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Is this Ed Timmins from Highway 7?

Is this Ed Timmins from Highway 7?



Photos from the old Canadian files from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Orm Giles thinks it may be Ed Timmons who lived on the Timmons farm (hwy 7) where the berry farm is today . What can you tell me about these photos or the man himself.


Mike Closs said this is Eddie Mckittrick and his horse “Nook”. Eddie McKittrick, did have a palomino horse like that. He lived on the Rosetta road about 3 miles outside of Lanark. I think he passed away about 1978.


Kt Dale– I was thinking about Eddie the other day!! It would have been late 1980 when Eddie died. He used to pass by the house we lived in twice a day. One day he picked up myself and my little girl who was two at the time and she was born in Dec 1978. I always thought it would be nice to travel by horse and buggy.












Looking for Information on the Mann Family of Blacks Corners

Looking for Information on the Mann Family of Blacks Corners



Photo- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Jennifer Fenwick Irwin from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum has a request from the UK for information on the Mann family of Blacks Corners.

All Jennifer could find was this photo of Lorraine Mann from 1986 who was working at Leigh Instruments. The inquirer is asking about the 1970’s – Herbert John and his children (one of which was Lorraine).

Any info leave in the comment section or email Jennifer  at 613) 253-7013 or email at: ​cpbmuseum@outlook.com


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  05 Sep 1978, Tue,  [First Edition],  Page 43



I found this online — a discussion on the Mann family of Black’s Corners


I have been trying to track down details of the children born to Herbert John and Irene Beryl Violet Mann whilst resident in Canada in the 1950s and 1960s for some time without success and am seeking any advice or help in how or where I can obtain the details.

Herbert John Mann was the son of Arthur Allen Mann and Ellen Frances Mary Mann and was born on the 22nd January 1920. He married Irene Beryl Violet Hibberd on the 10th September 1949 in Petersfield, Hampshire and they had two children Carolyn Leslie (b1951) and Hazel M (b1954) both born in Petersfield.

The family then emigrated to Canada and I understand that they went on to have a further seven or eight children and it is these children that I am trying to trace details of as I have no record of their names, dates/places of birth or any other details. The only other information I have on Herbert is details on a headstone commemorating his death in 1978 which is situated at St. James Anglican Church, Carleton Place Cemetery, Lanark Co., Ontario. The headstone reads:-

Herbert J. Mann
1920 – 1978
His Wife
Irene B. V. Hibberd
1928 –
In Loving Memory

Can anyone help?


Diana and woodchal many thanks for your informative responses to my posting and your contributions are much appreciated.

woodchal, the obituary you found has been of great help in enabling me to identify the names of the additional children of Herbert and Irene and answer a lot of questions. I am slightly confused by the reference in the obituary to Herbert being “also survived by four brothers and two sisters” for as far as I am aware Herbert was the only child of Arthur and Ellen Mann. I suppose the newspaper was only relying on information provided to them.

Diana, it’s interesting that you once lived at Black’s Corners and that it is such a tiny place – I must check it out as a matter of curiosity. I appreciate your advice and tips on sources to explore to try to ascertain further information and I certainly intend to check them out. I would also thank you for checking out some records so far and your proposal to contact some people you know and look forward to hearing from you further should that prove successful.

Having now become aware of the names of the further children of Herbert and Irene I can now take this a step further and try to find their dates and places of birth. As I am resident in the United Kingdom I am not aware of how the Canadian Registration system works. Is it possible to check indexes for births registered in the 1950s and 1960s as it is over here in England?

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Searching for Information: J.A. Stevenson and Robert and Jane Ross of Lanark

Looking for Information– Nichols Family History


Take Me Home Beckwith Roads– Photo Essay

Take Me Home Beckwith Roads– Photo Essay


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Photo Linda Seccaspina


Almost heaven, Beckwith Township, rolling hills and the Jock River.
Life is old there, older than the trees, younger than the mountains, blowing like a breeze.


