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Central School — Gord Cross

Central School — Gord Cross
All photos from Gord Cross
Central School– Bridge Street Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

t was no secret that teacher Miss Lowe at the Central School in Carleton Place was mean. Well, she wasn’t mean in the dictionary sense- she was just a very tough disciplinarian. One day she instructed a couple of scalawags to stay after school in order that a mystery might be solved. Even though the clock had struck 4 no one was going anywhere until someone fessed up who stuck the bent pin on Mickey Lee’s seat.It had began innocently enough when Mickey had stood up to read about “Casper and the Setting Sun”. Leaving his seat mate, Norm Strong, meant Norm could tend to the business of constructing a bent pen pin and some cardboard into some rough torture device. As the end of the reading came near, Strong decided his creation should be placed directly on Mickey’s seat. When Mickey sat down he made the fact known in quite the Academy Award manner. As usual, no one could give Miss Lowe any information about the matter.After school, the boys expected to feel the wrath of Miss Lowe, but bad or good luck, a fire suddenly broke out in Sam McGonnigals’ / McGonnegal livery stable, which was a short distance from the school on Victoria Street. As the smoke from the burning hay and straw was seen gaining momentum in the sky Miss Lowe had no choice but to quickly dismiss her students.

Jim McKittrickWhat I remember about Central school was theTombola held in the school yard I went to school on the north side of town Carolyn

Michael LotanWent to Central School 1 – 8 Mr MacAdam was the principal. In those days the had the “strap” for problem kids. No one talks about that any more.

Bill Lemay

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Boys to the right side girls to the left side I got into trouble going to the girls side and lifting their skirts I was a bad 👦

Dan Williams A little story about pole vaulting in Carleton Place. When I was just a wee lad we used to go to the bush and cut our own poles, we made stands and bought bamboo at the Eades’ store for a crossbar. We got shavings for the pit at the shavings at the corner of Lake and Beckwith. We would set this up in someone’s back yard until we decided that the back corner of Central school play ground was better because we had a longer approach. We didn’t have a box so we just dug a hole in the ground. Eventually we convinced the public shools to include pole vaulting in our field days.This wasn’t easy and I recall one attempt when I got my feet over the bar but didn’t have the steam to make it completely over. Not knowing wether to let go of the pole and drop straight down or hang on and go backwards I wished they had told us it was too dangerous. Anyway I lived to jump again.We finally had real equipment at least, even if it was just bamboo. Eventually we made it to high school and had acces to fiberglass and metal poles. The great thing was we could use them after school and even weekends and holidays. We were never supervised. We just did it. Myself, Wayne Robertson, Shad Hurdis, Lindsay Hedderson, Bob Townend, Duck Lancaster and a few others used to spend hours at the pits between Lake ave and the track. Eventually we all made the school track and field teams and competed against each other. Just as we had been doing for years. It was the best of times. I apologise for missing some names but I’m getting older now and the memory isn’t what it used to be but I’ll never forget the hours I spent with my buddies just having fun.

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

Memories of Mulvey’s Candy Store and Joie Bond — Larry Clark

Memories of Mulvey’s Candy Store and Joie Bond — Larry Clark


I have unearthed some old notebooks from my closet. I thought at first that they would be from the 1950s, but have since concluded that they are much earlier-judging from the phone numbers. The 2L-4N number (2letter-4number) system was in place in the 20’s and the 2L-5N was phased out in the 50s. 5 numbers were also in place at the same time as the 2L-4N depending on the exchange/cities. At least this is what I glean from GOOGLE. The other clue might be the fact that the paper is of poor quality (dull) whereas the paper from the 50s, was more glossy and had a red line margin; else these are just very cheap notebooks-one that I might have purchased, as at one time I told my mother that I needed 10 cents to buy a notebook and then purchased one for a nickel. Read further to find out what happened to the nickel— I do recall the tables on the back of the notebooks but not the “how to” bits.

