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Appleton–Memories of Arthur Robinson –The Federated Women’s Institutes of Eastern Ontario

Appleton–Memories of Arthur Robinson –The Federated Women’s Institutes of Eastern Ontario

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Appleton General Store – Names Names Names— Wesley West Appleton and Almonte Merchant

The Appleton General Store and Polly Parrot

Hot off the Press –Old Appleton Post Office & General Store –Sarah More

Snippets– James Wilson and Nelson Syme — Appleton

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Clippings and Words of Local Cheese Factories

Clippings and Words of Local Cheese Factories
This is a photograph of the Rosedale Union Hall Cheese Factory, taken about 1910. Notice the old containers which held the farmer’s milk from which the popular cheese was made. At this time, horse drawn wagons were the only way of delivering and picking up products from the factory.— Read —The Old Union Hall Cheese Factory By Berenice McKay

Rising costs of production, fewer fanners shipping milk, and difficulty in hiring a cheese maker, were problems of the 50s, Some farmers quit the factory and sent their milk to the dairy in Almonte, but some continued and in 1959, president, Neil McIntosh said they thought they had done the proper thing by sticking with the factory. 

The year 1959 had been one of the best they ever had. The average test of milk was 3.5, and the cheese all scored Number One. It proved that good cheese could be made in a small factory.  In 1960, Mr and Mrs Drew had the highest scoring cheese in Ontario. Great Britain was the biggest buyer of cheese, and cheese brought 40 cents a pound in 1962, and whey butter was 45 cents a pound. 

Read Rosebank Cheese Factory

It was impossible to hire a cheesemaker in 1970 and so the Rosedale butter and cheese factory had to cease operations; and real estate and equipment were put up for sale. Mrs. Clifford and Mr.Clifford Thornton bought the new factory in 1972 and changed it into a home. 

In 1974, at the last factory meeting, it was decided to pay back the shares, and the balance would be divided among the patrons who had continued to ship milk until the factory ceased operation. The cheesemakers who made cheese in the new factory from 1947 to 1969 were Elwyn Gawlcy, one year George Affleck, four years, Bill Villeneuve, one year, Ken Jackson , one 1 year, James Drew and Mrs Drew, 10 years, Grant Cassel, one year, Ed Hollister, one year, and Carl Casselfnan, one year.

Photo from Gypsies Preachers and Big White Bears — Read-Some Fromage About the Hopetown Cheese Factory

For many years, the cheese boxes were made in Hopetown, Ontario from elm. The cheese boxes were round and had a round slip over the lid with a four-inch deep lip. They were rather slippery to handlle, unless you wore gloves. There were m any different types and ways of getting milk to the factory. The close farmers had round wheeled buggies or the large 8 gallon milk can.

Both cheese factories had living quarters up over the factory, but as it has been said by different cheesemakers, it was very, very warm. Mr. Albert Miller and family slept in a tent out in the yard all summer, the years he made cheese at the old Rosedale Union Hall cheese factory fro m 1910-1913. It was said also that one of the farmers, who got more whey than his share, had pigs and you could hear them squealing three miles away. They were called the squealing whey pigs, and he also fed them middlings mixed with the whey. They knew when feeding time was.

Many of the cheesemakers boarded at Mr.John Dunlop’s in the earlier years. There were many cheese factories just within a few miles of each other. Boyd’s Settlement, Clayton, Tommy Barr’s at the 8th line of Lanark, Hopetown, The IXL, “ Mississippi P ride,” (was named after a young lad y), and Fairplay.There was a fire at the Boyd Settlement cheese factory a few years ago, and Elvin McKay was asked if he would clean up the mess with the bulldozer. He went down, but what he saw he didn’t like, and changed his mind.

