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More Memories of the Maple Leaf Dairy

More Memories of the Maple Leaf Dairy
Linda; from Gord Cross

Merrill Fisher, a good friend then and now, sent me these pictures of the dairy.
Can anyone name all those on the steps of the dairy in 1955?
Joann Voyce

Isabel Nesbitt Bryce, Joann Waugh Elva Ford Ray Morrell possibly a Giffin

Julia Waugh GuthrieJoann Voyce , just seen this picture and noticed Aunt JoAnn right away. I love these pictures
Carol KwissaYes my aunt Joanne Waugh -Cullen on Isobel’s left shoulder and I also recognized Elva Ford

Susan Thompsonthe woman on the left hand side looks like my aunt Maryanna Giles Dunlop
Sylvia GilesYes Maryanna Giles-Dunlop front row left and her friend Isobel Bryce next to
Sherri IonaLook at the sign above the door! Smoking advertisements were so prevalent.

Larry ClarkI knew the 2 guys in the doorway (not the one holding the cone) Dave Splane comes to mind for the one on the left but probably not right!

Anne CramptonBubba look how beautiful your mom was.

1967– 6 cents of whipping cream–October 15, 2020 · Wendy LeBlanc

I have so many memories of ‘The Dairy’ as we kids of the 1950s called it; it was around the corner from our home on James Street and we either shopped there or at least walked by it every day. The following are some random memories as they come to me:When Dad first came home from WWII, he didn’t go immediately to the promised job at Findlay’s Foundry, but worked delivering milk for the dairy for some months. Our milk was delivered daily from The Dairy, but occasionally Mum would send us over to buy a quart of milk; I clearly remember carrying the empty glass bottle with 2 dimes and a penny in it to buy the milk, which at that time was not homogenized. Mum either poured the cream off the top for another use or vigourously shook it to give us wonderfully rich whole milk.On Sundays following attending Church at Memorial Park United, we stopped off at The Dairy to buy a brick of Neapolitan ice cream, our staple dessert on Sunday noon. Very occasionally, we would walk over to The Dairy with a bowl and come home with it full of scoops of dipped ice cream for a special treat (we had only an icebox, so couldn’t store ice cream).In the 1960s, my sister Kathryn worked at The Dairy and brother Wayne and I expected extra large ice cream cones from her, and I am sure she gave them to us in fear – not of losing her job, but of us. Peggy Mace and I stopped at The Dairy almost daily on our way back to school after lunch to buy penny candy; Mrs. Saunders was working there and was very patient with us as we carefully and slowly selected our treats. While we were there, a well-dressed man (I think I know who it was but hesitate to say as I am not certain – but definitely a town business man) came into The Dairy every day and drank down a glass of Alka Seltzer; now that must have been some kind of a lunch he went home to! Our childhood neighbourhood territory was small, but our lives were enriched with businesses like The Dairy and the people who owned and worked there.Dale Costello Great memories, and stories of Maple Leaf Dairy. We were big time in CP with two dairies. Many a chocolate shake hand made by Ray Morrels mom. My Uncle, Lorne Aitken delivered bottled milk, and I helped on Saturdays– You can get Wendy’s book at the Carleton Place museum

Ruth Anne SchnuppI remember they had the biggest cones for 10 cents !

Kathy DevlinI remember taking empty pop bottles in to cash out for a bag of penny candy, pixie stix, licorice , mojos, green leaves

Jim McKittrickGreat summer jobs for 3 years 1 in the dairy and 2 summers delivering milk for Bill R ( 1965 66 and 67 )

Sherri IonaNana would send us off with a 25 cents . . . . Popsicles, ice cream, milkshakes. . . . What memories!

R.D. LackeyAmazing place as kids loved going there rent games 5cent candy’s a place like this need to come back

Carol McDonaldI worked after school and weekends and some summer days when Mrs Saunders would take holidays for Bill and Ethel Rintoul and babysat their kids some evenings. Buttermilk was served by the glass , big ice cream cones were served to a line up of people especially on Sundays and many milkshakes all different flavours, penny candy, very busy most days!

Jan McCarten SansomDoug B. McCarten ..I remember ice cream cones and milkshakes, and especially time spent with my best friend Katherine Langtry, watching cartoons Saturday mornings in their home upstairs .. wonderful memories !

Doug B. McCartenJan McCarten Sansom in addition to all that I remember a Sealtest sign with feet LOL

John ArmourI got my milkshakes everyday (even through winter). Mrs. Nephin made the best ones.

Sandy FredetteDon’t know when it was originally built, but do know it’s being renovated now… my grandson is helping out on the project.

Jane CarnegieWent there daily on my way back to school for penny candy…would ho back after school with pop bottles to cash in for chips and more candy!

Derek Bowker

I remember walking home and stopping in for penny candies! Got BUSTED shoplifting when I was just a little kid! Parents got called and I had to go back and apologize! Life lesson!!!Renting Nintendo machines and games for the weekend! That place was LEGENDARY!!!

Meghan PookThe Dairy! We’d sneak off of Carambeck’s yard during lunch and buy 5¢ candies. I remember the heavy fridge door made of wood with latch style handle. That’s where the small cartons of chocolate milk were. The older gentleman who worked there usually reminded me of a cross between Mr. Dress-Up & Mr. Rogers in appearance but always struck me as stern. Probably b/c he was dealing with a gaggle of random school kids streaming through buying less then $1 worth of product. I loved the miniature brown paper bags we used for the candy. I loved the way the bell sounded when you entered. I loved the way it smelled in there – like dust and tobacco and something sweet. Good times.

Meghan PookThe Dairy! We’d sneak off of Carambeck’s yard during lunch and buy 5¢ candies. I remember the heavy fridge door made of wood with latch style handle. That’s where the small cartons of chocolate milk were. The older gentleman who worked there usually reminded me of a cross between Mr. Dress-Up & Mr. Rogers in appearance but always struck me as stern. Probably b/c he was dealing with a gaggle of random school kids streaming through buying less then $1 worth of product. I loved the miniature brown paper bags we used for the candy. I loved the way the bell sounded when you entered. I loved the way it smelled in there – like dust and tobacco and something sweet. Good times.

Brian Giffin5 cent ice cream after church

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The Duff Dairy Diphtheria Scare

Cold Milk Ice Cream and Butter —- Carleton Place

When I Say Whoa–I Mean Whoa–The Dairy Horse

What Did you Like Best about the Maple Leaf Dairy? Reader’s Comments..

Treasured Memories of Fred and the Maple Leaf Dairy

Remembering Milk and Cookies –Metcalfe Dairy

No Milk Today–My Love has Gone Away

Do You Remember Anyone Dying from Home Delivered Milk?

