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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

What Was the David Harum Ice Cream Sundae Sold in Lanark County?

What Was the David Harum Ice Cream Sundae Sold in Lanark County?


Superior Restaurant- Almonte- newspaper clipping-Almonte Gazette

David Harum (vanilla ice cream, crushed strawberry, crushed pineapple, whipped cream, and cherry) which I learned came from a best selling novel in the early 20th century; David Harum; A Story of American Life 1899.

Unfortunately, though, when you ask for a Tin Roof or a David Harum, the young folks behind the counter have no idea what you’re talking about. Apparently the recipes for the Tin Roof with Spanish peanuts and the David Harum with fruit sauce have been lost.



Palm Gardens Perth– Perth Remembered

“In 1913 with commendable enterprise, Kanelakos Brothers have refitted their store on Foster Street and changed it into an up-to-date ice cream parlor. Joe has an eye for the beautiful at all times and the beautiful is much in evidence in the transformation that has taken place. He has well named his store the Palm Gardens, where things are cool and clean, An up-to-date soda fountain has been installed. Ice cream sodas and fresh fruits will be featured at this store now, with of course, cigars and tobaccos.”The Palm Gardens had wrough iron chairs and tables, huge palm tees and lots of lace curtains. It also had tulip shaped chandelier lights hanging from the ceiling and also ceiling fans. There was no mechanical refrigeration  and treats such as a David Harum Sundae could be purchased for 15 cents.

The Palm Gardens had wrough iron chairs and tables, huge palm tees and lots of lace curtains. It also had tulip shaped chandelier lights hanging from the ceiling and also ceiling fans. There was no mechanical refrigeration Treats such as a David Harum Sundae could be purchasesd for 15 cents. NOTE: David Harum Sundae (vanilla ice cream, crushed strawberry, crushed pineapple, whipped cream, and cherry) which I learned came from a best selling novel David Harum; A Story of American Life 1899. In 1918 they opened a Tea Room on the location serving soups, pie, sandwiches and all kinds of soft drinks as well as home made ice cream and candies during this time. Ice cream was kept in round steel pots immersed in a brine solution made from chopped ice and rock salt kept either in a large wooden pail or containers designed for this purpose. In the late 1920’s mechanical refrigeration was introduced.



Kanelakos Brothers also had a smoke shop and a billiards room on the second floor. Some of the goodies in 1930: pecan cream roll 50¢ lb., Brazil cream roll 60¢ lb. cream fudge 50¢ lb.In 1935 Chris Moskos purchased the business from Malloy & Williams and changes the name to the Perth Tea Room and operates an ice cream parlor and restaurant. He also manufactures a variety of home-made candy. In 1937 Moskos put in machinery to make his own ice cream which he sold in bulk and packages. In 1948 he moved to a new location on Gore Street to open the Perth Tea Room (The Perth Restaurant location) and Candyland. —Perth Remembered


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This is an interesting photograph of Johnson’s “Nickel Theatre”. (Admission was 5 cents.) “She Was His Mother – A Big Human Drama” seemed to be the main attraction of the day. The theatre was located in the Masonic Temple Building, later the Carleton Place Canadian newspaper offices, and most recently, the home of Apple Cheeks Consignment Store. Pop in to the store and gaze up at the black tin ceilings – the one remnant remaining of the theatre today… Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Carleton Place

The ice cream shop used to be on the other side of the Roxy Theatre. After the movie some of the kids went to left side of the building where Caldwell Bankers is now located to Ed Keys Ice Cream Parlor. They handed over their money to Bertha Rose and Marjorie (Douglas) Rintoul for either a large scoop ice cream cone for 5 cents or a 15 cents sundae with peanuts and maple syrup.

Marj remembers the high ceilings, the wide bladed ceiling fans, and the glass topped tables.When the ice cream shop vacated the building it became the office and repair shop of Beatty Washers and the manager was Dan Craig and his salesman was Gordon Bassett. That site later became the liquor store  in 1945 when they moved from their former location on Bridge Street in the old Munro Archery Shop with Leo McDiarmid as manager and Harold Robertson as the clerk paying a monthly rent of $45.

“I remember the liquor store being across from the Carleton Place Post Office- You had to go fill out a form to get your liquor”.-–Anonymous


Who Was David Harum?

