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Before Centennial Park there was.. 1900

Before Centennial Park there was.. 1900

Nichols Saw Mill- where Centennial Park is. Photo by Annie Duff — Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
If you lived in Carleton Place in years gone by you did most of your swimming at Manny’s Point. If you got on the boom at a point where W. A. Nichols Mill stood- you only had two gaps to jump. If you were lucky you went on your way.- if not, you had a swim not where you anticipated.

CLIPPED FROMThe Lanark EraLanark, Ontario, Canada23 May 1900, Wed  •  Page 5

The new sawmill of Messrs. Nichols & Son, on the north shore of the river, opposite the Hawthorn Mill, is about complete and ready for business as soon as the logs come down the river. The mill is 60 feet long, with platforms at each end, and is built upon stone piers, with room in the basement for pullies, shafting and a shingle mill.

There is a wing alongside for an engine large boiler and 65 h.p. engine. A smoke stack 70 feet high carries up the smoke. The buildings are strongly built, and covered with iron for fire protection. The machinery is already in position.

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
29 May 1907, Wed  •  Page 1

Another photo is Nichols Saw mill where Centennial Park is.. where the boat is on the other side of the shore is where the Hawthorn Mill is today.
Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum photo

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
17 Nov 1897, Wed • Page 1
In 1900 Abner Nichols & Son brought their season’s log drive down the lake to their newly opened sawmill at the riverside at the end of Flora Street; while two drives of logs, ties and telegraph poles were reaching the mill operated by Williams, Edwards & Company at the dam. It was destroyed by fire in 1939.
Now Centennial Park–

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
13 Jan 1904, Wed  •  Page 8

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
13 Jan 1909, Wed  •  Page 1

saw this picture at an estate sale and took a photo of it..
Perth Courier–1908
Mississippi lumbering continued on a reduced scale. A Lanark Era spring report said: – The Nichols drive on the Clyde parted company here with Charlie Hollinger’s logs at the Caldwell booms, and swept its way over the dam to await the coming of the Mississippi sawlogs. The gang folded their tents and rolled away up to Dalhousie Lake where the rear of the drive floats. It will take about two weeks to wash the mouth of the Clyde, and then the whole bunch will nose away over the Red Rock and on to Carleton Place. While going through Lanark some of the expert drivers did a few stunts for Lanark sightseers. Joe Griffiths ran the rapids on a cedar pole just big enough to make a streak on the water. The Hollinger logs were retained at the Caldwell mill, where they are now being rapidly manufactured into lumber.
If you ask any girl from the parish around,
What pleases her most from her head to her toes;
She’ll say, “I’m not sure that it’s business of yours,
But I do like to waltz with a log driver.

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
18 Jun 1902, Wed  •  Page 5

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
06 May 1896, Wed  •  Page 4

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
30 Jan 1901, Wed  •  Page 1

Nichol’s lumber men working on the Mississippi. Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

So Who was Wilma Stevens of Carleton Place? Nichols Family History

Heritage Homes Disputes- Abner Nichols House

The World of William Abner Nichols

Dim All The Lights — The Troubled Times of the Abner Nichols Home on Bridge Street

An Amusing Abner Nichols and His Boat

Before and After at Centennial Park

Splinters of Sinders Nichols and Brides

Looking for Information– Nichols Family History

Findlay’s Award Night 1954– Whose Name do You Remember? Names Names Names

Findlay’s Award Night 1954– Whose Name do You Remember? Names Names Names

Perth Remembered photo

Sept 1954

Findlays Limited of Carleton Place gave a presentation dinner to employees with over twenty-five years’ service, at Rideau Ferry Inn on Friday evening, Sept. 17th. Seventy-five employees or former employees sat down to dinner.

Among those honored on this occasion was Mr. Stanley D. James of Almonte who has rounded out 36 years in the Company’s service.

The following employees, all with thirty-five or more years’ service, were given suitably engraved gold watches: Edward R. Gibson, Joseph Poynter, Jam es E. Crawford, Alvin E. Baird, Stanley D. James, J. Kenneth Simpson, Carns R. Lever, Earl L. Fleming, Richard C. Jelly, J. Nairn Findlay, James H. Cavers, Williaifi J. Fraser, Miss M. McPherson and Miss E. Viola Cummings. The two ladies did not attend the dinner, but were given wrist watches.

Taken inside Findlay’s in May of 1962, this photo shows the final stages of stove assembly and reminds all that “The Customer is the Next Inspector Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

The following thirty-five employees with more than twenty-five years’ service received suitably engraved silver-plated trays: C. Herman Miller, Clarence A. Waugh, Bryan S. Drader, C. Leslie Mullins, C. Roy Cooke, John F. Stevens, William G. Lewis, J. Aylwin McAllister, C. Herbert Simpson, W. Alvin. Doe, Silas Davidson, George L. Bulloch, Robert H. Donahue, D. Alwyn Prime, Ernest Lay, Charles E. Johnston, Harry] J. Brebner, J. H enry McKittrick, Robert A. McDaniel, Keith C. MacNabb, Kenneth B. Howard, G. Ernest Giles, Ernest A. Buffam, William C. Cummings, John McDiarmid, Traverse E. Coates, Harold H. McaFdden, Russell E. Simpson, H arry P. Baird, D. Hamilton Findlay, George E. Findlay, John A. MacGregor, William K. White, R. Gordon: Drummond, Edward T. Bittle.