Since the founding of Beckwith, it has always been an area full of stories and history. The Lanark County Genealogical Society  on Saturday shared these incredible tales of adventure, and pure Beckwith gumption This bus tour had something for everyone.

Lunch and guest speaker John McKenty plus entertainment!




Photo Linda Seccaspina

The House of Daughters –Stonecroft House



Photo Linda Seccaspina

Country roads, take me home to the place I belong.
Beckwith Township, Mississippi mamma, take me home, country roads.



Photo Linda Seccaspina

More Memories of The Beckwith McTavish House



Photo Linda Seccaspina

All my memories gather round her, farmer’s daughter, stranger to blue water.
Dark and dusty, painted on the sky, misty taste of moonshine, teardrop in my eye.



Photo Linda Seccaspina

Found on a Hill in Beckwith – Country Roads Take Me Home



Photo Linda Seccaspina



 Jennifer Fenwick Irwin– Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum–Photo Linda Seccaspina

The Now Complete Page Turning Story of the Beckwith Grandfather Clock



Photo Linda Seccaspina

Country roads, take me home to the place I belong.
Beckwith Township, Mississippi mamma, take me home, country roads.



Photo Linda Seccaspina

The Ashton Hotel– Questions Questions Flemmings and McFarlanes



Photo Rose Mary Sarsfield–

I hear her voice in the morning hour, she calls me, the radio reminds me of my home far away.
And driving down the road I get a feeling that I should have been home yesterday, yesterday.



Photo Linda Seccaspina Franktown Community Centre

Gillies Corners, west of Franktown on the settlers first road between Perth and Beckwith, was the location of the inn of Archibald Gillis, who settled there in 1819 and maintained a licenced inn for a period including from the 1830’s to the 1850’s.

John Edwards Archibald Gillies and the Franktown Fire




Photo Linda Seccaspina

How Franktown Got Its Name



Photo Linda Seccaspina


Country roads, take me home to the place I belong.
Beckwith Township, Mississippi mamma, take me home, country roads.



Photo Linda Seccaspina

So Who was Buried First in the Franktown Cemetery?



Leigh and Gary Box from the McEwen, Box and Muirhead family. Photo Linda Seccaspina

“Bossin’ Billy” McEwen Muirhead –Box family



Photo Linda Seccaspina


Franktown, then usually referred to as The King’s Store at Beckwith. The stone part of the Community Centre/King’s Store was where settlers came to get their initial supplies.


Photo Linda Seccaspina

The Manse on the 7th Line of Beckwith



Photo Linda Seccaspina

Country roads, take me home to the place I belong.
Beckwith Township, Mississippi mamma, take me home, country roads.

Beckwith Child Stolen by Natives



Photo Rose Mary Sarsfield

Dorothy Lewis was honoured for her long and faithful involvement with the Lanark County Genealogical Society. Richard Kidd who is her nephew spoke of her passing on the family history to the younger generations of his family.



Photo Rose Mary Sarsfield–the organizers of the Beckwith bus tour.


See you Saturday for the Carleton Place Open Doors and walking tour.. LCGS Beckwith Bus tour yesterday.. Photo by Rose Mary Sarsfield more tomorrow.. Here is your infor for Open Doors and the Walking Tour.. Are You Ready to Visit the Open Doors? https://lindaseccaspina.wordpress.com/2017/08/22/are-you-ready-to-visit-the-open-doors/

What Was it Like Living in Beckwith 1800s? Christina McEwen Muirhead


Thanks to everyone that came out and see you next year for the LCGS Montague and Smiths Falls Bus Tour.


Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)

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.



Beckwith 1820 Census Lanark County–Who Do You Know?

The Beckwith Highlanders and “Humpy Billy” Moore

So Where is that Gnarled Oak in Beckwith?