Written by retired Syracuse, New York banker, Edward Noyes Westcott, the work was rejected by six publishers before being accepted for publication by D. Appleton & Company. Published in the fall of 1898, some six months after the author’s death, it sold an impressive 400,000 copies during the following year. Although the book contains the mandatory love story, the character and philosophy of the title character, small town banker and horse trader David Harum, expressed in the dialect of 19th-century rural central New York is the focus of the book.


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Clipped from

  1. El Paso Herald,
  2. 18 Jan 1904, Mon,
  3. Page 8
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 and The Tales of Almonte


From Chocolate to Lofts- Memories of Patterkrisp Candy?

Memories of the Ideal Candy Shop

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

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

Candy Stores Shoes and Plungers– Ray Paquette

The Candy Man — George Dummert

Watch Out for the Glue in Your Ice Cream!

Remembering Peterson’s Ice Cream

Why Value Ice Cream Sandwiches Don’t Melt

When Corn Doesn’t Grow- Neilson Chocolate Will

Margaret Love -From Sweet to Sour

Memories of the Ideal Candy Shop

Memories of the Ideal Candy Shop



Photo- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum  ( Ideal Candy Store is in the background)

Tom Edwards–I am pretty sure it was Sandy Walker’s mom and dad that ran the Ideal Candy Smoke Shop

Dale Lowe My mother (Irene Lowe) worked at the Ideal Candy & Smoke Shop (owned by Sandy and Velma Robinson of Almonte). Still have memories of the aroma of Laura Secord chocolate and Amphora tobacco…all in one teeny tiny store!!

Dale Lowe I’m told that it was also once the location of Ned Root’s shoe repair. Ned passed away just last year at the age of 96. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Ned’s son (Bob) who lives here in Peterborough too.

Donna Mcfarlane I dropped an ash tray from the ideal candy and smoke shop into the museum a couple years ago.. Remember it well.. also when Ned Root had the shoe repair there.

Allan Stanzel The candy store was on the corner of my grandparents lot Walter and Etheleen Stanzel at 100 bridge. Was always fun to go there as a kid

Donna Lowe Ward They made the most delicious sponge toffee candy!

Ted Hurdis Yes and how about the peanut clusters? Interesting side note. Uncle Sandy Robinson once owned the Superior restaurant in Almonte. That is where my aunt Thelma met him.

Julia Waugh Guthrie I loved that store! Butterscotch wafers, mmmmm I can still remember them.
Bill Russell Used to grab a bag of fresh roasted peanuts from the Rexall Drug Store where Valley Granite and Tile used to be located. Used to love the dark chocolate peanut clusters at The Ideal Candy Smokeshop that was located by the Career Academy. They had a sign out front cautioning people that the premises were AIR CONDITIONED.
Author’s Note-The Coleman family was the third family to settle in Morphy’s Falls and James set up a shoe making business and built a two storey home beside in the 1830s. He taught his sons William, James, and Andrew the trade. Andrew was a shoemaker all is life and lived in the original family home on Bridge Street. Fred West and later Ned Root had a shoe repair shop where you could get lifts for your shoes for 15 cents or half soles for a $1.00. Later on this location was a candy shop called the Ideal Candy Store run by Sandy Robertson and his wife Thelma.--Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 6-The Eating Place to the Post Office

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


The Candy Man — George Dummert




photo —Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


This is George Dummert. I have written about this man before but forgot I had seen this pictures.

George Dummert arrived in Carleton Place, Ontario with his wife and children from England around the year of 1872.  Dummert was a baker and built a home and shop on the land that would later house Patterson’s Furniture and Robbie Probert’s building. Bread was delivered from the Dummert’s Bakery Shop to Ashton and Franktown one day a week. Those deliveries alone would take up the entire day.

One of George’s specialties was “Bulls Eye” toffee.  For many years it was offered at the St. James Anglican Church’s yearly Christmas bazaar. Extremely popular with the local crowd,  it was hand pulled, and took a lot of time and skill to make. What happened to George’s body after he died? Click here to find out.

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


A few months ago one of my favourite clerks had attended an “adult” themed seminar along with 19 other people at one of the trendy local adult book stores. An armed gunman rushed in and robbed all 20 “students” of anything valuable they had at the beginning of the seminar  Still visibly upset, I figured he needed to chat and as I listened he reached under the counter and added three more bags of candy to the counter.

As he continued to tell his story he kept munching on what I used to call penny candy. I began to remember how candy helped my sad childhood days and how my grandmother warned me that candy could spread polio. In those days everything created polio but candy was supposed to be the number one culprit. But now that you can no longer buy anything for a penny because Canada has phased out the penny, and all we have left is memories.

