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Putting Together Family History Through Clippings- White Pretty Harper Kirkwood

Putting  Together Family History Through Clippings- White Pretty Harper Kirkwood

CLIPPED FROMThe Lanark EraLanark, Ontario, Canada06 May 1908, Wed  •  Page 1

I saw this clipping above last week and I clipped it thinking there might be a story. There sure was and it took me all of Sunday afternoon to dig it out. It’s not a happy story, but it was a story of what happened in the past and I wanted to document it. The beginning of the story was that William John White married Euphemia Pretty. She died at the age of 28 in childbirth along with their child William Delbert in 1903.

William having two small children like other widows in those days needed to find a wife and he married Nellie Harper whose father was Samuel Harper in 1904. They had a child Doris Irene White in 1905 and then tragedy struck. William John White drowned tragically in Drummond’s Rapids in June of 1905. So Nellie legally had to take guardianship of her children as it looks like family of the first wofe was fighting for them. At that time I had no idea that her daughter Doris Irene was their legal child. I thought it was one of the former wife’s Euphemia’s children. When the guardianship came to court Mary Cora and Ethel Jane had to go live with their uncle, Thomas Pretty, near Hopetown, Ontario. In those days, women had little rights and I assume family wanted them, but pretty strange for an uncle to have custody.

Nellie and Doris kind of disappeared under the radar until I found out they moved out to Saskatchewan and Nellie had married Alexander John Kirkwood in Frontenac County and they all moved out west. She had posession of Doris Irene and I figured out they had let her keep one. I was wrong, it was her child with William James, so it was her legal child. Still with me?

Nellie had three other children with John Kirkwood and Doris Irene was still listed–until she disappeared. She wasn’t even showing up on the geneaology charts of her half sisters Mary Cora and Ethel Jane White. I thought maybe she ran away. What happened to her? Well after a few hours I finally found her. By the age of 12, she had lost an eye and other maladies and fell off a wagon and perished. See all about her at the end.

This is what happens when you dig too hard. Sometimes you find unhappy endings, but people still need to be remembered. Now we know the rest of the story about Doris Irene White Kirkwood.


CLIPPED FROMThe Lanark EraLanark, Ontario, Canada02 Aug 1905, Wed  •  Page 1

Nellie Harper White– second wife

Second Husband

Name:Mrs Nellie White
Birth Year:abt 1881
Marriage Date:27 Aug 1910
Marriage Place:Frontenac, Ontario, Canada
Father:Samuel Harper
Mother:Lillian Easton
Spouse:John Graham Kirkwood

Spouses and children

Name:Nellie Harper
Gender:F (Female)
Father:Samuel K Harper
Mother:Lillian Easton
Spouse:John White
Child:Alexander John KirkwoodDoris Irene White

Nellie Harper White– second wife

Second Husband

Name:Alexander John Kirkwood
Gender:M (Male)
Birth Date:11 avr. 1911 (11 Apr 1911)
Birth Place:Lang, Saskatchewan, Canada
Death Date:28 juin 1911 (28 Jun 1911)
Death Place:Lang, Saskatchewan, Canada
Mother:Nellie Harper
Name:Nellie Kirkwood
Racial or Tribal Origin:Irish
Marital Status:Married
Birth Year:1881
Birth Place:Lanork County Ontario
Home in 1916:Kindersley, Saskatchewan, Canada
Address:33, 20, W3, 2nd Avenue
Relation to Head of Household:Wife
Spouse:John G Kirkwood
Sub District Description:Townships 32, 33 and 34, ranges 20, 21 and 22, W. 3. M., including the Villages of Dodsland and Druid
Enumeration District:Low 33 Ran 20 M W 3
Enumerator’s Name:G T Kidd
Dwelling House:273
Can Speak English:Yes
Can Speak French:No
Can Read:Yes
Can Write:Yes
Household Members (Name)AgeRelationshipJohn G Kirkwood45HeadNellie Kirkwood35WifeDoris I White11DaughterJames A Kirkwood5SonMary N Kirkwood3DaughterFlorence J Kirkwood0Daughte


Name:John G Kirkwood
Racial or Tribal Origin:Scotch (Scotish)
Marital Status:Married
Birth Year:abt 1871
Birth Place:Ontario
Residence Date:1 Jun 1921
House Number:49
Residence City, Town or Village:33 20 W of 3rd Village of Dodsland
Residence District:Kindersley
Residence Province or Territory:Saskatchewan
Residence Country:Canada
Relation to Head of House:Head
Spouse’s Name:Nellie Kirkwood
Father Birth Place:Scotland
Mother Birth Place:Ontario
Can Speak English?:Yes
Can Speak French?:No
Can Read?:Yes
Can Write?:Yes
Months at School:94.10
Occupation:Grain Buyer
Section:Lot 73 Blk 7
Municipality:Village Of Dodsland
Enumeration District:217
Sub-District Number:57
Enumerator:Vivian T. N. Pellett
District Description:Township 33 in ranges 20 and 21, township 34 in ranges 21 and 22 and the west half of township 34 in range 20, west of the third Meridian
Neighbours:View others on page
Line Number:40
Family Number:49
Household Members (Name)AgeRelationshipJohn G Kirkwood50HeadNellie Kirkwood39WifeJ Andrew Kirkwood10SonM Lillian Kirkwood7DaughterFlorence Alen Kirkwood5DaughterErick Arline Kirkwood2Daughter

DEATH of William John White ( husband of Nellie Parker and Euphemia Pretty)

CLIPPED FROMThe Lanark EraLanark, Ontario, Canada28 Jun 1905, Wed  •  Page 1

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada27 Jun 1905, Tue  •  Page 5