Remember These? The Neilson Dairy

When Corn Doesn’t Grow- Neilson Chocolate Will

In Memory of Wandering Wayne –Wayne Richards

Personal Memories of Downtown Local Business etc.


Ray PaquetteI’m having a senior moment. Will somebody reminding me who ran Moore’s Taxi please?

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston Ernie Moore – I think.

Ray PaquetteWas that the same Ernie Moore who ran the store on Moore Street?

Nancy HudsonLinda I think the taxi driver’s name was John Moore, Ernie had the store on Moore St.

Ray PaquetteNancy Hudson I remember Watty Stanzel, Arnie McNeely, Ronnie Wing and Wib Giles but John Moore, I have no recollection of. Where did he live?

Nancy HudsonRay Paquette John Moore lived at the corner of Town Line west and Moffatt St. My Aunt and Uncle, Les and Olive Nield lived next door to him on Moffatt St

Ray PaquetteLinda Gallipeau-Johnston Ted has taken on the affectation of 2 “d’s” in his name. He is now known as Tedd. Go figure?!?!?

Ray PaquetteLinda Gallipeau-Johnston You were asking about Tedd. Here is a picture of him and Brian McDonald taken last September. Ted is on the right….

Doug B. McCartenRay Paquette great to see Brian and Tedd are well and enjoying life as retirees! Ask Brian if he remembers the two young ladies who were traveling through town selling magazine subscriptions? We all went back to Brian’s house to discuss our choices….. lol! I actually got a subscription for Car & Driver….. I think Brian took one of the ladies to his room to get money or something BAHAHAHA what a nice visit we had with them…….

Ray PaquetteDoug B. McCarten I sent your comment regarding the magazine sales staff to Brian who commented “…You can tell Doug that , although that little experience had slipped my mind, yes I do remember now that he mentioned it. I thought that there might have been a third guy involved but I might be wrong. I ended up getting a subscription for a year to a magazine I cared little for.Those girls were VERY good at their job.”

Ray PaquetteThere are a lot of commercial locations of earlier times that are not included on this “place mat”. Bellamy’s Restaurant, Sinclair Bros. Men’s Wear and Patterson’s Furniture to mention a few others not already noted above. I could go on but would bore most readers…

Joan StoddartRemember the rest rooms beside the Queen’s

Ray PaquetteBeginning at the bottom of Bridge Street, on the west side: the Texaco station, the Salvation Army Citadel, Levines, Hick’s Grocery, Charlie Jay Shoe Repair, Mae Mulvey’s Candy Shop. Central Grill, Galvin’s Men’s Wear, Carleton Grill ( and the Colonial Bus Lines stop), the Roxy Theatre, Harold Dowdall’s Barbersop, Denny Coyles Esso, Ned Root’s Shoe Repair, Stanzel’s Taxi, Dr. McDowell, Darou’s Bakery. Doucette Insurance, McAllister’s Bike Repair, Oona’s Applicances/Bob Flint TV, Hastie Bros Plumbing, Bruce McDonald Optometrist, Foote Photography, the public restrooms, the Queens Hotel, Woodcock’s Bakery, Lewis Reg’d Ladies Wear, Okilman’s, and Patterson’s Furniture. I probably forgot a business but I’m sure other readers can “fill in the blanks” or take exception to some of the names on the list. More to come when I crossover to the East side of bridge…😂

Joann VoyceRay/ Not Lewis but Moskivitch Dress shop. Lewis was beside Comba I believe as my mother sent me there for clothes

Ray PaquetteTwo days ago I listed the businesses of my boyhood that operated on the west side of Bridge, a.k.a., Main Street. Today I’ll bore you with reminisces of the east side, with the caveat that I may omit or misidentify a business or two, but cut me some slack, this was 70 years ago! Beginning at the Mississippi Hotel, there was Joie Bond’s store, her brother’s barber shop, Bowland’s Grocery, Carleton Cleaners, William’s Drugstore, Fulton’s Furniture, predecessor to Allan Barker, Kiddy Town, Playfair Bowling Lanes, The Canadian, the Liquor Store. Then Dr Ferrill’s office, the Orange Lodge, the Canadian Tire, the Post Office, the Bank of Nova Scotia, Dr. McCarron the dentist, Royal Bank, New York Cafe, the Olympia, Howard Little’s Barber shop, Argue’s Grocery, Robertson’s Men’s Wear, Wilson’s Drugstore, Dack’s Jewellers, McCann’s Poolroom, the Dominion Store. Across Franklin Street there was Asseltine’s Drugstore, Stedman’s 5 & 10, Walkers Dry Goods, Allan’s Shoe Store, Dr Walroth’s Office and Mr. Tighe, the Piano Teacher, McLaren’s Drugstore, Lewis Reg’d, and Comba’s Furniture. On the north side of the bridge, was Dr. Johnston’s office and Branch #192, Royal Canadian Legion. Bennett’s Meat Market on the corner of Bell Street, McArten’s Insurance, Brewers Retail, the Maple Leaf Dairy, and finally, the (Cameron’s?) Blacksmith Shop across from Miller’s Farm Equipment. Anyway, that’s what I remember: perhaps some of the readers would like to fill in the blanks that I have left, not intentionally.

Ray PaquetteDan Williams Read my follow on note in reply to Doug’s question about me taking notes. It easy when you are in and out of those businesses 6 days a week delivering a paper…😂

I loved what Susan Mary Risk posted in December 2019 so I added it.

Susan Mary Risk–We had milk and fruit juice delivered to the front door daily. It’s because no one had refrigerators. We kept everything in the larder, the weeks rationed roast under a fly net.It turned green iridescent and we still ate it. We had beef drippings on bread for a treat, not Cheesies or fruit loops. In winter we had to break ice off the toilet water and ruffle the frost off the toilet seat. What we had for heating two stories was a coal or coke burning fireplace and one tiny gas space heater in the nursery that Mom payed for by sticking a shilling into the meter placed in the hall. This was post war England.

Ah the good old days, when I was allowed to spray the flowers with a hand pump, full of good old DDT. No one admonished us with threats of lymphoma back then. No one told me I could get skin or lung cancer by fetching the coal from a small shed with a galvanized steel bucket. Though heavy, this was a less noxious material than today’s plastics. Stuffies, now. I kept my bear, David, until I was 13. I had one bear. My sister still had her stuffie, Ellie a few years before she died at age 60. Our stuffie were filled with sawdust. She found that out eventually.