After the dinner, the recipients were given an opportunity to speak and many interesting anecdotes of the past were brought to life again. This is the second such presentation dinner. A similar one was held in 1949 at which 25 watches and 48 trays were presented.

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

It’s Findlay Friday yet again… and here we have one of the many photographs loaned to the Museum by Bill and Betty-Anne Findlay! This Findlay Family photograph depicts William Findlay (Bill’s grandfather and son of the Findlay Foundry founder, David Findlay) along with his wife and four children.

Seated in the front is Mr. William Findlay, his wife, Mrs Annie Shaw Cram Findlay, and their youngest daughter, Rosamund. Standing behind them are their three oldest children, William Fraser (Bill’s father), David Douglas, and Dorothy.

This photograph was taken in 1916, the day before David Douglas left for the war.

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 

Clippings of the Sold Findlay Firm 1965

Findlay Plant on Townline –September 1978

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

Forgotten Letters – William Findlay- Almonte Memories –The Buchanan Scrapbook

Photos of Carleton Place — Larry Clark— Findlay Memories

Friday’s Message About the Findlay Foundry and Whistle

Findlay’s and the Mennonites 1977

49 High Street — Community Notes About The Findlay Guest House

The Man Known as D.K. Findlay–David Findlay

Sweetest Man in Lanark County — Harry Toop Honey Maker

Sweetest Man in Lanark County — Harry Toop Honey Maker

I found a 4lb Honey Tin
From Harry G Toop
R.R.3 Carleton Place
Adin Daigle

Mr. Harry Toop, well known apiarist, who is now located near Arnprior but who used to reside in Ramsay Township near Carleton Place, was surprised to receive the following letter from a stranger who was travelling to the Old Country aboard the Empress of France:

Dear Mr. Toop, It is a brilliant, sunny, warm day on the mid-Atlantic and just the correct atmosphere for thinking about bees and honey. I have enjoyed your honey so much during this last week that I cannot refrain from commending you. Your honey is used on this ship and its clear, well prepared packaging is a credit to your skill and business methods. The quality of the honey interests me even more. I am perfectly sure that the many passengers who are eating this product are doing so because of this good flavour.

In fact, I have taken the time to ask many of them why they eat it and the answer is the same. “It tastes good and it looks nice.” I am on my way to Britain and Europe to look at the foreign bees and apiaries, not as a scientist or commercial giant, but out of interest alone. My own apiary is at Bobcaygeon, Ont., where I find that flavour and appearance of honey sells more of it than price controls and bargain lots. With a lot of people aboard and all of them looking for something to do, it gives them fun and me too, when I talk of bees and beekeeping. It is astounding to find so many people who have heard little or nothing about honey. I People who have honey to sell | should note this. Good luck to you, sir, I hope you have a bumper season. July 1952 Almonte Gazette

So Harry Toop, renowned beekeeper for the last 62 years, how do those beastly little suckers make honey, anyway? “I could talk about bees all week,” says Mr. Toop, 80, while explaining the parts of a brood box in the wooden shed built onto his 1870s brick farmhouse on the Upper Dwyer Hill Road. “I’m still fascinated with bees. After all this time, I still haven’t learned everything about them yet.”

During the next four hours, he will show you samples of the nasty verroa mite, read pertinent verses from Deuteronomy, retell the biblical story of the prodigal son, inquire about your stance on angels, tell the story of his wife’s passing three year’s ago today, recount his vacation to Seattle, and explain what concession line he grew up on outside Carleton Place.

He will tell you about the man who filled a 70-gallon butter crock full of honey, then cracked it wide open on his trunk latch. “Seventy pounds of honey in his trunk,” says Mr. Toop, releasing a series of high-pitched “hee-hee-hees”. Or the contestant who cheated one year at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto by adding food colouring to darken his amber honey; or how it’s okay to be in a bad mood once in a while. “Even my mother-in-law got in bad humour on a windy day.” Or the guy who filled his expensive beeswax bars with cheaper parafin, wax, in an effort to cheat his dealer.

“Not all the crooks are dead, you know.” Right, so the bee flies up to the flower, Mr. Toop, and then what happens? “Do you remember how the refraction of light works?” And he is off again, demonstrating a device used to measure the moisture content of honey by measuring how the light bends through a drop of the sweet liquid. “Once the queen starts to lay eggs, she never has to be fertilized again,” says Mr. Toop, who once kept a queen bee for five years, which seems an awfully long time for a bug to live.

The queen seems to have something to do with the production of honey, as do other bees called drones and workers. “It’s marvelous. I’m amazed at these bees.” Harry (Honey) Toop, who has five daughters, learned about making honey from his father and grandfather and at one time had 800 hives. The fourth of 10 children, he still remembers the year when he harvested 96,000 pounds of honey, using it to supply more than 60 stores in a circuit around Arnprior.

