Tag Archives: Carleton-Place

The Willows Family Reunions Clippings

The Willows Family Reunions Clippings



A photograph of the Willows family on a wagon circa 1900. Left to right, those pictured are: Alfred Willows, Catherine Willows, Ruth Halpenny, and Sara Halpenny.
Photo from Marjorie Earl.


Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 08 Sep 1933, Fri,
  3. Page 18



Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 09 Aug 1950, Wed,
  3. Page 9



Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 08 Aug 1956, Wed,
  3. Page 4
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    Ivy Mohrhardt Alfred is a nephew of my 2Xgrgrandmother Desdimona Flintoft (nee Willows) Catherine’s maiden name was Halpenny. Love this photo!!

    1905-This picture is of Mrs. Ross who visited in the summer months to Mississippi Lake near Drummond Center and stayed in a tent with two young boys, Norman and Jack.  Her maiden name could be Tysick, Caswell, Willows, Code or other.  The boys were probably her grand-sons. The picture seems to be taken at the Flintoft’s farm or Mrs. Ross’ home in Carleton Place.  Anyone have any more information?

    Willow’s Family Genealogy Click here




Beckwith Pioneer Couple Were Married on Green Knoll in a Swamp




The wedding ceremony was so brief, so simple, and the words uttered in such a rushed way that there was some doubt in the minds of the lovers as to whether they were really married. But Reverend Buchanan had informed them that they were married, so they were. As they got back on to their horses the husband spoke to his wife that perhaps they had better go to Carleton Place and see someone who was an ordained minister, but the young woman said no, that it was just as binding “in law and before God.”  Her husband joking replied that it was his new wife’s desire to further conserve that five-dollar bill that prompted her not to acquiesce to the danger of parting with a fee to another preacher.





Beckwith 1820 Census Lanark County–Who Do You Know?

The Spirit of the 7th Line

The Gnarled Beckwith Oak

The Beckwith Baptist Church

The Manse on the 7th Line of Beckwith

Update on The Manse in Beckwith

John Goth–Tales of Beckwith Township

A Beckwith Poem — Beckwith in the Bushes — J.W.S. Lowry 1918

When Wallpaper Killed You — Walls of Death

When Wallpaper Killed You — Walls of Death


1875 Ad from the Ottawa Citizen

Those looks might strike you dead, but in the Victorian period, wallpaper could–and did–kill. In one sense, it wasn’t that unusual. Arsenic was everywhere in the Victorian period, from food colouring to baby carriages–especially in the colour green. Even though nobody was eating the paper (and people did know arsenic was deadly if eaten), it could cause people to get sick and die. wallpaper-makers, had stopped using arsenic in their papers as the result of public pressure. As newspaper reports and other media popularized the idea that arsenic was toxic, and not just when ingested, consumers finally turned away.

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Jacob Bond was born February 18, 1837 and died May 1873 from accidental poisoning on Bridge Street where Joie Bonds store was. Irma Willoughby’s husband was related to the Bonds and she was working on the Bond Family tree and was able to fill in some of the blanks. She said the accidental poisoning was because of the glue in the wallpaper that was highly toxic in small-enclosed areas. It is unclear why Joseph died in July 1874.

Jacob was the first of ten children born to Joseph and Henrietta Bond. Jacob was a shoemaker and cloth finisher. It is unknown when Joseph’s tombstone was brought back to the Bond store with the intention of fixing it but how long it had been there is unclear and unknown and it remained in the basement until the building was sold.


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    Clipped from

    1. The Republican Citizen,
    2. 04 Oct 1879, Sat,
    3. Page 3
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    Clipped from

    1. The Weekly Commonwealth,
    2. 30 Apr 1885, Thu,
    3. Page 7




The Writing Could be Under Your Wallpaper

The Wall Mysteries of Lake Ave East -Residential Artists

Is Facebook now a Replacement for Public Walls?

Investigating the Basement of the Carleton Place Canadian – If These Walls Could Talk

The Mystery Murals of The Queen’s and Mississippi Hotel

So Who Painted Those Wall Murals at our Carleton Place Hotels?

The Carleton Place “Booth Era” Postcards — Vintage Postcards Soon to go on Sale!

The Carleton Place “Booth Era” Postcards — Vintage Postcards Soon to go on Sale!



These vintage 60s postcards are going on sale in November at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

267 Edmund Street
Carleton Place, ON
K7C 3E8


$2 each or 3 for $5 – Make great gifts or even cards!!















The Carleton Place Riverside Park Booth Etc. Etc.

Postcards of Lanark County thanks to Sally Tuffin

Be Very Proud Carleton Place — Postcards and Booze

Debunking a Postcard 1913 — Strange Ephemera

A Postcard to Caldwell’s Mills

The Hidden Postcard Gallery in Carleton Place

Another Postcard Look at Carleton Place

Carleton Place 1912 Postcard

Carleton Place Postcard– What Year Was This Taken?

The Carleton Place Riverside Park Booth Etc. Etc.

The Carleton Place Riverside Park Booth Etc. Etc.


Thanks to all that commented.. we now have documented more local history.



Bev Hynes The people in the photo are myself, Debbie Hastie and I believe two of her siblings? I think there used to be a canteen to the right!  They used to sell these postcards in the smoke shop!!!! (Candy store)

Cathy Paul Dulmage I believe that cruiser at the dock belonged to my dad. It was built by a Neighbour across the street when we lived on Charlotte street. His name was Wiggy Lotan. Mrs. Lotan used to babysit us. It was a great place to be growing up. A much gentler time. Paul Dulmage


Peter Bradley Leo Dulmage bought my fathers boat in 1960 with a 70hp Mercruser engine on it, he also took us for a ride in an Edsel. Paul used to race go-carts in the track at the end of High Street and let me drive his cart too.

Joann Voyce Paul It was Wiggy Logan . I spent the first 8 years of my life on Charlotte and Thomas Sts.


Photo- John Armour

John Armour It was an “Egyptian” hull, homemade by Willys, with a 40h.p Scott At Water red outboard ( which could never achieve plane). I grew up on boat with my dad, but normally anchored in off the dock in anchors made of coffee cans cemented. Had a crumbly rubber carper and the captains chair used to collapse suddenly. Had an oak ice box. (Photo shows my sister at the dock of our grandmother/father LeMaistre’s cottage.)
Spent early years on this boat and cut up a stink with my Father when he announced in 1967 we were getting a new boat (Chris Craft owned by Leo thru to Ray Chambers) Very rare “Chris Craft – Kit boat) boat had the same painted swish as the cover photo boat which was an idea of Leo’s as I was there when it was adapted to an new paint scheme for the Chris Craft, during a rebuilding in 1970, at Beckwith Construction garage. So the fine, tasteful artistry of Leo, runs amongst multiple craft. ( Glad you are okay now John!)



Photo- John Armour

John Armour Leo was the idea man to add the blue swish at the stern during remaking of the Chris Craft boat in 1970 (similar to the cover picture at the booth of the Egyptian hull) Leo’s artistic eye and taste are evident. Photo taken by me from the boathouse at end of Frank Street.

John Edwards Many memories of “the Booth

Jennifer Hicks Indeed John!

Sylvia Giles Not sure if that was the official name but everybody called it The Booth!!!!

Karen McGee Yes, I worked the canteen for several summers. I also rented boats to Stompin’ Tom when he would come by in the daytime to go fishing.

Sandra Mailey I believe Ray Kennedy and his wife operated the boat rental business and the booth. She made the best hamburgers I had ever tasted!

Ted Hurdis definitely was a great place to go for a burger, fries, shake or whatever. It was the booth to everyone from town. Early on the road through the park ran right beside the front counter of the booth



Karen McGee Yes, and it was run by Delmer & Muriel Baldry from Ottawa when I worked there, probably ’71 ish.

Dan Williams Great place. Spent a lot of time there. First renting boats to go fishing. I was only about 12 but I could rent a boat. Usually a row boat but for a couple of extra bucks you could get a motor. Later we hung out there as teenagers. Parked our cars on the high school side of the road. I knew it as Brooks’ booth. The booth was good enough. Great memories.

