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Burns Service Garage – Comments and Memories

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Burns Service Garage – Comments and Memories

Bob Smithson

The image in the photo is that of the Service Station and gas pumps where Red Munroe and others worked. The Main Office, Parts Department (Laurie McPhail and others), Service Bays and Paint Shop were located across the road from the Legion. The car lot area had its own service bay located to the rear of the lot which had an upstairs office where all the sales staff were located etc. (Edgar Carroll, Des Smithson, Cameron Smithson, Mike Vaughan and a young Clarke LaRocque). Jack Smithson, my father, was the General Manger and as I recall, Evelyn Lotan provided administrative assistance for the business, Dalton Burns was Finance and Stewart Burns the Owner. I recall that Jack Vanbridger, Elford Giles and Don MacIntosh were the mechanics along. Can anyone else add some other names and details

Dawn Jones

Linda : i believe Burns globe service was owned by Stuart Burns who had a car dealership across the street. I will verify that once i talk to a relative.

Dawn Jones

Linda : i believe Burns globe service was owned by Stuart Burns who had a car dealership across the street. I will verify that once i talk to a relative.

Bev Madden

..and before Burns it was owned by Gord Hill

Ken MacDonald

Dawn Jones

Burns Pontiac Buick

Dennis worked there in the body shop.

Actually that might be his car in the photo

Kathi Norton

Omg – that is terrific to see the old golf gas station of my father’s! Thanks for sharing! If anyone has any memorabilia of “Burns Pontiac Buick” I would be happy to pay someone for such items as key chains, callenders etc… please contact me directly!

Kathi Norton

Yes Burns Pontiac Buick was across the street, where Napa is today! It was in operation in the 60’s and 70’s

Stuart McIntosh

A 1958 Pontiac Pathfinder baby blue was the car my parents purchased at Hill motors.. used it to get my drivers licence – a little while ago – haha

Susan Elliott Topping

I remember Art working there! When I walked by to go skating, he would yell, “Hi Suzie Wing Wong”! because of my ponytail! LOL

Ronald Ford

I worked at Burns service station with Gordon mcclymont in the sixties

Cathy Paterson

I remember your Dad having the car dealership in Almonte I believe Mr Clarke LaRocque worked there as a salesman for your dad

Mike Gallant

Worked at the Service station for 3 years while going to school—then to the main dealership Burn’s Pontiac across the road to begin my career!!!

Tom Edwards

Was Edgar Carroll at Burns Pontiac Mike Gallant.

Mike Gallant

Yes Tom, Edgar Carroll, Clark Laroque, Des Smithson, Cameron Smithson, Laurie McPhail, Teddy Metcalfe, Hughie Whitten, Mrs Lotan, Mrs Wrigglesworth, Fuzzy Barr, Ray Gallant, Billy Southwell Eddie Gosset and the list goes on!!! Fun time working between the hotel and the Legion haha!!!

Peter Low

Continuing on, Mike: Body Shop>> Ronny Arthur, Frank “Shorty” Morrow, Ray Pretty, Steve Mundt, Ken Brown, Paul Raymond. Front End Alignment>> Don McIntosh. Additional mechanics>> Clarence Hazelwood, Ken Bennett. New Car Prep>> Jack VanBridger. Parts>> Jack Greer. New Car Wash>>Grant McDougall and Mike Villeneuve.

Mike Gallant

Peter Low Yes—Ernie Lalonde, Art Landry, Pat Laforce, Ken Mason, Nick Carter——I am sure I will think of a few more

John Metcalfe

Mike Gallant my brother George Metcalfe body shop

Dawn Jones

Mike Gallant ; Dennis LeClaire worked there for a time in the body shop.

Don Raycroft

Wow you have a good memory. Great crew of good people. I think Jack Smithson showed his face now and again as well!

Mike Gallant

Yes Don—Jack was there often as he owned Almonte Leasing. he stored some tires in the basement at the Gulf station across the street. He leased the 5 ton Flour mill trucks and we would service them on Saturdays!!

D Christopher Vaughan

My Dad Des Vaughan worked for Jack Smithson in the early 1950’s,but I thought it was across the street from the Legion – can anyone help out with that? Before my time, as it was when he worked for Jack that he met a Bell Telephone operator who worked on Mill Street named Elizabeth, and well, the rest is history. OK, i checked with my mom, and she has corrected me. My dad worked for Gord Hill at Hill Motors

Ronald Ford

Hill motor was across from superior restaurant. Burns Pontiac Buick was across from the legion

John Metcalfe

The car lot was across the street from legion and the picture is of their gas bar and 2 bay garage beside Lindsay farm equipment

Stuart McIntosh

Looks like a new /65 Pontiac parked out front.

Gerry Newton

Worked there in 1971 for a few weeks before crossing the road in parts.