When he started in the business, honey was selling for nine cents a pound. He still retails a little to his favoured customers, at $1.80 a pound. “In order to be a good beekeeper, you have to think like a bee,” says Mr. Toop, without elaborating on that particular thought process. His main preoccupation now is his beekeeping supply business. In a big workshop about 100 metres from his house, he builds wooden frames, foundation combs, big wooden boxes that house bees during the winter, and other stuff that seems to have something to do with making honey.

We still aren’t sure. – It is clear that Mr. Toop who is as sharp as a bee’s stinger knows everything there is to know about bees and honey. In fact, maybe he knows too much. Which could explain why he has such trouble knowing where to begin answering questions for non-experts. From a little office in the back, he pulls out a brown book with a gold embossed cover that reads All I Know about Beekeeping, By Harry Toop. Finally, we’re getting somewhere. He flips it open and the pages are blank. Mr. Toop is nearly doubled over with laughter. “I got you on that one … hee, hee, hee.”

Mr. Toop built the workshop himself and supplies dozens of products to small beekeepers in the area, ‘ “See that saw over there? I bought it in 1940. I’ve got to show you this.” From a cupboard, he pulls out a saw blade resting in a wooden sleeve and yanks out the end of his tape measure. “Now this blade was 10 inches when I bought it.” It now measures eight and five-eights, the wear caused by thousands of cuts and hundreds of sharpenings.

Mr. Toop, a tall man with blue eyes and neatly combed white hair, has a cross-cut saw on the wall that he remembers felled 2,600 logs one winter. It needs to be sharpened with a special file. “Would you be interested in seeing it?” And off he goes again, seeking out yet another drawer holding a tool wrapped in brown paper. It hardly needs to be said that Mr. Toop loves being a beekeeper, though he admits he is thinking of selling the business because of his advancing years. “A beekeeper has an opportunity to live so close to nature, God’s creation, and you have an opportunity to see so much of what’s happening.”

Alan Fox, 57, a part-time beekeeper from Dacre, stopped in to see Mr. Toop and pick up some supplies jars and things that seemed to have something to do with honey. “He’s been my mentor as far as beekeeping goes,” says Mr. Fox. He said Mr. Toop is well-known in beekeeping circles across Ontario, for longevity and depth of knowledge. Mr. Toop, a one-time farmer who “got busy with bees after I stopped fussing with cows,” was an apiary inspector for the government of Ontario for 40 years and has been a honey judge at fairs all over Ontario. “You have to understand the nature of the bees so you can work co-operatively with them,” says Mr. Toop. As late afternoon approaches, it is time for leave-taking. He was right after all he can talk about bees for a week.

Kely Egan Southam Newspapers

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada15 Sep 1998, Tue  •  Page 29

I found a 4lb Honey Tin
From Harry G Toop
R.R.3 Carleton Place
Adin Daigle

Perth Courier, Oct. 24, 1884
Mr. Edmund Anderson of Hopetown has obtained from his apiary this year 6,344 pounds of honey, 23 packages of which he has sent to Montreal leaving 18 on hand yet. He has sold a considerable quantity in small lots. He says the “Holy Land” bee has come out over all the others as a producer

Memories of a honey tin by Stuart McIntosh— After the honey was eaten these tin pales often became useful for other things on the farm: a container for milk for the house, for picking berries, etc.

Honey display now on at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

The Robbing of the Honey Pot- Andrew Cochrane Ramsay Yuill

Honey and the Andersons of Hopetown

Inside the Old Honey Pot — The Henderson Apiaries Carleton Place

What Was a Honey Wagon?- The Job of a Night Soil Scavenger

Pictures of You– Community Story about the Photos of the Queen—- Wendy Ferris Groulx

Pictures of You– Community Story about the Photos of the Queen—- Wendy Ferris Groulx

Photos of pictures.. Wendy kept one… The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum were the recipients of three (possibly four) if I can get the Queen Victoria photo across the street in one piece LOLOL

The fourth one is also going somewhere special that I will keep a secret until the recipients get it and then will give a huge shout out.

Here is the story…..

Hi Linda, My name is Wendy and my husband is the one who donated my Queen pictures to you today. He said you were interested in hearing the story behind them and I would love to share that with you. The Queens belonged to my aunt Linda Forth. She was actually my uncle’s girlfriend but I always thought of her as my aunt. She passed away in November of 2019. I first met Linda when I was a child. I was crazy about her from the start and she had an amazing house that seemed to me to have its own personality. Her home was a centennial home that Linda had bought in her early twenties, yet she was only the second owner of this beautiful property. It seemed majestic to me, as a young child. There was black and white tiled flooring in the entranceway that would be home to a towering Christmas tree in Decembers long past. There was a collection of horse figurines and artwork in the front living room. There were plates and tea cups hung in the dining room. The money from her many adventures to countries around the world was under glass in the side tables in her sitting room. All of her furniture looked like it was from another time, another era. Beautiful heavy tapestries were strewn everywhere; on beds, used as curtains, on the towel racks. Ever since I can remember, the Queens lined the stairway watching over us as we climbed up to the second floor. They seemed perfectly at home in that stairwell, a symbol of Linda’s love for the monarchy and perfectly fitting into this ornate home. After she passed I was the fortunate recipient of many items that make me think of her on a daily basis: some beautiful jewelry, a globe that has nails in all of the places she has traveled to; and a whole bunch of Queen Elizabeths (and one Victoria for good measure)! One Queen hangs proudly in my office. One hangs in my parents’ house. And I am so excited to hear where the other Queens will hang. Linda would be so proud that they have found new homes. Thank you for taking them.

