, and Jimmy knew that, and he wanted me to meet them all as they came in and I had a fine welcome with a lot of the older fellows. 

In came the fellows. In came the late A. C. Wylie, then Bill Jamieson, then Raymond Jamieson, Austin Darling, Max Young and Don Campbell. For me at any rate it was a very happy gathering. Now a few of the above fellows have passed on.

Jimmy Moreau was always quiet, kind and courteous. In his younger days, when he was with, the late P. C. Dowdall in the drugstore, he was an enthusiastic sports follower, and I think he remembered everything about the great days of the lacrosse era in Almonte. 

The days of Pat Slattery, Jack Forgie, Billy John Hogan, Frank and Crumpy Moran, T u ffy McGregor, Jack Buntin and Billy Torrance, they were the speedsters of the years 1895 to 1900 about. And after that when chaps of my day went, there was another boon for several years when the New England sharp shooters—- the Houston boys, the Lodge boys and Teddy Armstrong. 

Jimmy’s father, the late Elmer Moreau, was quite a character as well. There was a big family of Moreaus and very likely they are spread far and wide over eastern Canada, but the old town will be the poorer for the passing of this gallant little friend and sportsman. God rest his soul. Dugald Campbell.

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
17 Sep 1960, Sat  •  Page 2

James Patrick “Jimmy” Moreau

BIRTH23 Aug 1883DEATH14 Sep 1960 (aged 77)BURIAL

Saint Marys Roman Catholic CemeteryAlmonte, Lanark County, Ontario, CanadaPLOTB092 Grave #2MEMORIAL ID201062783 · 

Family Members



Remembering the Martins — Hardware Store Almonte

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

Needham’s Shoe Store in Almonte- Memories

The Comba Building Sold –1960

The Comba Building Sold –1960


An announcement was made last week in the Carleton Place Canadian of the sale of the Comba Block on Bridge Street. Mr. Gemmill Comba is retiring from the home furnishing business that he and his son Stewart have carried on for many years. The change-over takes place November 1st. Mr. Gemmill Comba served as mayor of Carleton Place for three years and is now reeve of the town.

During the years he established pleasant relations with a large part of the community and his friends will wish him happy years after his retirement. The following is from The Canadian. “Another major business change took place in Carleton Place last week with the sale of the Comba Block to an Ottawa firm. Gemmill Comba told The Canadian it was a real estate deal and he did not know what the future of the large furniture business on the ground floor of the three-storey block would be. Mr. Comba and his son, Stewart, have had business since about 1936 when the former purchased the Taylor Block as the property was once known. It is probably the largest block of property in the Carleton Place business section They will continue operati

The name of the purchaser was not divulged. The block presently consists of a furniture business, ladies’ ready to-wear and a hardware store on the ground floor and apartments on the second and third floors. A large area of the upper floors are unoccupied and this evidently ties in with the real estate sale.

During his years of business, Mr. Comba has had varied interests, serving as a past president of the Retail Merchants Association, the 100 Club, Legion branch and he is a past zone commander. He belongs to the golf club, curling club and is a life- member of the Lanark & Renfrew Scottish, formerly the 176th Battery, 59th LAA. About 1936, he made his first business venture, starting a second-hand shop in the former Legion Building, or McRostie Block. He later had the opportunity of purchasing the rambling Taylor Block, -which once stretched through toBeckwith Street. Once in possession, he made full use of the large floor area afforded and proceeded to build up a successful furniture business. After the last war, he was joined by his son who returned from overseas.

Eva Smith

Thank you, Linda, for posting the history of this building, especially the part about it being used by funeral directors in the past. My husband and I were in Carleton Place recently doing photographs and were both fascinated by this beautiful historical building. While we stood there admiring it, we got into a conversation with a tenant of the building who saw us taking the pictures. After describing the high ceilings and pleasing living space of his apartment, he also happened to mention that going into the basement of the building was a bit unnerving as he sensed that “something” — a presence is what came to my mind — was down there. I guess he’s not imagining things! Again, thanks for your terrific history! I have posted the picture I took on my flickr account and included a link to your blog.

