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Comments from “Bus accident in Carleton Place”

Comments from “Bus accident in Carleton Place”



Photo from November 21, 1955 and it was a photo from a “Bus accident in Carleton Place”–You can see Edwards store and the other brick building on the corner that is no longer there. Photo– “railroad crossing, which is near the location of a bus accident in Carleton Place.” I looked everywhere in the newspaper archives and came up with nothing.


Ray Paquette– In those days, Valerie and John Edwards lived in the white house across from their father’s store so maybe they can add details to the bus accident, Like Ted, I can’t remember any bus accident regarding what would, in those days, be the Colonial Coach Line.


Valerie Edwards –Hi, Ray. The white house was Grandma & Grandpa Edwards, we lived in the back apartment above the store. Now, I am not quite as young as Ted but I was only 4 or 5 and have no recollection of a bus accident near there. Can’t think who might know.

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 Edwards‎ Family Photo Collection Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum William Howard Edwards Who remembers the Virginia Chocolate Bar seen here at the cash.
Ray Paquette– Valerie Edwards Sorry about that! I remember your grandfather who worked in the store with your father when I spelled Frank “Skip” Lunn as a “box boy” during the summer of circa 1957. Mrs. Eric Simpson was the cashier

Valerie Edwards-– Frank Lunn? do not recall the name. Helen Simpson, yes, fond memories

Ray Paquette–– No, Lunn. His nickname was Skip and his sister was the late Judy Brown, wife of Dave.

Dale Costello-– Ray Paquette Skip lived around the corner from us. Boyhood pals.

Marilyn Bisson-– I remember Frank Lunn and his wife Phylis. They had a daughter Judy and son Skip. They lived on Moore street about half way from the corner of Rochester and Munro.


Ray Paquette– Marilyn Bisson Skip was one of my oldest friends. His grandparents lived on Munroe Street and we first met when I was about 7 when his father was transferred from Montreal to Smiths Falls with the CPR. For a short period of time they lived with Skip’s paternal grandparents until they were able to find suitable accommodations. Skip was with me when I met my late wife for the first time and provided me with accommodations in Montreal when I visited her while she was in nursing training.

Sandra Sanderson Before my time, but we bought the white house from Mrs. Edwards, and have many wonderful memories of it. My mom worked at the store (June Lay) for many years. The brick building that is no longer there, I remember as being painted white at some point.

Linda Seccaspina–Group Admin Sandra Sanderson what was in there?

Sandra Sanderson– it was an apartment building…we always thought the alley between there and the grocery store was “spooky”…..:)

Ray Paquette– The Jinkinson family lived in the apartment on the left facing the building while Jimmy Price and his mother lived in the right for a short while in the early 1950’s. The Jinkinsons later moved to a home on Grant Street where one of the sons currently lives.

Tammy Marion– I remember it being white or whitish as well in the 1980’s sometime. Had a friend who lived in one of the apartments in it. Their apt door/ window faced the train tracks.


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The location of the original Edwards Brothers store. The gentlemen looking at the camera would have seen the old train station (current site of the Tim Hortons – 2012) behind the camera man.-  Edwards‎ Family Photo Collection Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

John Edwards– The original Edwards’ Bros. store (False front & wooden) was on the site of the “white” brick building. It was substantially renovated and added to to create the corner white brick building. The later Edwards store with the painted wall advertising was likely built after ‘the Fire’. As for the frame house across the road, J.H. Edwards married Minnie Clark (of the Beckwith 9th line) on October 27th, 1909 in St. James Anglican Church and carried her across the threshold of that house on that same day. Minnie Edwards lived there until the early seventies.

Ruth Drummond –I remember you, Sandra and Shane, my Mom(Helen Simpson worked there for years too. When the gang of us were older, Mom went to work and this was our growing up neighbourhood, We lived on Catherine street.

Julie Sadler– Did you live on Catherine or Mary Street Ruth? Three generations of my family lived in a house on Catherine Street over the years. I remember your Mom and Dad living on Mary Street. Our back yards met in a corner.

Ted Hurdis– Hahaha I remember an epic New Years party at that house. And it was freezing rain so hard we couldn’t walk on the ice on the road and sidewalk


Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)




The Edwards Grocery Fire

And the Power Went Out — A Vintage Flashback


On Wednesday, a Hydro poll was hit on Victoria Street earlier in the afternoon, and power was not restored until 930 PM. As I drove down Bridge Street after dark it was so eerie to see one side of the main street lit up, and the other sitting in the dark. I felt for the 500 residents that were without power, and the businesses that lost half a day of business.


Photo by Ryan Gard- Carleton Place Social Scene

It reminded me of an incident I took pictures of from the files of Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum months ago. In February of 1975, it was reported in the Carleton Place Canadian that Carleton Place and the surrounding district was without power on that Monday in February due to a school bus hitting a hydro pole on the Ramsay Township 8th line. The accident occurred on a regular morning pickup of students going to school in Almonte.


Alan Thompson of R. R. 3 Carleton Place skidded on the snow packed road, slid into the ditch and came to rest on the hydro pole. There were no serious injuries, but the kids were shaken up. Damage to the bus was around $200, but repairs to the pole would be about $1000. The hydro crews arrived quickly but had a task ahead of them with many wires down on the ground. The freezing weather hampered repairs, but service was soon restored.