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Owl Burgers? Lewis Carr Butcher

Owl Burgers?  Lewis Carr Butcher
stock photo of 1950s butcher shop

January 1951 Almonte Gazette

Appetites jaded by too much turkey received just the right fill up on Saturday evening when the word spread by the grapevine route that Lewis Carr had owl burgers for sale. Strangely enough; although Mr. Carr had many requests for this delicacy, all came over the telephone.

The line got so jammed in the evening that Mr. Carr stopped answering the phone. Then for fear one of his best customers wanted service, he was forced to ask central where each of these calls came from. The fact of the matter is Mr. Carr only had one Snowy Owl in stock and after, sifting all the demands for owl burgers, he decided that O. A. McPhail was the most insistent.

So he delivered the owl, feathers and all, to Mr. McPhail and it is said that he dined on owl burgers on New Year’s Day.

The $64 question is who sent the owl’s remains to Mr. Carr.

People of Lanark County–Stan and Ellard Sonnenberg-Almonte- butchers– From “Up the Line”

After fifteen successful years in the retail meat and grocery business, Stan Sonnenburg this week” turns over the reins of his enterprise to its new owner, Mrs. Johanna Dale who takes over Thursday morning. Mrs. Dale is the wife of Mr. Armand Dale, realtor, of Carleton Place and formerly of Almonte. The store will be managed by Mr. Bob Sorinenburg, who will remain on along with Doug Sonnenburg and Garry Brown. Mrs. Dale will be getting acquainted with h e r customers on Thursday while she dispenses free coffee and donuts and some surprises for the kiddies. Stan will retain his slaughtering plant on the tenth line and an added cutting room will perm it custom killing and cutting on short notice. He will also supply Mrs. Dale with beef, pork, lamb and veal. June 1972

Des H Julian-– Remember the butcher shop.and they worked for Louis Carr on the main drag in Almonte.

Margaret McNeely My father dealt with Louis Carr all the time for meat for our restaurant. Our dog Chummy use to go to the back of the store that was on the Main Street and they would treat him to a bone.

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
17 Dec 1940, Tue  •  Page 24

The only Owl Burgers I want to see are these please…

CLIPPED FROMHawaii Tribune-HeraldHilo, Hawaii15 Oct 1959, Thu  •  Page 16

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
28 Apr 1938, Thu  •  Page 7

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
29 Jan 1944, Sat  •  Page 24

Stores in Almonte by Sandy France

Sandy France This was the makeup of the South side of Mill Street in the fifties….the order may not be exactly correct and I may have missed someone…but it’s close

Dominion Stores later Mappins/Baker’s Jewellry and Flowers
Milady Beauty Salon
Karl Paupst Groceries
Jimmy Moreau Magazines
Albert T. Gale realtor
Bell Telephone exchange
Ivan Duncan barber
Superior Restaurant
Carson Johnson Men’s’ Wear
Royal Bank
Lewis Carr butcher
Art Smith electrician
Phil Needham shoemaker
Cliff Graham pharmacist
Doug James Confectionary
Winnard (Winnie) James barber shop
Raymond Jamieson Attorney (upstairs)
Moses Smolkin Men’s’ Wear
Bank of Montreal
Harold Proctor shoes
Millview Restaurant
Howard Giles Western Auto store
Stafford Law Office later CJ Newton Attorney
N. S. Lee hardware store
Elmer Carnegie pharmacist
Kinsella’s Esso garage later Irval Motors
Almonte Public Utilities
McCormick’s Ladies’ Wear
Ed Scott furniture later John Kerry
Wilf Snedden pharmacist
Ab Lotan restaurant
Johnny Erskine cold storage later IGA

Almonte in the 1950s

Hand Typed Almonte History Notations Part 1

Lanark County Recipes Beaver Tail and Muskrat — No thanks LOL

Did You Know this about Fraser’s Meat Market?

Did You Know this about Fraser’s Meat Market?

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The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
24 May 1986, Sat  •  Page 125


Dawn Jones Cecil Fraser on left Donnie Edmonds centre and Jack Kolster on the right. Right across from the high school. Snacks, chips and a dish of smokes which students bought for 5 cents each.