“Teachester” Munro and the S.S. No. 9 Beckwith 11th Line East School

John Goth–Tales of Beckwith Township

Beckwith –Settlers — Sir Robert the Bruce— and Migrating Turtles

What I Did on Beckwith Heritage Days – Alexander Stewart – Ballygiblin Heroe

The Now Complete Page Turning Story of the Beckwith Grandfather Clock

Update on The Manse in Beckwith

The Manse on the 7th Line of Beckwith

Home and Garden Before Home and Garden Magazine

Desperately Seeking Information About the “Beckwith Copperhead Road”

Hobo’s and Tragedies in Beckwith

Beckwith Child Stolen by Natives

Are You Ready to Visit the Open Doors of Carleton Place?

Are You Ready to Visit the Open Doors of Carleton Place?


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The History of Doors Open Ontario

Every year, Doors Open Ontario attracts large crowds across Ontario. From April to October, residents and visitors are invited to discover first-hand Ontario’s hidden heritage treasures, some of which have never been open to the public.

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Photo– The Grand Hotel

September 16, 2017 – September 17, 2017

Join us for Doors Open Carleton Place!

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m

Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers Limited

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Carleton Place Town Hall

Masonic Temple

Grand Hotel, The

Hawthorne Mill – South Shore Landing Inc.

Keyes Block Apartments



I will be doing a walking tour Saturday 16 beginning at 11 am at the Domino’s Parking Lot. I will stop for 10 minutes at:

Grand Hotel, The

Masonic Temple

Keyes Block Apartments

Carleton Place Town Hall (ending)

So come along for the informational and fun walk and I will stop at these above places for 10 minutes. If you want to stay longer than 10 minutes or even come back and visit them after the tour all good. It’s about about local history and open doors– so come have fun!!

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I have been writing about downtown Carleton Place Bridge Street for months and this is something I really want to do. Come join me in the Domino’s Parking lot- corner Lake Ave and Bridge, Carleton Place at 11 am Saturday September 16 (rain date September 17) for a free walkabout of Bridge Street. It’s history is way more than just stores.

This walkabout is FREE BUT I will be carrying a pouch for donations to the Carleton Place Hospital as they have been so good to me. I don’t know if I will ever do another walking tour so come join me on something that has been on my bucket list since I began writing about Bridge Street. It’s always a good time–trust me.



Family Fun Day– Click here..



Have You Been to the Keyes Building? Here is Your Chance

Armchair Tourism in Carleton Place– Wooly Bully!!!! Part 6

Preserving the Past With Love Without Embalming It — Photos of the Carleton Place Museum 2011

What Didn’t You Know? The New Town Hall 1897

Romancing the Mississippi Hotel

Hawthorne Mill–The Early Years– 1874 -1927

Mysteries at the Carleton Place Masonic Lodge


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 (US


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An Invitation to the Old Hawthorne Mill

An Invitation to the Old Hawthorne Mill

Jennifer Irwin
Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum




Check out all the updates on the:

Hawthorne Mill–The Early Years– 1874 -1927


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 21 Feb 1948, Sat, –Colourful Spring plaids from the Renfrew Woolen Mill (Hawthorne) being displayed by Mrs Zephyr Bennett

Leech School- New Information from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Leech School- New Information from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum



Jennifer Fenwick Irwin  found this at the Carleton Place  and Beckwith Heritage Museum today.

The Leach School
A two story, fairly large stone building almost square, on slight rise of land at 24 Neil’s Lane in Carleton Place. It was composed of one large room upstairs and one downstairs. The covered stairs at that time ran up the far side of the building.

I had a Miss Laura Anderson and a Miss Clara Sherlock for teachers. I would be about 8 or 9 years old at that time. I remember one day Miss Sherlock gave me the strap for some reason, and blistered my wrist. My father gave her a piece of his mind.

Across the street on Moore Street was a small grocery store owned by a Mrs. Moore. She sold 1 cent candy and we would go over there at recess and buy some. Also nearby was the Burgess flour and feed mill, and Nichol’s planning mill was on the corner of Moore and lake Avenue. The trains ran nearby as Carleton Place was a busy railroad town at that time.