Ray Paquette —Ray Kennedy and his wife operated the “canteen” in the 1950’s. In addition to the refreshments stand and boat rentals, you could buy live bait, minnows and dew worms for fishing using the rental boats. I believe that Dale Costello moored his “sea flea” there in the late ’50’s early ’60’s nad if he see this post he will make a comment. By the way, didn’t Ray drive a taxi in the “off season”?

Kevin Kennedy  it was called the booth my father and mother built it just after w.w.11 he built 32 row boats that he rented them out before the highway bridge was put in. mother run the both restaurant end of things . they stayed there until one of my older brothers near drowned then they moved to Francis street

Ted Hurdis ,Kevin Kennedy such a great part of our town history Kev. You should be very proud of what they did and accomplished , I hope you have some keepsakes it was a big part of our life back then.

Ray Paquette Kevin Kennedy I didn’t realize that your parents built it. I holds a special place in my memories of summers in Carleton Place as a youth. Did your father drive a taxi at any point or am I having a “senior moment”..

Kevin Kennedy–Yes he did he owned kennedys taxi owned for twenty some years

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston We all just loved that place on the river! We were at that canteen on a daily basis throughout the summer and school lunch hours while it was still open.



Photo- John Armour


John Armour Paul has this boat of Leo’s in mind. Taken at the end of Frank Street at the wharf. This is the boat copied by my Dad as design for the boat at the booth picture..

Keith Giffin In 59 when I went into high school , tried out for the football team, we had our practice at the back of the high school, next to the booth or canteen . When we had a break, some of the boy,s would go for a drink or a ice-cream cone. Coach Davie Palmater put a stop to that.

Jo-Anne Dowdall-Brown They had the best ice cream. It was rolled and really creamy!

Dale Costello Remember Ray Kennedy quite well. frequent visitor. Had my small three point hydroplane at his docks. Fastest way to see the girls up the lake. Great years in CP.

Anne McRae I remember Riverside Park , Heather and I were lifeguards there.

Bill Brunton I grew up on Moffatt street and used to walk our Dogs down the trail at the end of Joeseph Street. There used to be 2 clearings in there. Straight across the River from the Canoe club.. I always wondered what that was in there. A slag dump for Findlays Foundry? Nice pictures of the boats by the water.



Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Citizen,
  2. 01 Sep 1967, Fri,
  3. Page 39


Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Citizen,
  2. 09 Apr 1974, Tue,
  3. Page 77

Regatta of 1878 and a $50 Prize

Regatta of 1878 and a $50 Prize




Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum Photograph taken by Will H. Hooper.

(l to r) Norm Gibson, Bob Green, Bill Sims, Billy Janoe, Jack Virtue, Harry McEwen, ___, Dr. ____, Howard Morphy, ___, ___, Tom Scott, Herb Singleton, Jack “Baldy” Welsh.

The Carleton Place War Canoe Team of 1905, competing in the local Regatta on August 29th.

Our Canoe Club has a long history of war canoe racing. Supporting the current paddlers with a donation towards a new canoe would be a wonderful way to honour their history.


This extraordinary photo was taken in 1919. A parade was held to welcome home those from town who had fought in the First World War. The Carleton Place Canoe Club put together this float and paddled their way down Bridge Street. — withCarleton Place Canoe Club.

Clipped from

  1. The Gazette,
  2. 21 Feb 1878, Thu,
  3. Page 3

    Through the winter of 1876 Ross went to England and had a shell built by Swaddler and Winship. In June, 1877 hemet Fred Plaisted of New York on the Kennebecasis and defeated him over a three mile course. In July he defeated Warren Smith of Halifax for the championship of the Maritime Provinces over a three smile course on the Kennebecasis. In August, Ross issued a challenge to row any man in the Dominion. The challenge was accepted by Ned Hanlan and the two met in Toronto harbour for $1000. a side. Over the five mile course with turn Hanlan easily defeated Ross. The next year Ross again challenged Hanlan and in July they met on the Kennebecasis over a five mile course with turn for $1000. a side. For a mile it was one of the finest races ever witnessed. At the mile Ross led, but shortly after upset and Hanlan won.