Karen Hirst Regular meat purchases made at Fraser’s and Sonnenburg’s—part of the historical fabric of family businesses in Almonte




Allan Stanley Photo
Speaking about butchers… here is a really old pic of downtown Almonte being paved… if you zoom in on the far right side, you will see a sign for “A B Lotan Butcher”
People of Lanark County–Stan and Ellard Sonnenberg-Almonte- butchers– From “Up the Line”

Des H Julian-– Remember the butcher shop.and they worked for Louis Carr.on the main drag in Almonte.

Jane Blanchfield I remember when I was very young going with my grandfather into the store when he would buy meat and always pass it back saying do it again without the fat. Constant joke.

Glenna Kells Remember the store well!!! My mother used to send me there for slab bacon and I had to pick the one that had the most fat on it because the meat was so lean! Great picture and memories … thanks for sharing

Cathy Paterson– Sonnenburg Store across from the high school used to go in for a treat when I went to Comba school
Margaret McNeely My father dealt with Louis Carr all the time for meat for our restaurant. Our dog Chummy use to go to the back of the store that was on the Main Street and they would treat him to a bone.
Susan Elliott Topping Our dog, Rusty, used to sneak out and go to the Butcher Shop across from ADHS and would come home with a huge bone every time! LOL
Linda Nilson-Rogers Such great guys to deal with, Ellard and Stan weren’t real fond of my black Hampshires! LOL didn’t want black hairs to show up on my pork!

PETA Would Never Approve!




Beckwith Councillor Brian Dowdall brought this picture of G & G Finlay, who ran a business in Perth on Saturday at the Lanark County Genealogical meeting on Saturday.

Meat hanging outside a store with the interior floor probably covered in sawdust and blood would be shockingly graphic to our modern sensibilities. After all, here in the 21st century, we like to remain cheerfully oblivious about where our meat products come from.

This was probably taken in the late 1800s or early 1900s, probably near a festive holiday and shows the freshly butchered animals made ready for sale. For many of the town and surrounding area, fresh meat was something not a lot of people could afford, so the butchers would hang their carcasses in a prominent place to to entice people into their shops. We now we eat meat within a few days of purchase or freeze it, but back then it was the custom to let the meat “hang” for several days or longer. This was said to improve the flavour.

I read a story today about a prominent resident of Beckwith who had as many hairs on his head as a billiard ball and made his wigs out of a piece of raw calf skin. One shade apparently was a dark red hue, and later he had one in black in colour. One has to wonder if this man had a significant other and what she had to say about that– or his herd of cattle.



Where’s the Beef in Carleton Place?


Where’s the Beef in Carleton Place?

Where’s the Beef in Carleton Place?

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When I moved to Carleton Place in 1981 I bought my meat on the corner of Bridge and Bell Street. I remember butcher, Danny Joly, like it was yesterday. He ran a tight ship, and he was everyone’s best friend. Before Danny, there was J.E. Bennett and Sons in that same location. James opened his business in the 1800’s and four generations ran that shop until it closed.


Sylvia McMillan Brown

I found this recently when cleaning out a drawer. Danny’s meat market 1980s.




Ben Joly with his Dad Danny Joly ( photo Ben Joly)



In those days the Bennett’s store had to close down in the afternoon so they could go buy their meat. That meant dealing with farmers and then personally slaughtering it to sell. In the winter they had to haul ice from the Mississippi River to store in their ice box to keep the meat frozen in the summer. Word on the street was that it was so cold in the store in the winter, no one even thought about ice.


Like any family run business the Bennett’s got to work side by side with their families and pass their business down, which happens less and less these days.  I have many memories of watching butchers making crown roasts of lamb for my family, and hearing comments like: “she wants four ribs off the small end” still lives with me.

I can remember that the butcher shop at Christmas was a magical place. I used to stand beside my Grandmother and watch her hand in her slip of paper for a dressed turkey she had ordered weeks ago. While they looked for it in the cooler they offered us a slice of fruit cake or a warm drink. In later years she bought a whole turkey at Thanksgiving and took her axe out and chopped that sucker in half. We ate one half for Thanksgiving and the other piece she froze for Christmas.

Nothing lasts forever, but memories still do.


James E. Bennett – 1860/1927

Mayor of Carleton Place – 1904-1906 – Grocers and Butcher, est. 1883.



Photos from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum.