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Leo J. McDiarmid — The Sportsman’s Store

Leo J. McDiarmid — The Sportsman’s Store

Christoper Trotman with thanks.. 1933 December

After the 1923 fire, the new building housed Leo. McDiarmid’s Sports on the corner of Elgin (victoria) and Bridge Street.  Guns could be purchased or repaired, and ammunition and decoys were sold. Later Cliff Caldwell and his wife Edna operated a hair salon and lived on the second floor. About 1950 George H Doucett bought the building and his insurance company operated there until the early 70s. Mr. William S. Rowat was his office manager and after he lost an eye and could no longer drive, Mr. Doucett’s nephew Allan joined the staff. Mr.and Mrs. Dan Nichols occupied the upstairs apartment and the building was later purchased by Howard McNeely who operated a barbershop at 120 Bridge.

The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum has loaned several pieces from our collection, including the curling stone seen here. It was purchased at Leo McDiarmid’s Sportsman Store, Carleton Place

This 1933 receipt from The Sportsman’s Store is a recent donation. We love their slogan: “The Sport Store of A Sporty Town”! It was owned by Leo “Sport” J. McDiarmid (1884-1967). Leo was the only one of four brothers who fought in the First War and survived. Opening the store after his return to Carleton Place, Leo also was involved in local politics. Together with his mother Mary, he unveiled the Carleton Place Cenotaph in 1924, created to honour the town’s fallen sons.–Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Visit us at Lambs Down Festival on Saturday to learn all about wool!

Cram’s Tannery was located at Sussex and Campbell Streets, and owned by Albert E. Cram, who lived at 77 Lake Avenue East. This quote is from the “Do You Remember When?” newspaper column, written in February 1953 by Leo McDiarmid (he wrote under the pen name “S.C. Ribe”):

“Joe Schwerdtfeger, Pete Lever, Steve Jones and Billy Garland, who were employed at Cram’s Tannery, could whisk the wool off a sheep pelt while you were saying ‘Jack Robinson’. The pelts were put into a curing vat, the wool baled up and shipped, a lot of it to the United States.”

The “Do You Remember When?” series of entertaining and historically informative weekly newspaper articles, appeared in the Carleton Place Canadian during the 1950s. A collection of columns is available for reading at the Museum.

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Mary and William McDiarmid lost three sons in the First War. Victor (age 20), Harold (age 22) on Vimy Ridge, and Arthur, who was gassed on Vimy Ridge but came home to endure hospitals and sanatoriums, before dying on January 20, 1919 at the age of 19.

When the town of Carleton Place dedicated their new War Memorial on May 24, 1924, it was Mary McDiarmid, on the arm of her only surviving veteran son Leo, who slowly but proudly walked up the path and unveiled the monument.

We will remember.

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CLIPPED FROMThe Weekly AdvanceKemptville, Ontario, Canada10 Mar 1927, Thu  •  Page 1

read-Annie and Ethel Pretty Bridge Accident 1927

The Derry Farm of Angus McDiarmid

F. M. McDiarmid Clothing Co — Manny Gomes sign

McDiarmid Tennis Courts Photos Photos Photos

Duncan McDiarmid — Family of the Derry

McDiarmid Family– Murals and Vimy Ridge

read-Annie and Ethel Pretty Bridge Accident 1927

You Only Have to Work 10 Hours a Day!

You Only Have to Work 10 Hours a Day!


Photo Credits: Town of Almonte
Former Tower Location: 
RosaMond Woollen Co. Mill water tower, 7 Mill Street. Tower was still standing in a 1959 picture

Mill was erected in 1857 by James Rosamond. Part of the building still stands today (2005). The mills were sold in 1952 by Mary Rosamond.

September 1871- with files from the Almonte Gazette

Dear father,

The water is getting very low in the Mississippi river, and although none of the Almonte mills have yet been short there is not much doubt they will be, soon, unless we have plenty of rain. All the mills, at Carleton Place are, we hear running within half time, or at very slow speed, and the large mills of Messrs. Gillies & McLaren are not doing half work.

We have not heard how the mills farther up or down the river are affected, but they must be all more or less short. Here, on Mondays, the supply of water is short, owing to the fact that no water is let down from Carleton Place Lake on Sundays. Something might be done to remedy this, were a tight dam made at the upper falls, so as to save the water on Sunday between here and Appleton. This would give sufficient to keep up the head of water until Tuesday, by which time the water used by the Carleton Place mills is down this far. Read-The Drought of 1871 and the Mills on the Mississippi River


The principle woollen mill owners here have done a graceful tiling in voluntarily conceding a ten hour table as follows, to commence on the 1st July next: Commence work at 7am; one hour for dinner; quit work at 6:30, and on Saturday at 3:30. This was quite unexpected by the employees, and took them very much by surprise. So pleased were they with the concession that on the evening of the day on which the notice was given the band occupied itself until late hour serenading the residences of the employers. The following firms have agreed to adopt the ten hour table: Rosamond Woolen Co., Elliott, Routh & Sheard. J. & A. Hunter, William H. Wylie.

A number of mill owners on the Mississippi River met at Carleton Place for the purpose of considering the best means of keeping up the supply of water during the dry season. A proposition was made by Gillies and McLaren of Carleton Place to the effect that they would, for a consideration, erect dams and the upper Mississippi and keep them in repair, so that a sufficient supply of water would be retained and allowed to escape as required.

Gillies & McLaren— Carleton Place

1866 – This town’s first large scale business had its start in 1866 with the opening of the Gillies & McLaren lumber mill with thirty employees.  James Gillies (1840-1909) came as its manager.  Five years later John Gillies (1811-1888), who had founded the firm in Lanark township, removed to Carleton Place.  Both remained here for life and were leaders in the town’s industrial growth.  James Gillies for over thirty five years was head of the later widespread lumbering operations of Gillies Brothers, a position occupied from 1914 to 1926 by his brother David Gillies (1849-1926) of Carleton Place.

A shingle mill also began business here in 1866, managed by John Craigie.  He was the builder of the town’s first two steamboats, the Mississippi and the Enterprise.  The local grist and oatmeal mills were bought by Henry Bredin from Hugh Boulton Jr.  They continued to be operated by James Greig (1806-1884), who ran these mills from 1862 to 1868 after the death of Hugh Boulton Sr., founder of this first industry of the community.

The union of Lanark and Renfrew Counties was ended in 1866 by the establishment of a separate Renfrew County council and administration.

Rosamond and Victoria Mill — Rosamond Journey from Carleton Place to Almonte

The Mules of the Number 1 Mill?

The Drought of 1871 and the Mills on the Mississippi River

So Who Was Mary Rosemond/Rosamond?

Working in the Grist Mill

Was Working in One of Our Local Mills Like Working in a Coal Mine?

Babies in the Textile Mills

Clippings and Memories- Cullen Wright Crawford Prime and Hooper

Clippings and Memories- Cullen Wright Crawford Prime and Hooper

There was tremendous involvement, and tremendous loss, and over time it has become clear that Carleton Place, given its size, was a remarkable contributor to the war effort.” Fifty men from a pool of perhaps 300 able-bodied men in a total population of what was then 4,000 people died in the First World War. Another 50 perished in the Second World War. And each year on Nov. 11, in events that reach beyond mere ceremony to palpable grief for many relatives and friends of fallen townsfolk, residents of the picturesque town along the Mississippi River gather at Memorial Park to remember their 100 dead and more than 300 others who served and returned.  Randy Boswell—Ottawa Citizen-12 Nov 1998

Carleton Place is proud of two things. It is proud of the athletic prowess of its young men, especially on the water. It is also proud of the manner in which Its young men went to the front in the Great War. Twelve Carleton Place boys Joined the first Canadian contingent. Forty-seven Carleton Place boys sleep in Flanders Fields. The town has remembered their sacrifice by a memorial park and monument, which were bought and erected by public subscriptions.–

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada14 Jul 1928, Sat  •  Page 32

Appointment of Donald C. Cullen, of Niagara Falls, and for many years a resident of Carle-ton Place, as treasurer of War Supplies Limited, in Washington, was ratified last week. He left for Washington Sunday evening. Mr. Cullen has been head of the accounting department at North American Cyanamid Company since 1925, and was transferred in that capacity to the Welland Canal Chemical Company. He is a son of Mrs. John Cullen and the late Mr. Cullen, who lived in Carleton Place for many years.

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa JournalOttawa, Ontario, Canada24 Dec 1941, Wed  •  Page 9

 Prisoner of War CARLETON PLACE, May 4. (Special) Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wright of Carleton Place have received word that their son. Flying Officer William Arnold Wright, who was reported missing overseas In March, is prisoner of war. FO. Wright enlisted in Toronto in 1941 and graduated with a commission at Malton. He went overseas in November, 1942.

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada04 May 1944, Thu  •  Page 5

Carlcton Place Flier Now Missing Overseas Sergeant Air Gunner Arthur Esmond Prime, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Prime of Carleton Place, Is reported missing on active service following’ air operations overseas, according to the latest R.C.A.F. casualty list issued last night.

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Miss Tena Stewart War Heroine — Almonte Appleton and Carleton Place

War Time Homes Carleton Place 1946

James Reynolds “Were the Carleton Place Boys Safe?”

Glory Days in Carleton Place- Tom Edwards– Horrick’s and Air Raid Sirens

Stuck in Carleton Place April 8 1885

On the Sunny Side of the Street

On the Sunny Side of the Street

Bill BruntonI liked the Main Street when we moved here in 1972, now that I think of it. Parking on both sides was tricky for sure but it was a busy place.

Julie Sadler

With parking on both sides, you received your driver’s license if you could drive down the main street without hitting anything!

Tom Edwards

LOL The Main Street was as narrow as the Smiths Falls highway.

Patricia M Mason Leduc

They always bring back such cherished memories of my childhood years heading to the cottage on the weekends with my Father and Mother both deceased now. I find myself always enlarging the pics to see if I can find our families car. Fond memories

James R. McIsaac

Well I can tell you running an ambulance with emergency lights on down the main street then was always a treat, never hit a mirror

Dale Costello

If a Holstein were to walk down middle of main street, he could hit cars both sides with his tail.

Doug B. McCarten

As part of my driving lessons, my Dad would have me drive him to the Post Office after the quitting time whistle/siren had gone off at Findlay’s foundry and have me parallel park outside! Talk about pressure….with everybody trying to get home!

Lynne Johnson

My driving instructor had me parallel park on Lake Avenue by the high school just as everyone was getting out of school. All my friends were waving as they passed saying hi. That was pressure!

Donna Mcfarlane

One of the first times I was parallel parking after getting my licence… I was across from Olympia restaurant and somehow got the large mirror on the half ton between the double headed parking meters.. Thank goodness Jim Lowry and bert Acheson were in the Olympia and they got truck mobile for me again.

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
24 Mar 1897, Wed  •  Page 1

Love this old photo of Bridge Street in 1930! Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
— at Downtown Carleton Place. Mj Ferrierwhen everyone had an awning on the sunny side of the street

1977-Vintage Carleton Place & BeckwithThese clippings are from a school scribbler that was kept by Louella Edith Drynan (nee Shail)

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum–Centennial Parade, Bridge Street, July 1, 1967

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Bridge Street 80s-Photo Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Branch 192 on the Main Street– The book of memories of Arthur Drader was put together by Audrey Drader for Father’s day. Trevor Smith

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

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 13

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

Carleton Place Business–Lloyd Hughes List

Comments Comments Comments–Documenting History

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

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

Oddities About Mayors of Carleton Place — Clothing Choices — Fancy Man and Draw of the Hat

Oddities About Mayors of Carleton Place — Clothing Choices — Fancy Man and Draw of the Hat
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
16 May 1950, Tue  •  Page 5

Mayor does not take kindly to remarks about his clothing- says he will quit

Bill Prime was the youngest Mayor of Carleton Place at 32– and he also worked as assistant manager of the Brewer’s Retail store.

Johnny McGregor still buster and Fancy Man –Mayor with Landslide Vote

Also Johnny McGregor at 110 Bridge Street ( George’s Pizza) Stillbuster, Vet and fancy man— Whenever a raid was to be carried out Johnny had to present and he would be transported to the scene of the crime by Kidd Bryce Taxi and word on the street was there were never too many successful raid. He was mayor with 2 years experience in 1935– with a landslide vote.

March 17 1928

Constable Frank Rose callled to Carleton Place to assist Prov officer JJ McGregor to raid on premises of X reported reported to be selling moonshine. No evidence. ( read about Johnny McGregor here-Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 8–Olympia Restaurant to McNeely’s)

Johnny J. McGregor — Still Buster and Mayor

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
08 Nov 1911, Wed  •  Page 1

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
10 Jun 1982, Thu  •  Page 8

Mayor is Chosen from a draw from a hat

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
25 Nov 1980, Tue  •  Page 3

Lady Luck will decide this town’s next mayor Monday, when a name is drawn out of a hat, ending the vote deadlock discovered by a judicial recount Wednesday. County court Justice John Ma-theson spent nine hours recounting the votes cast Nov. 10 for Melba Barker and Allan Code, and declared a dead heat. Each polled 1,007 ballots, the first tie for the mayor’s job in the town’s 161-year history. Barker, 32, was initially declared the winner election night, with a slim majority of 1,012 votes to 1,005 for Code. Outgoing Mayor Ted LeMaistre finished third, with 332 votes. An error discovered the next day changed Barker’s victory margin to four votes, dropping her to 1,009. Code applied for a judicial recount. During Wednesday’s recount. Justice Matheson discovered two extra votes for Code and two less for Barker, setting the stage for the draw, as set forth under the Municipal Election Act. While the two tied candidates have two days to decide whether to seek a judicial recount by the Supreme Court of Canada, both indicated Wednesday they are prepared to try their luck. The Municipal Election Act directs that the names of the tied candidates be written on separate pieces of equal size paper and placed in a box. The name drawn is the winner’s. Barker, a two-term council member, would become the first woman mayor in the town’s history should her name be drawn. “I’ll be glad when it’s settled,” she said from her home late Wednesday. “It has been a suspenseful situation and I certainly was hoping it wouldn’t be that way (a tie).” Code, 48, a 13-year council veteran, was less than enthusiastic about the draw. He doubted he’d seek a Supreme Court recount. Town clerk and chief returning officer Keith Morris said there is no alternative to the draw.

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada20 Nov 1980, Thu  •  Page 2

read-The Squeaker Election — November 1980 Carleton Pl

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
08 Nov 1991, Fri  •  Page 3

Clippings and Photos of Mayors of Carleton Place …

Johnny J. McGregor — Still Buster and Mayor

The Squeaker Election — November 1980 Carleton Place

Documenting the First Female Councillor in Carleton Place

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

The ‘Deer-Cow hybrid’ of Carleton Place Entertains the Councillors of Almonte — ORR Genealogy

Trudi Dickie Clippings — Please Add Your Comments

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

Stuart McIntosh — Ice still on Taylor Lake on the 4th of May/39