NO thank you Wendy…. Sending the biggest hugs I can find.

Wendy Ferris Groulx

My Personal Story About Royalty

The Queen’s Cousins — Locked in a Mental Ward

Taking Sexy Back with Brothel Bertie aka Edward the VII

Communicating About History with Humour? — Jim Sharp Comments

Tales of the Queen’s Underwear and all those “Accidents”

FACT – The Queen is Not Affiliated with Freddie Mercury
Taking Sexy Back with Brothel Bertie aka Edward the VII
The Dolls of Queen Victoria 1899
Should we Change the Name of Victoria Day? Another Assault on Dead People

Muskrats on Clayton Lake 1928

Muskrats on Clayton Lake 1928


Judgment was given last week by County Magistrate Dr. J. T. Kirkland in a trapping case which caused widespread interest and when the evidence was heard on July 4, there were many present in court from long distances. Charges of illegally trapping were laid by Abraham Evans against Alexander McIntosh and David McIntosh. It seems that they had been trapping muskrats on the lands of Mr. Evans at Clayton Lake.

The interest in which the case was occasioned by the high price of muskrat skins at the present time. A year or two ago they were only worth cents, but now they are worth dollars. Swamp land which used to be considered of no value at all, and which no one bothered much about, is now worth considerable from the point of view of muskrat bearing. The charge was dismissed.

A similar case against David Mclntosh was, therefore, not proceeded with. The charge was dismissed on a technicality, and so the rights of an owner of land on which muskrats may be trapped are still undecided. There have been similar cases throughout the province. Mr;-W. H. Stafford, K.C., appeared for the prosecution and Mr. R; A. Jamieson for the defence

July 28 1928

July 28, 1928

The Ontario Provincial Government has passed a law that 110 muskrats are to be trapped for a period of at least one year in /Ontario. This step has been found necessary as a consequence of the tremendous drain upon our wild fur-bearing animals due to the increasing popularity of furs for,winter .

The pioneer in this field was the breedsilver-black foxes, but, the large number of muskrats used by the pelt trade, and the high prices that today can he obtained for their skins, are making this also a very desirable animal to raiss in captivity.

An authority who has had a great deal of experience in fur farming, and is one of the most successful breeders of silver-black foxes in Ontario, has recently added both muskrats and chinchilla rabbits, and is particularly enthusiastic about the future of the muskrat industry. He points out that this is not a laborious or even an expensive line of business. Swampy land fitted by nature for little else, so long as it has an abundance of bullrushes and cat-tails, upon the roots of which the muskrats feed, would be suited to it. Fur farming is following just as naturally as stock raiding followed toe demand for regular, steady supplies of meat.

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

read-Magical Movshovitz Moments

Lanark County Recipes Beaver Tail and Muskrat — No thanks LOL

Owl Burgers? Lewis Carr Butcher

Magical Movshovitz Moments

Clippings and Photos of Mayors of Carleton Place …

Clippings and Photos of Mayors of Carleton Place …
March 8, 2016 ·-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
It’s International Women’s Day #IWD2016 and we are celebrating our female Councillors and Mayors. Pictured here is our 1989-1991 Council with Mayor Melba Barker and Councillor Barbara Walsh.

photo Carleton Place Mayor Eldon Henderson and Bill Morris Canoe Club)

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
Remember Melba Barker? She was Mayor of Carleton Place from 1980 to 1992. Here she is in the Santa Claus parade of 1991. The parade route used to turn east onto Lake Avenue from Bridge Street, and Melba’s car is turning the corner in front of the Mississippi Hotel.

Ted LeMaistre Mayor of CP- Ginny Huether-Harry Probert and Rob Probert– Opening of their store across from the town hall

MCNEELY – Suddenly at his home in Carleton Place, Ontario on Sunday January 9th, 1994. Howard Willard McNeely (Former Mayor of the Town of Carleton Place). Beloved husband of Margaret Elizabeth Leishman. Loving father of Eileen (Mrs. Mel Timmons), Carleton Place; Diane (Mrs. Roland Larmour), Ottawa. Dear grandfather of Steve Timmons (Heather) and Mark Timmons all of Carleton Place. Dear brother of Eleanor (Mrs. Wilmer Lyons), Ottawa; Vera (Mrs. Clinton McEvoy), Gloucester; Earl (Gladie) McNeely, Kanata. Predeceased by a sister Muriel (Mrs. Eric Simpson) and by two brothers Melvin and Osmond McNeely. Survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends called at the Kerry Funeral Home 61 Lake Avenue West, Carleton Place. Funeral was Wednesday at St. James Anglican Church, Carleton Place. Ven. Gordon Worden officiated. Spring interment St. Paul’s Anglican Cemetery, Almonte

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
July 6, 2020  · 

This wooden gavel belonged to Howard McNeely, local auctioneer, barber and mayor of Carleton Place from 1960 to 1967.
Made by his long-time friend Frank Moon, it is stamped with McNeely’s name and the date it was presented (1977) as well as Moon’s signature on the handle.
The gavel head is made of Lanark County iron wood, and the handle of Lanark County cherry wood. Generously donated by Rick Redmond.