Another Fish Tale- Clayton Lake and the Minnow Can — Fred Blake, Dennis Nolan and George Comba 1934

Survivors of the 1906 Fire– Mr. William Edward Scott Tom Comba — What Happened to Them?

Comba’s Record Department– Linda Gallipeau-Johnston

The Day the Comba Building Sold-Taylor Block

Comba’s -The Scariest Building in Carleton Place?

Scrapbook Memories of the Comba Family Almonte

The Dominion Store Robberies

The Dominion Store Robberies

Old Dominion store..Cecil McCann/s billiard hall and the list goes on– found in the files of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage files toda (Carleton Place Canadian) Memories and Thoughts of the Grocery Store–

May 27 1951

Burglars made off with more than $3,000 in cheques in a daring break-in at the Carleton Place branch of Dominion stores early Monday morning. The thieves did their work from the front of the store at one of the town’s main intersections, Bridge and Franklin Streets, subject to discovery by any passer-by or beat policeman. Police believe the job was done by experts who planned it carefully. The beat patrolman tried the door at midnight. Sometime between then and eight a.m., when manager Jack Campbell arrived to open the store, the burglars did a fast, neat job of breaking in and rifling the safe. The front door had been pried open with a crowbar, and the door of the small wall safe under the front counter had been cleanly removed from its hinges. The entire operation would have to be conducted in full view of the main street. Mr. Campbell said that all of the more than $3,000 missing was in cheques save for a few dollars in coin. , Police Chief p . E. Cornell, who is conducting the investigation, said he had no leads whatsoever as yet. The only other recent break-in here also was in a store, but that case had been solved and could not be connected with this one.

Photo= Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Dominion store heist click to read
Clipped from The Ottawa Citizen, 06 Aug 1960, Sat, Page 34

Dale Costello

Shopped at both the Dominion and Argue’s grocery store. Vividly remember the produce in Argue’s, probably local in the summertime. Shot many a game of pool at Uncle Cecils pool room. My pool idol was Bill Poulin. Remember Asseltines, Allan shoes, May Mulvey, the shoe repair shop, Jock Mailey, Bellamys for sodas and chips,the tiny bicycle repair shop, only 10 feet wide, watching TV from outside on a Saturday night at Bob Flints, Canadian Tire next to the old post office. On and on, but still vividly remembered.

Donna Mcfarlane

I used to get Kreamy Bread for 19 cents. 2can red salmon 50 cents,back in 63/64.

Evelyn Louise

My mother worked for the head office of Dominion stores in Sudbury. I remember being on holidays when she got the call from her boss telling her to enjoy her time off as there was no need to rush back as they were closing the office. I’m almost 50 and still remember the look on her face getting that call. Heartbreaking.

Carl Moulton

That picture taken before the post office went up across the street. I recall being with my mom when she shopped there.

Marlene Springer
Former Dominion store –This Dominion store had two sides divided and in 1976 they opened Universal Travel where i worked for a few months before I went to government.

Marching Saints Carleton Place–courtesy of Bev Hurdis- Dominion Store on the right–Marlene Springer— I remember going there with mom for groceries every Thursday, pay day and dad would pick them up on his way home from work.

Mike Kean

Mike was actually head hunted and moved down Bridge Street to the Dominion Store at the corner of Bridge and Franklin because of his experience. I asked him who the head hunter was and he said, *“Terry Vincent was the man!” *A lot of people in Carleton Place know him well as he was a real genuine person.

The manager of the store was from Smiths Falls and his name was Mickey Pickup (no joke). One of Mike’s fellow employees was Noreen O’ Brien from Appleton. Mike stayed with Dominion Stores and ended up working in every Dominion store in Eastern Ontario through the growing years. He became the youngest manager in Canada when he took over the store in Perth at 25.