William’s second wife Nellie Harper

Name:William J White
Birth Year:abt 1876
Birth Place:Darling
Marriage Date:4 May 1904
Marriage Place:Lanark, Ontario, Canada
Father:Robert White
Mother:Jane Menarie
Spouse:Nellie Harper
Name:Nellie Harper
Birth Year:abt 1881
Birth Place:Dalhousie
Marriage Date:4 May 1904
Marriage Place:Lanark, Ontario, Canada
Father:Samuel Harper
Mother:Lillie Easton
Spouse:William J White

William’s first wife Euphemia Pretty

Euphemia Pretty ( died in childbirth along with child William

BIRTH unknown DEATH 25 Jan 1903 BURIAL

Clayton United Church CemeteryClayton, Lanark County, Ontario, CanadaMEMORIAL ID185528907 · 


Wife of John White
Died aged 28 years

Name:William John White
Birth Year:abt 1876
Birth Place:Darling
Marriage Date:28 Sep 1898
Marriage Place:Lanark, Ontario, Canada
Father:Robert White
Mother:Jane Manarey
Spouse:Euphemia Pretty

Mary Cora White–Ontario, Canada

Name[Mary Cora Whyte ][Mary Cora White ]
Birth Year1899
Marriage Date21 Nov 1917
Marriage PlaceLanark, Ontario, Canada
FatherWilliam John Whyte
MotherEugahemia Pretty
SpouseCharles Lawrence Virginia

When Mary Cora Whyte was born on 13 August 1899, in Lanark, Ontario, Canada, her father, William John White, was 23 and her mother, Euphemia Pretty, was 25. She married Charles Lawrence Virgin on 13 November 1917, in Calabogie, Greater Madawaska, Renfrew, Ontario, Canada. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada in 1901 and Parry Sound, Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada in 1901. She died on 7 July 1974, in Perth, Ontario, Canada, at the age of 74, and was buried in Lanark, Ontario, Canada.

Ethel Jane White

Name:Ethel Jane White
Birth Year:abt 1901
Birth Place:Darling
Marriage Date:5 Apr 1922
Marriage Place:Lanark, Ontario, Canada
Father:John White
Mother:Euphemia Pretty
Spouse:James Machan

By 1911, she and her sister Cora were living with their uncle, Thomas Pretty, near Hopetown, Ontario. She passed away about 1947 and is buried at Hopetown United Church Cemetery, Lanark Township, Ontario.


  • Five still living
  • Charles Stuart Machan, died about 2010
  • Willard Machan, died about 2010
  • Marion Machan, died about 2008

Brief Life History of Ethel Jane

When Ethel Jane White was born on 21 August 1900, in Parry Sound, Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada, her father, William John White, was 24 and her mother, Euphemia Pretty, was 26. She married James Machan on 22 March 1922, in Lanark, Lanark, Ontario, Canada. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Ontario, Canada in 1900 and Muskoka, Ontario, Canada in 1901. She died in 1947, in Dalhousie, Lanark, Ontario, Canada, at the age of 47, and was buried in Hopetown, Lanark Highlands, Lanark, Ontario, Canada.

Spouse and Children


22 March 1922Lanark, Lanark, Ontario, Canada

NameMrs. Ethel Jane Machan
Birth Date21 Aug 1900
Birth PlaceOntario
Death Date21 Nov 1947
Death PlaceLanark, Lanark, Ontario, Canada
FatherJohn White
MotherFamie White
SpouseJames Machan
Certificate Number036735


Name:Doris I White
Racial or Tribal Origin:Scotch (Scotish)
Marital Status:Single
Birth Year:1905
Birth Place:Lanark County Ontario
Home in 1916:Kindersley, Saskatchewan, Canada
Address:33, 20, W3, 2nd Avenue
Relation to Head of Household:Daughter
Father:John G Kirkwood
Mother:Nellie Kirkwood
Sub District Description:Townships 32, 33 and 34, ranges 20, 21 and 22, W. 3. M., including the Villages of Dodsland and Druid
Enumeration District:Low 33 Ran 20 M W 3
Enumerator’s Name:G T Kidd
Dwelling House:273
Can Speak English:Yes
Can Speak French:No
Can Read:Yes
Can Write:Yes
Household Members (Name)AgeRelationshipJohn G Kirkwood45HeadNellie Kirkwood35WifeDoris I White11DaughterJames A Kirkwood5SonMary N Kirkwood3DaughterFlorence J Kirkwood0Daughter

Death of Doris Irene White

CLIPPED FROMThe Lanark EraLanark, Ontario, Canada13 Jun 1917, Wed  •  Page 1

CLIPPED FROMThe Lanark EraLanark, Ontario, Canada20 Jun 1917, Wed  •  Page 8

Friday, March 13, 1908. On a slow news day in Troy a divorce case involving a custody battle for a small child can command considerable space in The Record’s pages, especially when cases like this are still more rare and scandalous than they will be a century later.

Judge Wesley O. Howard presides over a habeus corpus hearing in which Nellie Gorman is obliged to show cause why she shouldn’t be compelled to give up custody of her 22-month old son to her husband, “local sporting man” James Gorman. The Gormans have sued each other for divorce, with the husband demanding custody of the child because the wife is “not a proper person to have charge of it.”

This description alone would raise the eyebrows of many Record readers. A “sporting man” is almost by definition a disreputable character, presumably involved in gambling and related activities. Our readers are likely to agree with Nellie Gorman’s contention that James “cannot have the child [because] he has no place to take it and cannot give it proper care.”

Nellie Gorman denies her husband’s charge that she’s endangering the boy’s morals. “Its morals endangered. That’s good,” she scoffs, “I won’t give the child up. I have not refused him the right to see the child, but he has not called to see it since January 1. He came spooking about the hall of the house I live in, but he did not come in to see the child.”