I was thinking of the little store beside Central School-on the left facing the school, as that is where a lot of us hung out before/after school if we had money to spend. The shop carried a variety of items including school supplies and more importantly, it was “candy heaven”. Candy such as “jawbreakers, blackballs” (perhaps the same thing) could be purchased for 3 to 4 for a penny. Chocolate bars were 5 cents; perhaps 20 – 30 (more) choices of candy that were displayed in large jars or behind a glass-fronted display case. The candy could be weighed or purchased in lots but very little, if any, were packaged. Can’t recall who operated this store-hoping you have access to a photo. Larry Clark

Author’s Note--Thomas Stevenson and his half sister Miss Brisland operated a grocery store in that location. The store was red tar paper brick back then with the big Central School fence separating the properties. After Mr. Stevenson gave up his business, Mrs. Mulvey carried on until it was turned into a residence occupied by Preston and Laura Shail. In 1975, the Shails made 38 Bridge Street into a residence and now the Smith family run a barbershop on the first floor and there are apartments on the second floor. Read -Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 3- St. Andrew’s to Central School

Photo- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum-The True Carleton Place Story of Joie Bond- by Jennifer Hamilton

Mrs. Bond’s store next to the Mississippi was another great place to visit. Can’t really remember what would have attracted me there, other than the store was packed almost to the ceiling along the walls, and the displays were overflowing with goods. Mostly items of interest to the female population but I’m thinking she may also have sold “candy”?

Of course my memory is not perfect, so there is bound to be confusion regarding the goods being sold.

Larry Clark

Author’s Note–

Ted Walsh–My Mom, Barbara Walsh, bought a lot of the leftover yarn, knitting materials, threads, sewing supplies and some of the fabric when Joie Bond closed her shop. My wife inherited half of whatever Mom did not use, and my sister, Lorna Drummond got the other half. Those materials have been used successfully for years and now my daughter has used the yarns for many projects, there was so much of it. We were very thankful to Joie Bond for all those materials. Read—The True Carleton Place Story of Joie Bond- by Jennifer Hamilton

Related reading

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

Looking for information on Joey Bond

The Name is Bond—-Joie Bond

Before the Stompin Tom Mural….There Was

I Now have Part of Joey Cram

Searching for Joey Cram of Carleton Place

Larry Clark

1954 CPHS Graduation Pictures — Larry Clark

Cruisin Through the Dance Halls- From Carleton Place and Beyond!! Larry Clark

The Summer of 1956- Larry Clark

The Carleton Place Night Patrol: Aka Skin Dogging — Larry Clark

Larry Clark — Upper Bridge Street in Carleton Place

Memories of a Photo — The Forgotten Canadian Forestry Corps, Booze and a Mud Quagmire

Update to the Charles Lindbergh Story — Larry Clark

 Tales You Did Not Know About—Charles Lindbergh Landed in Carleton Place

Memories of Neighbourhood Kids — Larry Clark

Larry Clark Memories : Billings Bridge, Willow Trees and the Orange Lodge

Skating on Fraser’s Pond and Hobo Haven — Larry Clark

Glory Days in Carleton Place– Larry Clark

Larry Clark — Your Veribest Agent

A Personal Story — Caught in the Ice– Rocky Point- Larry Clark

The Photos of John Armour


These are from the collection of John Armour- 1977 CPHS graduate- Thank you John!

From the early 1900’s — Carleton Place, Ontario

The is Central School (demolished in 1963 – site of current CP Post Office) Circa 1912 – Principle far right is R. J. Robertson Principal.

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Photo of young Mabel Hooper (circa 1908) who was a McNeely and married Wm. H. Hooper (photographer in CP and former military POW in WWI). She is buried at Pine Grove United Cemetery. From the Jessie and Robert Armour collection as given and told to John by his Grandfather, Walter Armour (1895-1980)




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“Captain William Hooper and his wife Mabel at “Raloo Cottage”. Mabel (1879 – 1952) was the daughter of Brice McNeely Jr. and Mary MacDowell. They were married in 1905.”He became a noted early professional photographer in the 1900’s Carleton Place and were a respected couple.