In the 1970s, inflation and discounting wars with rivals ravaged Dominion’s bottom line. Dominion stores was Canada’s No. 1 grocery chain from the 1950s through the early ’80s. Then, in 1985, it came to a quiet, wrenching, end. But, thankfully thanks to the internet Mike Kean’s memories don’t- and I for one am grateful for his memories for this series.

In the early years of the Taylor Block ( Blossom Shop etc) some of the businesses included The Crown Grocery operated by Lowe and Richardson,Ferguson and Smythe’s harness shop, Andy Neilson Jeweller, I.O.O.F. had a hall upstairs, H. Abdallah’s, and Bennett and Code Grocery.
Marj Whyte recalled that the Dominion Store was first located in the Taylor Block and that the first Bell Telephone Exchange office was on the second floor. The manager was Walter Termarch and his clerk was Mary Scott. When Marvin was transferred to Renfrew, Mary left with him and became Mrs. Termarch. Badminton was also played on the second floor.

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal12 Feb 1937, FriPage 17

In Memory of Mickey Pickup– Carleton Place Dominion Store

Glory Days of Carleton Place–Mike Kean

Carleton Place News July 30, 1952 – Drowning and Robbery

Dog Day Afternoon — The Only Bank Robbery EVER in Carleton Place

Robbery at Sinclairs 1886

The Bat Signal of Carleton Place

More Stories about Mary Coules of Carleton Place

Robberies in Carleton Place — Mr. Ed Campbell of High Street

Debbie Roy and Joan Baker

Taber & McCrea The People’s Store Adin Daigle Collection

Taber & McCrea The People’s Store Adin Daigle Collection
Taber & McCrea The People’s Store Adin Daigle Collection

127-131 Bridge Street Carleton Place Circa 1870

The first storey storefronts of this building have been modified from the original glass windows for easier viewing of merchandise–hence the different colours of brick. 127-131 Bridge Street has housed a number of different businesses including pharmacies, clothing stores, grocery stores, and poolrooms.

The Hughes family bought the pharmacy from Dr. Preston in 1905.

W. J. Hughes Rexall Drug store was located on the corner and Thomas Lloyd Hughes born in 1897 along with his brother Harold until they each decided to run a smaller store at the opposite  ends of town. Lloy’s store was on Moffatt Street and Harold on Lake Ave West. For 50 years they were in groceries together and then the store was sold to Thomas’s nephew and for 12 years Thomas drove a butcher wagon. There was a dark room at the rear of the store where Mr. Hughes tested your eyes for glasses. You could buy a roll of film #116 for a Brownie Box camera for 25 cents and for $1.25 he would send it away to be developed.

The folks in Carleton Place will always remember the Rexall Drug annual 1 cent sale and every local household stocked up on cough medicine, cough drops, peroxide and all sorts of liniment. Some of the clerks that worked there were: Olive Dick, Ruby Voyce, and John Briscoe and Wilbert Robertson.

Harvey Asselstine attended the Ontario College of Pharmacy in 1929. In 1944, he
returned to Carleton Place and bought the drugstore at the corner of Bridge and
Franklin, from W.J. Hughes who operated it for 38 years. Betty Findlay and Mary Cook both worked at Assestine’s Pharmacy.  In the rear of Asselstine’s drug store the CPR Telegraph operated during the 1950s. Asselstine expanded his drug store and bought out Hughes Grocery. In 2006 the Athen’s Corners Restaurant  was located there.

Taber and McCrae operated a Men’s and Boy’s clothing store within Struther’s Block, which later became a pool hall  (next door) operated by Mel Barclay. Charlie Giroux, who only had one arm took over the pool hall then Ab Dowseth from Smiths Falls operated it for a short time but when McCann and Porter gained ownership they moved the pool hall to the old Bank of Commerce.

Jeremy Stinson— That corner was, for much of my childhood, the home of the Blossom Shop. Back before the one way street.

