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Friday’s Message About the Findlay Foundry and Whistle

Friday’s Message About the Findlay Foundry and Whistle

In case anyone missed it at the opening of Carleton Junction



On June 2 1972 the last stove to be made at the Findlay plant rolled out and the Carleton Place factory doors closed forever and the Foundry whistle went silent.



Douglas Brown was quoted in the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum files that he and his friends learned to swear from the mouths of the Findlay Foundry workers they saw on their way to school. Sometimes their new-found words earned them a sampling from a communal bar of soap. It got so bad in the local schools that there was a basin with a bar of Sunlight Soap waiting for the offending parties at each school in town. Lew Lloyd left me a comment stating that Jerry Flynn of Carleton Place carried on the tradition of listening to the Findlay workers on his way to school. Llew’s exact words were:

 “Jerry Flynn taught me how to swear in the old  Victoria Public School. He walked by the foundry on his way to school. I did not!



Llew Lloyd said In the summer of 1968 Brian Ford and he worked the evening shift in the oil department . Cecil Robertson was the shop foreman . The next summer he went to see Cecil for a job , but he was full up .He told me that Jack Bittle was looking for help in the enamel shop . Just as he was leaving Cecil asked him  if he had a pair of cowboy boots . When he answered yes , he said , ” wear them Jack likes tall people ” . That summer, thanks to Cecil’s advice and Ken Blackburn’s boots, he worked with another group of great guys at the Findlay Foundry .


Video either by Rob Probert or Robert McDonald LOL


Now–Let’s talk about that whistle

Marlene Springer— I remember this whistle well having lived on Moffat Street and hearing the noon and 5 o’clock whistle, the dog behind us use to howl at that whistle. When I started to walk across town to Caldwell School in 1967 I would walk past this old brick foundry which extended from Frank Moon’s little machine shop up to Bennett’s Chev Old’s garage and showroom for the new cars.

Cathy & Paul Dulmage- When I was little my Dad worked there and after I heard the whistle I would go up to the end of the sidewalk to meet him.

Karen Blackburn Chenier — She was always told by her Mom “Be home when the whistle goes” 5:00 was dinner time so you hopped on your bike and peddled like heck to get home to avoid the wrath of Doris Blackburn. No one wanted the wrath of Doris Blackburn.



Photo Robert McDonald


The morning , noon and 5 o’clock foundry whistle was a big part of those years Joan Stoddart said — If you missed the whistle, Stoddart’s hounds would let you know it had happened.



Photo Robert McDonald


Earl Devlin worked in the boiler room at Findlay’s as a teenager. His father Cecil actually ran the boiler room and was in charge of the factory whistles blowing at the correct times.

When the factory was being demolished, Cecil pulled two whistles out of the rubble and with Bill Findlay’s permission, took them home for safekeeping.


Cecil eventually gave the two steam whistles to his son Earl, who graciously donated them to our local museum in 1997. The smaller whistle has been installed here at Carleton Junction as a reminder of the days when our whole town ran on “Findlay’s time”.



Photo Robert McDonald


Photo Robert McDonald





Findlay vs. Bailey in Carleton Place —Horses vs. Cars

Shane Wm. Edwards Findlay Fish Tale

Confederation Life Bulletin 1961 Findlay

Comments and Memories About the Carleton Place Findlay Company


Notes About J.K. Findlay

Memories of Findlays 1972 – “They’re Proud, Independent, and Resigned to the Loss of their Jobs”

Looking for Names- Findlay Foundry

The Inner Remains of the Findlay Foundry

From the Belly of the Findlay Plant….

Someday my Prince Will Buy Me a Cinderella Stove

Findlay’s 101 and a Personal Confession

Where Did you Learn to Swear in Carleton Place?

Funky Soul Stew was Once Cooking in Carleton Place


Cooking with Findlay’s — Christine Armstrong’s Inheritance and Maple Syrup Recipe

Commercial Centre Planned for Findlay Site

Walter and John Armour and A Findlay Stove

The Findlay Foundry Ltd. Closes—- The Video

“The Junction Town” “Killer Junction” –Names of the Past

“The Junction Town” “Killer Junction” –Names of the Past


Photo- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Viewing platform on OVRT bridge

Photo Tara Gesner- Metroland

William Willoughby  built the railroad bridge that spans the Mississippi. In August of 1964, three young girls were caught on the Mississippi River narrow railway bridge. Watching in horror, a CPR Ottawa-bound Canadian passenger train was coming towards them quickly. Two sisters were forced to jump from the 25 foot high train-only bridge and they landed in the shallow waters of the rock-bottomed Mississippi River. Read the rest here.

‘Carleton Junction’ is the proposed name of the Carleton Place section of the Ottawa Valley Recreational Trail, which will serve both motorized and non-motorized users.‘   Carleton Junction’ will function as space for rest and play

I so appreciate this name as I cannot tell you how many times Carleton Place was called “The Junction Town” in all the newspaper archives I read. I am absolutely thrilled!



Ted Hurdis I like it and could not be happier that we are being proactive in developing this land.

Norma Ford I remember it being called the “Hub of the Ottawa Valley” when I went to school (long time ago). I do like the name “Carleton Junction” though. What other names do you recall?

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston I remember “the junction town” – we always called it the “junction” at the intersection for Ottawa Smith Falls Perth and CP.


Reputation of the Town

Those Editors and Professional men that persist in going to the Junction twice daily should get a good fitting suit at Sumner’s Old Stand and keep up the reputation of the town, in the tailoring line at least, especially as Bob will sell them a suit so cheap.  Also dress shirts at a great bargain.  Come in, gentlemen, and try ‘em on.

Robert McDiarmid & Co., April 28, 1880.

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Photo-Jaan Kolk, my favourite historian commented “Seems appropriate. The 1879 Bleden Atlas had the railway station marked “Juction Stn.” CLICK here to enlarge 


Railway Shops

1882- A new railway station was built at the junction of the two lines here.  Exemption from municipal taxation was granted for the C.P.R. workshops being moved to Carleton Place from Brockville and Prescott.  Major James C. Poole (1826-1882), Herald editor, predicted the town was “about to enter upon an era of advancement and unparalleled prosperity.”

Junction Town

1886 – The railway junction and divisional town of Carleton Place was a stopping point for the first through train of the C.P.R. to reach the west coast from Montreal.


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  05 Jul 1940, Fri,  Page 17

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  01 Oct 1904, Sat,  Page 15

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  01 Nov 1898, Tue,  Page 2

Ted Hurdis Yes ” there is an accident at the junction ” This was all too common until we got lights at the junction. 

Doug B. McCarten My Mom always called it “Killer Junction” because of all the fatalities from vehicle collisions!

She wasn’t the only one Doug– Found many many references to that name in the archives.


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  15 Dec 1961, Fri,  Page 3


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  14 Dec 1961, Thu,  Page 51

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)





Pardon me Boys — Is That the Carleton Place Choo Choo?

What Happened on the CPR Railway Bridge?

The Railroad Thanks You For Giving Up Your Life for “Safety’s Sake”


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