James Gorman interrupts to deny “spooking” his wife, while his attorney Thomas F. Powers explains that James has avoided contact with his son on advice of counsel pending the outcome of the divorce proceedings.

Nellie Gorman is represented by John P. Kelly, who requests a delay in the hearing. He complains to Howard that his client was only served with the writ at 10:30 last night.

“Mrs. Gorman has not refused to let her husband see the child, but she does refuse to surrender the baby entirely,” Kelly notes, “It would not be right to take so young a child from its mothers care. This will appeal to your honor as the father of children.”

Kelly quickly learns that he’s made a mistake.

“It does not appeal to me as the father of children,” Howard replies sharply, “My being the father of children has nothing to do with it. You are addressing the court and not the father.”

Despite rebuking Kelly, the judge approves a compromise on the custody issue. He allows James Gorman to have his son on Sundays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., pending the outcome of the divorce proceedings. Since relations between the Gormans remain strained, James’s sister will pick up the boy and bring him back to Nellie’s house.

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Around La Ronde at the Holiday Inn

Around La Ronde at the Holiday Inn

Lost Ottawa

These two are enjoying their drinks at the Cocktail lounge, seated in front of a window showing a panoramic view of Ottawa.

Photo taken September 9, 1967, according to the archive.

(City of Ottawa Archives CA024969)

Ottawa Found

Sigh….the Skyline doesn’t have a revolving restaurant! The Holiday Inn/Mariott is the one with the revolving restaurant.

I repeat the skyline doesn’t and never revolved.

Phil Cheffins

Ottawa Found – check your own facts. Skyline was built by Campeau Corporation and designed by Campeau’s chief architect, Peter Dobbing. Ian, you’re right about the bowl on height limits, but Campeau still had to get permission to exceed the height permitted for that location. It was quite a fuss at the time and once this exemption was granted, the others followed.

Chris Tytler

My old boss, Harry Koffman, also said it was Campeau who was responsible for the height restriction easing. Harry owned the Belle Claire on Queen St. and he and his brother Sammy held out until 1974 before selling to Cadillac Fairvee. By then, it was worth a small fortune.

Guy Morrissette

my uncle Gilbert Vezina was the boss electrician on that job He told me that a one horse power motor was all that was needed to turn the restaurant around

John Ng

The revolving restaurant was La Ronde at the old Holiday Inn on Kent & Queen (now Marriott). People always get the two confused.

GordonDonaldson Daniel

The Rotating Restaurant was at the “Holiday Inn”….now the Mariott Hotel, I worked at this hotel, which was built by Campeau as part of the Place de Ville complex, this hotel was originally built as an apartment complex, before opening as the Holiday Inn, with the rotating restaurant (room still rotates today) as La Ronde,….Dan D

Evelyn Pohl Morin

It was called Le Ronde if my memory serves me correctly and was at the now Marriott. My boss took our department there for Christmas in early70’s. They had the best “ Steak Dianne”!

Christina Pohl-Brisson

Loved Le Ronde! Was always fun to search for your table after visiting the Ladies’ Room. 😉

Phil Cheffins

It was built by Campeau and very controversial because it broke the city height bylaws that protected the view of the Parliament Buildings. All those anonymous glass and steel blocks have followed. It really was the beginning of “Lost Ottawa”, along with the demolition of the Flats of course.

Elly Gray

Had my wedding reception there! 1972. They put together a package deal—- I got married at 7:00 pm. The deal was for 40 people— hors d’ourves, wine for the toasts, the wedding cake, bridal suite for the night and breakfast in the morning for 6 people. My Dad paid for the open bar. All that for the princely sum of—- wait for it———$131.75. I still have the bill. Soft spot for the old Skyline!

Michael Ward

Downstairs, Diamond Lil’s, and what was the other downstairs lounge? At opening.

La Ronde restaurant in what was then the Holiday Inn, circa 1975. Ottawa’s first and only restaurant in which you could sit and rotate.

Blair Stannard

A lot of newbies, including myself, would make the error of putting their briefcase or purse on the window ledge. When the meal was finished. the latter would have “magically” disappeared. You would then have to walk around the entire loop of the restaurant, to find your missing item. This was particularly interesting, if the person involved had consumed a few beverages during the meal.

Tim Rivers

Took my girlfriend Becki there for diner in 1972. First time went all out, think meal cost a whole $20 or so plus tip. Still memorable nite.

Sonia Tremblay Pratt

My husband Denis and I stayed at the hotel the first night we were married and the following night we had a wonderful dinner at the restaurant. The rotation was so slow that you did not feel it moving the only reason you knew it was rotating is because the scenery was changing.

Maureen Byrne Long

Ate there many times. It was a special place to bring visitors to Ottawa. Beautiful food and beautiful buffet.


Lost Ottawa


Dining Out in Lost Ottawa, where you could always go to La Ronde, the revolving restaurant at the top of what was then the Holiday-Inn.

It almost looks European out that window …

(From an Ottawa Tourist Guide for 1977)

David Ferguson

I was one of the layout persons working on the building for Campeau in 1970

Richard Doyle

Went on a special date there with my girl, in the late 70’s. Food was good.

Cocktails where excelent.

Was sick the next day! 😵 (Not sure which was the cause.)

Girl married me anyway.😍

Philip Shaw Bova

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I own a vibraphone (mallet percussion instrument) that came from LaRonde originally, and apparently lived there for years. I guess any serious dinner restaurant had to have their own vibraphone to go with the lounge music of that era….?

Katherine Arnold Evans

My dad played in the house band, they wore white dinner jackets, classy af.

Dianne Despault Suarez

I worked in the basement, The Blind Pig. Ran an errand up to the top and felt very out of place among the well dressed all male waiters.

Barb Prasow

Blind Pig brings back memories… I used to live downtown in the late 70’s and drank there all the time. The bands that played there were great. I ate at La Ronde once with the family and that was enough for me. The movement, although slow, made me so sick.

Ron McConnell

Dick Maloney was a fixture in the lounge there for years.

Ellen Bent

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My husband (he’s on the left) helped wire that restaurant 🙂

Lost Ottawa

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Constructing a Swingin’ Hot Spot, as Ottawa Mayor Ken Fogarty opening the Holiday Inn Hotel at Place de Ville, on
July 27, 1971.

Looks like they are standing in La Ronde rotating restaurant.

(City of Ottawa Archives CA050438)

Randy Hunter

It was certainly a novelty, and a great place to dine and enjoy the bright lights and landmarks of down town Ottawa at night, as the La Ronde restaurant rotated at a slow pace. Had a few company celebration dinners there.The most difficult part of an evening was trying to find your table location after a washroom visit. The ride up and down in the high speed elevator also added a thrill ! 😉

Lost Ottawa


Gazing out over the Parliament Buildings and the Ottawa River in June of 1971. Wouldn’t this be quite the Ottawa coffee break — or possibly he’s having a smoke?.

I don’t have access to the Ottawa Journal, but I think this chap is working on the Holiday Inn (the one with the spinning restaurant on top) — which is now the Marriott (with the rarely spinning and not usually-open restaurant on top).

I wonder if the would spin it up if we held a Lost Ottawa dinner in there!

(City of Ottawa Archives CA050259)

Stephen Pickford

Holiday Inn, then a Radisson, now a Marriott. Stayed there for the first time in the late 70s. Benito Migliorati, now GM of the Chateau Vaudreuil outside of Montreal, was F&B Manager. Was a franchise operated by Commonwealth Holiday Inns of Canada Ltd of London,ON…”the most accommodating people in the world”. Had a Sunday Brunch in La Ronde (the name of the revolving restaurant at the time), during a fam trip weekend hosted during Winterlude 1988 by Kensel Tracy, then with Ottawa CVB. Stayed there again in Oct/2011 when Markus Fisher was DOSM.

Ben René

Hi everyone: this is actually my grandfather: Gilbert Pilon. He’s 86 now and he loves this photo. He’ll be thrilled to know so many people are getting a kick out of this photo today. 😊

Jean-Pierre Allard

Dude is probably thinking, the Portage Bridge to the discos is gonna be completed in 6 years and then it will be 43 years and counting before the next one to La Ferme Rouge Dance Hall.

Eleanor Bates Dunn

As a reporter with The Ottawa Citizen, I was assigned to write a story about the revolving restaurant — a marvel coming to Ottawa. Went up to the roof with photographer and site manager on the construction elevator and had the magnificent view of the city , the river and the Gatineau Hills. I think this experience gave me the fear of heights which I still have all these years later. In its day, it was a wonderful place to go for a meal on a special occasion.

Fine dining justifies trip to the top of the Marriott It was a masterpiece night for dining 29 floors high: the evening sky was clear, the sun blazed over the Gatineau Hills, a squadron of kayaks pirouetted down the Ottawa River. It would have been the perfect evening to haul tourists to the top of the Marriott Hotel to see the panoramic splendour that is Ottawa on a late August night. As it was, I dined in the excellent company of two local friends along with my husband and brother, for whom such beauty should have been familiar. Still, 29 floors up and going ’round and ’round, it can all look new. The view alone was a tonic for us jaded Ottawa old-timers. We do live in a good-looking city. And we ate in a restaurant that’s been part of the city for more than 29 years … though, in different incarnations.

The Ottawa Marriott is what became of the Radisson Hotel, and Merlot is what happened to La Ronde. The only part of the former La Ronde restaurant that remains at Merlot is the revolving part. The restaurant spins .;. slowly. (Still, I take no chances and face forward. My dinner always stays ahead of me in rotating eateries.) In a 1995 review, I wrote, “La Ronde is a restaurant that has a big view, a big menu and big prices. What you are paying for is being up high and going around in circles. That may be worth the price, but the food is not. Nor is the service.” In 1995, I would not have brought a tourist to show off the city from the 29th floor of the Radisson Hotel. (At least, not to eat.) But, based on my dinner experience at Merlot, I would grab a dozen.

The meal was not flawless. Mistakes were made. But not many. And they were mostly forgivable, given the obvious efforts made and pains taken to get things right. There was much that was right with the bread basket offerings (although they could lose the flavoured butter balls, they scream “hotel”) and with the appetizers we sampled. My weakness in restaurants, generally, is for the starters. I could happily eat an entire meal from The only part of the former La Ronde restaurant that remains at Merlot is the revolving part. that portion of the menu alone. And here, it was indeed the starters that caught our attention. A potato leek and Stilton soup, enriched with Port, was memorable for its intense flavour, perfect seasoning, rich chicken broth and its dappled oil surface. A second soup boasted perfect seafood in a delightful tomato broth, spiked with chili-heat, perfumed with fennel and cilantro and floating “purses” of grated vegetables and herbs encased in crisp wonton wrappers.

Medallions of sashimi-grade tuna were quiveringly-good: the outside crusted with cracked pepper and flash- seared but, inside, a glorious purple-flesh, utterly rare, prettily settled on a won-tcfli “crisp” treated with black sesame seed and coarse salt. Surrounding the rare tuna and its crisp bed were braised baby bok choy and black-eyed peas in a pool of subtle curry-spiced sauce. Blueberries and jus de cassis provided the sweet touch in the dark rosemary-scented sauce for the sweetbreads, the nuggets tender and perfectly paired with wild mushrooms and strips of crisp pancetta. If I had a quibble with this one it would be the salt, which was too much for my taste. We had three completely delightful main dishes and two that were less so. My salmon (“fresh from the icy waters of Alaska”) was sadly, nastily overcooked. Had I not been on the job I would have sent it back.

The pork tenderloin was surrounded with terrific, tasty things: nuggets of roasted potato, onion, peppers and a compote of softened apples and sweet, dried cranberries all treated with a whisky-doused sauce. But the pork itself was grey and had a stewed taste and texture that were disappointing. Much better was my husband’s rack of lamb, perfectly roasted to medium-rare, coated with coarse mustard and served with a classic mint-infused lamb jus reduction. A colourful salsa, of corn and tomatoes and “calypso” beans cuddled up with buddy Jane’s terrific, slow-roasted, juicy chicken. Also on that plate were roasted portobello mushrooms and surprisingly light gnocchi, perfumed with lemon and sage. It all worked. And finally, the loin of deer, intensely gamey, dark and rich, with a full-bodied wine sauce that balanced.

Ottawa Marriott Hotel 100 Kent St., 783-4212 Food: Good to excellent. Accessible: Elevator to the penthouse level. Access from there is up a flight of stairs. Wheelchair access possible through service elevator. Price: Appetizers, $12 to $14; main dishes, $20 to $34. Hours: Dinner service only, Tuesday through Sunday. came with hardy roasted root vegetables and a touch of fragility too, in the form of ag-nolotti (like a big ravioli) lightly stuffed with mushrooms and herbs. Yum. For dessert, we enjoyed a maple mousse cake of glorious maple flavour and a delightful concoction of oh-so-dark chocolate, which had been moulded into an espresso cup, complete with handle, and filled with impossibly rich chocolate ganache. Both desserts were gloriously presented with all the spun sugar flourishes and ripe fruit garnishes you would expect from a pastry chef artist. At $7 and $9 respectively, they were a steal. A round of cappucinos, that arrived piping hot, despite the 29-floor elevator ride they endured (because of a defunct machine en haut) completed our evening. We splurged on a bottle (two, actually) of Berringer Merlot (from a lengthy list that held some treasures) and, with those and with all of the above, our bill for dinner for five came, with taxes and tip, to $460. Like we did, you will pay. But this time round, for more than the view and the ride.

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada13 Sep 2000, Wed  •  Page 75

Paula Cooper

love sparks st. mall….is that la ronde restaurant still there? I was last there in 1999.

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada26 Sep 1991, Thu  •  Page 52

DINNER. BY Elizabeth Elmsley View great, You’ve got to admit that after you’ve zipped up 25or so storeys in an elevator then huffed up the last flight of stairs, the view from the Radisson Hotel’s La Ronde is awesome. Spectacular. Enough to take your breath away. And if your breath isn’t taken away by the view, it will surely be sucked out of you when you try to find the washrooms. It’s rather like a game of round and round the mulberry bush as you try to relocate the entrance of this slowly revolving restaurant Once there, you must descend the stairs, turn left and walk a goodly distance. Then, of course, there’s the return journey. In short, dinner at La Ronde is not for the short of breath, the elderly, the incontinent and those with no sense of direction. It can be, however, an enjoyable experience if you adore watching the beauty of Ottawa and the Gatineau Hills roll by and if you enjoy eyeball-ing birds and hot air balloons. It’s been years since I last reviewed La Ronde. I remember saying then that the food had improved immeasurably that it was finally worth the view. Yes there were problems a dish whose flavors warred with each other, an inattentive waiter and a mariachi band whose music drove one to distraction. But generally, I enjoyed the evening. I enjoyed my evening this time as well. But the pleasure had more to do with the view, the attentive service and my companion than, unfortunately, the food.

We got off to a brilliant start. My companion ordered a feuillete filled with oyster, morel and shiitake mushrooms in a chantilly herb sauce ($7.75). It was utterly delicious the pastry flaky and tender, the mushrooms and herb sauce beautifully matched. The same could be said for the es-cargots which had been gently sauteed more like poached in garlic-herb sauce accented with slivers of tart sun-dried tomatoes ($8.25). Excellent Delightful. I wish they’d been our main courses. For here we ventured into the dinner disappointing –yes abyss. It was almost as if there’d been a change in chefs in the kitchen that forms the core of this circular restaurant.

My companion ordered the roast pork tenderloin wrapped in phyllo pastry served with a moutarde de meaux sauce ($21.25) and I ordered the lake trout steamed in a parchment pocket garnished with a julienne of vegetables in a delicate champagne sauce ($21.50). In passing, I should let you know that neither of us was being extravagant in our choices. The pork and the trout are at the very bottom of -La Ronde’s main course prices; for $30 per person, there’s Chateaubriand or grilled filet of venison, for $24 there’s medallions of veal loin or gulf shrimp flambeed with pernod, for $27 there’s braised partridge. We might have done better with ! other selections for the pork a quite intimidating serving, by the way had been cooked to the point where germs stood no chance of survival. It was also dry, tough and chewy. And there wasn’t enough sauce to allow the hunks of meat to slide down. As for my main course well, it certainly was unlike any trout I’ve ever tasted. In fact it very much tasted like the last item on the menu: “Whole Dover sole prepared to your taste.” Now I have eaten quite a bit of Dover sole in my not-so-brief lifetime and a well prepared Dover sole is heaven. But a previously frozen sole that may or may not be Dover is not my idea of a gourmet dining experience. And this wasn’t. For dessert we had a slightly over set creme caramel ($4.25) and an okay raspberry mousse cake ($3.75). The coffee, however, was very good. And, as I mentioned, the view was fantastic.

