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Cracknell, Adams, and Phonsie Murphy –Lanark Village

Cracknell, Adams, and Phonsie Murphy –Lanark Village

If anyone has any stories, memories, history on this house please post. It’s beside the old Lanark Era house in Lanark Village. — Erika Danielle

Comments from Abandoned – Ottawa/Gatineau & The Valley

Jessica K Levesque the man that would walk behind me with all the cats following him lived in the back of that building. It is a shame no one is doing anything with it. I have not heard of any history on it. The Lanark museum might. This was right around the corner from me.

Clara AshtonPauline Levesque I have a feeling it was likely condemned because it wasn’t structurally sound, or unsafe to live in due to all the black mold. I’ve heard through the grapevine that’s why he had to move out, but I could be wrong.

Daniel Keating —Jessica K Levesque It’s currently up for grabs via tax sale so can be purchased for a steal more than likely.

Clara AshtonCeleste Reisinger this building isn’t lived in. There’s no way. Filled with black mold. I live in the building next door, and I’ve never seen people inside it. Other than the fact the windows on the second level were opened recently. But if someone lived in here, I’d be seriously concerned for their Heath and well being.

All I know is it’s been empty a while! Although… the windows on the second level were recently opened, which I’ve never seen before. It’s filled with mold and in the winter it’s filled with snow as there’s large parts of the roof missing. It’s a shame, because our building, beside it, is so beautiful and the owners have put in so much work to restore it. This building is an eyesore and takes away from it. I have no idea who owns it, but I’ve been nosey and peeked at their electrical meter which is where our yard is. The power is still on and being used.

From Lanark Village Community Group

Michele ScanlanI spent a lot of time at the small apartment at the back of this house as a child. My godmother Jean Arnoldi and her daughter Jo lived there along with Granny Arnoldi. Wally and Liz Lance with their 3 children lived in the front part and Adam’s store was in the bottom.That was in the 50sand 60s.

Sandi SchonauerMichele Scanlan I remember shopping in the store as a young girl

Beverlee Ann Clow I remember Leslie Adam married Jack Burns. How does the Cracknel name come in here?

I certainly remember the Jean Arnoldi and Jo living there and also the Lances but I don’t recall the Adams.

It was a grocery store

Judy ArnottBeverlee Ann Clow Adam’s ran the grocery after Noonans.

Judy ArnottBeverlee Ann Clow Cracknells bought after Adam’s

Keitha PriceAdams had a grocery store in the bottom as well as the Cracknells!

Kim RichmondAdams had a grocery store on the bottom level. I remember going there as a child. Also there was a pool hall on the bottom level that Wally Lance ran this was after the store was gone. Cracknells had the grocery store after Adams if I remember correctly.

Sterling SomervilleAs a kid Living in Lanark,in 60,s I remember it was Grocery store, shop with my momout side stairs,still alot of tree’s and brush’s around many yrs now .What will they, do to it,when was it build then ? Shame that old Lanark ,not much around now, as Dairy Bar,is close down .Miss the old Store now,as was yrs ago,people also .

Joanne CrawfordI remember buying candy in there as a kid in the early ‘70’s when it was Cracknell’s store.

Muriel CraigI remember Hornell;s owed it , it was groceries then , I remember buying canned potatoes there ,when I had a room at Wilmer Barr;s and worked at Glenyar Knit , they also had a clothing store , about where the Landing is now , back in maybe 1953 -1954

Cathy Barr BrunetteI remember it as Adam’s then Cracknel’s in the store. Mrs Arnoldi, Jean and Jo lived over top of the store and the Lance’s lived on the very top floor

Paul MilottePrior to the Adams family it was operated by Phonsie Murphy.