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The Shoe and Leather Reporter Annual

August 28, Almonte Gazette 1904

Mr. Maguire’s new store is going to be a very fine one. The show windows are large and deep, the upper lights being of prism glass. The wood work is to be marbled gree. Messrs. Taber & Co will have a handsome premises

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
November 1, 2021  · 
Welcome to November! In 1910, Taber’s Dry Goods produced this somewhat odd postcard promoting their “Dressed Dolls Exhibit”.
W.W. Taber Clothing was located on the east side of Bridge Street between Mill and Franklin.

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
May 16, 2014  · Carleton Place  · 

Taber’s Store was selling clothing out of the present day Dress Shop location on Bridge Street. — at Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum.

A Taber-McCrea- Bridge Street business shoe horn.. remember those?

Documenting Carleton Place History — From Bridge Street Benches—JamesMcNeill

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 1– Canadian Tire to The Moose

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 2- Milano Pizza to Milady Dress Shop

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 3- St. Andrew’s to Central School

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 4- Leslie’s China Shop to Rubino’s/Giant Tiger

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 5-The Little White House to the Roxy

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 6-The Eating Place to the Post Office

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 7 –Scotia Bank to the New York Cafe

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 8–Olympia Restaurant to McNeely’s–

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 9–Flint’s to the Blue Spot

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 10–

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 11

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 12

Dr. Johnson Downing and Ferril I Presume? Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 12 a

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series –Volume 13

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign–Dr. Winters 154-160 Bridge Street Carleton Place –Jaan Kolk Files

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series –Volume 14

Mitchell & Cram — History of The Summit Store 1898-1902 –Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series –Volume 15

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series–Volume 16– Newman’s Hall

RUMOURS -Raccoon or Skunk?? Fact or Fiction- Stanzel History

RUMOURS -Raccoon or Skunk??  Fact or Fiction- Stanzel History

For years local history documenter Marg Whyte said the following:

Mr. Dowdall purchased the brick building at Bridge and Emily and moved his business. Walter Stanzel later lived here and operated his taxi business. It was well known all around town that Mr. Stanzel had a pet skunk and and a pet raccoon as well. No word if they came for rides in his taxi!

True or False?

Allan StanzelI—— I know for a FACT he never had a pet skunk they did however have two pet raccoons one was very tame and the other not so.

1957 – The Raccoon of Bridge Street- Photo- Allan Stanzel

FACT___llan Stanzel
January 28, 2018  · 

Here’s a picture of my great grandfather Stephen from 1907. They had won the riflemans cup.

Among these defenders were more than fifty men of the Carleton Place Rifle Company.  The Carleton Place Rifle Company was formed at the start of the first expansion of a trained and permanent volunteer militia of the old Province of Canada, made to meet the risk of possible war between the United States and Great Britain at the outset of the American Civil War.  Like those of neighbouring localities and others throughout the province, it replaced a venerable succession of local but normally untrained and unarmed companies of the original sedentary militia.  A view of the participation of this community, then an unincorporated village, in Canada’s first major development of its own military forces is given in the pages of the locally published weekly newspapers of that day.

When war threats and consequent militia expansion came in 1862, local demand led to the formation of the first trained and equipped militia company to be based at Carleton Place.  In January of that year, in the words of the local Herald editor:

“At a meeting of some of the inhabitants of Carleton Place and vicinity, held at Lavallee’s Hotel on Saturday evening last, it was unanimously resolved that: – ‘In view of the unsettled state of affairs between the British and American governments and the possibility of war, it is expedient that a rifle company should be formed in this village and neighbourhood, to aid in the defence of their country.’

A muster roll was then opened and signed by those present at the meeting.  Several others have since added their names, making in all upwards of sixty.”

This number, including some young men of nearby farms, appears to equal nearly half of the total number of men of ages 18 to 40 living then in Carleton Place.