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada27 Jun 1981, Sat  •  Page 137

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa JournalOttawa, Ontario, Canada02 Jun 1979, Sat  •  Page 32

By Marilyn Mlnnes Don’t place your purse on the window ledge. It will stay there. So will the window ledge. But you, your companions and the dining table will move onwards. It takes about 80 minutes for your return to the same spot. Any restaurant that revolves at 27 storeys (or 2,000 eggs strung shell to shell as determined by a recent promotion) to expose the heart and skyline of a city to the diner, is a tourist come-on. But now La Ronde offers more than that.

In fact the Holiday Inn’s penthouse restaurant has improved its image lately. Mind you, it did have a long way to go. One of the biggest criticisms yesteryear was that service was arrogant, .Waiters were known to tap their pencils impatiently waiting to take an order. There’s still a hint of that, but altogether La Ronde has become much less stuffy. Our waiter was even noted to have offered and performed the cutting up of a youngster’s meat an operation that was deftly handled. However, he wasn’t much impressed with our order of a Canadian wine, Moulin Blanc, at $1.90 a bottle. It along with other Canadian wines, are the only ones left to be had for under $5. And that’s at the old prices.

I had a glimpse of the new listings, ready for when the older-priced stock runs out. The tab for Pouilly-Vinzelles, now $11.05, will soar to $22. And that’s enough to take away anyone’s appetite. What else does La Ronde offer you? Six nights a week, there’s music to dance by (dinner guests only), with time to enjoy the dance floor between courses The music is good, requests can be made, the room is romantic.

Half-price for half portions, dimmed and, as the sunlight fades, single carnations on each table gracefully silhouetted against the panoramic view of Ottawa by night. As for the food, it remains mediocre. The occasional dish is better than that. Nothing is outstanding. The only unacceptable item was the Caesar’s salad ($5 for two) that had been carefully prepared at the table with all the right ingredients to give it healthy zip, including copious bits of bacon, crisp croutons and a shower of parmesan. But tossed into the dressing were romaine leaves that had faded and were limp and tasteless.

We started with an appetizer of smoked salmon ($4.50), short on flavor but ample in quantity. Plated arrange arranged with capers, rings of onion, creamy horseradish, tomato wedges and a small creamed cheese sandwich. Our main course choices were scampi amoureuse ($15.25), the delicately-flavored crusacean sauteed (at the table) with shallots and tomato and then flamed with pernod and cream. It is a tasty dish, complemented by a bed of bland rice, and colorfully presented with plain frozen green beans and what appeared to be canned baby carrots.

Like the scampi, the veal scaloppine ($11.50) was tender; tasty and well prepared. Again the vegetables were the weak sisters: overcooked zucchini and not-quite-crisp fried potato balls. Other main course items include fish and shellfish, steaks and roast, chicken tarragon, rack of lamb ($28.50 for two), Chateaubriand ($28.50 for two), veal kidney and pork tenderloin. Points must be given for plates that remained hot throughout; a menu showing off a few Canadian specialties, namely salmon and fiddleheads; and explicit descriptions of both the dinner items and the wine list.

Desserts, revolved around strawberries. One was a feather light but ordinary cheesecake ($2) with a strawberry preserve sauce, the other, fresh berries Komanoff ($2.75) sat atop ice cream scooped into a water pocket. The bill for two, presented with After Eights chocolate mints, was about $52 (not including tip). That’s not extraordinarily high for the setting and the french-style service. Now that the attitude permits one to enjoy the altitude, how about some inspiration with the food.

Clippings and Memories of Perry’s Restaurant

Patterson’s Restaurant Perth

Memories of Mrs. Gee’s Homemade Egg Rolls

I Lived in Pestalozzi College – Life in Ottawa 1972

History Clippings of the the Centennial Restaurant – Pakenham

Fight Over the “Restaurant on Wheels” 1899 — The First Food Truck Fight

It Started in the Candy Kitchen Restaurant– Kerfoot Fire Smiths Falls

Norman Paul– True Lover of Soil Clippings

Norman Paul– True Lover of Soil Clippings

Newspaper clippings from Lucy Connelly Poaps

Mr Paul is second from right. this is another photo of the New Horizons group that started the Lanark & District Museum

Bev Fergusson

Mr Lowry on left, then Alex Stewart.

Brian Munro

Grant Smith on right. Also some of Faucett family

Norman Paul Talks About the Little Red School House- The Buchanan Scrapbook

Sarah Duff McPherson and John Paul — Mount Blow Farm

Ken Manson– 1986 Interview with Helen & Jimmie Dodds –Side 1B — Bill Croft and Farm Machinery

The Wondrous Life of Norman Paul

The Amazing Mr. Paul

The Mysterious 5th Line ?????

Recollections of Bert Hazelwood 1973

Fred Orok Clippings- Lanark

Fred Orok Clippings- Lanark

Looking for memories to document the store..leave them in the comment section. Thanks! From the scrapbook of Jean Sabourin‘s mum.

Marty LaHaise

I bought a new wood stove from Fred. It was in the store but I had to wait for payday to buy it. Fred said “Take it now and pay for it when you get paid”. I was not a long-time resident of Lanark or the area, so I was thankful and impressed

Barb Mc

Had everything you needed. Always friendly service. Bought toys and a pair of cross country skis I still use.

Joanne Crawford

I remember buying 45’s from Orok’s. They had a small but decent record selection.

Keitha Price

Best store ever!!!

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada11 May 1960, Wed  •  Page 27

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada03 Sep 1959, Thu  •  Page 4

Merchants now in business on George Street since the fire are Traill’s Flower Shop, Machan’s barber shop, Drysdale’s ready-to-wear store and Fred Orok’s hardware store, making its “grand opening” Saturday.

Jack Strang who saw his large drug store and gift store burn to the ground sold his lot to a new comer Fred Orok and left to work in Ottawa. Mr. Orok built and opened a modern hardware store and patent drug outlet on the site and reports he is more than satisfied with his decision to go into business in what most people thought might be a ghost town.

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CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa JournalOttawa, Ontario, Canada30 Apr 1957, Tue  •  Page 2

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa JournalOttawa, Ontario, Canada11 Jun 1960, Sat  •  Page 34

On the Ministry office moving to Carleton Place

 Each office now employs about 27. Bailey, who will head the new Carleton Place district, agrees the shift will mean the loss of a few dollars buying power in Lanark but insists local contractors will have as much opportunity as ever for ministry contracts. “Most major purchases are handled by tender anyway,” Bailey explained. “It’s the little purchases that will make the difference.”

Hardware store owner Fred Orok agrees the economics impact on the village of 900 will be “nickel and dime stuff.” He figures his store stands to lose about $25 profit a week, but that’s not what is bugging him. “It’s the secretaries who won’t be browsing on their lunch hour through Drysdale’s clothing store or the dozen or so lunches not served up at Perry’s restaurant. “The people in Lanark have always been oriented that way “to fish, forests and wildlife,” says Orok. “This doesn’t seem fair. It doesn’t make sense. They’ve g’ot their offices, garages and everything already here. . ” “It’s a place the whole communi- ty is proud of. It’s good for tourists too. They come in here asking about fishing licences or whatever and we just point them up tie street. Why move it to the middle of a farming area?” -! Village reeve Len Echlin echoed Orok’s disappointment. He calls the decision to merge the two districts “a foolish move. They’ve got a new building and garage there on five acres of land with lots of room f6r expansion,” he noted. ‘ t “I don’t know how many hiin- dreds of thousands of dollars they already have invested here. Doest it make any sense to pack up ah’d move where you’ll either have ‘to build the same building over again or rent space?

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Village of Lanark Business Directory 1886– 1887


John A Darou 1905 Lanark Village

Does Anyone Remember Cohen’s in Lanark Village?

The Lanark Laundromat Blast — Unsolved Mysteries of Lanark County

O.E. Rothwell Lumber Co. Lanark Village by Elaine Rothwell Hanna

Rathwells and Rothwells —— O.E. Rothwell Lanark

Did Wampole Ever Move to Lanark Village?

The Watts Bros Seed Company Lanark Village

Local Vintage Wrestling… Clippings

Local Vintage Wrestling…  Clippings
Carmen Monge, Carmen Monje, Cha Cha Monge
Familiy TieCarmen Monge is the wife of Bob Hamby.

Carmen Monge and Kitty Baker double teaming Rachel Dubois

CLIPPED FROMThe Wichita BeaconWichita, Kansas12 Jul 1968, Fri  •  Page 22

CLIPPED FROMThe Beaufort GazetteBeaufort, South Carolina02 Dec 1971, Thu  •  Page 12

CLIPPED FROMThe Sun TimesOwen Sound, Ontario, Canada12 Jun 1972, Mon  •  Page 11

Beverley Shade not Shay

Beverly Wenhold Shade
Weight and Height145 lbs. (66 kg) at 5’8” (1.73 m)
BirthplaceNashvilleTennessee (United States of America)
Date of Birth21st March 1936 (age 86)

The Hammer
Familiy TieBeverly Shade is the wife of Billy Blue River.
TrainerWas trained by Ella Waldek.
StudentTrained Natasha.
FinisherTop Rope Axe Handle (The Hammer)
Trademark MovesArmbarFull NelsonIndian DeathlockRussian LegsweepShort Arm Scissors and Stepover Toehold
Tag TeamsArm & Hammer Connection with Tracy Richards (as Beverly Shade)

June 1968 Carleton Place Canadian

Bill Slade

I recall a wrestling bear and troupe at the Almonte Arena very late 70’s early 80’s. All I can recall is the smell when the bear entered. There were midgets wrestling. After the “matches”, they all went to the lobby for autographs and to sell the usual junk. Whoever wrestled the bear, he would get his arms around the bear and the bears around him. Then the bear flicked him like a flea out of the ring. A greasy, smelly bear, what a way to make a living.

read-Anyone Remember Terrible Ted the Wrestling Bear? Need Your Help!

Bears at Lansdowne Park- From a Bear Feeding Ground to Terrible Ted

Ivan Putski and the Time He Was Overpowered by a Bear

1874 in Almonte and Clayton — Ahearn Smith Menzies Monaghan McFarlane

1874 in Almonte and Clayton — Ahearn Smith Menzies Monaghan McFarlane

Almonte Gazette 1874. Taken from the Perth Courier

Novmember 1874

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Bridge Street December 1874


Ottawa Daily Citizen

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada28 Oct 1874, Wed  •  Page

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I love the last line… Where are all the purchasers to come from?? LOLOL

Almonte Brass Bandon Mill Street 1910- Almonte.com

from almonte.com

CLIPPED FROMThe Kingston Whig-StandardKingston, Ontario, Canada24 Aug 1898, Wed  •  Page 3

Mr. Young and Mr. Bond- Almonte History 1870s

Clippings of Almonte in the 1870s

Almonte 1859 Business Directory

Almonte in the Twenties

The Morbid Economy of the 1800s

Clipping of Hotel Cecil McDonald’s Corners- Hotel and Funeral Parlor

Clipping of Hotel Cecil McDonald’s Corners- Hotel and Funeral Parlor

The building at left says “Hotel Cecil”. Formerly The Glasgow Arms–which was rebuilt after a fire by William Locks and became Hotel Cecil. This is now (2020) a private home.
Note the illegible writing on the roof of the building across the street, which seems to end with ” . . . Store” Izatt postcard Charles Dobie

I wonder if anyone spent Canada Day at the Cecil Hotel in McDonalds Corners? Mr. King had the first hotels at McDonald’s Corners as early as 1853. William Jackson ran the hotel out of his residence until 1909 but then decided the undertaking business was a more profitable business. He initially bought Andrew Wilson’s business and then took over William Geddes business and William Jackson Jr., his son, took over the lock stock and barrel in 1940. The family also ran the rural mail out of McDonald’s Corners and the stage to Snow Road Station

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
02 May 1906, Wed  •  Page 1

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
30 May 1906, Wed  •  Page 4

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
28 Feb 1906, Wed  •  Page 8

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
24 Mar 1909, Wed  •  Page 4
The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
18 Mar 1908, Wed  •  Page 1

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
28 May 1913, Wed  •  Page 5

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
22 Apr 1914, Wed  •  Page 5

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
09 Jul 1919, Wed  •  Page 5

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
10 Jun 1914, Wed  •  Page 4
The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
07 Oct 1914, Wed  •  Page 1

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
21 Oct 1914, Wed  •  Page 4

Connie Jackson

Folklore has it that my Great-Grandpa was fighting the existing council to keep his liquor licence at the Hotel Cecil. When it was voted down he jumped up and heatedly exclaimed that he would bury every last one of them and stalked out of the meeting. He quickly converted his hotel into a funeral home and apparently kept his word😳. I always wanted to find the attendance to said meeting to see if there is truth to the story.

According to my father, William was the originator of the rural route service for the region.

Tales of Our Roots

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
02 Jun 1909, Wed  •  Page 1

The Family of
William Purdon & Elizabeth McDougall,
McDonalds Corners, Ontario

Back row, L to R: William H. Purdon, Violet (Purdon) Stewart, Duncan Purdon, Christina (Purdon) McIntyre and her husband Malcolm McIntyre, Mary Elizabeth (Purdon) Dahlka, William Purdon and Agnes T. Purdon.
Front row, L to R: Elizabeth (Lizzie) Clement, Elizabeth (McDougall) Purdon, Jim Clement (a brother of Lizzie), Jane (Purdon) MacDonald, Anna Jeannette Waite (on chair), Isabella (Purdon) Waite, who is holding Violet Erma WaiteCharles Dobie photo

Photos and Clippings of Dorothy Meehan- Brunton– thanks to Lizzie Brunton #2

Photos and Clippings of Dorothy Meehan- Brunton– thanks to Lizzie Brunton #2

Hi, so I’m going through a closet of old boxes , photos, letters etc from my Mom and Dads former home. So my Mom wrote lots of letters, stories, and got quite a few published. Here is one of the “Almonte is; The Friendly Town”. I kind of laughed because I saw a post about the water tower in Almonte the other day. I’ll send a pic of the scrapbook stories. I have so many pics and stories!

Lizzie Brunton

Lizzie BruntonOkay, here goes, my Nanny, my mom (striped hood far right), my aunt Stella, my uncle Gerald (I believe), aunt Kitty, aunt joanna, or Marion, and maybe Sam as a baby!!!

Lizzie Brunton— awesome picture of Mom and her contagious smile.

Photos and Clippings of Dorothy Meehan- Brunton– thanks to Lizzie Brunton #1

Let’s go Racing Boys — J. A. Brunton –Where was This Sign?

Annie Bella Brunton & Adam Wesley Jones

What Happened to Bill Brunton’s Roof in Carleton Place?

The Runaway Bridesmaid From Rosebank to Huntley (Meehan)

Photos and Clippings of Dorothy Meehan- Brunton– thanks to Lizzie Brunton #1

Photos and Clippings of Dorothy Meehan- Brunton– thanks to Lizzie Brunton #1

Hi, so I’m going through a closet of old boxes , photos, letters etc from my Mom and Dads former home. So my Mom wrote lots of letters, stories, and got quite a few published. Here is one of the “Almonte is; The Friendly Town”. I kind of laughed because I saw a post about the water tower in Almonte the other day. I’ll send a pic of the scrapbook stories. I have so many pics and stories!

Lizzie Brunton


Read- Old St. Mary’s Almonte — Clippings Photos and Memories

Family love from Lizzie Brunton–Hi. I got together with a bunch of my cousins yesterday. It was fantastic. My Mom was the oldest of seven from Almonte. You’ve mentioned Joanna Meehan Harrington that is one of my Moms sister. So, we were at my Aunt Marion McGahey’s in Kemptville. Marion is the last sibling left. It was such a delight to all be together again. I wanted to tell you, I’m not sure why.
There was my Mom Dorothy Meehan Brunton, Gerald Meehan -fiddle player, Donnie Cochran- he was killed tragically by the train in Almonte when he was just a young boy (my Nanny and Grandpa Meehan adopted him as a baby), Stella Meehan, Kathleen (Kitty) Meehan Thibert, Marion Meehan McGahey, Joanna Meehan Harrington, and Shirley Anne Meehan. They grew up on Country Street and called it, “The Backroad”. I should mention my grandparents names, Stella Scott Meehan and Norbert Meehan–So many great stores and history. A legacy.

Lizzie Brunton


Let’s go Racing Boys — J. A. Brunton –Where was This Sign?

Annie Bella Brunton & Adam Wesley Jones

What Happened to Bill Brunton’s Roof in Carleton Place?

The Runaway Bridesmaid From Rosebank to Huntley (Meehan)