Judy ArnottWhen I was a child(I lived at the Era) Mrs Arnoldi,Jean Arnoldi,her daughter Jo and the Lance family lived on the upper floors. The street front was Noonans grocery.Phonsi Murphy was the butcher there. Then Cliff Adam’s took over the grocery and later Cracknells. The grocery had everything you needed. Between there and the Licker Plant(Pretty Goods) there was no need to leave the village for your goods

Building in question on the left-Lanark Era building on the right

From in Search of Lanark–Judy ArnottDiane Duncan Lanark Era was beside it. My dad printed the paper for over 20years. We lived upstairs at the back( where long veranda is) the owners, Earl and Muriel Mason lived in the main part

It was a pool hall

Shelley McLeodMy only memory of this place was a pool hall. In the seventies.

Judy Arnott Wally Lance had snooker tables.

Gregory C. SproulePlayed pool there. Wally Lances

Anne LabelleCharlie lance joseph lance and parents lived up top

Michele Scanlan
Anne Labelle and their sister Gayal

Patrick LoftusMy Uncle Phonsey owned the store before the Cracknells and It was called Murphy’s Meat Market ( his last name was Murphy ) I also remember Jimmy Anderson worked for him and did the deliveries He would knock on your door and say ” groceries ! ” when entering Phonsey sold to the Cracknells not sure of the date probably early 60’s

Beverlee Ann Clow

When I worked there in the 50’s, Wilf and Dorothy Noonan owned it and ran a grocery store for quite a few years. Two of my brothers also worked there part time and also my sister. Phonsie Murphy owned it after Noonan and that’s where my knowledge ends because I moved away from Lanark.

John FoliotCarly Liz Brazeau I recently heard it is going up for Auction – apparently the opening bid is $28,000, but it will need plenty more than that to restore it.I don’t recall seeing many mansard roofs around the county (anyone?) which makes this kind of unique.If I had the money….

Judy ArnottPatrick Loftus Cliff Adam had it before Cracknells

Ken Potter

John Foliot Yes, that is the taxes owing. It is assessed at $78,000. The tax sale can be found on the township websight.

anielle DowdallRotting away is my guess. I think a fire destroyed the back apt and now it’s just falling apart.

Erika Danielle

Yes the inside is quite damaged from what I saw looking in. But it’s a beautiful gem if you look past the damage. I wish I could restore it to its original glory 💕

Carly Liz Brazeau for sale. Needs lots of repair. I was passing through and fell in love with it and wanted to know history on it and memories. If I had the money I’d buy and restore it ❤ it’s a dream alright

Kerri Rondeau WayThe gentleman who last lived there had to move out as it was a hazard, the roof needs replaced, and can not remember all he said needed done.

Judy ArnottDiane Duncan Lanark Era was beside it. My dad printed the paper for over 20years. We lived upstairs at the back( where long veranda is) the owners, Earl and Muriel Mason lived in the main part

Jeanie MaennlingAt one point, Judith Hughes, a woman who had bought, renovated and sold a few houses in Carleton Place, decided it would be a good artist’s loft and show room. Don’t know why she didn’t continue after about two years. Sad story. I think now it is almost beyond restoration. Just like the Kitten Mill. Wish some millionaire would do a good deed for this lovely town

Jennifer Joanne
I think it was a craft store for a very short time in the late 70’s. I remember going there with my mom I think. I was pretty young

Jo RintoulThere was no running water of any kind in it when we lived there 50 years ago ..and no land with it to put any in…

Judy Arnott most of the village had outhouses and drew drinking water from local pumps. A lot of houses did have a cistern so you could pump water into the house- yes it was. We got our water from there for years. That was my job once I was big enough to carry the pail. There was another one at the house we’ve been discussing but I think it went dry.

Your house is often referred to as Mrs Ballantynes, nut before she lived there she had the cutest house right on the cornerIt was pink and had a huge weeping willow tree. That was in the early 60s before they widened the intersection. There also used to be a big house on the other corner (Wilson Cteightons) in that large lot.