Photo- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

WW1 broke out and within two weeks, the town’s first dozen volunteers under Captain William H. Hooper left Carleton Place. Major W. H. Hooper, husband of Mabel Hooper –home after four years’ service in the first world war including two years as a prisoner in Germany, was welcomed in a reception held outdoors.  Indoor meetings had been banned by reason of deaths from a world influenza epidemic.

R.J. Robertson- Principal Central School

In 1910 Carleton Place appointed a new public school principal to teach the senior class and supervise the operation of two schools and the work of thirteen other teachers.  The opening salary was $800.  Teachers were: Misses McCallum, Shaw, Burke, Anderson, O’Donnell, Caswell, Sturgeon, Sinclair, McLaren, Fife, Flegg, Morris, Cornell, and Mr. R. J. Robertson, principal.

The Central School Piano






Come see the original piano from the Central School in Carleton Place at the Forever Young and Eaton’s Christmas catalogue display room  at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum –beginning December 12th.



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  08 Sep 1905, Fri,  Page 11


Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Citizen,
  2. 30 May 1900, Wed,
  3. Page 1


Remember the piano lessons you had as a child? Mine were awful. I trudged half way across town to Mrs.McClure’s where sometimes a rap on the knuckles was issued after a wrong note. My piano sits empty a lot, but these chaps inspire me.

Which one does it better?

My Grandson Romeo the Boston Terrier from Carleton Place, or some Brit I know out of Ely, UK, named Ian, playing the piano at Polesden Lacey in Surrey?

The ‘Crowded House’ of Central School in Carleton Place



Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum posted this pictures this week.

1958—Back row: Roger Easson, Jack McLaughlin, Bobby Richardson, Brian Clifford, Bobby Nesbitt, Teddy Letts, Tim Walford, Alan Dryden. Third row: Jean Baker, Joan Baker, Christine Corneil, Lou Ann Cochran, Linda Johnston, Deborah Johnston, Linda Miner, Cathy McNeely.

Second row: Brian Saunders, Alan Poirier, Allan Stevens, Barry Richardson, Victor Bennett, Paul McDowall, Steven Dickie, Ricky Coyles . Front Row: Keith Jinkinson, Ruth Wilson, Diana Wilson, Raymond Coulon, Bonnie Rasinhurg, Ross Trimble, Carol Ann Dalton, Gerald Beyers. The teacher is Miss Ollie Robertson.


Thanks to Terry Kirkpatrick for the name changes– this is how we keep history alive by working together and getting it right.

Bobby Nesbitt not Bobby Besbitt; Ricky Coyles not Ricky Caylis; Lou Ann Cochran not Lan Ann Cachran; Alan Poirier not Alan Parier; went to school with all of them by the time we got to Caldwell and High School. Fun to see this old pic. I went to Victoria School, then Prince of Wales but knew almost all of these kids. I know you probably tried to decipher the names from handwritten notes on the back of the photo
again thanks Terry!!


Talk about your portables at other elementary schools…

There was such a scarcity of accommodation for the pupils of Central School that it got to a point that they had to do something. So what did they do? Tents? A scenic view from the roof? Teachers struggled to be heard above the din of 40 plus kids per class, and kids struggled to hear the teacher and keep up with instruction. Central School was definitely leaving no child behind, they were burying them.


There was no portables in those days, and they had to come up with a solution for the over-population of each classroom. So they made the only solution they could. A partition was erected in the centre of Principal Caswell’s room to provide an extra classroom. No word on how much privacy Principal Caswell had!  The Central School was located where the present Post Office is and was torn down in 1963.


Photos from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Facebook page.