Richard PrestonThis stuff is priceless Notes for Richard Franklin Preston:
Richard Preston graduated from Queens University in 1875 and practiced
medicine. He was elected to the Ontario Legislature as a Conservative from 1894 to
1898 and from 1905 to 1919. He was elected to the House of Commons in 1922
and remained until his death. He was also Warden of the County of Lanark and first
Mayor of the town of Carleton Place.

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

December 2, 2014  · 

Tonight is the inaugural meeting of the 126th Council of the Town of Carleton Place.

This photo shows the “The First Carleton Place Town Council 1890” (after incorporation as a town).

Front Row : D. Cram; William Pattie, Reeve; Richard F. Preston, Mayor; Abner Nichols, Joseph Stewart, James Morton Brown

Back Row: T. Hodgins; Colin Sinclair; A.R.G. Peden, Clerk; A.T. Hudson; Alex Campbell; Peter Grant”.

There’s Mayor Doug and Tracy Lamb!

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

June 19, 2019  · 

Mayor Doug Black loaned us his CPHS football jersey for our summer exhibition! Celebrate the end of the school year by visiting us! #touchdown#mayordoug#localmuseum#carletonplace#carletonplace200#cphs#cphsbears#football

Jennifer Fenwick Irwin, museum manager, and Wendy Leblanc, mayor of Carleton Place, enjoying the exhibit. — at A Brimful of Memories.

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

February 23, 2012  · 

Portraits of the first ten mayors of Carleton Place! We are hoping to find more information on Mayor #7, Thomas Begley, who served in 1898. If anyone has information on him, please give the museum a call at 613-253-7013.

1. Dr. R.F. Preston 1890-92

2. William Pattie, 1893

3. Abner Nichols, 1894-99

4. David Cram, 1895

5. James Warren, 1896

6. A.H. Edwards, 1897

7. Thomas Begley, 1898

8. William Dunham, 1900

9. R.C. Patterson, 1901

10. W.A. Nichol, 1902

Brian Costello mayor–

My mom and dad ( Margery and John montreuil ) getting anniversary certificates from the Mayor of Carleton Place. Linda this was my parents 50th anniversary

From John Montreuil

Arnold Julian becomes mayor of Carleton Place in 1967
Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 23 Feb 1967, Thu, Page 9 His nickname was Doggy–Dale CostelloLoved the banter between he and Mrs Julian.

council and mayor 2017– Missing Theresa Fritz who yes would have run for mayor in 2026

Johnny J. McGregor — Still Buster and Mayor

107 John Street– The Smyths? Calling Out My Lifeline Please…

They Once Lived in My Home– The Cram Children — Margaret — Angeline “Babe” and Arthur

They Once Lived in My Home– Arthur Cram

Blast From the Past–Remembering Alan Barker– July 4 1979

Celebrating Christmas in July — Mary Cook Archives — LeMaistre

Caldwell Public School Evan Greenman Ted LeMaistre – Thanks to Pete Brunelle

What Happened to the “Mississippi” Steamer?

What Happened to the “Mississippi” Steamer?
Ottawa Daily Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
26 Apr 1870, Tue  •  Page 2

In the April 23, 1870 edition of the Almonte Gazette they called it a ‘marine disaster”.

Read more about our Carleton Place steamers here… Facts You Might Not Know About Carleton Place for our 150th Birthday – Part 5

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
September 19, 2014  · 
Let’s end our week at Riverside Park with a lovely walk by the Mississippi River. This photo was taken in 1905 by Howard Edwards and shows a young couple strolling west along the river’s edge, towards the present day boat launch. Note the steamer in the water, also heading West – perhaps to Lake Park or Innisville….

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
February 26, 2021  · 
Canada Department of Marine & Fisheries Temporary Certificate…This is to certify that George Willis of Carleton Place, Ont., is permitted to act as Engineer of the passenger Steamer “Lillian B” of Ottawa, Ont., to ply on the waters between Carleton Place and Innisville in Canada for the year ending 24th Sept. 1907 after which this Temporary Certificate will be null and void”. Around edges of certificate are 12 rectangular tickets: “Round Trip Steamer Mississippi~ Good to Return from Lake Park” .