John FoliotJudy Arnott we’ve heard of Mrs. Ballantynes previously (did she also sell crystals and rocks?) I’ve also heard that it was once known as the Lamonte Inn (after the original owners, Mr. and Mrs. Lamonte – Mr. Lamonte passing away shortly after it was built, and Mrs. Lamonte opening the house as an Inn, presumably to make ends meet).I can hardly wait for the Lanark Museum to reopen: we’re also (fingers crossed) in search of a “historical” photo of our place.

Michele ScanlanJohn Foliot It was called the Lamont’s Inn at one time. I grew up in the White House behind yours on what is referred to as Brady’s hill. We also drew water from your well.–

Beverlee Ann Clow
6h  · 

A photo of Mr. Cracknel taken at a party around 1974. Joyce Barr in the foreground

It is being sold for taxes

John Foliot It’s an interesting lot as it is an L shape with the base of the L going behind the old Era office building

John Foliot


John FoliotFollowing up on Ken Potter‘s comment:https://www.lanarkhighlands.ca/…/home-and…/tax-sales

Etc. Etc

Alberta McNicol

I lived around the corner and it has been empty since I was a child. Couple people have tried to live in it but otherwise empty. Deep pockets or a passion to reno would get it back to former glory. Love the style of the building.

Jo Phipps ThomasLast time I was in this building was about 20 yrs ago, a woman owned it, there’s an entrance to the second floor by a laneway that is up a hill from 511, when I walked in, I was in love, the floor was flagstones at the time, there was a large room with a step up to the kitchen, open concept, the woman wanted to open a bakery in this area of the building. The rooms at the front were a livingroom and the other room could be a bedroom. Upstairs was in poor condition but had 4 large rooms, can’t remember where the bathrooms were, then downstairs on the street level at that time was 2 stores, only one was used, but could be one store, the wall was temporary. She lost the building to a foreclosure and it was auctioned off. But I always think of that flagstone flooring.

Charles DobieErika Danielle Complete lack of parking there and heavy traffic so curb parkers would make it even worse. The building just up the road to the west across from the chip wagon used to be a bakery. It was very popular and the only reason it closed was because a drunk (I think) driver drove into it and embedded his car inside.

Diane JudgeMy Mom’s parents were Ida and Charles Darou, owned them dairy in Lanark, my grandmother Ida would order meat & food from there, and they delivered to the Darou home , next to the machine shop, which they owned as well.– read John A Darou 1905 Lanark Village

Snippy Dicey1995 I removed a large amount of trash from this building for a Mrs. Rutledge. I can confirm their are 2-3 rentals but they were ROUGH. I can also confirm the previous owner was so CHEAP that she tried to have me hammer out bent nails and use old carpeting as window treatments. Took forever to get my $ out of her. Sticks out to me because I was a teen paying $250 a month on auto insurance and I needed the $…paid me $5 a hour cash instead of the $8 a hour I was promised…MISERABLE.


Village of Lanark Business Directory 1886– 1887

From in Search of Lanark

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

Documenting The Lanark Village Caldwell Home –“The Hielans”

Community Comments– Lanark Village Postcard

Have you Seen one of These Lately? The Update from the Lanark Village Community Group

Lanark Village School Photos — 1901 Graduates names names names

  1. More Tidbits About Lanark Village
    1. It Raineth Every Day in Lanark County–Social Notes–July 30, 1897
    2. Please take the Devil Out of Me? Rev. James Wilson of Lanark
    3. Does Anyone Remember Cohen’s in Lanark Village?
    4. Till Death Do Us Part in Lanark County?
    5. Lanark Village 1868
    6. Lanark Village Old Boys Reunion 1913 Names Names Names
    7. Lanark Village Social Notes– Hot Weather and Names Names Names 

100 Hands Thrown Out of Work –Lanark Village

A Walk through Lanark Village in 1871

Lanark Village News 1887–The $5 Wager and Other Things

Life in Lanark Village 1820 — Bad Roads Distilleries and Discontent!

So What Did We Find Out About this Photo from Lanark Village?