Sandy France

Gordie Hill owned the GM dealership until the mid sixties when Stewart Burns bought Gordie out. Britt Thurston was the next owner but he moved the business up near Scoops

Julie Taylor

The building on the left that my Dad Don Lockhart grew up in still has my great Grandfather’s safe in it. Unfortunately I don’t think we will ever get it back as my Dad says it would need to be lifted out with a crane. 🙁

Janet Drynan

Remember the service station well. We owned it and the Lotan house and ran our auto repair business out of it

George Metcalfe

I worked at this Gulf station and then in the body shop across the street both owend by Stewart Burns

Bob Smithson

J.C. started-up a Car Leasing Company as part of Burns Motors, and eventually went on his own working from his basement office. He eventually became the County Registrar in the Land Registry Office until he retired.

Carl Roberts

Worked in the Body Shop with Shorty Morrow

Don Duncan Hi Nancy do you also have memories of riding to Almonte High School cramed into the back seat of Keith Brydges old rusted out station wagon. School buses have come a long way!

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A Trip Along the Ramsay Sixth Line –W.J. Burns

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A Trip Along the Ramsay Sixth Line –W.J. Burns

photo Sarah More

Hi, Linda ~Don’t know if you might be interested in my Grandfather’s poem about the Sixth Line of Ramsay (now called Quarry Road)? In the 1950s, he had a farm there. Other farms on the Sixth Line belonged to McNeely, Rintoul, Thom, Sadler, Burns, Henry, Hilliards, and a new German Family ( see note from Eleanor Rintoul at the bottom) whose name escapes my Mother.  

He went by W.J. Burns. He was a 5th generation resident of Ramsay Township. Am attaching a picture of him. In 1990, my Uncle compiled a small booklet of poems written by W.J. & my Aunt.
Cheers,

Sarah More

Photo- Jayne Henry
Photo Jayne Henry

*Eleanor Rintoul sent this to me.:

Hello Linda,

I’m married to a Rintoul from the 6th line and I have seen that poem before but it was good to be reminded of it.

I knew the German family as I had the two oldest children in school and I know when the Galbraith (S.S.# 5) closed so I thought I would fill in the blanks.

The school closed in 1968 the year Naismith School opened. (I might be off by a year.)

The German family were Matthias and Erma (or Irma) Hauch. I taught the two oldest children Achmed and Rosemarie.

The family moved to a farm near Chesterville and had three more children Harold, Susan and Sandy. I don’t know where they were living when these children were born — whether on the 6th line or after they moved to Chesterville.

Rosemarie was very involved in track and field at North ( or South) Dundas High school and went on to win many awards and trophies.

Check her out on Google.

Eleanor Rintoul

I was Eleanor Clapp when I taught at Galbraith and married Frank Paul (son of Norman Paul, whom I think you knew)

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The First Burns Anniversary Supper Almonte 1830 notations Of Bairns and Burns

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The First Burns Anniversary Supper Almonte 1830 notations Of  Bairns and Burns

A unique notebook or album kept by the late James Wilson, who died
years ago, was one of the treasured possessions of his daughter, Miss Flora Wilson. It contained many interesting things, amongst them being a report of the proceedings of the first Burns Anniversary Supper held in Almonte in the year 1830, which anniversary has been faithfully kept by the succeeding Scots.

Therefore in January in 1928 the present day Scots will sit down to supper in memory of Robert Burns for ’the hundredth time since the settlement of Ramsay’. The record of that first supper was made by William Wilson, a native of Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland, who had come to Ramsay to settle.

Later on he sent for his sweetheart, Flora Lallie, to join him here and they were married on her arrival. Miss Lallie came from Kilmarnock also. William Wilson was the father of James Wilson and the record does not say where the first Burns Supper was held. It just says: “The first supper held in Ramsay on Burns the poet’s natal day was January 25th, 1830.

Mr. James McFarlane was appointed to the chair. After complimenting the meeting on the honour conferred on him, he gave as a toast to the Literature and Agriculture of Ramsay. After which he rose from the
chair, which was instantly filled by Mr. James Bryson, vice-president who gave the toasts.

Did you know we have a Lanark Highlands Tartan? This is from the Middleville & District Museum.. This tartan was designeed by Susi Reinink for the Township of Lanark Highlands as one of the town’s millennium projects. It was registered with the Scottish Tartans Society on the 20th November 1999.

The colours in the sett follow this symbolism:

The fields of agricultural land (brown),
dependent on the township’s many lakes and streams (dark blue),
are surrounded by maple forests (green).
Their foliage turns into bright autumn colours (red and yellow) by October.
Soon winter sets in and the lakes start to freeze over (light blue).
Finally snow (white) covers the township,
so that the granite (grey) of the Great Canadian Shield is only occasionally exposed.SETT
** If you intend to weave or otherwise use any of these patterns, please be aware that you may need the written permission of the designer or producer. This information can be found in the Scottish Register of Tartans.

LT/8 B16 G40 R8 G4 Y4 G8 LB12 W44 N/8 (STA No. 2637)

COLOUR CODES
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