Mayor-“john”-Drynans Steamer-1890–almonte.com

Flintoff’s Bay was the terminus of one of the earliest freight routes to the village of Carleton Place. Shipments came from Montreal by way of Brockville and Perth (and probably later by way of the Rideau Canal and Perth) to Flintoff Bay, and from there by barge captained by Mr. Dougherty to a wharf in the river at Bridge Street. John Flintoff was one of the first local lumbermen of some prominence and was drowned by falling off a Quebec steamer in the lower St. Lawrence in 1851.

Another drowning of this group of settlers was that of the pioneer Donald McNaughton in 1860, while going bathing in the lake at age 67 in the middle of June. McCullough’s Landing was another of the Carleton Place steamer excursion destinations. One of its biggest gatherings was a political rally in 1896, just before a hard-fought federal election. The lake’s biggest steamer, the Carleton, provided the transportation in loads of around 200 per trip, at a return fare of 25 cents.

Heading for the Middle Lake and Beckwith Township again, Pine Point and the cottages of McNaughton’s Shore are passed in the Big Lake, and the red-buoyed submerged rocks around Sand, Loon and the Burnt Islands. After the Blacks Bay cottage shore is Hunter’s Bay formerly called Buchanan’s for its nearby farm owners. The west side of Hunter’s Bay is probably the place where Hugh Boulton quarried stone for his first millstone, the town’s first piece of industrial equipment.

The lake’s other canal story is one of nearly fifty years later. It went as far as incorporation by the Legislature of the Mississippi Navigation Company in 1809, with the authorized capital of $100,000, to build locks at Innisville and Ferguson’s Falls and carry on a shipping business. The chief freight was expected to be sawn lumber and iron ore, which was to be towed by barge to Carleton Place, and to go from here by rail to American markets. The steamer, the Enterprise, was built for this purpose, and then the lock-building scheme was abandoned.

The Enterprise, a paddle wheeler which could carry a hundred passengers, travelled the lake for twenty-five years in the service of the McLaren Mill and the Canada Lumber Co. Under the intentions of its builders, its regular run would have been between Lanark Village, Playfairville and Carleton Place. That was the route that gained some historic standing in the story of the Mississippi when a number of the first Ramsay township settlers reached their new homes in 1821 by travelling down the Clyde and Mississippi by water from Lanark Village to the site of Almonte.

Howard Brown

Don’t Be Scared Ladies –Steamers on the Mississippi

Facts You Might Not Know About Carleton Place for our 150th Birthday – Part 5

Lake Keminiskeg Disaster Part 2 Believe it or Not

Carleton Place Was Once Featured in Ripley’s Believe it or Not! 

St James in Carleton Place to the Rescue! Carleton Place in the News… Crosstalk 2022 #communityproud

St James in Carleton Place to the Rescue! Carleton Place in the News…  Crosstalk 2022 #communityproud

All photos are from May 22 Crosstalk click here_ BLESS ME FATHER for I have sinned—-I know God this is ‘borrowing’ from a publication posting it, but there are a lot of seniors that need to read this article, so you young folks, please click on the link.Thank you, and please support Crosstalk! Crosstalk is published 10 times a year (September to June) and mailed as a section of the Anglican Journal. It is printed and mailed by Webnews Printing Inc. in North York. Crosstalk is a member of the Canadian Church Press and the Anglican Editors Association. I have been reading this newspaper since I was a wee lass.

All photos are from May 22 Crosstalk click here_ BLESS ME FATHER for I have sinned—-I know God this is ‘borrowing’ from a publication posting it, but there are a lot of seniors that need to read this article, so you young folks, please click on the link.Thank you, and please support Crosstalk! Crosstalk is published 10 times a year (September to June) and mailed as a section of the Anglican Journal. It is printed and mailed by Webnews Printing Inc. in North York. Crosstalk is a member of the Canadian Church Press and the Anglican Editors Association. I have been reading this newspaper since I was a wee lass.

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Address: 225 Edmund St, Carleton Place, ON K7C 3E7

Phone(613) 257-3178

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SIX Days Until….
MAY 11 Ladies and gents! A fashion show to support Ukrainian Diaspora Support Canada (UADSC) is taking place on May 11th, 2022, at 7pm hosted by St James Anglican Church in Carleton Place.

Presenting FOUR Ukraine models just immigrated here to Carleton Place! Come Welcome them to Carleton Place. PLUS surprise guest models from our community. Yes, it’s “The Real Women of Carleton Place”. Watch Sylvia Giles walk that runway!

The volunteers at St James Church have created a boutique full of items donated from people in OUR Community. It is filled with clothing, shoes, toiletries, toys available at no cost to the Ukrainian families resettling in our region– and you will also be able to visit it.
The fashion show will feature some of these wonderful items.

Tickets are available for a minimum donation of $15.00 and are available for purchase at the St James Church Office (225 Edmund St., Carleton Place ON K7C 3E7) Monday-Friday from 9am-12:30pm or by CALL to RESERVE at 613-257-3178.

Complimentary refreshments will be available, and each ticket holder will have a chance to win a beautiful door prize. You will require a mask to attend this live event and limited seating is available.

St James Anglican Carleton Place
Join us Wednesday for our Breakfast Table. Open until 11 am.