Revolutions of Death at Caldwell & Son’s

Remembering a Shoemaker in Lanark Village–Thomas Wilson

Lanark Village 1913 — Clippings Old Boys Week

So What Did We Find Out About this Photo from Lanark Village?

Sandy Caldwell King of the River Boys

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

UFO Sightings in Lanark County 1982 — Lanark Village

John Strang Lanark Village

Lanark Village Social Notes– Hot Weather and Names Names Names 1900

More Tidbits About Lanark Village

Lanark Village 1952

New Buildings in Almonte Summer of 1866

New Buildings in Almonte Summer of 1866

Judging by present appearances this summer will be a busy one for builders in Almonte. Among other erections under way and in contemplation are the following: 

almonte.com Methodist Church

The new Methodist Church, which will be of stone, instead of brick, and will cost $8,000 or $9,000. 

Church Street School— almonte.com

The Church Street School, at a cost of $3,175—contract price.

 Mr. J. K. Cole’s large new brick hotel and outbuildings, tenders for which will be asked next week. 

Mr. W. McArthur’s three-story brick building on Mill street, with two stores on ground floor, dwelling on second floor, and Oddfellows’ hall on third. Cost, about $6,000. 

almonte.com -Union Street Towards Methodist Church

Mr. T. R. White’s new frame residence on Farm street, which, when completed, will cost about $1,000. Next to Mr. White’s the cellar for a double tenement to be erected by Messrs. Shipman Bros, has been dug out. When finished it will cost about $1,500. 

Mr. Robert Patterson will erect a fine brick residence—two stories and mansard roof—on the lot next to Major Macdonell’s residence, Elgin street. It will cost in the vicinity of $1,500. 

Mr. Norman Stevenson has put up an office for Mr. A. Bell. C. E., opposite the Registry Office. 

Mr. Arthur O’Hara is erecting a frame dwelling for himself on the comer of Martin and Princess streets. It will cost about $800. 

 Mr. O’Hara also has a contract for the erection of a dwelling for Mr. P. Dowdall, shoemaker, in the Mitcheson section. It will be veneered with brick, and will cost close on $1,000. 

Mr. A. France has just completed a new frame dwelling-house north of Martin street.

 last one standing

Mr. J. Jamieson. M. P.. has men at work putting up five tenement houses opposite the High School. 

Mr. R. Cameron has been making preparations for erecting Mrs. Dowdalls new brick residence on Union street. It will cost $1,000. 

Mr. Andrew Bell. C. E., will erect a $2,000 solid brick residence this summer.


laying the cornerstone at St. Paul’s- almonte.com


In addition to the above quite a number of other new buildings are spoken of, and improvements to the extent of several thousand dollars are contemplated in connection with St. Paul’s Church

May 1866 – Almonte Gazette

The Carleton Place Train Station 1991

The Carleton Place Train Station 1991
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
11 Oct 1991, Fri  •  Page 4

The old limestone train station here near the entrance of town is the last of its kind in the upper Ottawa Valley. But many years of neglect and bouts of vandalism have taken their toll on the former Canadian Pacific Railway station. Its roof is sagging and the rows of long, rectangular windows are boarded up. Even the tracks that once stretched past the back of the building are gone. Yet local heritage enthusiasts are hopeful the 70-year-old building may soon reopen. Along with 21 other stations across Canada, it was recently designated heritage under the federal Heritage Railway Stations Protection Act. Heather Lebeau thinks it’s a godsend. “It means (the station) is saved from demolition,” says Lebeau, a member of the Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee. “It’s quite an achievement,” she says.

About 18 months ago, the heritage group submitted a report to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada asking that the building be considered for heritage designation. Lebeau says the condition of the abandoned depot was getting worse. If it was going to be saved, the designation was needed as soon as possible, she says. “Our main concern is that the history of the building remains intact. Our concerns (were) about its bad repair.” Tim Campbell, chairman of the committee, says under the heritage act, the building can’t be destroyed or altered” in any way without approval from the federal cabinet. “I’m very pleased about it,” says Campbell, who plans to make heritage an issue in this year’s municipal election. He’s running for council. “I would like to see it preserved.”