    In 1879 Ross was “rowed down” by Warren Smith in Bedford Basin. He was also later beaten by James Ridley of Saratoga Springs, New York. However, in an International Regatta in 1880 at Providence, Rhode Island, from a field of ten starters including Ned Hanlan of Toronto, Jas Riley of Saratoga Springs, Fred Plaisted of Boston and Ten Eych of New York, Ross rowed well and finished first for a purse of $3000. Later that year Ross went to England and participated in the “Hop Bitters” race. He won the first two heats, but was placed second in the finals. In December, he rowed Trickett for $1000 a side and won. While still in England he trained Ned Hanlan for his race against Laycock. In 1881 in a regatta in Toronto, Ross defeated Hosmer, Smith, Ten Eych, McKay and Plaisted in the trial heat and then defeated Conely, Courtney, Ten Eych and Hamm in the final to win a $1500. purse. In 1884 Ross defeated Buhear of England but lost to William Black for the world championship. He retired from sculling after this and it is interesting to note that he made a world wide reputation in the exhibition of swordsmanship for several years after.


    where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and theSherbrooke Record and and Screamin’ Mamas (USACome 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. Tales of Almonte and Arnprior Then and Now.



    Ottawa Valley Canoe Association– (Carleton Place Canoe Club) and Lake Park Gala August 16 1893

  5. The Devil, a Regatta, the Enterprise and a Gale

    Carleton Place in 1907–Town Likely to Boom Once More

    Know Your Carleton Place Olympians!

    The Ministry of Propaganda in Carleton Place — Carleton Place Canoe Club

    Looking for Information on Pooh Bell & The Powder Puffs

    Three Cheers for Dave Findlay –The Movie

    Who Was Mickey Morphy? Noteworthy Paddles to Portage

    Family Photos– Mississippi Lake– Darlene Page

    The Young Olympic Hopefuls-1970’s Carleton Place Canoe Club

We Don’t Live in Lanark County — We Live in Hallmark County

We Don’t Live in Lanark County — We  Live in Hallmark County

Some days I look at Steve and say that I wished we lived in one of those Hallmark movies, or even in the town of *Middleton where Cassie The Good Witch lives. I guess I didn’t realize it until Saturday that I really do live in the midst of Hallmark emotions and sights. If the Hallmark channel folks had come here Saturday, we could have created a whole movie for them. There would be no script needed trust me.

*Wendy Kennedy Middleville was originally named Middleton. Look no further! 😉



Carleton Place had their Pumpkinfest— To be honest, I have a hard time walking on uneven ground now since my fall so I sent Steve to investigate, and I did see it up closeup and was so happy. Kate Murray, Jessica Hansen & Amanda Blakeley Charania! So well done.. so well done.


Off to the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum for their Vintage Sale today and picked up an old Captain Kangaroo and some other great things. Stay tuned– something coming up on October 27th that you should be aware of. And I got to see their Chamber of Commerce nomination sign today too. Congratulations!!


We were on our way to Clayton so we stopped for lunch at the North Market Cafe on Mill Street in Almonte. One amazing place and we had the fried green tomatoes and the pekoras and of course their  Nanaimo bars, which the flavour of the week was Pink Peppercorn.


Fried Green Tomatoes with corn relish and spicy crema

Look at the people we met there. People that do good for our community. Can you name them?


Then another smile came…


Then it was off to Rose Mary Sarsfield’s book event today. Rose Mary who also does  the Clayton History Page has been working a long time on this history book and this book can be bought now at the Clayton General Store or email Rose Mary at rose@sarsfield.ca or call 613-621-9300


Then we had to say adieu to the sunshine, the fall colours and the wonderful people.


I said to Steve on the way home:

” You know I miss Berkeley a lot, but today I realized this is where I belong”.

As Faith Hill once said: “I don’t want to sound like a Hallmark card, but to be able to wake up each day with food and shelter, that alone is good. Forget aging and the fact that my butt is becoming a little more familiar with my knees than my tailbone. If you are six feet above ground it’s a good day. So, give me more!”

You gave me so much more on Saturday Lanark County– more than I could handle so I had to share. Thank you.




The Seven Wonders of Lanark County

“The Mounties Will Arrest You if You Step on a Trillium”

Fiddler’s Hill— Where the Green Grass Doesn’t Grow in Lanark