TEA 4- St James Anglican Church Friday at 230 and tickets will go fast.. St. James Anglican Church—LIMITED NUMBER–Available at the Church Officeand you can call to reserve your tickets
Get your tickets fast. Address: 225 Edmund St, Carleton Place, ON K7C 3E7
Phone(613) 257-3178

St James and St Mary’s Christmas Bazaar 1998 -Who Do You Know?

They Call Me James — James Warren of Carleton Place

Hallelujah and a Haircut —Faces of St. James 1976

What did Rector Elliot from St. James Bring Back from Cacouna?

The Emotional Crowded Houses– St. James

 Above photo- St. James Thanksgiving 1888

The Anglican Church in Carleton Place was served for a few years from Franktown– one of the original rectories by Royal patent. In 1883 it was made the centre of a new mission and Rev. E J Boswell was the first missionary. During his incumbency, the first St. James church was built. There were originally unshapely masses of windows and galleries of the early Canadian order of architecture. The unattractive structure was replaced in 1881/1884 with a seating capacity of 500. The following year the debt was paid off. In 1887 there were 256 families and a bible class with 300 names on the roll. Mr Brice McNeeely Jr. (his father owned the tannery)was the superintendent.

Elliot Hall was named after Canon Elliot. It was built across the street in 1923 on land originally used by the Canada Lumber Co. Across the street is St. James Park which was once home to the other half of the Canada Lumber Co and the proposed site of the Rosamond Woolen Mill. Carleton Place was once going to host the Rosamond Woolen Mills before the owner had a disagreement with an early village council. Angry, he moved his mill lock stock and barrel to Almonte, where in turn, the Penman Mill owners argued with Almonte’s town council, and they moved to Paris, Ontario.The Canada Lumber Co. was torn down in 1908 and a hydro electric dam was built there. The hydro dam was removed in 1973.

Guide to Church Services in 1870 in Carleton Place:

St. James’ (Church of England) – ½ past 10 o’clock a.m. on each alternate Sabbath, and at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on the other Sabbath.  St. Andrew’s  (Church of Scotland) – 11 o’clock a.m. every Sabbath.  Zion Church (Canada Presbyterian) – ½ 2 o’clock p.m. every Sabbath.  Reform Presbyterian – 11 o’clock a.m., and 3 o’clock p.m., on alternate Sabbaths.  Wesleyan Methodist – ½ past 10 o’clock on alternate Sabbaths, and ½ past 6 o’clock on the other Sabbath.  Baptist – ½ past 2 o’clock every Sabbath.  Roman Catholic – occasionally, of which notice will be given.

John Edwards This was the first sale of land of “The Clergy Reserve”. It was originally 200 acres of land running from Ramsay 7 to Ramsay 8. It was the historic land allocated to the Church of England by Crown. Whne the Clergy Reserves were abolished in the 1850’s, St. James Anglican Church purchased the land for 100 British pounds. It was and is home to massive white pines which are still the defining element of the CP ‘skyline’ when the sun sets in the West. One only need to look up.

St James Anglican Church presently offers twice-weekly Eucharist services, weekly youth group and Bible studies, several women’s groups, a variety of youth activities, a choir, and an ever-expanding Outreach program to help the less fortunate in other parts of the world.

Original Burgess Buildings Burn 1921- Burgess Merrick History Carleton Place

Original Burgess Buildings Burn 1921- Burgess Merrick History Carleton Place

It’s Charles Burgess built this grist mill at the CPR siding in the 1890’s. It was located about where today’s Mews mall is on Landsdowne Avenue. ( these were the newer buildings built after the fire)

It was run by Ab Hurdis’s grandfather William Hurdis– and later still by Russell Munro, whose son Keith remembers it burning down about 1965.–Before The Carleton Place Mews?

Photo- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

The original Grist Mill Burnt down

1921-04-22– Almonte Gazette

A feed mill belonging to Chas. F. Burgess was completely destroyed by fire, Tuesday night. The damage is estimated to be in the vicinity of $15,000. The cause of the fire is unknown, but it started in a shed where a small quantity of hay was stored adjoining the mill. No one knew the building was in trouble until all of a sudden fire broke out with a rush and in a few seconds the entire shed was a mass of flames.

The fire spread to the mill, which on account of its frame construction fell an easy prey. For nearly two hours the buildings were a raging furnace, and although tons of water were poured into them by the Carleton Place fire department. The fire had gained too much headway and could not be got under control till the buildings were completely gutted.

With the buildings were all there was also destroyed stock and machinery which included a carload of flour that had just been unloaded. Nothing was saved but a small quantity of office equipment and a few bags of flour. At no time was there any danger of the fire spreading beyond the Burgess buildings, as these were somewhat isolated from the rest of the town.

On account of this no outside help was asked, but the town firemen under Fire Chief Wm. McIlquham fought the fire gallantly, though were unsuccessful in their efforts. The burned buildings were among the old landmarks of the town. They were erected many years ago by a Mr. Merrick, an old pioneer of Carleton Place.