We never had freezing on our teeth at the dentist. Instead, the dentist would promise us we could hold and look at a gold painted wooden angel if we didn’t scream from the drilling. The good old days when responsibility meant staying on the sidewalk all night in winter to protest apartheid outside the US Embassy in Toronto. Ages 12 and 14. Those days of witness, the violent deaths of blacks or protesters in the South. Police brutality. The deaths of Martin Luther King, of Robert Kennedy, the incarceration of Nelson Mandela.Life was more carefree before TV and perhaps we older folk dream of our youth as blessed at times, but somehow I feel our children have so much more than we ever knew.


Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 1– Canadian Tire to The Moose

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 2- Milano Pizza to Milady Dress Shop

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

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 4- Leslie’s China Shop to Rubino’s/Giant Tiger

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 5-The Little White House to the Roxy

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 6-The Eating Place to the Post Office

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 7 –Scotia Bank to the New York Cafe

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 8–Olympia Restaurant to McNeely’s–

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 9–Flint’s to the Blue Spot

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 10–

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 11

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 12Dr. Johnson Downing and Ferril I Presume? Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 12 a

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series –Volume 13

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign–Dr. Winters 154-160 Bridge Street Carleton Place –Jaan Kolk Files

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series –Volume 14

Mitchell & Cram — History of The Summit Store 1898-1902 –Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series –Volume 15

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series–Volume 16– Newman’s Hall

Community Comments– Lanark Village Postcard

Community Comments– Lanark Village Postcard

Heather Lynn CaldwellTales of Almonte

Lanark Locker Plant was owned by my dads brother Gordon Caldwell. It was a general grocery store and butcher shop. Also a freezer storage area of lockers for people to store their meat like my parents did. Once a month we would go visit and pick up our frozen meat or my aunt and uncle would come to our house in almonte for supper and bring some. My uncle always put a couple of bazooka joe bubble gum in the bottom of the box for me

When he retired his youngest daughter Hilda Pretty and her husband Oral Pretty took over for quite a few years before selling it

Tales of Carleton Place

Larry Clark

No photos but I know the Kitten Factory was a big draw in Lanark circa 60s

Nicki Milnes

Larry Clark and a long time after that – until the 1990’s.

Mike Purdon

Both buildings still there. Pretty Goods grocery now

Ron ClossLanark Village Community Group

Lanark .5 to 1.00 owned by Don and Rita Miller. The store had everything and was a thriving business. Lanark Locker Plant was owned by Gordon Caldwell. Use to get fresh meat there and they would even hang peoples deer in the fall in the Locker Plant

Norma Sweeney

The millers were the most wonderful people. I remember going there as a child and buying Christmas presents , usually salt and proper shakers 😊. I’m thinking my mom had enough of those lol

Megan Smithson-Harrison

Lanark Locker Plant was my grandfathers store.

Donna Whyte

Megan Smithson-Harrison Lots of memories from that store worked there many years I loved your Grandfather such a kind caring man

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Andrea Snow

The millers opened the first postal box in the lanark post office when it was rebuilt in 1959 🙂

Also my dad still talks about being hung up in the meat locker… Georgette Cameron can confirm if it’s a fact or fiction though 😛

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Georgette Cameron

Andrea Snow …I have no idea about whether this happened or not but it may very well have happened. The Millers at the 5 cent to $1.00 store were sweethearts. It was really the only store I ever went to as a kid and I loved it! They had everything.


Josie Montgomery

Georgette Cameron I remember your parents taking Francie and I to that store and we were awed by the number of things for sale, and we were allowed to look at everything as long as we didn’t touch

Georgette Cameron

Josie Montgomery I love that memory. Thanks for sharing. My parents loved you and Francie. ❤️

Krista Caldwell

And later on Store#4 Glenayr

Megan Smithson-Harrison
1979 with my Grandfather Gordon Caldwell. Owner of Lanark Locker Plant

Karen Hicks

Both stores were thriving buisnesses in the day!! Loved shopping and Miller’s. My husband and I would come down from Toronto and we would get T bone steaks

Herb Ballantyne

My mom worked for the Miller’s at the .5 to 1.00 store with Blanche Munroe and Mrs. Bowes (I think her name was Florence?).

Krista Caldwell

Did Rita own the flower shop after

John Presley

Remember the bread truck in the parking lot


Jocelyn Ford

If was a movie store too in the 90s

Robert Fisher

We used to rent 2 lockers from Gordon too keep our meet and frozen food in. We had no electricity! Gordon was always puffing away on a big cigar and one day while he was wrapping up a stake I had just picked out a big ash fell from his cigar and landed on my stake he just blew it off and kept wrapping! Didn’t even fizz on him but that probably happened a couple of times a day!

Megan Smithson-HarrisonRobert Fisher I don’t recall his cigar ever being lit. He chewed them to the knob. Not sure he even owned a lighter.

Milotte Leanne Tony

Lot’s of memories great store, also remember on Halloween night the Miller’s home was a must always had the best treats usually chocolate bars full sized ones

Anne Labelle

Any one remember the town police Pepsi fraser

Emily Desjardins

My Mom and Dad use to rent an apartment from Gordon Caldwell before the fire.It was above the store.around 1954.They were newlyweds.Millers store did have everthing. Many the lace handkerchiefs, buzz buzz pink lipstick, Evening in Parisand sweet pea perfume,fishnet stockings,iterchangable earrings…Does anyone else remember these things? Memories!

Sandra Brown

So many wonderful memories stirred up reading this just love it! Christmas time was always special would get all my money to go shopping at Millers as well Norma Sweeney they had everything! What was the name of the guy who drove the milk truck, he also had ice cream in tubes it was so good !

Sandi Schonauer

Those were very good days, Loved those stores,

Blair T. Paul, Artist – Canadian and International

The booming days of Lanark…all of these stores still exist but under new owners…good for them!

Faye Lee

Flower shop Rita Traill

United Church in the background.

Kim Richmond

I think we grew up in the best time possible. So many great memories.

Leona Stewart

Love everyone sharing. Such great memories!!! Dan Boothby just died in the last year

Karen McNicol

Precious memories!


Shirley Kargakos

The store looks so nice there.


Judy Arnott

The 5 to 1 dollar store. A child’s dream store, everything from clothes ,toys dishes sundries. The Lanark Locker Plant. Fresh local meat and produce, canned goods and freezer space for those of us who didn’t have a home freezer. You could order your groceries and Jim Anderson would deliver to your home. You were always greated by name and a smile from Gordon and Donna Whyte on cash. Free bones for soup or your fur friend. Lanark had everything your household needed

John Presley

Dave mclaren in post office

Rob Eady

Just want to confirm that this is the current thrift store and Pretty Goods . The street looks larger for some reason was in this picture.