Some of the people that were there were sick at the look and smell of all that gooey, stringy melted and burnt and half burnt cheese, well, it was enough to make anyone sick. Some of it looked like yellow grease, about 36 inches deep. It was an impossibility to clean it up with a bulldozer. Don Gibson shoved the gooey mess o ff the cement the best he could pick it up by bucket from the tractor. It was loaded into manure spreaders, and wagons until days, and there were tons of melted cheese.

Another view of the Union Hall Cheese Factory, taken around 1910. Shown In the foreground from left to right are Charlie Dunlap, manager of the Belmonte Hotel In Almonte, Jim Somerville, Matt Somerville’s father and Albert Miller.

read-Questions on the McCreary Settlement and the IXL Cheese Factory

Did you Know Mother Goose Came from Blakeney and Union Hall ?

The Union Hall Knitter — John Morrow

Sparks are Flying at Union Hall

Some Fromage About the Hopetown Cheese Factory

Poutine Curds From the Appleton Cheese Factory?

Pakenham Cheese & Butter Factory– McCreary Blair Storey

Watson’s Corners And Vicinity 1891–Shetland Ponies and Cheese

When the Cheese Crashed Through the Floor

Say Cheese! It’s an IXL Story

Dance Hall Fire Blakeney

Dance Hall Fire Blakeney

Marilyn Snedden historian.

The first cheese factory was opened in the former Snedden stone home on the hill but in 1932, a building was moved from Pakenham to the north end of the bridge where a farmer’s cooperative operated the  Rosebank Cheese & Butter Co. until 1954. Then the building was converted to Nontell’s Dance Hall.  This dance hall was an exciting addition to the community until it burned to the ground a few years later.Marilyn Snedden

If you didn’t meet your dream boat tonight, there was always next week at the Dance Halls. These were wonderful places – full of hopes and dreams, full of music and song, full of youth and vitality, noise and energy.

Anticipation and hope lit up the dull days in between. Girls and boys, from all over the country, came to dance the night away. In the 1950s they waltzed and fox-trotted to the big bands and in the 60s they jived, huckle-bucked and twisted to the fabulous music.

We set off to the dance hall every weekend, hungry for excitement. When we arrived there it felt as if our world had gone from black and white to color.

In the cloakroom, we watched girls who had cycled in from the country remove their headscarves and raincoats. We watched as they backcombed their hair and applied their ‘battle red’ lipstick. Some men, in the 1950s, were known to rub goose grease onto their hair in order to style it. Later in the night, this melted under the bright lights of the dance hall. It ran down their faces and smelt terrible, I am told – for this was before my time.

Other friends remember the local carnivals, which took place in villages. Dances were held in a marquee erected in a newly mown hay field. The priest would come, armed with a blackthorn stick and hit the cocks of hay, behind which couples were engaged in ‘close kissing and embracing, repeated and prolonged.’

How can sitting on a sofa with a smartphone be compared with all the excitement of those dance hall days!

Carleton Place Canadian 1958

Classified Announcements for Dance Halls that issue 1958

Dancing Saturday Nights– Town Hall– Carleton Place–Music by CFRA ‘Happy Wanderers’ Admission-75 cents

Dance-Franktown-Friday-Thompson’s Orchestra- Refreshment Booth-Admission 75 cents

Dance every Friday Night-Appleton Community Centre Hall- Music by the Rhythm Rangers-Refreshment Booth- Admission 50 cents

Dance in Appleton Wednesday Night– Ontario Farmer’s Union-Ashton Local No. 257-Irvine’s Orchestra- Admission 50 cents

Dance – Perth Town Hall- Friday night- Rock N Roll, Modern, Round and Square Dancing  9-1:30 -Music by Jerry Badour and his Western Airs- Admission -75 cents

Ted Hurdis– I remember my dad telling me that Almonte was “dry” way back. You used to be able to get a special coke at the Superior restaurant. Also lots of spirit at Wava’s Inn dance hall back then.

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Ross Munro I was only 6 but think it was at the corner of Hwy 29 and Old Perth Road

Rita Giles Ross Munro isn’t that where “The Cedar Inn” was?
10c for a round dance, 25c for a square.

Kim Davis My mom used to go to dances there. Said it was 10 cents for a cab to get there 😁

Sherry Blakeley Udall
 My Mom talked about the Cedar Inn and the dances there all the time. Yet, I have never seen a photo of it. Anyone out there have a photo of this place?

Susan Elliott Topping Sherry Blakeley Udall My mom always says what a great dancer your Dad was!

Sherry Blakeley Udall Susan Elliott Topping Yes, he was. He was so easy to follow. He taught me how to jive, waltz, jitterbug…all so much fun!

The Dawn Patrol on Local Dance Halls

Dance Hall Days with The Coachmen

Down At the Twist and Shout–Wave’s Inn

Straight Outta Carleton Place High School — Wava McDaniel Baker

Lanark County Dance Halls 1950s, 60s & 70s

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The Day I Tried to Long Tall Sally Paul McCartney

Kindle Fire Minutes of “Dancin the Feelin“ with James Brown

Where Was The Golden Factory ?

Where Was The Golden Factory ?

For nearly 100 years, the cheese industry dominated agriculture in Ontario. In the peak year; 1904, 243 million tons of cheese were exported to Great Britain.

When Canada’s first European settlers cleared the land, the rural economy was based first on lumber and then on wheat and barley exports. Women looked after the cows, did the milking and made cheese and butter. Many of the immigrant women from England, Scotland, Ireland and the United Empire Loyalists from New York State knew how to make cheese. They came with their own traditions. One cannot keep milk without a fridge for long, but butter and cheese can be stored much easier.

Friday I saw a clipping of The Golden Factory. Where was it? After research I found out it was the jewel of Munster Hamlet. Another past landmark found and documented.

The area of Munster was originally settled in the early 1800s by Irish and Scottish immigrants and veterans of the War of 1812 as a farming community. At the time, the ‘hub’ of the village consisted of a general store, an Anglican Church and a Methodist Church. At some point a post office was also added to the area — CLICK HERE

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The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
09 Nov 1893, Thu  •  Page 3
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
16 Apr 1898, Sat  •  Page 2
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
09 Jun 1898, Thu  •  Page 2
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
11 Jul 1899, Tue  •  Page 2
Ottawa Daily Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
22 May 1893, Mon  •  Page 7
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
02 May 1894, Wed  •  Page 3
Ottawa Daily Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
19 Dec 1894, Wed  •  Page 3
Ottawa Daily Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
09 Nov 1892, Wed  •  Page 3
Ottawa Daily Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
19 Dec 1894, Wed  •  Page 3
The Munster Union and Shillington Cemeteries are two of the oldest cemeteries in Carleton County, Ontario.

Here are some of the pioneer settlers and their years of birth:
These and many more death reord are recorded in the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society Publication 97-08-13

James HILL          1785
Mary HILL           1789 
Esther BEGGS        1778
Catherine BRADY     1794	
Catherine BROOKS    1794
Barbara BROWNLEE    1788
Thomas BROWNLEE     1788
Andrew BURNS        1797 (minister at Stanley Corners?)
Ann BURNS           1798
James BUTLER        1792
? CHAMBERS          1787
William GORDON      1758
Francis GRAHAM      1800
John GREEN          1799
Henry HARE          1774
Jane HARE           1785
Nancy HERRON        1794
Thomas HERRON       1796
Hugh Houston        1784
Deborah KERFOOT     1798 
George KERFOOT      1796
Robert LINDSAY      1784
William McFARLANE   1798
Mary MOFFET         1780  MOFFATT
Robert MONTGOMERY   1783
Jane NEELIN         1782
Michael NEELIN      1781
WILLIAm NEELIN      1780  
Mary NEILIN         1779
Barbara ROBINSON    1780
Barbara SHILLINGTON 1780
Thomas SHILLINGTON  1777 (Shillington Avenue in Ottawa)
Deborah SMITH       1798
J.S. SMITH          1775
Mary SMITH          1763
Andrew TRIMBLE      1793
Barbara TRIMBLE     1788
Hugh WILSON         1780
1863 Map of Munster Hamlet in Goulbourn Township, Ottawa

033610-26 Milton BOYLE, 46, Farmer, Munster, Ashton, s/o James BOYLE (b. Goulbourn Twp) & Annie CASSIDY; married Lucy May RICHARDS, 40, Wid, Carleton Place, Carleton Place, d/o John LOWE (b. Goulbourn Twp) & Annie McFADDEN; wit Lillian W. CLARKE, Bells Corners & E. Almina ACRES, Britannia, 20 Oct 1926, Britannia, Nepean twp

033623-26 Michael CORKERY, 62, Farmer, Wid, Ramsay Twp, Goulbourne Twp, s/o Dennis CORKERY (b. Almonte) & Margaret McGOVERN; married Catherine SULLIVAN, 45, Goulbourne Twp, Goulbourne Twp, d/o Daniel O. SULLIVAN (b. Goulbourne) & Margaret CONBOY; wit Albert FORREST, Ashton Station & Vera E. HAMILTON, Smiths Falls, 15 Sept 1926, Goulbourne

033643-26 William Hubert GARLAND, 25, Farmer, Dwyers Hill, Stittsville, s/o Edward W. GARLAND (b. Goulbourne) & Lavina BLEEKS; married Barbara TRIMBLE, 21, Munster, Ashton, d/o Andrew B. TREMBLE (b. Goulbourne) & Ellen Jane HILL; wit Elmer GARLAND & Mrs. Elmer GARLAND, both Richmond, 6 Nov 1926, Ashton

The Curry Herron House of Munster

Tales of the Mississippi Golf Club– Wayne Gilmour

Rosebank Cheese Factory

Rosebank Cheese Factory

June 3, 1893

Mr. Walroth, of Maberly, is in charge of the new cheese factory established this season at Rosebank. The inspector has pronounced the factory first-class in every respect. The farmers who promoted and carried through this enterprise so successfully are deserving of great praise ; but they will doubtless receive a more financial reward in the future.

Ramsay Township. 

Appleton J. B. Wylie Almonte. 

Clayton J. Drummond, Sec Clayton. . 

tl.X.L H. McCreary, Sec McCreary. 

Mississippi Pride J. B. W T ylie Almonte. 

Rosebank J. B. Wylie Almonte. 

Rosedale J. B. Wylie Almonte. 

Sherbrooke N. and S. Township. 

Fall River Mrs. Jno. Palmer, Sec Maberly. 

Lake View Miss L. Norris, Sec Althorpe. 

Maberly W. Walroth Maberly. 

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
18 May 1946, Sat  •  Page 6
The Windsor Star
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
27 Jan 1923, Sat  •  Page 26

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
13 Oct 1945, Sat  •  Page 3

Questions on the McCreary Settlement and the IXL Cheese Factory

Say Cheese! It’s an IXL Story

The Old Union Hall Cheese Factory By Berenice McKay

Some Fromage About the Hopetown Cheese Factory

Poutine Curds From the Appleton Cheese Factory?

Pakenham Cheese & Butter Factory– McCreary Blair Storey

Watson’s Corners And Vicinity 1891–Shetland Ponies and Cheese

When the Cheese Crashed Through the Floor

The Old Union Hall Cheese Factory By Berenice McKay

The Old Union Hall Cheese Factory  By Berenice McKay


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This is a photograph of the Rosedale Union Hall Cheese Factory, taken about 1910. Notice the old containers which held the farmer’s milk from which the popular cheese was made. At this time, horse drawn wagons were the only way of delivering and picking up products from the factory.

A bygone era.

Editor’s Note:

Many area residents have undoubtedly heard of the old Union Hall Cheese Factory in Ramsay Township. A landmark at one time, it was well known throughout Eastern Ontario as a source of some of the most delicious cheese manufactured anywhere. Mrs. Berneice E. McKay did extensive research on the cheese factory, wrote this history of it, which will run in segments in succeeding weeks.

By, Berenice McKay.

One of Mr. John Dunlop’s accomplishments, was the building of the first cheese factory on his property in the year 1873, on the east half of lot 16 on the 1st concession of Ramsay Township.

This replaced the old milk pans, by which cheesemakers would leave milk overnight in a pan, the cream would rise to the top when cold and it would be skimmed off into a crock, when enough cream was saved to the acquired amount for the old dash churn.

Those old dash churns were a large crock about 10 to 12 inches in diameter and about 24 to 30 inches high. The also had a heavy crockery lid with a hole in the middle, and there was a long broom-like handle. On the bottom there was nailed a cross-piece a little smaller than the inside of the churn. This was made of a special wood; “white birds eye maple.” If it wasn’t it would taint the butter.

Sometimes a worker would dash away, “up and down” and keep turning the dash piece of wood. Sometimes it would take hours before the butter would break and you would know by the sound of the dashing or cream. Then the milk would separate from the butter and that, of course, was buttermilk, which some people really like. If the cream was sour, the butter was made faster. If the cream was sweet it took much longer.

In 1874 on June 4 cheese was first made in the district, and twice a day the farmers drew their milk from their cows to it vats.

During the 1874 and later, when the cheese was being made at the Rosedale Union Hall Cheese Factory, Andrew Stevenson would load a wagon up with 25 or 30 boxes of cheese, and head for Pembroke with a team of horses. At this time the building of the railroad was in full swing and camps were set up in different places.

Cheese sold from seven cents to eight cents a pound and some of the places where he stopped they bought 10 boxes of cheese from the wagon. The best place to store it was in a trench in the ground and covered over with earth; it kept quite well. One bachelor cooked everything in the fireplace and baked beans in the sand. His name was Herb Bolton and lived about a mile from Albert Miller’s. Oh the smell of that fresh bread really made one hungry.

The first factor was a picturesque three-story building with a cottage roof, and a balcony above which were four windows. (No one has pictures of this building at this time.) They were burned at the time of Wm. Dunlop’s fire.

The cheese was hoisted to the third storey and kept there until fall. The cheese had to be turned every day to be kept from molding. One 75-pound cheese fell to the floor and it just exploded when, in the fall, they were loading up to take to sell.

There was only one piece of machinery and that was the machine, that chopped the curd. Everything else was done by hand. Each cheese was pressed alone, and they weighed only 75 pounds each.

The water supply came from a spring on the Dunlop property, and was piped down to the cheese factory by the use of tamarack poles five to six inch in diameter and about 20 feet long. They were bored by a steel auger and were driven by horse power, from one end to the other of these tamarack poles. They were put together with space piping. A blacksmith made the ring to seal each joint, and it was a distance of about two hundred yards north.

In the autumn the cheese was shipped to markets. Now, the cheese is turned every day and shipped every week when they are eight days old.

Later Mr. Everett went into partnership with Mr. Dunlop and together they made repairs. They removed the top storey, which was then Mr. Wm. Dunlop’s garage (now Mr. Norman Dunlop’s garage, his son’s).

They installed steam pipes and put in a new plank floor. They had a steam pump to pump the whey into the tank outside. A new vat and boiler were installed in 1888. A few years later the cement floor and steel roof were added. The steel roof still remains on the building but is rusted somewhat.

The first cheese was very soft as it was heat-cured. However, there have been great improvements made since those days.

Mr. Albert Graham Miller was interested in learning how to make cheese, and he went to work at the cheese factory in 1901. He was 15 or 16 years old, but it was John B. Wylie who owned it then, but Jack Hitchcock was cheesemaker and he worked under his supervision.

Mr. Albert Graham Miller is still living and is a patient in the Almonte Hospital. He is blind, but what a fantastic memory. He’s in his late 90s and was married to the late May Anderson from Middleville, Ont. and they had three sons. He made cheese for 44 years in various cheese factories.

In 1927 John B. Wylie sold the Union Hall or Rosedale Cheese Factory to Producers Dairy. In 1936, Alec Moses, cheesemaker, then won the John Echlin Cup for the most amount of cheese sold on the Perth Board in Lanark County. “The Echlin Cup was donated by Mr. Echlin the cheese inspector”.

In 1949 George Affleck, who now lives in Clayton, came very close to winning the Echlin Cup for the highest average score in Lanark county.

In later years the tamarack poles were replaced with galvanized piping, but the spring water still ran into a tank in front of the cheese factory for many many years. Winter and summer, the farmers watered their horses there.

Mr. Archie Robertson, who lived across the road, got their drinking water there, and also Mr. Roy Robertson his son. They never had a well, just a cistern and pump in the house for the needs of water other than drinking.

In 1933, a well was drilled at the factory. There was also a lean-too at the north end of the factory where they put in ice.

The whey tank was on the south side of a corner of the factory and was sunk into the ground three or four feet deep.

The cheese boxes were made at Bill Nichols in Carleton Place and cost 10 cents each in 1910-1913. They had a huge basket rack and a team of horses would bring a load of 400 cheese boxes at once to the Rosedale Union Hall Cheese Factory.

Many cheese makers served the community in the years from 1874 to 1969. Among them were Mr. Breen, Deacon and Stevenson, Yates, Hitchcock (1874-1909), Albert Miller (1910-1913), King and Drynan, 1940s; Wylie, Weedmark, Lanctot, Sauve, Mrs. Haskins, 1924-1931, Alec Moses, 1931-1946, Orland Moses, Harry McIntosh, Dave McIntosh.

In 1928, there were 41 patrons at Rosedale Union Hall Cheese Factory. The number of cows totaled 410. The average selling price for cheese was 21.2 cents per pound and the average price for whey butter was 36 cents a pound.

The depression years brought hard times and in 1932 cheese sold for 9.49 cents a pound and whey butter for 10.22 cents a pound. Gradually during the thirties production and prices increased. In 1943, there were 55 patrons sending their milk to the factory.

In 1946 the patrons of Rosedale bought the factory from Producers Dairy at the cost of $2,350.

As this old cheese factory was built in 1947 by the farmers of Union Hall district.

It was agreed to sell 35 shares at $100 each, a share to the patrons of the factory.

All profits or surplus after ordinary depreciation and expenses was to be credited to a reserve fund for a new building. Roy Robertson gave the acre of land, as his share, and the patrons were also asked to give gratis six days labour of eight hours a day. The Hydro never came until 1948 to Union Hall.

In 1949 George Affleck agreed to make cheese, Sundays included, for $1 per customer for 92 score cheese, 10 percent of bonuses on 93 and 94 score cheese and eight cents per pound for manufacturing butter.

Wood was tendered for each year. In 1950, 100 cords of wood was purchased. It cost from $6.50 and $9 per cord delivered.

Rosedale Union Hall Cheese Factory operated about 30 weeks out of the year. Usually beginning the latter part of April and closing in mid November.




 - The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
12 Sep 1942, Sat  •  Page 31



The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
11 Dec 1968, Wed  •  Page 59

 - The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
30 Dec 1939, Sat  •  Page 5


Did you Know Mother Goose Came from Blakeney and Union Hall ?

The Union Hall Knitter — John Morrow

Sparks are Flying at Union Hall


Some Fromage About the Hopetown Cheese Factory

Poutine Curds From the Appleton Cheese Factory?

Pakenham Cheese & Butter Factory– McCreary Blair Storey

Watson’s Corners And Vicinity 1891–Shetland Ponies and Cheese

When the Cheese Crashed Through the Floor

Say Cheese! It’s an IXL Story