The Merrickville Star
Merrickville, Ontario, Canada
18 Apr 1901, Thu  •  Page 8
The Weekly British Whig
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
26 Feb 1891, Thu  •  Page 4
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
01 Feb 1898, Tue  •  Page 8
The Kingston Whig-Standard
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
25 Feb 1887, Fri  •  Page 8

The Burgess Will and Other Burgess Oddities

When Things Come 360 –The First Automobile Fatality in Carleton Place– Torrance, Burgess, and Names Names

Arthur Street The Burgess House and Dangerous Places- Ray Paquette

A.C. Burgess “Dining Hall Carleton Place” 1885

Arthur Burgess Closes Carleton Place C.P.R. Restaurant

The Crazy Town World of Mr. George Arthur Burgess of Carleton Place

Before The Carleton Place Mews?

Who Was John Boland? Chatterton House/Queen’s Hotel Registry — The Burgess Family Dynasty

The Auction of the Year in Carleton Place

The Wall Mysteries of Lake Ave East -Residential Artists

More Notes about the Mysterious Arklan Farm

Taber & McCrea The People’s Store Adin Daigle Collection

Taber & McCrea The People’s Store Adin Daigle Collection
Taber & McCrea The People’s Store Adin Daigle Collection

127-131 Bridge Street Carleton Place Circa 1870

The first storey storefronts of this building have been modified from the original glass windows for easier viewing of merchandise–hence the different colours of brick. 127-131 Bridge Street has housed a number of different businesses including pharmacies, clothing stores, grocery stores, and poolrooms.

The Hughes family bought the pharmacy from Dr. Preston in 1905.

W. J. Hughes Rexall Drug store was located on the corner and Thomas Lloyd Hughes born in 1897 along with his brother Harold until they each decided to run a smaller store at the opposite  ends of town. Lloy’s store was on Moffatt Street and Harold on Lake Ave West. For 50 years they were in groceries together and then the store was sold to Thomas’s nephew and for 12 years Thomas drove a butcher wagon. There was a dark room at the rear of the store where Mr. Hughes tested your eyes for glasses. You could buy a roll of film #116 for a Brownie Box camera for 25 cents and for $1.25 he would send it away to be developed.

The folks in Carleton Place will always remember the Rexall Drug annual 1 cent sale and every local household stocked up on cough medicine, cough drops, peroxide and all sorts of liniment. Some of the clerks that worked there were: Olive Dick, Ruby Voyce, and John Briscoe and Wilbert Robertson.

Harvey Asselstine attended the Ontario College of Pharmacy in 1929. In 1944, he
returned to Carleton Place and bought the drugstore at the corner of Bridge and
Franklin, from W.J. Hughes who operated it for 38 years. Betty Findlay and Mary Cook both worked at Assestine’s Pharmacy.  In the rear of Asselstine’s drug store the CPR Telegraph operated during the 1950s. Asselstine expanded his drug store and bought out Hughes Grocery. In 2006 the Athen’s Corners Restaurant  was located there.

Taber and McCrae operated a Men’s and Boy’s clothing store within Struther’s Block, which later became a pool hall  (next door) operated by Mel Barclay. Charlie Giroux, who only had one arm took over the pool hall then Ab Dowseth from Smiths Falls operated it for a short time but when McCann and Porter gained ownership they moved the pool hall to the old Bank of Commerce.

Jeremy Stinson— That corner was, for much of my childhood, the home of the Blossom Shop. Back before the one way street.

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The Shoe and Leather Reporter Annual

August 28, Almonte Gazette 1904

Mr. Maguire’s new store is going to be a very fine one. The show windows are large and deep, the upper lights being of prism glass. The wood work is to be marbled gree. Messrs. Taber & Co will have a handsome premises

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
November 1, 2021  · 
Welcome to November! In 1910, Taber’s Dry Goods produced this somewhat odd postcard promoting their “Dressed Dolls Exhibit”.
W.W. Taber Clothing was located on the east side of Bridge Street between Mill and Franklin.

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
May 16, 2014  · Carleton Place  · 

Taber’s Store was selling clothing out of the present day Dress Shop location on Bridge Street. — at Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum.

A Taber-McCrea- Bridge Street business shoe horn.. remember those?

Documenting Carleton Place History — From Bridge Street Benches—JamesMcNeill

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 1– Canadian Tire to The Moose

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 2- Milano Pizza to Milady Dress Shop

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 3- St. Andrew’s to Central School

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 4- Leslie’s China Shop to Rubino’s/Giant Tiger

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 5-The Little White House to the Roxy

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 6-The Eating Place to the Post Office

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 7 –Scotia Bank to the New York Cafe

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 8–Olympia Restaurant to McNeely’s–

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 9–Flint’s to the Blue Spot

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 10–

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 11

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 12

Dr. Johnson Downing and Ferril I Presume? Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 12 a

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series –Volume 13

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign–Dr. Winters 154-160 Bridge Street Carleton Place –Jaan Kolk Files

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series –Volume 14

Mitchell & Cram — History of The Summit Store 1898-1902 –Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series –Volume 15

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series–Volume 16– Newman’s Hall