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Chief Irvine Preys on Motorists According to Almonte

Chief Irvine Preys on Motorists According to Almonte

August 1931

Carleton Place claims great latitude is being shown by Chief Irvine in respect to traffic law enforcement. As proof of this it claims the chief’s records show only three Almonters were summoned on traffic counts this year. As Almonte’s car driving population is a mere fraction of the total volume passing through Carleton Place, it is interesting to speculate on the total number of convictions obtained in the period under consideration.

If we took the three secured against Almonters and worked it out on a proportionate basis the result would be stupendous and would well justify Councillor Carson’s claim that it wouldn’t take the chief long to pay for a car through the fines he secured. In view of all this it is interesting to read the following from The Perth Courier:

“Complaints have been made by some motorists of the United States that speed traps exist in some places in Canada, particularly in Ontario. As far as Perth is concerned no such “traps” are used, and so far not one United States motorist has been up against a charge of speeding here;, and for that matter not one Canadian motorist up until this week”.

These speed traps are in direct contradiction to what Colonel Price, the Provincial Attorney-General, says about them, He says:

‘Because man is a tourist is no reason to why he should be allowed to travel at a dangerous speed, but municipalities should not seek to increase their revenues by increasing the amount of fines. There is some ground for complaint, but not with the Provincial police. Tourists should be treated the same as our own people. Our instructions to provincial officers are to enforce the laws, but not -by means of speed traps.’

The above just about proves all The Gazette sought to prove because regardless of Chief Irvine’s records Carleton Place has a hard name when it comes to preying on the motorist.


It would seem that Almonters are not the only motorists who exceed the speed limit in the various towns and cities of our fair Dominion. I t grieves us to inform the public that a Carleton Place man appeared in the local police court, Tuesday, and paid $10 fine and $2 costs for driving too fast on Bridge Street in Almonte. The man in question brought a Carleton Place lawyer with him and fought the charge but was ordered by the magistrate to pay the above mentioned contribution into the public coffers.

Have you read? Going to the Chapel –Drummond Whalen and Johnson of Carleton Place


Ray Paquette16 hours

I’m old enough to remember when Chief Irvine patrolled Carleton Place in his personal vehicle, a gray Chevrolet, four door, ca 1946, the car, I mean. This was before the council purchased police cars, in the late ’40’s or ’50’s,,,

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

February 1946 Almonte Gazette— H. E. Cornell, Army provost officer in Carleton Place daring the war, was engaged by town council on Monday evening to work with Chief C. R. Irvine. Tenders were called and 11 applications were received. Photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum-Constable Ray McIssac, and Police Chief Herb Cornell. They are proudly standing in front of a newly acquired Ford police cruiser on Mill Street in 1960.

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
03 Jun 1936, Wed  •  Page 21

The Bat Signal of Carleton Place

The Sometimes “Keystone Cops Moments” of the Carleton Place Police

The Carleton Place Police – Whatcha’ Goin’ to Do When They Come For You?

The Scene of the Crime – It was 68 years ago today

Constable George McDonald — The Fearless Mermaid of Carleton Place?

Dog Day Afternoon — The Only Bank Robbery EVER in Carleton Place

What’s in the Back Seat? Another Story of Our Carleton Place Police Force

82 Bottles of Booze on the Wall – 82 Bottles of Booze

Vandalism 1974 in Carleton Place

Sent to Canada’s Shutter Island for the Death of Sarah McArton

Sent to Canada’s Shutter Island for the Death of Sarah McArton



September 6 1928

Herbert Goth, charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of 84 year-old Miss Sarah McArton, appeared on Tuesday before Magistrate R.A. Patchell at Carleton Place for preliminary hearing, and was remanded for one week


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Sarah McArton of Ramsay Township was hit and killed by a drunk driver in Carleton Place in  August 1928. The jury in Carleton Place blamed the McArton buggy for being on the wrong side of the road.  Sarah’s brother John had placed the family buggy facing west on Edmond Street so that the east bound traffic passed against them. Mr. Goth on passing east hit the buggy with both McArton siblings in it they were getting in after church. (St. James)


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Dr. Johnson said that Miss McArton’s death was due to shock, not the bruises cuts and broken legs she acquired from the accident. Chief of police Irvine told Dr. Metcalfe he did not object to the way the buggy was parked and did notice the intoxicants on Herbert Goth.

W. W. Anderson and his son W. J. Anderson said that Goth was travelling way too fast at 15 to 20 miles an hour and they had to pull over at the intersection to allow him to pass. Other witnesses were: John White Sr., Harry Bennett, William Logan, Everard White, and Arthur Gerrard. The accused in a Carleton Place court on a charge of manslaughter and allowed out on bail of $5000.

He spent only six months in the Burwash Prison Farm or now known as Canada’s Shutter Island.





The prison was located near Sudbury and was called The Burwash Correctional Centre from 1972 to 1974. They left the main building (hospital) but gutted them (including the wiring & plumbing). All one storey buildings were bulldozed including barns, sheds, garages. The farm was a minimum – medium security facility that housed mainly non-violent offenders. It was a full fledged farm and the prisoners grew their own food.

The original name was Farmlands. The prison was renamed the Burwash Industrial Farm in 1927, and in 1972 the name was changed to Burwash Correctional Centre. In the beginning of the farm the guards may have lived there though. When they shut it down they made sure that no successive government could ever reopen it without incurring a major expense.They bulldozed, crushed, and buried everything.




 - Woman Is Killed Entering Buggy as She Leaves...


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  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 27 Aug 1928, Mon,
  3. Page 4

 - Mainy Pay Tribute To Mishap Victim One Of...

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  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 29 Aug 1928, Wed,
  3. Page 13

Burwash prison– CLICK here




Clipped from The Ottawa Journal16 Nov 1928, FriPage 3




Photo by contributor Kal Biro – Posted September, 2006