The gazetting of the Carleton Place Volunteer Militia Rifle Company came in December, 1862, with James Poole as captain and John Brown as lieutenant.  Within a month it was equipped and undertaking military training.  The Perth Courier in December stated:

“Volunteer Rifle Companies are organizing in all parts of the country.  In Carleton Place a Company has been Gazetted under Capt. Poole.  The volunteer movement if properly encouraged will soon result in twenty or thirty thousand well disciplined men.  Let it be made imperative on every Militia officer to be well drilled, and Canada would soon have her militia on a footing that would be ready for all emergencies.  At present the supply of Drill Instructors is sadly inadequate.”

The newly authorized company was first paraded in greatcoat uniforms on New Year’s Day, when its captain, news editor James Poole, wrote:

“According to notice given, the members of this company assembled in front of the ‘Herald’ office on the morning of New Year’s Day.  After being dressed in the coats and accoutrements forwarded by the Government from Quebec, they were drilled by Robert Bell, Jr., nephew of Robert Bell, Esq., M.P.P. for the North Riding.  They paraded the streets several times, and from the manner of performing the drill, dictated by their youthful teacher for the time, have given great promise of future utility, should any unfortunate occasion arise.”

By mid-July it was announced:

“In a few days the new clothing will be ready for distribution, and Carleton Place will be able to turn out one of the best looking Rifle Companies in Canada.  The Company will continue to drill as usual every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening.”

Another summer notice stressed the need for target practice, as judged by the captain of the Carleton Place Company, who published the names and scores of marksmanship of each of some sixty militiamen:

“A rifle shooting match was held near this village on Saturday last, the 15th instant, between the Carleton Place Rifle Company and the Infantry Company from Almonte.  The Riflemen were requested to be in uniform at the armoury at six o’clock in readiness to march to the station to meet the Almonters. 

The Riflemen were uniformed in the regular Rifle dress – dark green tunics and grey pants, with red facings, dark belts and shakos to match.  The Infantry wore the scarlet tunics, gray pants, white belts and shakos trimmed to suit.  The shooting was conducted under the able management of Sergt. Cantlin.  The shooting on both sides was bad, and much below the average, there being but a few men in either company sufficiently practiced with the rifle.  The following is the score of points…”

(Totalling Almonte 107, Carleton Place 106).

A mid-winter inspection of these two companies in February, 1864, as reported by Captain Poole, showed the required drilling which lay ahead:

“The Almonte Infantry and Carleton Place Rifle Companies were inspected on Saturday last by Lt. Col. Earle of the Grenadier Guards, accompanied by Brigade Major Montgomery.  The attendance of both companies was much below what it should have been – The Almonte Company mustering only 27 including officers, and the Carleton Place Company 43.  The Colonel was well pleased with the condition of the arms and accoutrements of the men; but did not compliment them very highly on their proficiency in drill, which was owing to their very irregular attendance during the fall and winter.”

The American Civil War ended in the spring of the following year.  Within six months the Fenian Brotherhood in the United States was building its resources for its expected conquest of Canada, and in November, Canadian troops were posted for several months duty at border points from Prescott to Sarnia.

In Lanark County, contracts for erecting drill halls were let early in 1866 at Carleton Place and Almonte.  Construction of the Carleton Place armoury was aided by the promise of a £50 grant by the municipality.  It was built by William Pattie on the Beckwith Street site of the recently demolished skating rink bordering the park which then was the village market square.  Supported by its hand hewn beams, it remained a useful memorial of the perils of the 1860’s until destroyed in the town’s great fire of 1910.  Its use was granted at times for other community purposes ranging from the Beckwith Agricultural Society’s exhibitions of the 1860’s and the ambitious annual choral and musical festivals of the 1880’s to a series of Bishop R. C. Horner’s Hornerite revival meetings.  Almonte’s armoury was built for the combined purposes of the militia and the exhibitions of the North Lanark Agricultural Society.

When Fenian preparations in March had indicated they then might be about to attack, and ten thousand Canadian volunteers had been called for duty, no invasion occurred, although two minor ones were attempted.  Captain Poole’s Carleton Place newspaper reports of this time said:

“The rumors of a Fenian invasion have created a great stir through the country.  The volunteers are called for service and have responded nobly.  In our own village the company is filled up and is drilling three times a day.  The men are billeted on the inhabitants and have orders to be ready at a moments notice.”

Postponement came in two weeks, when it was reported (March 28) that:

“The prospect of a Fenian invasion of Canada is so far distant that the government feels justified in disbanding a portion of the volunteer force.  An order for the disbanding of the Carleton Place Rifle Company was received on Monday evening.  The bugle was sounded, and in a few minutes the whole company were at their posts.  They naturally thought that marching orders had been received, and were rather disappointed.

The new drill shed is to be completed by the first of September.  We would again express our gratification at the manner in which the company have conducted themselves while under arms.”

Forces on each side of the international boundary continued to prepare for a coming encounter.  Other views of the Canadian preparations will follow in the next section of this story of the times of Confederation. — Howard Morton Brown

Photo of Allan Stanzel with one of the largest beets in Carleton Place 1976
The Weekly British Whig
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
15 Jun 1925, Mon  •  Page 3

Remembering Errol Stanzel January 1962

Fred and Libby Stanzel White Duck Inn Genealogy

How Miss Miller the Milliner on Bridge Street Turned into a Stanzel Story

The Stanzel Homes of Carleton Place

The Fred Astaire of Carleton Place — John Stanzel

Carleton Place Blind Woman Saved Four Seniors

Taxi Rides –Beer Rides 1930’s and Local Taxi Driver “Kid (Norman) Bryce”

Alexander Sibbitt The Summitt Store Collectables – Adin Daigle

Alexander Sibbitt The Summitt Store Collectables – Adin Daigle

Photo from the collection of Adin Daigle

Also read-How Did A Carleton Place Photo End Up at the Victoria Archives?

Thanks to Carleton Place Collector Aidin Daigle he posted these collectables of the Summit Store that was once on Bridge and High Street. So I have posted a few notes about where they came from.

Marj Whyte wrote:

Across High Street was a brick building once known as The Sibbett’s Summit Store (Sibbet’s Grocery & Liquor Store–Lloyd Hughes). Later it was ran by Lorne J. Campbell and then D.A. Roe became the owner and it was also Baird’s Food. The back part was the first shop run by Max Moshovitz. At this time they lived on Flora Street and he went around the country with a horse and wagon selling his wares to rural people. When they moved their store to Bridge Street there was a dry cleaning store run by William McKimm. Later Gordon Langrty set up his first dairy on these premises. The whole building was then owned by Jack Howard who had moved from Forrester Falls. Most of the front building was made into apartments and Beulah Gordon had her hairdressing salon on the corner.

Food Costs– The Herald– – May 1884.
The Summit Store is the Spot.  Your choice for #1.00: 6 cans Salmon, 6 cans Lobster, 8 boxes Sardines, 11 lbs Prunes, 12 lbs. new Valencia Raisins, 13 lbs. Bright Sugar, 4 lbs. choice Japan Tea.  Five dozen Labrador Herring for $1.00, or $3.00 per half barrel.  Also Fresh Halibut, Mess Pork, Fresh Herring, Tommy-Cods, etc.  Early Rose Potatoes.  Green Apples – Glassware and Crockery, Boots and Shoes. –Howard Morton Brown

Photo from the collection of Adin Daigle

How Did A Carleton Place Photo End Up at the Victoria Archives?

The license commissioners for the district of North Lanark met on April 23, 1920 with Commissioner James Murphy in the chair, and Commissioners Simpson and Forsythe and Inspector James D. Robertson present. The result of the meeting, so far as Carleton Place was concerned was that there would be no increase in the number of tavern licenses.

The application of Messrs. Carroll and Morris for a new license had been rejected, and also one for the Messrs. Sibbett and Prescott for the renewal of their store. A few retailers added quite loudly that it was wrong that if anyone wanted to buy a quart of liquor for a threshing or a barn raising and that they should be expected to go to a hotel keeper and ask him to sell a quantity he was not allowed to sell. Liquor was considered an important article for such occasions they said.  Also one of the applicants for a shop license that was turned down said it should not be a necessity to go to another division of the town to set up business to get a license.

Also read-How Did A Carleton Place Photo End Up at the Victoria Archives?

T. J. Reid Almonte Catalogue 1911-1912 — Adin Daigle

Clake’s Grocery Store Carleton Place — Looking for Info

The Ice Pick Cometh — Ottawa Artificial Ice Co.

All photos below Adin Daigle

Clippings and a Letter from Sadie Coleman –Robert Keith Duffett Coleman

Clippings and a Letter from Sadie Coleman –Robert Keith Duffett Coleman
June 1976-From: Robert Keith Duffett Coleman
From: Robert Keith Duffett Coleman
From: Robert Keith Duffett Coleman
Photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Read-Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 7 –Scotia Bank to the New York Cafe

Rob Coleman just posted this in the comments about men’s beards.. “Looks like my great great grandfather’s style. Here he is with my attempt at recreating it. He was from Bruce county. not sure if it counts. My great great grandfather Coleman (from Carleton Place) had pretty awesome facial hair but I have not tried to recreate it. Keep sending those photos in we love them.,
Mayor Coleman said Carleton Place was an important market town with Bridge Street sees a parade of farm vehicles and animals on their way to market. Cattle had a hard enough time moving down to the CPR station in those days–I can’t even imagine if that happened now.
Aug 8 1913
Fifteen head of cattle were killed on the C.P.R. Track about a mile south of Carleton Place after being struck by a train at an early hour this morning. A herd of 175 cattle had been driven into town by the Willow brothers yesterday and placed in the stock pen for shipment. Some time after midnight cattle broke through the fence ad proceeded to travel down different track routes.
A freight train traveling near the 10th and 11 th concessions of Beckwith struck the largest herd and before the locomotive could slow down fifteen cattle were killed or so maimed they had to be destroyed. Two head were also killed on the line west and three east of the station making for a total of 20.
In 1946 George Coleman was Carleton Place’s mayor and the population was just a tad over 4,300. Coleman’s Grandfather operated one of the first grist mills and almost won free land and water for the mill by entering in a competition which required the grinding of one bushel of grain in a given length of time. His Grandfather was unsuccessful and according to the mayor, he was the first Coleman to ever fail, so George said his Grandfather ended up buying the land and water rights.
Once upon a time an elderly Scotsman by the name of John Fraser who used to walk around our fair town brandishing a large sword. When asked if sword play was one of the off season sports of Carleton Place he answered,

“Not at all,” John said, “I’ve got this sword from England. The other one I recieved a short time ago I made into tow fine butcher knives, and this one will go the same way.”
Photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Rob Coleman with Carleton Place roots‎ sent this to me at the Lanark County Genealogical Society this morning.Oldest picture I have. Great great great grandparents. Born around 1780 in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Settled in Quebec’s Eastern Townships.

Darla Fisher Giles added the above picture- Thanks Darla!!
This is a picture of my house and Dalton Coleman, where he grew up in Carleton Place. It was taken during Home Week in 1924

This photo of 283 William Street, Carleton Place, was taken in 1923. This was the childhood home of Dalton Corrie Coleman.Coleman worked as private secretary to Senator George Cox in 1897 and as editor of the Belleville Intelligencer before joining the CPR in 1899. He advanced rapidly and before turning 40 was put in charge of CPR’s western lines. In 1934 Coleman became Vice President of CPR, and, as the health of president Sir Edward Beatty deteriorated, increasingly took over his duties. Coleman was appointed president in 1942 and chairman in 1943. The company was then engaged not only in railway work but in war production, shipping and air traffic. Under Coleman, Canadian Pacific Airlines was organized. He retired in 1947. Coleman Street in Carleton Place, site of our CPR railway station, was named in his honour. http://www.historicplaces.ca/en/rep-reg/place-lieu.aspx…

Coleman Family History–Just for Your Records

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 7 –Scotia Bank to the New York Cafe