The station is among three heritage landmarks in town that risked being torn down. The historic Mississippi Hotel in the downtown core and the century-old auditorium on the second floor of the town hall are also in need of great repair. Between the 1920s and 1950s, about 30 freight trains and a dozen passenger cars pulled into the Carleton Place station daily. Saturday mornings were especially hectic when as many as 150 people traipsed through the station. But by the early 1960s, freight trains were losing a lot of business to transport trucks. And Carleton Place felt the squeeze. Cargo service dropped significantly and fewer passengers came through town. By the 1970s, passenger service to Carleton Place was discontinued altogether. It returned briefly in the late 1980s, but finally stopped in December 1989. The tracks were lifted a month later. Lebeau believes the building, still owned by CP, has a lot of potential. It’s sturdy and large and could have many uses, she says. There’s been talk of converting it into a restaurant, a local museum or community centre.

photo Tom Edwards 1920s
The original Carleton Place Subdivision in 1966-67

Canadian Pacific’s history in Ottawa goes back to the late 1800s, although there isn’t much that the casual observer will see of the railway’s legacy in this city today. However, if you dig deep enough, there are some fascinating hints of Canadian Pacific’s past in Ottawa, including a number of spots where you can spot the old Carleton Place Subdivision, a line that dates back to 1870 when it belonged the broad-gage Canada Central Railway. Let’s go digging. READ here
https://www.insideottawavalley.com/news-story/10041455-carleton-place-public-library-is-on-the-move-temporarily/ 2020

Clippings from the Train Stations in Carleton Place

Train Station and Bank of Nova Scotia-Old and New

The Mystery Streets of Carleton Place– Where was the First Train Station?

Clippings of Trudie Dickie and the Building of the Pool

Clippings of Trudie Dickie and the Building of the Pool




The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
30 Sep 1982, Thu  •  Page 7


Jenn Nolan As I was reminded by my mother this morning , ‘ a few years ago’ my wonderful mother brought me into this world before the doctor arrived and it was Trudi and another nurse who delivered me!

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Ben MacRae It looks like she’s putting a weiner on a bun



1981 photos courtesy Carleton Place-Manager of Recreation & Culture -1981













Trudi Dickie Clippings — Please Add Your Comments

Mary Cook Archives

Mary and Walter Swinwood — Mary Cook News Archives 1981

The Evolution of the Women’s Institute — Mary Cook News Archives 1982

Bob Sadler’s Boat Rides –Mary Cook News Archives 1982

Carleton Place Ladies Auxiliary — Chamber of Commerce 1987– Mary Cook Archives

It’s Hard for Women to get into Office in Carleton Place — 1974 –Mary Cook

Mary Cook Archives —Philip Mailey — January 25 1983

Carleton Place a place for Mad Scientists! Mary Cook News Archives 1983

Mary Cook Archives — Rifle Ranges and Nursery Schools — September 1980

Mary Cook News Archives — The Wool Industry 1982

The Moldowans —- Mary Cook News Archives 1982

Clippings of Cheryl Coker — Mary Cook News Archives

Donald Lowry …. Mary Cook News Archives

1976 Agricultural Tour — Mary Cook News Archives

The Dear Abby of Lanark County -Mary Cook Clippings

William Pattie — Built More Homes Than Any Other Man

William Pattie — Built More Homes Than Any Other Man


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Wm. Pattee Oldest Male Citizen Carleton Place Man Has Not Only Great Civic Record, But Has Built More Houses in Carleton

The oldest male resident of Carleton Place at one time is Mr. William Pattie, who has lived all his life in the town. Mr. Pattle’s father, David Pattie, came to Carleton Place in 1833. He was a carpenter and Mr. Pattie, Sr., landed in Carleton Place the year the cholera was at its worst in Canada.