Judy ArnottRob Eady no crazy boulevards

Janet Adele

5 and dime store we bought Christmas presents their when we were kids for each other

Haley Bowes

The Lanark Locker Plant was owned by my grandfather, Gordon Caldwell. He was a butcher, and the butcher table he used now resides at my fathers hunt camp in Middleville ♥️

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    3. Does Anyone Remember Cohen’s in Lanark Village?
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100 Hands Thrown Out of Work –Lanark Village

A Walk through Lanark Village in 1871

Lanark Village News 1887–The $5 Wager and Other Things

Life in Lanark Village 1820 — Bad Roads Distilleries and Discontent!

So What Did We Find Out About this Photo from Lanark Village?

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Remembering a Shoemaker in Lanark Village–Thomas Wilson

Lanark Village 1913 — Clippings Old Boys Week

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More Clippings– Lanark Fire 1959

The Aftermath of the Lanark Fire June 1959

The Lanark Fire of 1895

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Remembering the Past — No Swimming in the River Before the 24th of May Weekend and Other Things

Remembering the Past — No Swimming in the River Before the 24th of May Weekend and Other Things
Visual Storyteller · 20h
Only noticed this week that there’s a bell in the Post Office Clocktower. Only visible from Beckwith St.

Tara-dawn Taylor The last time this bell rang out was during the anniversary of 100 years of the end of the war, it rang out 100 times along with a few other bells in town. read As Time Goes By — The Old Post Office Clock

Jo-Anne Dowdall-BrownMy Dad always told me he would know if I did something wrong before I would get home! True words!

Joann VoyceBack in the 1950’s that bell chiming at 11 pm was our curfew. I could make it from most places in town to my home by the time it had rung 11 times

American suburban childhood, 1950s : TheWayWeWere

Sherene Baird Flint—I grew up in Carleton Place,Ontario during a time when everyone treated each other like family (we never got away with ANYTHING, and I mean NOTHING!!!) that is because everyone knew whose child I belonged to!!

We went outside to play, got dirty and we didn’t eat fast food (it was a treat). We ate Bologna or jam sandwiches, raw hot dogs and cooked homemade food. We ate penny candy, yes, I said, “penny”, and fake candy cigarettes, black cat gum.

On weekends we would go for a drive and drop in to visit someone (no planning a week in advance). If they weren’t home, we would drive a little farther.We played kick the can, Red Light Green Light, Hide & Seek, Truth or Dare, Red Rover, What Time Is It Mr. Wolf, Tag, Dodge ball, Baseball, jump rope, and road hockey.

We rode bikes and raced against each other.We cried if we couldn’t go outside and play. There was no bottled water, we drank from the faucet and the garden hose (don’t forget to let that water run for a minute because it was hot when you just first turned it on!).

We watched cartoons on Saturday morning (everyone looked forward to Saturday morning cartoons! Especially bugs bunny, our parents loved it because they were able to sleep in knowing we were occupied). We watched hockey, comedy movies and played cards or board games.

We played in the woods, built forts, and rode our bikes for hours WITHOUT a cell phone. When you fell you wiped off the dirt and blood and kept on going. If you wanted to talk to your friends, you had to go to their houses and find them.

We weren’t AFRAID OF ANYTHING. Our parents knew that when the street lights came on we were on our way home. If someone had a fight, that’s what it was…a fight.

Kids DIDN’T HAVE ACCESS TO GUNS when I grew up. Dusk was our curfew. School was mandatory, and we watched our mouths around our elders because ALL your neighbours knew your parents, so we knew if we didn’t, we were in big trouble when we got home.I really miss those days. We were taught to be respectful and we didn’t give our parents a hard time. We had a respectful fear of our parents, teachers, AND THE LAW!

We were taught to work hard for what we wanted.Life is short, very short…..be humble and kind and respectful.Re-post if you’re proud that you came from a close-knit community and will never forget where you came from!

Ted HurdisYes to all of the above. Nestle quick and toast with peanut butter and jam to watch the cartoons. Gum out of the hockey card packs. Some things are better gone like ” ****** babies ” candy. Imagine asking for that on a candy store today !! Wow.. Coffee Talk– Coolidge’s Penny Candy and Rochester Street– For Tom Edwards

Alana Flint Great description Sherene! I remember and did all of that! We used to bike to the park with our 25 cents to spend at the shack…a hot dog, drink (in a glass bottle) and a chocolate bar. We’d spend the day swimming and get sunburned (no sunscreen). Rossy Doyle would be at the park in the afternoon with games and puzzles for us to use. I had many skinned knees from the Twirlers. Good times!

Dale CostelloDid all that and even had a paper route too. Played street hockey under the street lights on Rochester Street. Had a BB gun, but hit a neighbor kid and got into trouble. Didn’t like him anyway.

Ray PaquetteIn the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, I am reminded of a similar fear we had as kids growing up-polio. The similarities with COVID 19 are striking: until Dr Salk and his vaccine it was constantly on our minds, particularly in the summer. We all took precautions based on the latest public health warnings but as with COVID 19, we were able to get through it…🤔

Ted HurdisRay Paquette no swimming in the river before the 24th of may weekend. You could get polio.🤔🤔 read Remember Polio?

Nuhaka Dreaming 1: A 1950s childhood in regional New Zealand was not all  conservative dullness | RNZ

Ray PaquetteTed Hurdis We south end boys would get an early start on the swimming season by swimming in Dibblee’s Quarry ( Mahogany Spa) at the end of Napoleon Street…

Dan Williams Can you remember going out to Dibblee’s quarry to get an early start on the swimming season? The quarry ice was gone earlier and the spring sun helped to increase the water temperature to almost an acceptable level..

Dan WilliamsHey Llew Lloyd being from the better side of town we had our own quarry, Dibley’s, to swim in. It was however not used much in my time except for rafts. In my brothers day it definitley was a swimming hole with great places to dive from. I can also remember picnicing there with my family

Ted HurdisRay Paquette swam there many times freaking out when the crawfish would nibble your toes

Margaret GreerDon’t forget Saturday afternoons at the Movie Theatre. For 25 cents !The cowboys always won and we would all would cheer. read Memories of Carleton Place — The Roxy and Marilyn Monroe

Ray PaquetteLlew Lloyd Or a comic book at Mac William’s on the way home…. read Before and After in Carleton Place — Mac Williams and The Good Food Co

Jill SeymourRay Paquette does anyone else remember the unique smell of William’s store. I loved it and every time someone mentions the store in these posts I get it back😊

Marilyn WhiteFree swim lessons in the morning and playing there until supper. The life guards were your friend. Playing in Treasure Valley. Boys and girls playing together. It was the “ best of times”! read Looking Deeper at Treasure Valley in Carleton Place

Diane Lackey JohnsonVery well written, Sherene. Things were sure different back then. Too bad kids today don’t have the same experiences.

