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Are You Ready to Visit the Open Doors?

Are You Ready to Visit the Open Doors?


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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 (rain date the 17th) 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.



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

Glory Days in Carleton Place- Ray Paquette

Ray Paquette left these comments on my WordPress site yesterday and I had to share as they are very important to keeping our local history alive. Thank you Ray!

The Words of Ray Paquette
I grew up, ages 7 to 12 years old, living in the apartments in the former hotel that is prominent in the first photo (Snedden Hotel). During our youth, we spent a lot of time at the station and not on rare occasions earning the wrath of Mr. Mitchell for climbing the Norway Maples that lined Miguel Street.Mr. Dunphy was in charge of the Express/Baggage as assisted by Mr. Simpson in Express and Joe Hawkins in Baggage. *Mr. Raeburn was the Station Master (he lived on Lake Avenue east in your current home (Springside Hall). Ted Lemaistre worked the telegraph and assisted Mr. Raeburn.

Trains ran through Carleton Place beginning at about 2:30 a.m. with the Trans Continental from the West ending the day about 9:30 p.m. with the final Toronto Pool train.

The Ottawa newspapers arrived in Carleton Place aboard the 4:30 Toronto Pool Train and all the carrier boys congregated in the express area to get their papers for distribution throughout the town. Later Mr. Paul won the contract from the newspaper and delivered the papers to the back of Ernie Foote’s Photography that was on Bridge Street about three doors south of the Queens Hotel.

Author’s Note– I was privileged to meet Mae and her son Bert Raeburn a few times and Mae told me many times that she used to hear the train coming down the tracks which used to be a few 100 feet away and say,“There comes my bread and butter down the track!”




George Giles-I grew up with Ray Paquette and remember picking up my papers at the station. We spent many hours playing in the area around the station and the old Wool Growers. Enjoy seeing the photos of Carleton Place.



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

A Collection of Lanark County Home Movies




I have been honoured to see a few local home movies and I don’t want to lose these so I am going to group them here and add new ones if I find them. If you have any, please send them my way..:)


First one--Thanks Terry Closs.. It’s Maple syrup time on Snow Road– Here’s a home movie that his father took, of a visit to a local sugar camp near Snow Road in the early 60’s

These films below are done by the O’Rourke Farms family and Kerri Ann Doe O’Rourke has graciously allowed me to post this. Thank you ladies!!

Three videos –Christmas Parade in Carleton Place and 12th of July 1964 parade with Majorette’s and bands. Can you see the old Carleton Place landmarks? It begins with the parade crossing the bridge and you can see the old Lolly’s that is no more on the left.

Carleton Place Parade no date I assume 60s-Christmas Parade in Carleton Place (very dark) and Majorette’s and band.

Possibly 1963
Santa Claus Parade Carleton Place


1964 12th of July Parade in Carleton Place




Continuation of the Smiths Fall 12th of July parade.



Doe Family Memories..


Don’t forget to check out the Findlay ‘home movie now showing at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Lanark 1963-Singer: Mac Beatie Fiddler: Reg Hill Step dancers: Donnie Gilchrist and a young Buster Brown



A photographic retrospective of the life of D.G. Findlay. (Includes the ‘Squirrel Story” and footage of the Commodore’s Salute performed by members of the Carleton Place Canoe Club at an event celebrating his life on September 17, 2010.)



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



More Stories about Mary Coules of Carleton Place




Joann Voyce generously shared a story about Mary Coules and why she was nicknamed Mary Cool Ass in Carleton Place. Imagine my surprise that the history of Mrs. Coules did not end there.

In December of 1961, on the 26th to be exact, poor Mary was the subject of a robbery so awful it was documented in the Ottawa Journal and other newspapers. Despite roadblocks on Christmas Eve of 1961 the police never apprehended the robbers that held Mary Coules who was 65, and her boarder William Flynn age 59 both of Bridge Street at bay.

Mrs. Coules had  just returned home from the Carleton Place Hospital following an operation and Flynn had gone to bed when there was a knock at the door. The man asked if Mike lived there and when Mary said no, so the gunman forced his way in her home. A second man entered and they shut the lights, pulled the blinds down, and demanded Mary give them money. Mary, who had a  heart condition, told them she had none and they proceeded to ransack her home.

Mary began to scream and they told her if she did not stop they would shoot her. Flynn by this time woke up and came downstairs to see what all the ruckus was about. Flynn was struck with a gun and they stole $90 from him, which was his recent pay cheque from Findlay’s where he worked. Mrs. Coules was then tied to the chesterfield with tape and Flynn tied to his bed with strips of sheets.

Around 9 pm Mary finally freed herself and called the police. Chief Cornell  put all his available men on the job and the OPP immediately set up roadblocks around the area. It was reported that only 18 months previous a similar attack on a Carleton Place resident had occurred. Thankfully they missed $500 which Mary had hidden away behind an old trunk.


There Once was a Woman Named Mary Cool-Ass in Carleton Place

Robberies in Carleton Place — Mr. Ed Campbell of High Street

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