Between his arrival at Quebec and his landing at Carleton Place Mr. Pattie witnessed many harrowing incidents, but escaped contagion. Mr. William Pattie, followed his fathers trade of business and erected scores of houses still standing  and was  in the building business for 55 years.

Early in the history of the town Mr. Pattie took an interest in civic affairs and he entered the village council in 1876 as reeve, and was re-elected forty times. Thirty- seven of these elections were by acclamation, which is some record, as all will agree. Mr. Pattie was in the town council till twelve years ago, when advancing age caused him to retire. In 1893 he was mayor of the town.

Mr. Pattie tells of the time in the 1850s and 1860s when the Mississippi River used to be a great square timber river. The pine taken off the reaches of the Mississippi was of such  fine quality that Peter Maclaren, the then chief operator, could always get a considerably better price for his timber than any vendor from the Ottawa or its tributaries.

Among the lumbermen whom Mr. Pattie remembers as operating on the Mississippi river were: the MacLarens, the Whites, the Rices, the Halls, Hon. James Skead, the Cald- wells and the Homes. In one year no less than twelve firms operated.

In the early days, the Carleton Place flour mills sent a lot of flour by teams up the Ottawa river to supply the up-river shanties. Mr. Pattie said he had seen as many as twenty loaded teams leave Carleton Place at one time. Mr. William Pattie was the father of Mr. William Preston Pattie, the well known Carleton Place druggist.  William Pattie had a beautiful home facing on the river and surrounded with stately trees, all of which he planted, when he built his home.



William Pattie – 1842/1931

Mayor of Carleton Place – 1893 – Building Contractor and “Oldest Surviving Son of Carleton Place”.

According to the Almonte Gazette in 1914 the Lanark County Council appointed members William Pattie of Carleton Place and Christopher Forbes of Snow Road to prepare a history of the district from its dawn to the then present date, says the Carleton Place Central Canadian. 

Fired with ambition to surpass all previous diggers into ancient records they gathered together several store houses of material for working into saleable goods but the war de-vitalized their energies and the project fell like the German fiscal system into a state of bankruptcy.

When questioned, Mr. Pattie refused to comment upon the matter, but instead stated that the town of Carleton Place had donated $10,000 that year for the use of good roads and as yet had received nothing for it in their town and wanted to know if it was fair.

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. During the 1880’s the hardwood floor of the Carleton Place drill hall on Beckwith was flooded for a curling surface. .

In 1909 a roller skating rink with a new skating floor was re-opened at the militia drill hall on the market square. Supported by its hand hewn beams, it remained a useful memorial of the perils of the 1860’s until destroyed. Tragically that year the curling rink, the militia drill shed all burned during the Great Fire of Carleton Place.




The Savoy Medicinal Truffle at Pattie’s Drugstore

The Carleton Place Kazoo Band — Great Moments in Kazoo History

Where is this?


Interesting building.. but where is it?

So readers thought it was on Arkland Island but it is not..

Allan said and I might have to go looking for it. Thanks Allan!

Hey Linda… the very top photo above the Arkland Island image is part of an old mill beside the rapids in Blakeney… downstream from Almonte.


This is Arkland Island in Carleton Place


Arklan Island— Mississippi River, North-east of McNeely Ave Bridge

This vintage photo of the Arklan Island Saw Mill and bridge was taken Sunday May 14th, 1939. The island is owned by the Town of Carleton Place and was donated to the town for future parkland. The building you see in the picture is now in ruins and the old bridge across was removed many years ago. The island is only accessable by boat today but the ruins and stone channel walls can still be seen today. The island is steeped in history going back to the 1820’s. If you look on the historic 1833 district map, the sawmill is noted and it is called Bailey’s Mills. It should also should be noted that Carleton Place’s first hydro electric plant was located near the Aklan Island Bridge.

Heritage Carleton Place

Photo from Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum