Tag Archives: Buchanan Scrapbooks

Putting Leckie’s Corners Back on the Map — The Buchanan Scrapbook Clippings

Putting Leckie’s Corners Back on the Map —  The Buchanan Scrapbook Clippings
With files from The Keeper of the Scrapbooks — Christina ‘tina’  Camelon Buchanan — Thanks to Diane Juby— click here..

With files from The Keeper of the Scrapbooks — Christina ‘tina’  Camelon Buchanan — Thanks to Diane Juby— click here..

Photo below from Tweedsmuir History Book 1– Ramsay W.I.

Remembering Leckie’s Corners 1887

Stories of Ramsay Township– Leckies Corner’s – James Templeton Daughter’s 1931

Remembering Leckie’s Corners 1887

Tidbits About Ramsay S.S. #9 The Tannery School

The House on the Hill — Up the 8th Line of Ramsay — Jaan Kolk Files

Some Cold Hard Facts- First Tailor in Ramsay and a Cow Without a Bell

McIlraith House- The Buchanan Scrapbooks

McIlraith House- The Buchanan Scrapbooks

With files from The Keeper of the Scrapbooks — Christina ‘tina’  Camelon Buchanan — Thanks to Diane Juby— click here..

William Caldwell and his wife Margaret McCallum, grandparents of the late T. B. Caldwell, a prominent resident of Lanark Village settled here as well as James McIlraith and his wife Euphemia Stewart. Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Currie of the south corner of Brightside as well as three families from the Stewart clan were residents at the Clatchan. Read–The Clachan – William Smith– The Buchanan Scrapbook

James McIlraith
24 Dec 1789Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland
1881 (aged 91–92)Ontario, Canada
Hopetown Cemetery
Hopetown, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada

Birth: 24 DEC 1789 in Johnstone Parish, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Death: 1881
Event: Lanark Society Settler 1821 Paisley Townhead Emigration Society
Immigration: 1821 Came to Canada aboard “Earl of Buckinghamshire”
Burial: Hopetown Cemetery, Lanark Co, On
Euphemia STEWART b: 11 JUL 1788 in Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Married: 1815
1. James MCILRAITH b: 13 MAR 1816 in Johnston, Renfrewshire, Scotland
2. John MCILRAITH b: 17 MAY 1818 in Linwood, Kilbarchan Parish, Renfrewshire, Scotland
3. Charles MCILRAITH b: 1 APR 1820 in Johnstown, Scotland
4. Hugh MCILRAITH b: 2 FEB 1824
5. Agnes MCILRAITH b: 13 FEB 1826 in Brightside, Lanark Co, Ontario, Canada
6. Jean Findlay MCILRAITH b: 13 FEB 1828 in Near Brightside, Lanark Twp, Lanark Co, Ont
7. Stewart MCILRAITH b: 19 JUN 1831
8. Euphemia MCILRAITH b: 14 JUN 1834

Related reading

Who Invented the Highway Traffic Lights? Evan J. McIlraith Hopetown

Middleville Genealogy-McIlraith- Sommerville

The House on the 511 — Thanks to Lanark Village Community Group

The Clachan – William Smith– The Buchanan Scrapbook

The Village That Wouldn’t Die — Verna (McEwen) MacRae Unseen Photos and Poem – Buchanan Scrapbooks

The Village That Wouldn’t Die — Verna (McEwen) MacRae Unseen Photos and Poem – Buchanan Scrapbooks
With files from The Keeper of the Scrapbooks — Christina ‘tina’  Camelon Buchanan — Thanks to Diane Juby— click here.
Complete fire map-NRC Publications Archives
NRC Publications Archives
NRC Publications Archives

NRC Publications Archives

NRC Publications Archives

Related reading

More Clippings– Lanark Fire 1959

The Aftermath of the Lanark Fire June 1959

The Lanark Fire of 1895

Lanark Fire 1959– Hour by Hour

The Lanark Fire June 15th 1959

Herriott Street History — Rachel McRae Joann Voyce

Rhonda McRae Landriault — McRae Genealogy

The Henry Family — Rachel McRae

The 12 Hardships of Mr. McRae

Down at the Farm –9th line Beckwith. McRae Family Photos

Where Have All the Flowers Gone? Benson McRae

More on Those “Glads” of Carleton Place

The Mystery of the W.G. Hill Store Continues….

What Did it Cost to Stay in the Hospital?

Clippings and Memories of Mac Beattie — The Buchanan Scrapbooks

Clippings and Memories of Mac Beattie — The Buchanan Scrapbooks

With files from The Keeper of the Scrapbooks — Christina ‘tina’  Camelon Buchanan — Thanks to Diane Juby— click here..

Mac Beattie was the Ottawa Valley. And for almost everyone who knew him he will always be the personification of the area he loved. Even in death. Monday Beattie died in the Arn-prior Hospital having lost his five-month battle with cancer. Born at Braeside, near Arnprior, 65 years ago, Beattie spent more than 40 years celebrating his native valley in song and poetry, lie was one of the first artists to appear on national television when CTV first came into being, performing on Cross Canada Barn Dance out of CJOH.

He and his Mclodiers were frequent performers in the early days of radio station CFRA, founded by the late Frank Ryan, as well as on national radio out of Pembroke and on television’s Don Messer Show. When news of his death circulated around town it was obvious nothing else would be talked about, nothing was as important. In the Cameron Country Hotel the oldtimers had their Beattie stories to tell. “He wanted to give people a little bit of enjoyment,” Max Mooney said. “He was the Ottawa Valley, his father before him was a fine musician.

His father used to sit in this very bar room and when he’d play the bagpipes, we’d all rush to the door to sec who the band was.” Murray Dark of Belleveue Farms recalls “hundreds of dances with Mac in Pukenham and at Sunny-dale Acres in Lake Dore where Mac found his inspiration for the Lake Dore Waltz. “Mac and the Melodiers used to drop in at my place every time they came by,” says Jim Reid, owner of what was then Reid’s Fine Foods. “My wife played the piano and they sometimes set up the band for a little bit.” “He was a hell of a hockey player; a goaltender,” Mooney remembers. “He played Junior hockey for years three of the Major Leagues were after him.” But music and the valley kept Mac.

He married Marie McMunn, raised his three children in Arnprior, and daughter Bonnie began to sing with her father’s band at a young age. A year ago, some 400 people attended a testimonial dinner for Beattie at Renfrew Armory, when he was presented with a plaque on behalf of Premier William Davis for his outstanding contribution to country music in the Ottawa Valley. He recorded nine albums, mostly of his own music, and published a book of poetry in the ’60s. He leaves 80 poems, which will be published, and at the time of his death was writing some of the history of the Valley, with particular attention to the lumbermen who worked the Ottawa River. His most successful song was The Logdrivers’ Song. 5 June 1982

With files from The Keeper of the Scrapbooks — Christina ‘tina’  Camelon Buchanan — Thanks to Diane Juby— click here..

John MacNab Beattie (Mac) was born where the Madawaska and Ottawa Rivers converge at the town of Arnprior, Ontario, in the year 1916. His father, Jim, was away at war in Europe and would not see him until it was ended. When Jim Beattie returned home the family moved a few miles upstream to the village of Braeside where he would take a job with the Gillies Lumber Company.

Jim Beattie, a harmonica and bugle player, ventriloquist and jokester, would spend his winters in the shanty camps of the Gatineau Hills in Pontiac County, Quebec. It was at these camps that Jimmie would hear the songs and stories of shantymen from all over the valley. They’d sing Irish songs, Scottish songs, French songs and songs of the shanty life. They’d dance the reels and entertain themselves to pass the monotony of daily life in the winter camps.

When Jimmie came home each spring, he’d bring back those songs and stories that would fascinate his family. It was in this atmosphere that Mac grew up. It was in this folklore of the valley that he would dedicate his life. His love of the stories, the lives of the people, of the gentle times, the hard times, it all hit home by the time he was a teen-ager. Mac Beattie utilized these spiritual forces to forge ahead during those very interesting times.

Listening to Mac Beattie’s lyrics now, you could not fail to notice his frequent mention of the people and places of the Ottawa Valley. You would also probably notice the strange way he used his voice to enunciate his words, the old-style inflections he utilized in his poetic ballads. I have not heard anyone else sing like this, and even now in the Valley with its distinct Irish/Scotts accent, Mac’s accent remains unique.

Mac Beattie never played a melodic instrument other than a bit of harmonica. Instead, he chose the washboard to accompany his songs. Along with friends Gaetan Fairfield and Garnie Scheel, he formed a band called the Melodiers in the early 1930s to mimic the sounds of the big dance bands of that era.

It is probably because his songs were either learned or composed without the accompaniment of a melodic instrument that Mac’s vocal patterns remained in theold traditional style. He didn’t have a wonderful voice, but what he had he used well. He sang a cappella, using the syllables of words in the traditional way of Celtic melodies. He’d teach these songs to his friends who would then work out arrangements to fit around his singing style.

In time, Mac Beattie would go on to become Mr. Ottawa Valley with his Melodiers, riding the ups and downs of the music business for over 5 decades. During that time he would be heard and seen on national television and radio; he would associate his show with step-dancing great Don Gilchrist; he would make lifelong friends with important cultural leaders of both sides of the Ottawa River. And lastly, he would be inducted into the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame as its second inductee (at Mac’s insistance, his late fiddler, Reg Hill, received the honour of being the first to be inducted). He would also leave us with 90 tracks of music spanning 9 LPs recorded between the years of 1960 to 1975.

And Now there is great news! Peter Beattie has just released The Best of Mac Beattie and the Ottawas Valley Melodiers CD – this means that you can now purchase Mac’s wonderful music for the first time in years. Contact Peter at p.beattie@sympatico.ca Read —Mac Beattie and the Ottawa Valley Melodiers __ CLICK

With his oldtime music group, the Ottawa Valley Melodiers, he was heard regularly on CFRA radio, Ottawa, until the late 1950s and on CHOV, Pembroke, until the early 1960s. He also performed at local fairs, dances, and clubs. The Melodiers included at various times Beattie’s daughter Bonnie, the steel guitarist Garnet Scheel, and the noted fiddler Reg Hill. Beattie’s first 78, ‘The Log Driver’s Song,’ released by Rodeo Records in the early 1950s, was followed by 11 LPs under Rodeo’s various labels. Many of his songs were based on Ottawa Valley events, people, and places – eg, ‘Lake Dore Waltz’ and ‘Train Wreck at Almonte’.

Memories of Bob Whitney and his Wobbleboard Carleton Place

Memories About Bernie Costello

Remembering Etta Whitney Carleton Place

Reserve Me a Table –The Silver Fox –Ron McMunn

Good Old Lanark County Music–From the 70s to now

Fiddling in Lanark County by David Ennis

Looking for Info on The Happy Wanderers etc.

The Hayshakers — Charlie Finner

All About Lorraine Lemay –Mississippi Hotel

The Garden — Helen Halpenny –The Buchanan Scrapbooks

The Garden — Helen Halpenny –The Buchanan Scrapbooks

With files from The Keeper of the Scrapbooks — Christina ‘tina’  Camelon Buchanan — Thanks to Diane Juby— click here..

No date…. with files from Jean Ridell

The Halpenny’s who live at R.R. 2 Almonte have a herb garden just outside their kitchen door. The location is in a perfect spot for the cook of the house handy for quick herb fixes in a recipe. Helen grows basil, oregano, summer savoury and 28 other varieties like tarragon,lemon balm, wooly lamb’s ear and fennel. Of all these herbs Helen grows, not all are for cooking. Lavender and costmary will be dried and made up into fragrant satchels.

Across the laneway from the house is the Halpenny’s vegetable garden that the family is proud of. She feels the time and effort put into the garden work pays off because the family is self sufficient in vegetables. They buy only winter salad vegetables.

By planting vegetables with different maturation dates, succession plantings, and careful choice of varieties, there are fresh vegetables on the table from early summer until freeze up.The Extra Early Bounty Tomatoes are ready now and Rolar Vee Corn, the earliest of several corn varieties will soon be finished. Tasty Vee, Seneca Chief and Golden Bantam will extend the corn season well into September.

Experimenting with new varieties is a special interest of Helen’s. She easily names every variety as you walk with her.. ( the article was cut off here:(


Helen Halpenny-Almonte Alameda donors and supporters click


Almonte has a rich tradition of community involvement and fellowship.

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, a thriving traditional Market was located in downtown Almonte, just off Brea Street (where the parking lot is now). Vendors would arrive with their horse drawn carriages full of hand-made items, livestock, locally grown foods, and other wares. Patrons would arrive from miles around to spend the morning stocking their own carriages with the items they needed and enjoy fellowship with their neighbours. It was an event not to be missed, and for some, their only trip into town every week.

The current Almonte Farmers Market (AFM) maintains that same feel.  It was conceived around the kitchen table of  Master Gardener, Helen Halpenny in the fall of 1989. A few local farmers met over coffee to discuss bringing together their extra produce and offering it for sale. Their vision of rejuvenating the old Almonte Farmers Market as a producer-based market laid the ground work for the successful farmers’ market that we have today.

Shortly after the farmers’ market started in its new incarnation, the market vendors were approached by Bob Chorney of Farmers’ Markets Ontario, which was just starting up at the time. Bob was amazed at how far along in the planning stages the AFM vendors were. Farmers’ Markets Ontario shared the same producer based ideas and so it was easy for the AFM to become a founding member of Farmers’ Markets of Ontario.   The FMO has given our market unfailing support and provided us with signs and other marketing tools, canopies, ideas and help throughout the years.

Helen Halpenny– Gardens Ontario

Registered Judges

Please note: OHA certified judges appear first listed alphabetically and otherwise qualified judges appear at the end of the list.

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NameHelen Halpenny
OHA Home Society:D 2 Almonte HS
OHA CertYes
Other Certificates:RGB-hort, GCO-design
Districts ServedD02


Unexpectedly in hospital at Ottawa on Friday, February 13, 2009.

Bill Halpenny
of Clayton, age 70 years.

Much loved husband of Helen Stewart. Beloved father of Elizabeth (David), Amy (Trevor) and Raymond (Jodi). Dear brother of Mary Ellen Code (late Fred). Bill will be sadly missed by his family

Mary Ellen Halpenny, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Halpenny, Almonte, RR No, 2, who graduated September 14, 1964 from the Brockville General Hospital School of Nursing. She received an award for highest standing in Obstetrical Nursing theory and practice, tying with two other graduates.


A pretty wedding took place on Saturday, May 15 at St. George ‘s Anglican Church, Clayton when Mary Ellen Halpenny, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Halpenny, RR 2, Almonte, became the bride of Mr. Frederick Ivan Code, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Code of Innisville. The ceremony was performed by Rev. J. E. Allsopp of Ottawa. Mr. Stanley Hughton, uncle of the bride, was organist and Robert Hughton, cousin of the bride, sang O Perfect Love during the signing of the Register. The best man was Mr. Wm. Code, brother of the groom. Matron of honour Mrs. Sam Millar, Smiths Falls. Miss Mary James and Miss Beverly Evans were bridesmaids. Barbara Loynes of Ottawa was flower girl. Ushers were Bill Halpenny, brother of the bride and Orville Cooke. Given in marriage by her father the bride wore white floor length whisper taffeta with lace panel overskirt of organza embroidered with sequins, lace bodice with lily point sleeves. A shoulder length veil was held in place with rose of crystalet. Bridesmaids in identical street length, pale blue crystalet over taffeta and carried white and pink carnations. Flower girl in yellow crystalet over taffeta and carried a basket of Shasta daises. The bride’s bouquet was of pink roses, pink carnations and white stephanotis. For travelling the bride donned a three piece double knit suit in deep pink with pink and black accessories and corsage of white mums. Guests were present from Chapleau, Brockville, Ottawa and Smiths Falls. On their return from Prince Edward Island they will reside on the groom’s farm in Scotch Corners.


A photograph of the Willows family on a wagon circa 1900. Left to right, those pictured are: Alfred Willows, Catherine Willows, Ruth Halpenny, and Sara Halpenny.
Photo from Marjorie Earl. Read-The Willows Family Reunions Clippings
ALL PHOTOS from Joan Halpenny’s Family Collection— read-The Family of Joan Halpenny– McRostie

Every Foot of the House Was Crowded When the Teamsters Were Passing Through

The Family of Joan Halpenny– McRostie