Nancy HudsonYour posting certainly sounds like the Carleton Place I grew up in way back in the 50’s. Lived at the park in the summer and the rink in the winter.


Memories of Carleton Place — The Roxy and Marilyn Monroe

As Time Goes By — The Old Post Office Clock

Coffee Talk– Coolidge’s Penny Candy and Rochester Street– For Tom Edwards

Pour Some Sugar on Me! The Demise of the Penny Candy

Before and After in Carleton Place — Mac Williams and The Good Food Co

Looking Deeper at Treasure Valley in Carleton Place

Remember Polio?

No Memories of Boot Hill — Comments

No Memories of Boot Hill — Comments
Photo- The Millstone-https://millstonenews.com/maples-of-the-veterans-memorial-walkway/

We never found out anything about ” Boot Hill” in Almonte and most said they don’t recall it existing.. but I have documented the comments for future reference.

This morning I got up and had this lovely email from Tracy Julian— The fact that someone younger than me wants to know history has spurred me on to do the very best I can.. So if you live in Almonte or have memories or history of Boot Hill please leave them in the comment section. I am so thrilled to have this emailed to me.

‘Hello Linda. My son asked me today if there was any history to the formation of the hill that is now Veteran’s Memorial Walkway in Almonte. Back in my day we used to call it Boot Hill but I thought that was because we had to “boot across it”. It does seem to be a strange geological hill formation in that area of town. If you have any information or know someone who might I’d really appreciate it. Thank you’

Almonte, like many communities in the Ottawa Valley, has a strong tradition of Remembrance, both proud and sad. The number of individuals who have heeded the call (and continue to do so) since the town was incorporated is a source of pride, and the lists of names on the cenotaph are far too long. Remembrance is literally a growing tradition here. Not far from the cenotaph is the Veteran’s Memorial Walkway, a carefully tended path lined with Red Maples, each recently planted tree adorned with a plaque naming a veteran, some still living, others departed. The project, again, is a collaborative effort in support of the Legion, and the number of trees is such that the surrounding green space is all but taken up. School children planted the trees, and are the town’s unofficial official guardians of the walkway. Almonte is a place where the tradition of Remembrance is being passed on, and where people are willing to consider and support new ways to acknowledge those who served.

Peggy Byrne Linda, the town provided the land and The Legion spearheaded the project and was responsible for the planting and providing of the plaques. The families of the Veteran named on the the plaque purchased the trees in memory of their family members.

Linda Seccaspina I was going to tag you..:) Do you know why there is a hill there.. was it man or woman made?

Tracy Julian
 Yes thanks Linda Seccaspina we are very proud of the Veteran’s Walkway and it’s purpose in our present day but as you said we are keen to find out if the actual hill was naturally formed or if it was man made.

Gwen Oneill Where is boot hill lived in almonte for over 45 years never heard of it

Katy Julian Gwen Oneill It’s at the end of King St

Don Raycroft Gwen Oneill I’ve lived here over 60 years and never heard it called boot hill. I grew up on St George which is just down the road and it’s always been configured like that. I’m afraid there is no mystery other than who named it boot hill.
Might be a Covid

Rita Snedden I was born & raised in Almonte and never heard the name Boot Hill.

Riley McNeely My grade eight class today lasted these trees with our teacher Shannon Gray

Kaitlyn Budge Mr Grays grade 7 class (my class!) planted them! 8 years ago ☺️

Dave West A long time ago…it was a pet cemetery…unofficial of course…also the location of many crabapple wars with several casualties..LOL…grew up across from there..never called it anything else

Linda SeccaspinaDave West— how long ago was that?

Dave West Boot Hill…I think the Turd Cats named it that

Allison Vaughan Shortcut to get to my friends who lived on Naismith and Peacock and to get to the rink and Isabel Hogan’s sweets 🍭 lol

Dawn Jones Allison Vaughan yep. We country kids used that pathway to go to Izzy s store..or to the hotel for chips and gravy lunch!

Kurt Hahn Back then, neighbourhoods were much more isolated, growing up on St.George Street, I knew as many Jewish kids as Catholics, one each, because that was the neighbourhood, then we grew older and extended our locale and friends. So when people say they never heard of a name, well, it was more insular back then.

Mike Jones every time i walk my dog through there i straighten and rebend the small metal icons with their names out of respect and salute the flag since my grand father cannot

Growing on the grounds of this living memorial are 105 maples, each with a ground mounted plaque recognizing a veteran from our community.

Veteran’s Memorial Walkway

A unique joint venture between the Municipality of Mississippi Mills and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 240 Almonte, the idea of a living memorial to our veterans dates back to 2003. The local legion would sell and plant red maple trees to families who wanted to honour a veteran and the municipality would maintain the site.  Currently there are more than 120 red maple trees planted along a well maintained pathway between Perth and Bridge streets. Each tree is identified with the name of the honouree (some still living, others departed) and there is a central map of the site so that families can easily find their tree.

Maples of the Veterans’ Memorial Walkway

September 19, 2014 – 7:18 pm

Neil Carleton 2

by Neil Carleton

The Veterans’ Memorial Walkway in Almonte, between Bridge and Perth Streets, was officially dedicated on September 23, 2006, in honour of the Year of the Veterans 2005. Special events were held across the country in 2005 and later to remember and honour the contributions and sacrifices of Canadian veterans. READ more here.. CLICK

Bennett’s store on William St- Community Comments



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Hi Linda– I follow you on Facebook and have noticed that you have been focusing on William St. lately. The photo I attach was taken in 1941, it is the front of my grandparents Gordon and Winnifred (Daisy) (nee Campbell) Bennett’s store on William St– Kelly Crampton….

Thanks Kelly!!!


Thanks to all of you for the comments!!!


Beverley J Wylie My sister worked there

Kelley Crampton I’m pleased to see that others remember my grandparents’ store. I have never heard anyone, other than family, mention it.

Anne Crampton Kelley Crampton was that later Bogart’s store?

Lorraine Nephin Kelley Crampton I think so. Always stopped there when I was going to Victoria school

Wendy LeBlanc During the early 1960s the mother of my friend, Gayle Bogart owned the house and store. Not sure how long she ran it. On Friday evenings, Gayle’s parents always went out for dinner, so she and I always had a plan for what we were going to bake that evening using ingredients from the store. I credit my baking skills to those evenings! Mrs. Bogart (Lillian) always complained that our baking was eating into her profits!

Carol McDonald Mary Millar was a very patient clerk working for Mrs Bogart , when all the kids from the neighborhood stopped in there to buy the penny candy , pop, etc.

David McNeely I remember the Bennett’s giving out candy apples on Haloween.

Lynne Johnson what number on William?

Darla Fisher next door to 123 William

Llew Lloyd Penny candies, cold five cent cokes from the cooler, and maple cookies from a bushel basket, all paid for with the money collected from empty pop bottles.

Bonnie Mitchell I remember Bogarts store. We sometimes went home that way from school.

Lauren Hutt This is so neat! My family and I actually live here now!

Dale Costello I so loved the little neighborhood stores that were all over Carlton Place back in the 50.s and 60.s. You got personal service, good value, and helped a local family survive.

Tim Neil This is kind of long but it’s a good story. In the early 80’s I was on the far side of Toronto for a pageant my daughter was in. When I came out of the hotel in the morning I had a flat and no spare. I did have a can of instant spare so I blew up the tire and drove around for an hour until I found a small 2 bay garage. I asked the owner, who was kind of a grumpy bugger, if he would fix the tire. He said he was closing and to put a can of instant spray in it. I said I had and that I didn’t think another can would get me where I was going. He asked where that was and I told him , Carleton Place. He stopped what he was doing and said “I grew up in Carleton Place”. I asked where and he said “William Street”.

I asked if he remembered Bennetts store and when he said yes I said ” My mom is Mary, the youngest of the Bennett children”. He turned and yelled to his helper to get my car in and fix the tire. The helper complained that it was past closing time and he said ” Fix the tire” . When it was fixed I asked what I owed and he said ” you don’t owe me anything, Mr Bennett was very good to my family” I wrote his name down ( don’t remember it now ) and when I got home I asked my mom if she remembered him. She said he was much younger than her but she remembered he came from a large kind of poor family that lived across from the store.

My grandfather allowed people to put things on account and pay later and most nights when they would be sitting down to supper there would be knock at the door and one of the kids from this family would be there asking for some milk or bread or something. When they sold the store he was owed thousands of dollars, a lot of money in the sixties , and much to my grandmothers dismay, he burned all the accounts. He said they had made a good living and that through hard times, these people had paid all they could. If that’s not paying it forward then I don’t know what is.

Dawn Jones Tim Neil : that story is beautiful. Made me tear up. Your grand parents were charitable people..ahead of their time in paying it forward. Thanks for sharing!

Bonnie MitchelDoes anyone remember McDonalds store. I think it was on Morphy St.

Tim Neil I do, it was still there in 64 when I was in grade 1. Herman Hilderbrant owns it now




Comments about the Canadian Cafe Almonte — Low Family

What Did You Eat at the Superior? Comments Comments Comments and a 1979 Review

Community Comments — Memories of 46 Queen Street

When Comments Turn into Climax Chairs and Donkeys — Samuel Pountney Genealogy

Trudi Dickie Clippings — Please Add Your Comments

What Did You Eat at The Olympia? Comments Comments Comments

Carleton Place Library 110th Anniversary — Comments About the Old Library

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum added a new photo.
18h  · 

113 William Street.

Community Memories of the Almonte Hotel

Community Memories of the Almonte Hotel


Susan Elliott Topping My Grandfather worked there in the evenings after his job at the Gazette office.

Judy Reid Hamre Our high school “Philosophy Club” ran afternoon meetings out of there in our graduating years. The philosophy?
“Can’t dance, might as well drink beer”
Or something like that.

Patti Larose The woodshed lounge. Lol. …where ladies needed an escort and could only sit on one side of the hotel (bar)–the staff. ,Alli,Niper,and Lizard and Marty

Linda Nilson-Rogers At one time there was a sign saying ladies and escorts over the door. Mixed drinks could be had there. The poolroom area was licensed only for beer.

Dawn Jones Linda Nilson-Rogers if I remember correctly we were all there one night with Keith, Donnie and Cindy and Randy(my husband) and myself. I think I was only ever in there less than a handful of times. I did have the occasion of calling the hotel though..searching for an uncle or two who was late home.

Allan StanleyAsk Marg McNeely for a story

Margaret McNeelyWell here’s my story…..worked there as a waitress in the dining room when i was 15…ppl that ate there were usually only overnighters and passing thru. I remember an American family of five left me a $5 tip…boy thought I had struck gold!


Karen Hirst Story goes that first night in town for Kerry family, year 1954, we had our supper in the dining lounge of the Almonte Hotel.

Rosalyn Wing At one time Mr. Whitten owned it and One side was men only.


Stuart McIntosh Same as Notty Lee’s in Smiths Falls


Don Raycroft Magically, the beer was always the optimal temperature for drinking !!


Don Raycroft No matter how long it was between visits Ali always knew what you drank !!


Don Raycroft Mary Edmonds ran the kitchen at one point. Her food was homemade and really good. Best hot hamburgers anywhere


Carol McDonald Don Raycroft Mary did make great meals for sure!


Darlene MacDonald Don Raycroft Carolyn Elliott also worked in the kitchen. Food was home made and delicious


Mary Anne Harrison One night we left The Almonte and headed for CP to The Queens. A cousin of mine, who shall remain nameless, pumped about 20 bucks into the jukebox before we left. Moon River would have serenaded the customers the rest of that night and most of the next day before the money ran out. We laughed ourselves silly over that.


Paul Latour LOL … too funny!!. … 😀


Susan Elliott Topping Only hotel I ever got kicked out of-(underage) LOL.


Don Raycroft Susan Elliott Topping I guess we are now wondering how many you got kicked out of once you became of age !!😊


Susan Elliott Topping Don Raycroft None! Now I don’t even drink. Lol


Steven Currie If Ali saw u pulling up outside, he would have a cold pint waiting for u before u got through the door, great fellow


Don Raycroft Steven Currie There is nothing that says “home” more than that.


Linda Mills TANG & Chuckwagons 🤢


Sandra Houston- Linda Mills chuck wagons were the best….


D Christopher Vaughan Sandra Houston Scott Davey and I each bought a case of chuckwagons from the guy who stocked the freezer one Friday afternoon.


Don Raycroft Linda Mills the chuckwagons were probably the most unhealthiest thing on the planet. But they were sooo good. I must try and recreate them for my grandsons. I’ll just tell my daughters it’s a history lesson !! 😊



photo-Lisa Stanley Sheehan–My two lovely aunts, Anita and Mary Murray, in front of the Almonte Hotel


June 16 1960–Almonte Hotel

It was announced on Thursday of last week that Mr. Fred Hayward, one of the partners at Hotel Almonte had sold his interest in the business to Mr. F. J. Nagle of Toronto, his associate since the property was sold by Mr. A. H. Whitten in 1955. It was a case where both partners felt that one man ownership would be more efficient. After negotiations over a period of time during which both offered to buy the other out, Mr. Hayward agreed to take Mr. Nagle’s bid and after July 1st he will be the sole owner of the hotel.


He is a native of Toronto and has been a partner since 1955. For 25 years he was in the service of O’Keefe’s Brewing Co. Ltd. For a long time he was one of the sales representatives of that concern travelling in Western Ontario and other parts of the province. “Fred” as he is known to his close friends is a family man, his wife and seven children residing in Toronto. During his time as a partner in the local business the interior of the hotel was greatly improved, the men’s beverage room was brought up to date with new flooring, soundproof ceiling and many other new appointments that were long overdue. Mr. Hayward has a nice personality and made many friends during his five years as a citizen of the town. His partner, Mr. Nagle, who has come here periodically over the last five years has an upholstering plant in Toronto. It is probable that he will appoint a manager to operate the business here as he cannot be absent from.


Susan Elliott Topping You can buy them at Giant Tiger! (In SF’s anyway)


Steven Currie They are in a cage with Round Up in Canadian Tire


Allison Vaughan used to walk from school there on Fridays for French fries


Tracy Giles-Thompson –Allison Vaughan Best homemade fries and gravy!


Christine Mitchell So, I remember when I was very young, maybe 9 or 10, my dad was staying in a room upstairs temporarily. This would have been mid eighties. He came and went out the back fire escape. Somehow, the bolts holding the fire escape to the building came loose, and the stairs fell when my dad was on them. He jumped hoping to get less hurt, ended up breaking his foot very badly. Was in the hospital for a while, in a cast for an even longer while. He walked with a limp after that until he passed. Ali Dixon would know about this.


Sandra Houston— Christine Mitchell I remember that…friggin scary

Brenda Voyce Christine Mitchell I remember that.. the old fire escape ladder I bet had not been checked for years.

Christine Mitchell There were many Friday and Saturday nights myself or my brother would call there looking for dad to see when to get supper started, or to ask him for money. Lol. Then we’d show up, stick our heads around the doorway and wait for someone to call Mitch so we could get our $10 or whatever it was we asked for. It always seemed that everyone there knew everyone and it was always a big party.


Shelagh Kelly-LaFloor Is the building still around and where is it?

Linda Nilson-Rogers Shelagh Kelly-LaFloor it is now the home of Rebound..reunited across from Circle K


Sara Alexandra– My dad’s old jacket is from the Almonte Hotel





The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
20 Jun 1951, Wed  •  Page 14


 - The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
06 Jul 1965, Tue  •  Page 8

Carleton Place Library 110th Anniversary — Comments About the Old Library

Carleton Place Library 110th Anniversary — Comments About the Old Library



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  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 03 Nov 1956, Sat,
  3.  In January of 1969 The Carleton Place Library was seeking acquisition of Victoria School to establish a new library. The present location that they were using at the town hall was inadequate especially with the increased use of the library. What do you remember about the library at the town hall?


Ray Paquette I remember a smell, not necessarily foul, more musty and dusty. It was quite warm in the winter, When you entered, immediately to the left was a long table piled high with children’s books, including my personal favourite, “Paddle-to-the-Sea”. Periodicals and newspapers were kept on tables with chairs in front of the adult stacks, ahead and to the right. Miss Elliott, the librarian, sat at a desk behind a quarter wall and it was here you brought your books, a maximum of three, to be signed out, again for a maximum of three weeks. Every book was stamped with a due date and woe betide you if you were overdue! Behind the desk to the right was a small room which held a number of reference and historical books. In the late 40’s and early 50’s, like a number of my friends, I was fascinated by the recently ended war and, particularly, the Air Force part of it. When I was deemed old enough, perhaps eleven or twelve, Miss Elliott allowed me to borrow books from this area. I can remember a number of the titles, such as “Reach for the Sky” by Douglas Bader, the legless fighter pilot, “Cheshire, VC” by Group Captain Leonard Cheshire. Despite the totally unsuitable facility, a “make do” location, the Librarian, Miss Elliott, ably assisted by Mrs. Barbara Walsh did a a magnificent job and fostered a love of reading in me which I have retained to this day….

Lynne Johnson I loved the books, the windows, the smells, the wood, the walk up the stairs, getting the books stamped. There was a young woman who worked there who had limited use of one arm. She could open the book to the back and stamp the card with the due date with one arm. Very able and skilled. I still have very warm memories whenever I walk in to that building.

Ann Stearns Rawson Charlene Law’s dad would take us to the library. We took out as many books as possible every time. Loved having my library card stamped. Funny what one remembers fondly.

Sandra Rattray I practically lived there. As soon as I walked in Miss Elliott would put her finger to her lips.

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston You had to be a certain age to borrow more than 1 book at a time – I remember graduating to 3. I also remember the “evil eye” of Miss Elliot when you were late. Ray, funny that smell is the first thing that pops into my mind when I think of that place.

Ray Paquette I think it might have been the dust on the old radiators of the heating system…

Wendy LeBlanc Wonderful memories. Best friend Peggy Mace and I read all the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books, and we loved a series of kids’ craft books that used common household items like string and newspapers or shoeboxes. We visited the library weekly and were thrilled when we were old enough to go in the evening.

Joann Voyce I started borrowing books from there when I was 8 or 9 years old as my Grandmother Voyce gave me the book Heidi for my birthday. I read every book they had for young girls and have never stopped reading. Now I read daily from the Library on line.

Nancy Hudson One of my favourite haunts as a youngster. Miss Elliott ran a tight ship absolutely NO TALKING. Ray pretty much described it to a tee in his posting above. I developed a lifelong love of reading because of this place.

Norma Rotzal Spend many hours at the library. Reading, using the encyclopedias for school work. Still love having a book in my hand for reading.


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Did you know the library used to be in the town hall and Brice McNeely Jr was not only the superintendent for the St James Sunday School but also the town librarian. He picked out the books for you to read and you had no choice in the matter and had to take what was given to you.
Photo-Tom Edwards

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  1. Ottawa Daily Citizen,
  2. 16 Dec 1895, Mon,
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Janice Tennant Campbell I went there all the time.

Donna Zeman I remember that! Thanks for bringing back that memory!

Sylvia Giles I went there every Thursday night when my Mom was getting her hair done at Marg and Don’s! Great memories!!!

Valerie Edwards I remember it well. Miss Elliot, at the big desk. the benches right under the shelves, or you could use them as steps to reach the top shelves. The Reading Room with the atlases &. There was or is a painting of part of it at the present Library right at the desk. It was a pleasant, peaceful & safe place.


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Comments –What was it Like Being German in Lanark County 1915?

Comments –What was it Like Being German in Lanark County 1915?

Yesterday I wrote about something I had no clue about. The early part of the war witnessed a substantial backlash against many elements of the German presence in Canada. Public schools removed German language instruction from their curricula. Some orchestras refused to play German music– and the hysteria continued in the media as seen below.

Here are some comments to the story —What was it Like Being German in Lanark County 1915?


Steven Robert Morrison Even in the 1950’s when Mom and Dad were dating. My grandmother Morrison would say things like, “Bill’s girlfriend Marie is a nice girl, but she is G-E-R-M-A-N”. She did not want to say the word GERMAN. 

But then on the other side of the coin, a great-grandmother on Mom’s side, very Prussian lady, died refusing to believe the Holocaust happened, because the German people would never have done anything like that.  Gran Morrison was from Cobden, G-Gram was in Eganville.


Noreen Tyers Hi Linda, just a short note to say, you do stimulate this old brain. I began to remember stories from my childhood good or bad. Your article on Germans in Lanark County, made me think of my Grandmother’s family who was born in Germany. As a child growing up in Eastview, now a part of Ottawa, the stories came back onto the scene. Her parents, sisters and brother were all under detection of the Government.

I had a school friend that her family name was on the list and near the top so they were under heavy scrutiny. My problem is I do not know the details, it was stories my Grandmother passed on to me. I was born in 1939 and grew up with the fear of the Second World War and do not know if my feelings were from fright or from the stories. You may use the comment. My Grandmother’s Family were hard working farm people and the area they lived in there was a few families of German descent and all were treated the same way. Noreen


Marilyn White My great grandparents came from Germany and settled in Pembroke. My grandfather and grandmother then moved to Smith Falls and during the Second World War he worked for the railroad. They never taught the kids German as they wanted to stay under the radar.


If you have any memories PM me on Facebook , send a message here or email sav_77@yahoo.com



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  1. Detroit Free Press,
  2. 20 Sep 1915, Mon,
  3. Page 6

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  1. The Salina Evening Journal,
  2. 14 May 1915, Fri,
  3. Page 1


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What was it Like Being German in Lanark County 1915?

Comments from “Bus accident in Carleton Place”

Comments from “Bus accident in Carleton Place”



Photo from November 21, 1955 and it was a photo from a “Bus accident in Carleton Place”–You can see Edwards store and the other brick building on the corner that is no longer there. Photo– “railroad crossing, which is near the location of a bus accident in Carleton Place.” I looked everywhere in the newspaper archives and came up with nothing.


Ray Paquette– In those days, Valerie and John Edwards lived in the white house across from their father’s store so maybe they can add details to the bus accident, Like Ted, I can’t remember any bus accident regarding what would, in those days, be the Colonial Coach Line.


Valerie Edwards –Hi, Ray. The white house was Grandma & Grandpa Edwards, we lived in the back apartment above the store. Now, I am not quite as young as Ted but I was only 4 or 5 and have no recollection of a bus accident near there. Can’t think who might know.

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 Edwards‎ Family Photo Collection Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum William Howard Edwards Who remembers the Virginia Chocolate Bar seen here at the cash.
Ray Paquette– Valerie Edwards Sorry about that! I remember your grandfather who worked in the store with your father when I spelled Frank “Skip” Lunn as a “box boy” during the summer of circa 1957. Mrs. Eric Simpson was the cashier

Valerie Edwards-– Frank Lunn? do not recall the name. Helen Simpson, yes, fond memories

Ray Paquette–– No, Lunn. His nickname was Skip and his sister was the late Judy Brown, wife of Dave.

Dale Costello-– Ray Paquette Skip lived around the corner from us. Boyhood pals.

Marilyn Bisson-– I remember Frank Lunn and his wife Phylis. They had a daughter Judy and son Skip. They lived on Moore street about half way from the corner of Rochester and Munro.


Ray Paquette– Marilyn Bisson Skip was one of my oldest friends. His grandparents lived on Munroe Street and we first met when I was about 7 when his father was transferred from Montreal to Smiths Falls with the CPR. For a short period of time they lived with Skip’s paternal grandparents until they were able to find suitable accommodations. Skip was with me when I met my late wife for the first time and provided me with accommodations in Montreal when I visited her while she was in nursing training.

Sandra Sanderson Before my time, but we bought the white house from Mrs. Edwards, and have many wonderful memories of it. My mom worked at the store (June Lay) for many years. The brick building that is no longer there, I remember as being painted white at some point.

Linda Seccaspina–Group Admin Sandra Sanderson what was in there?

Sandra Sanderson– it was an apartment building…we always thought the alley between there and the grocery store was “spooky”…..:)

Ray Paquette– The Jinkinson family lived in the apartment on the left facing the building while Jimmy Price and his mother lived in the right for a short while in the early 1950’s. The Jinkinsons later moved to a home on Grant Street where one of the sons currently lives.

Tammy Marion– I remember it being white or whitish as well in the 1980’s sometime. Had a friend who lived in one of the apartments in it. Their apt door/ window faced the train tracks.


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The location of the original Edwards Brothers store. The gentlemen looking at the camera would have seen the old train station (current site of the Tim Hortons – 2012) behind the camera man.-  Edwards‎ Family Photo Collection Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

John Edwards– The original Edwards’ Bros. store (False front & wooden) was on the site of the “white” brick building. It was substantially renovated and added to to create the corner white brick building. The later Edwards store with the painted wall advertising was likely built after ‘the Fire’. As for the frame house across the road, J.H. Edwards married Minnie Clark (of the Beckwith 9th line) on October 27th, 1909 in St. James Anglican Church and carried her across the threshold of that house on that same day. Minnie Edwards lived there until the early seventies.

Ruth Drummond –I remember you, Sandra and Shane, my Mom(Helen Simpson worked there for years too. When the gang of us were older, Mom went to work and this was our growing up neighbourhood, We lived on Catherine street.

Julie Sadler– Did you live on Catherine or Mary Street Ruth? Three generations of my family lived in a house on Catherine Street over the years. I remember your Mom and Dad living on Mary Street. Our back yards met in a corner.

Ted Hurdis– Hahaha I remember an epic New Years party at that house. And it was freezing rain so hard we couldn’t walk on the ice on the road and sidewalk


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The Edwards Grocery Fire