The Mississippi Hotel on the corner of Bridge Street and Lake Avenue had two other floors in those days and a verandah across the front. In the winter there was a good place to slide along the front of the building. It was a pretty rough and we would use pieces of cardboard to sit on.

We had spelling bees quite often, and sometimes I was one of the last standing there.
In the back of the school yard were bushes of lilacs. On the West side of Bridge Street was Captain Hooper’s house where the Service station now is.Today the Renwick Real Estate is housed there and Mrs. Moore’s store is also owned by Renwick.
Norma Giles

Further information from other people:
The gate shanty stood beside the tracks and this arm would come across the road when a train was coming. The guards name was Mr. Albert Chabot. Also some other teacher’s names were Maggie Sturgeon and 2 Miss Fyfes. Jim and Fred Welch were students there.


Thanks Jennifer!!


Author’s Note– I have just added this from Marj Whyte

Marg Whyte

Landsdowne Street was open but very narrow. The large stone building that is now Crain and Schooley Insurance was known as the Leech School and had four classrooms. While I was growing up, it was occupied as a home by the Romanuke family, the parents of Ivan (mike) and his sister Doreen. It stood idle for a few year and later Gordon and Mary Neil and a family of 7 lived there.

The lot at the corner of Lake Ave West and Landsdowne now Tim Horton’s was known as the BA Service Station and its fist manager was Lorne Campbell, father of Mrs. Harold Hughes. Different managers or employees worked there over the years and they were: Ross Ferguson, Bert Coleman, Eric Machin, Cha. Godfrey and Ab Cook.



Did You Know About the Leech School in Carleton Place?

What Information Can You Add?

What Information Can You Add?
17522890_1389849087738648_4606161067111011687_n.jpgCarleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum added a new photo to the album: Photo Friday March 24
 Photo Friday: In which we publish a newly acquired photograph and ask for your help!

This week: A pickup truck with “Wm. McCall & Sons R.R. 1 Carleton Place” on the door. Man presumably shovelling gravel into said truck. Who was William McCall? Who were his sons? What sort of business did they run? Any idea where this gravel pit might have been? Thank you!-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

What do you know about this photo?  What can you tell the museum about Bill and Carrie McCall who lived on Moffatt Street? What do you remember about the business?


Ted Hurdis –I heard often about the McCall little construction business. I believe that the pit was out in Ramsay twp. I worked with Ross for years at the Carleton Place MTO. Their home was on Moffatt St. right where that new double was just built. Just north of the town line.

Janice Tennant Campbell —I grew up across from Bill and Carrie McCall on Moffatt Street. There children were Art (Wife Lena), Freda ((husband Tom Woods) and Ross. Art and Freda had married and left Moffatt Street by the time we moved there I believe.

Please  leave any memories in the comment section. Thank you!


Catherine (Carrie) Alexandra Armstrong (1903-1996) was born in  Ramsay; died in Carleton Place married  William Crozier McCall  in Drummond  in 1921– Armstrong Family    


McCALL, Catherine A. “Carrie” Armstrong Obituary

At her home in Carleton Place, Ontario on Tuesday, May 14, 1996, Catherine McCall beloved wife of the late William C. McCall, Dear mother of Freda Woods (Thomas) of Syracuse New York, Ross of Carleton Place and the late Arthur, Fond mother-in-law of Elena Tullis of Fergusons Falls, Loving grandmother of Catherine A. Woods, Connie Tyrrel (Tom) and the late Ruth Eleanor Nephin. Great-grandmother c Tom, Jim and Robbie Tyrrel, Dear sister of Alma Voege of Stanford, New York and Ann Morris of Lanark, Predeceased by brothers Tom, Bill, Herb Melvin, Edwin and his sister Ethel Johnson, Bell Millar, Margaret Rathwell and Essie Emmerson Resting at the Alan R. Barker Funeral Home McArthur Avenue, Carleton Place, on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Service in the chapel on Friday at 3 p.m. Rev. John Bushby officiating. Interment Boyd’s United Cemetery, Donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Eastern Star Service at the funeral home on Thursday at 4 p.m. Rebekah Service at 7 p.m

