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1963 Riverside Park — Stills from a 8 MM Movie Camera — Larry Clark

1963 Riverside Park — Stills from a 8 MM Movie Camera — Larry Clark

Linda–This was captured from an 8 mm movie film that iIshot in the summer of 1963 at Riverside Park. There seems to be another swimming area on the other side of the river? Perhaps some landscaping? There is more footage and perhaps a view of the old boathouses that existed between the park and the canoe club. The clarity is not nearly as good as with 35mm. Have a great weekend!Larry

These photos are easy to date as the 2 ladies in the first photo are pregnant and my nephew was born in Oct. and my son in November, so this is likely a very hot day in Aug. Unfortunately, my method of capturing these stills (from 8mm) does not provide the clarity that I would like.In all I captured approx. 50 photos but due to the fact that they are 8 mm many are similar-a few frames apart. I chose the ones I am including by the backgrounds they provide-boathouses, Hawthorne and I believe Findlays in the distance. The last photo(smaller file) shows a girl that could possibly be identified?

Gloria HamiltonLarry Clark I use to swim from what we called the New Park over to the Old Park this picture brings back memories.

Kelly Millar NeronThe town gave swimming lessons every summer for children

Paul HodginsI still haven’t learned to dive Jill Seymour🥰🥰

Ted HurdisAlmost every day was spent right there

Sue JohnstonLoved when my mom or dad took us swimming.. time always went way to fast😄

Julia Waugh GuthrieI remember early and I do mean early swimming lessons in cold water. Best of times….

Heather LalondeJulia Waugh Guthrie me toooo!!!!

Holley GardinerLike Julia said, best of times and cold standing on the raft some mornings. Rodger Gardiner

Janet KerryThat was alway’s where most people went swimming. When the camping was there you always met a lot of people.

Lorelei BruntonHad swimming lessons there as a child and then worked for five summers as a lifeguard and swimming instructor. Lots of memories!

Kelly Millar NeronMy husbands family ran “the booth” for a few seasons when it was over near the campground area

Tom MontreuilLoved that booth

Larry ClarkThis is Riverside Park in 1963. Much different than when i learned to swim there- about 1942. There were log booms delineating the swimming area (s). I think they separated a shallow and deeper area?. If my memory is correct there was a drop off where the middle boom was situated. I learned to swim one day when a wave from a passing boat lifted my foot from the bottom (I was keeping one foot on bottom as I attempted to swim). Of course, my initial swim took place under water and from then on spent most of my time there. Bought my first scuba gear in 1960 and haven’t kept my head much above water since then

Before Riverside park, there was Caldwell’s Saw Mill. Located approximately where the beach is now, this saw mill operated from 1869 to 1891. It was later run as the Cavers Sash and Door Mill. The town purchased the property in 1904 for use as a public park. This photo was taken that same year, perhaps shortly before the building was demolished. Look across the river… nothing or barely nothing.– Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Related Reading

Riverside Park Comments Larry Clark ‘The Dip’

St. Mary’s and Riverside Park 1969

When Were Some of the Trees Planted in Riverside Park?

The Carleton Place Riverside Park Booth Etc. Etc.

Let’s Build Cabins at Riverside Park!

When the Circus came to Carleton Place

Tug of War 1970’s Riverside and Centennial Park Carleton Place

Just Beat It! Carnival Riot in Carleton Place at Riverside Park

Before and After at Centennial Park

So What Did You Do in Riverside Park?

It was the Boathouse that Went On and On….

The Carleton Place Riverside Park Booth Etc. Etc.

100 Hands Thrown Out of Work –Lanark Village

100 Hands Thrown Out of Work –Lanark Village



Photos-Lanark & District Museum 1917



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  22 Jun 1917, Fri,  Page 2


Photos-Lanark & District Museum


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  22 Jun 1917, Fri,  Page 8


Photos-Lanark & District Museum


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Clipped from The Winnipeg Tribune,  09 Sep 1916, Sat,  Page 11




The Clyde Woolen Mills were completely destroyed by fire last Thursday night. Of the large main building in which all the manufacturing was carried on nothing remains but portions of the massive stone walls and a great” heap of smoking debris. The dye-house was also utterly gutted.

The Superintendent’s house also fell prey to the flames, but the office and shipping room, store houses and a few other outhouses were saved by the excellent and effective work of the firemen. The damage amounts to one hundred thousand dollars, covered by insurance to the extent of fifty-one thousand dollars. The fire originated at about 9.45 p.m. in the boiler house, and was first noticed by Mr. Ben Cardinal, night watchman, on. his return from one’ of his hourly rounds. He had just returned to his waiting quarters in the boiler room and had gone to an adjoining department for a handful of waste with which to wipe the engine. When he came back he saw a small smouldering fire in a wood pile which stands in reserve in the boiler room., Deciding that he could extinguish thfe blaze quite easily with a sprinkling, of water, he went to procure a pailful and found upon his return that the flames had developed out of control, reaching high up the walls and all around the boiler room.

The alarm was given and help quickly at hand, but so sudden and furious had the burning developed that it was impossible to do anything of an effective nature. The mill fire-fighting plant was situated inside the building, near at hand, but the raging flames prevented this being brought into service. In a few minutes devastation had spread east and upwards to the spinning and carding departments and westward to the finishing room. The last room of all to come to ruin was the weaving.

Bursting from their confinement in the interior of the building, the flames passed out and over to the dye house and curled on in the direction of Mr. Grierson’s house. At the rear of the main building are a number of storehouses in which are kept large stocks of wool and other raw material. In line with these stands the picker house, and just south of it the office and ship-‘ ping room, where quantities of valuable finished goods were shelved.

The cloth from the shipping room was all removed to places of safety. Danger to the wool houses was immediate and serious, and as.the firemen had all they could do to hold down the danger at the east and north ends, the chances of cutting off the wool losses seemed remote.

Extra precautionary measures were taken in this direction and all in readiness with men and teams to remove the wool in short order. The arrival of the Perth fire brigade relieved the situation. They had been summoned and made the journey from Perth by means of relays of teams at points along every few miles in one hour and twenty minutes. In the mill itself large quantities of prepared wool were stored and considerable quantities of goods throughout the mill in various stages of manufacture. In the scouring house downstairs a miscellaneous assortment of goods were ready for the machines, and these were not recovered.

Dye stuffs valued at  many thousands of dollars were in stock in the dyehouse and these are part of the important losses, as they were bought in the early stages of the war and had greatly enhanced in value as well as being very difficult to replace. The destruction is so complete that all the order and form and plan of this industry, which was at once. Lanark’s pride and main ’support, has passed back into the elements, and nothing remains but the slag of the ruin.

In the meantime plans have been advanced for recovering as far as possible the break in production. Appleton will take care of the finishing until machinery can be installed in the Perth plant. The Aberdeen mill in Lanark will be doubled up in capacity by overtime. The citizens of Lanark fully realize their loss. The character of the man at the head of the industry which has suffered has impressed itself upon and is reflected in every department of village life. It would be a matter of universal regret were no way found to approach an adjustment and restoration of conditions under the old order of things.









A Walk through Lanark Village in 1871

Revolutions of Death at Caldwell & Son’s

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

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