My favourite penny candy was a pair of big red wax lips. Every summer day I would sit on the edge of the public pool kicking my legs in the water with the wax lips that were slowly melting in the hot sun.
If they were not available I would buy the little wax bottles and bite off the top and drink the liquid that was probably heavy on Red 40 food colouring. The bottles were made of edible wax but all everyone did was chew on them forever and then spit them out after the juice was consumed.

Our favourite hang out away from my grandmother’s eyes was Dion’s lumber yard next door to my home. I would go to Mayheu’s corner store and with 10 pennies come out with a paper bag full of potato chips, marshmallow filled mini ice cream cones, wax lips, and Popeye candy cigarettes.

“Smoking” on our candy cigarettes, my friends and I would sit on the top of the piles of lumber and have earth shattering conversations about why I cut my bangs so short like Bette Davis. We soon skipped to speaking about the prospects of picking wild strawberries in the field and hoped the ill- tempered farmer was not going to come out and shoot at us with rock salt.

Candy today seems to have been taken over by power drinks and bars that have just as much sugar and caffeine in them as our penny candy did. A serving of Gatorade contains the same amount of sugar as twelve pieces of candy corn. No longer can a child go into a corner store and find the delights we had as kids. Today, besides the dollar store candy, the candy companies have designer lines to entice baby boomers into buying candy again- and not for a penny.

Jelly Belly’s founder David Price has teamed up with Leaf Brands to make the ultimate gold leaf coated “Beyond Jelly Beans.” Described as an exotic trip around the world and sold in crystal jars they can be yours for $500. Complex flavours such as Thai Lemongrass Curry or an Indian Mango are supposed to create an explosion of taste that hits all your senses. I think I would rather have a pair of wax lips without an edible ego.
After listening to the constant drone of the salesclerk still talking he held up his penny box of Junior Mints and asked me,

“ Mint?”

And in a typical Seinfeld scenario I looked at him and said,
“Thank you, those can be quite refreshing!”

Penny for your thoughts?

Buy Linda Secaspina’s Books— Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac– Tilting the Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place and 4 others on Amazon or Amazon Canada or Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street in Carleton Place

Regrets Are What You Have Before You Get Eaten!


Eggs are a symbol of fertility, perhaps the most obvious, with second place going to the prolific rabbit. There. Connection made. But what about the chocolate ones? There is nothing very fertile about them when they get eaten. Do we get more fertile after we eat one?

In what household is there such a thing as “leftover candy?” Candy isn’t especially perishable, candy is not like hard-boiled Easter eggs.

It is not “leftover,” it is still candy. It doesn’t need to be “recycled.” It just needs to be properly stored and eaten in moderation until it runs out. Right.. say that five times with Cadbury Mini Eggs in your mouth! Yes, I am going to have regrets after this!

Here’s a tip. Don’t eat the brown jelly beans they are not chocolate.

I once ate two pounds of jelly beans for a charity dare. I promptly threw up a rainbow. I had regrets!

I don’t know if I could put away 33.3 Cadbury eggs in one sitting, but I’d like to try.

Leave me alone, let me eat my candy in peace..No regrets!

Peeps have no fat content — but five of the little guys have 34 grams of sugar — 20 minutes of moderate exercise will burn those calories off! Look at the regrets this wee chap has!

Like roasted marshmallows? Yes, you do!

Then try roasted peeps – it’s like Creme Brulee on a stick! Amazing!

Peeps Smores –Sally’s Baking Addiction


  • Graham cracker sheets
  • Chocolate chips (or use a Hershey’s bar)
  • Peeps


Break graham cracker sheet in half. Set one half aside.

Sprinkle other half with chocolate chips (or a couple small pieces of a Hershey’s bar).  Top the chocolate with a peep.

Microwave for about 20 seconds (the peep will begin to puff up). Remove from microwave and top with the reserved graham cracker half.  Squish down.  Enjoy!

Mother’s Day Tales Seen Through A Chicken McNugget Peephole – Zoomers



“I had a blog already done for today with lots of pictures and sad words. I looked at it and after all the hours of work I put into it I deleted it.  Linda had literally once again talked herself into believing that her mother’s absence was the cause for her past unhappy life.”

Mother’s Day Tales Seen Through A Chicken McNugget Peephole – Zoomers.