William and Carrie’s sons and daughter

McCALL, Ross James
Peacefully in hospital, Carleton Place, Ontario, on Friday, April 1, 2016, in his 89th year. Predeceased by his parents Catherine (nee Armstrong) and William McCall. Brother of the late Freda Woods and the late Arthur McCall. Fondly remembered by Jamie and Manuel Gomes. Ross was a member of St. John’s Masonic Lodge, Carleton Place and will be remembered by members and many other friends in Carleton Place.

December 1, 2005 Freda McCall Woods, 81, of Lakeland, FL and Baldwinsville, died Thursday at Oakridge Rehabilitation Center after a brief illness. She was born in Carleton Place, Ontario and lived in the Syracuse area for many years. Freda retired in 1984 from Church & Dwight in Solvay. She was a member of the Cornerstone United Methodist Church. Freda was also a member of the Order Of Eastern Star Chapter 219 Liverpool-Baldwinsville and Women of the Moose Chapter 649 in Baldwinsville. Survivors: her husband of 58 years, Thomas R. Woods; two daughters, Catherine Woods and Connie (Thomas) Tyrrell both of Baldwinsville; a brother, Ross McCall of Carleton Place; three grandchildren, Thomas C. Tyrrell, James Tyrrell, and Robert Tyrrell; nieces, nephews and cousins.

William John “Arthur” “Art” McCall
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Carrie McCall’s Brother

December 20, 1977        William John Armstrong

Mr. William John Armstrong of Innisville died December 20, 1977 at the home of his grandson, Robert Armstrong, Ottawa. He was in his 80th year, and had been in failing health for some time. He was born September 10, 1898, at Gilbert Plains, Dauphin, Manitoba, the son of an Innisville couple, John W. Armstrong and his wife, Annie Hudson. He was educated at Scotch Corners and Innisville. He resided in this district for 73 years, and prior to his retirement he was a farmer, and also worked as a truck driver for the Department of Highways, Steel’s Cartage, Carleton Place and Reynolds’ Cartage, Carleton Place. Mr. Armstrong was active in the community. He was curator of the museum at Innisville from the time of its inauguration until his death. He was Past Master of LOL No. 92, Innisville, a member of RBP, Carleton Place; Past Master of St John’s Lodge No. 63  AF and AM Carleton Place; a former member of the 100F, Carleton Place, and secretary of St John’s Cemetery Committee. Predeceased by his wife, the former Annie Gardiner. They were married at Trinity Church, Ottawa, July 18, 1923. Survivors include a son, Stanley W Armstrong, Ottawa; grandsons, Robert John Armstrong and William Edwin Armstrong, both of Ottawa; and sisters, Bella (Mrs. Ernie Miller) Pakenham; Maggie (Mrs Ernie Rathwell) Smiths Falls; Carrie (Mrs. William McCall) Carleton Place; Alma (Mrs. William Voege) New Jersey, USA; Essie , Mrs Clyde Emerson) Carleton Place and Annie ( Mrs. Carl Morris) Peterborough. Ont. He was predeceased by a sister, Ethel (Mrs. James Johnston) and two brothers, Thomas and Herb Armstrong. The funeral service took place Dec. 22, 1977 at St John’s Anglican Church, Innisville, with the Rector, Rev. Roger Young, officiating. Interment will be in St John’s Cemetery. Pallbearers were two grandsons, Robert and William Armstrong, and four nephews, John Armstrong, Gordon Miller, Robert Brydges and George Gardiner

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal02 Aug 1949, TuePage 16

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

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