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Documenting Mr.and Mrs. William Fest Transportation Building or—I Want Candy

Documenting Mr.and Mrs. William Fest Transportation Building or—I Want Candy
Located on one of the busiest intersection in Ottawa, the Transportation building almost remained unchanged; only its ground floor was modified and became one of the main entrance to the Rideau Centre. Photo- Ottawa Archives- from PastOttawa
Lost Ottawa
December 19, 2013  · 

Ottawa’s “Transportation Building” at Rideau and Colonel By, seen from the from the southwest. In the bottom, the old Elephant and Castle.

The building opened in 1916 by JR Booth’s son, CJ Booth, and has many federal civil servants over the years — I think the NCC was in there at one time. Still good looking.

The building served as Ottawa’s City Hall between 1931 (when the City Hall on Elgin burned down) and 1958, when the new — now old — city hall was built at Rideau Falls.
Blair StannardOld Ottawa And Bytown Pics
March 1  · 

Ottawa – 1966 – the Transportation Building at Rideau and Sussex. It was the site of the Ottawa city hall, after the former city hall at Elgin and Queen burned in 1931. It served as such until the new city hall building was built on Green Island. (1958)
City of Ottawa Archives CA 000155

Lost Ottawa

August 27, 2016  · Here’s a major Ottawa corner in January of 1910. This is Rideau and Little Sussex, which is now the southeast corner of Rideau and Colonel By. Sinkhole to the left.This building once housed jeweler James Tracy, the drug store of William Roger, and the Dairy Lunch. Kind of a mini Rideau Mall.The corner would be transformed in 1916 with the construction of the Transportation Building (once the home of the NCC, and once also the home of City Hall).(LAC PA-042564)

The Fest Family

In 1887 on the site of the Transportation building southeast corner of Rideau and Little Sussex streets, there stood a 2and one half storey tin-roofed, solid stone building. That old building, a relic from the 1850s, was occupied by Mrs. William Fest. Her shop was the candy and pastry centre of Ottawa in the 1880s.

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
07 Nov 1931, Sat  •  Page 32

Everybody in the 1870s- 1880s in Ottawa knew the Fests. Fest’s confectionery store, at the southeast corner of Rideau and Little Sussex streets, was known to everybody in Ottawa, It occupied the same position in the public eye that Scott’s confectionery on Sparks street did in the 1860s and 1870s. The Fests came to Ottawa from the county Donegal in the late 1860s and opened a confectionery store in the 2 1-2 storey stone building where the Transportation building now stands.

Mrs William ( Pender) Fest in the early 1880s was an indefatigable worker. The Fests attended St. John’s Anglican church on Sussex street. In church work Mrs. Fest was always just as busy as she was in her store. Mrs. Fest was noted for her equable and calm disposition. She always had a cheery word for her customers and was a good judge of human nature. Whenever a new girl came to the store to serve, Mrs Fest would say, “Now, my dear, eat all the candy you feel like eating, but do not take any home. If I find you taking any home I will have to discharge you. It will not be necessary for you to wait till I am out to eat. You may do it when I am present.”

The result of such talks was that Mrs. Fest’s girls, or parcel boys, used invariably to start in to gorge themselves on candy (mostly when Mrs. Fest was not around). The further result was that they always got sick, their stomachs turned upside down and candy became repulslve to them. Thereafter the Fest candy became as safe from attack as though it had not been there. Mr. Fest was seldom seen by the public. He was always too busy at the back making cakes and candies.

1901 Census

Name:William Fest
Racial or Tribal Origin:English
Marital status:Married
Birth Date:26 Mar 1875
Birth Place:Ontario
Relation to Head of House:Head
Hourly Wage:432
Working at Trade in Factory or in Home:F
Months Employed at Trade in Factory:12
Can Read:Yes
Can Write:Yes
Can Speak English:Yes
District:Ottawa (City/Cité)
District Number:100
Sub-District:Ottawa (City/Cité) Central (Ward/Quartier)
Sub-District Number:5
Family Number:72
Neighbors:View others on page
Household Members:NameAgeWilliam Fest25Margurite Fest27Margurite Fest5Katherine G Fest2George Fitzgerald29
William Fest
Ottawa Daily Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
10 Dec 1891, Thu  •  Page 4

Transportation Building — It was incorporated into the Rideau Centre and is heritage designated.

Joy Eastop WatsonNCC was definitely in there, My mom worked for the NCC for 26 years & I remember looking out those big 1st floor windows when the Santa parade went by in the 70’s… Those were also the days when you could open the window and smoke in the office.

Andrew DeBeaupréWasn’t it also known as the Dominion Bridge building before WWII? NCC was there in mid-70s

David TwolanI miss the Elephant and Castle. Great pub.

Blair StannardOld Ottawa And Bytown Pics
March 1  · 

Ottawa – 1966 – the Transportation Building at Rideau and Sussex. It was the site of the Ottawa city hall, after the former city hall at Elgin and Queen burned in 1931. It served as such until the new city hall building was built on Green Island. (1958)
City of Ottawa Archives CA 000155

From Ottawa City Directory 1870-1871 Simpson Book Collection

From Ottawa City Directory 1887-1888 Simpson Book Collection

Memories of Mulvey’s Candy Store and Joie Bond — Larry Clark

Documenting Isabel Hogan’s Candy Store

It Started in the Candy Kitchen Restaurant– Kerfoot Fire Smiths Falls

Memories of the Ideal Candy Shop

Coffee Talk– Coolidge’s Penny Candy and Rochester Street– For Tom Edwards

From Chocolate to Lofts- Memories of Patterkrisp Candy?

Pour Some Sugar on Me! The Demise of the Penny Candy

Candy Stores Shoes and Plungers– Ray Paquette

The Candy Man — George Dummert

Margaret Love -From Sweet to Sour

Documenting Isabel Hogan’s Candy Store

Documenting Isabel Hogan’s Candy Store
Isabelle Hogan’s candy counter sure has changed since the 60s– from Frank Will Fix It–Bridge and Colborne Sts.–It was a popular stop for every kid

Tracy Giles-ThompsonBest candy store in town when we were kids!!🍭

Andy WilliamsI would walk there (alone) when I was 3 years old, and cross the main road to pick out penny candies or a soft drink from the old drink cooler. I may even recall my older brother or sister going with a handwrittenote to buy cigarettes for Mom.

Jennifer Rose DavisRemember this so well. Isabelle was a great lady.

Kelly PrettyTracy Giles-Thompson you introduced me to Izzys and the chocolate chunks!

Diane L BrownLoved Izzies always a must stop going and coming from school at Church Street School . The best Grab bags!💞

Lori Anne BrownWas this originally Fraser’s candy store?

Joy BaetzLori Anne Brown no I don’t think so. Fraser was at the other end of town.

Lori Anne Brown no it was always Hoggins run by Isabel (aka Izzie) Frasers was across the bridge– Author’s Note– Read-Community Comments — Memories of 46 Queen Street

Sandra HoustonLori Anne Brown this is Isobel Hogan’s store down by the St. Mary’s church…..Izzy’s

John CurrieThis Was Once Jim Hogan;s Barber Shop..The Old Homestead.

Kim Davis🥰 right at the end of St Mary’s school driveway…oh I lived Izzys … jam packed at lunch time and you waited your turn or else 😀

Steven CurrieIzzy got most of my collection money for church lol

JoAnn ElliottMy favourite store growing up!! Mojos and butter tarts at lunch time!! Izzy was the best!!

Susan Elliott ToppingWe would sneak over at recess!! lol

Cathy PatersonLoved the grab bags the giant sweet tarts and assortment of penny candies

Cairine ToshackI got to walk on my own at 4….Izzie was at the door watching me as I walked across the road.

Donna Peterson DeeganAlways stopped in on our way to and from Church Street School….funny how I just noticed now, in that picture, how kind of messed up that front step was/is!

Jim HillMy favourite place for treats!!

Wild PoppyI remember & looked forward stopping at the Clayton genetal store after Sunday school to get either a bag of candy or Cracker Jack carmel popcorn as a treat. We’d open it from the bottom so we could get the prize first. Aunt Audrey had all the patience in the world…💘

Catherine O’Neill SalkiWild Poppy I had forgotten opening from bottom

Wild PoppyYup. All these stores had exactly what every kid was looking for.

Lisa Stanley SheehanOnly place to get the ice cream stick called buried treasure…loved it

Cathy MorganI would go every day to get my 25 Cents worth of mixed up candies. Oh how the Dentist loved me 😂😂😂

Catherine O’Neill SalkiWe all walked home from school everyday, in my case sometimes after a Sister St. Albert piano lesson, then all the way to The Glen. On this one day, I really had to pee, and I remember going into Hogan’s, but I couldn’t hold it!Mrs. Hogan was so kind, called home for me. I can’t remember if there was the usual crowd around the candy counter, or whether I was mortified in front of any of my peers… just that she took care of me.

Arlene SavardIzzy’s was the best, think I stopped there every day going to St. Mary’s occasionally sneaking something into the classrooms. Not sure if I had the nuns fooled, they were pretty observant🤗😁

Greg YuillYep and 25 cents got ya a paper bag of goodies

Suzy O’Neill-DubéI sure do and I actually remember the day in question. We lived together and did pretty much everything together. Those were the days of Olive Oil….

Andy WilliamsI would walk there (alone) when I was 3 years old, and cross the main road to pick out penny candies or a soft drink from the old drink cooler. I may even recall my older brother or sister going with a handwritten note to buy cigarettes for Mom.

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Candy Stores Shoes and Plungers– Ray Paquette

Candy Stores Shoes and Plungers– Ray Paquette


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Photo from Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Comments about the story: Eades Hardware of Carleton Place-Allen Wrenches Toilet Seats and Electric Heaters

Remember when Bridge Street had parking on both sides of the street and driving down the street was a challenge? I am particularly pleased to see the mention of *Gerald Haskins with respect to Eades’: he was the “go to” guy for many years for those of us who were trying to replace an item that we didn’t know the name of but could describe it’s appearance and function. Many a “DIY” project was salvaged with the help of Mr. Haskins!–Ray Paquette



Photo–Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum 

Comments about the story:–
Bristol Stomp Shoes by Charles Jay

Dale Costello mentioned the Mulvey’s, a small candy store beside Central School where Ike Smith’s Barbershop is currently. What I remember is the patience of Job shown by Mrs. Mulvey as we pondered what to buy with the nickel we had, not a small sum in my youth. Everything seemed to be “2 for a penny”, or “three for a penny” so the decisions made at Mulvey’s was often our first lesson in personal financial management. The right decision could fill the little paper bag that our purchases were stowed in!–Ray Paquette


Linda Gallipeau-Johnston– Linda, I remember a candy store right next to Central school – got lots of good stuff there (where Ike Smith has his barber shop) – the lady that ran it was May Malve at least that’s what my memory is telling me! I thought it was just a candy store – anyone else remember this or something else?  Phew – thank heaven – didn’t want to think I had been dreaming this for so many year not to mention the candy I ate. The store was red tarpaper brick back then with the big Central School fence separating the properties.






Gerald A. HASKINS–One of Eades Hardware Longest Employees in Carleton Place.

HASKINS, Gerald A. Employee of Eades Home Hardware for over 50 years. Peacefully at Stoneridge Manor in his 89th year. Beloved husband of the late Ruth (Giles). Loving father of Diane (Bill Rutan), and the late Judy (John Warren). Dear Grandpa of Kim (Perry Hutt), Kevin (Doreen) Warren, Todd (Tracie) Rutan, and Ian. Great-grandpa to Jenni-Lynn and Mckenzie. Dear brother of Gladys Watt, and a special friend of Phyllis. Friends may call at the Carleton Place Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 61 Lake Ave. West, Carleton Place on Friday December 19th from 12 noon until time of service in the Chapel at 2 p.m. Interment to follow at Prestonvale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to Stoneridge Manor Auxiliary, 256 High Street, Carleton Place K7C 1X1.





Other Carleton Place Candy Stores

Carleton Place Cleaners -From Sweet to Sour


Olympic Candy Store



Featured Artifact – January 2015-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Matchbook Cover

This matchbook was a give away from the Olympia Restaurant in Carleton Place. Located at 101 Bridge Street, the restaurant, with its booths, curved counter and red leather stools, was a local institution. First opened by Louis and James Laskaris as the Olympic Candy Store in 1920, it was later sold to Jim Antonakos in 1958.
A fire destroyed the building in 1960, but it was rebuilt and opened again in 1961.  I

n 1960, the New York Cafe was destroyed in a fire as was the Olympia Restaurant, in the next building, where in the 1920’s Louis Laskaris had the Olympia Candy Store. In 1958, James Laskaris sold the family business to Jim Antonakos. Howard Little’s Barbershop located in the building was also destroyed in the fire
The Olympia closed it’s doors for good in 2000 and is still greatly missed. Heritage Carleton Place

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News and now in The Townships Sun

Related reading:


Eades Hardware of Carleton Place-Allen Wrenches Toilet Seats and Electric Heaters

Bristol Stomp Shoes by Charles Jay

The Candy Man — George Dummert