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Council Chamber Fight- Walls Spattered in Blood

Council Chamber Fight- Walls Spattered in Blood

The Daily Standard
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
16 Nov 1926, Tue  •  Page 5

Photo- Fran Cooper-W.E. Scott had  an undertaking and furniture business in Almonte.

The conduct of affairs in connection with Electric Light Commission have not been distinguished this year by harmony. According to report the Commission has been divided into two camps. Some time ago Ex-Mayor Scott resigned the chairmanship, owing, it is understood to a refusal by the majority to accept his rulings. Since then there has been no regular chairman.

A climax was readied last Thursday afternoon in the Council chamber, when high words were exchanged by three of the members. There are conflicting reports as to what took place. It appears that the rough words led to blows, and that chairs were itself used. One of the participants is said to have had his finger chewed.

Another report has it that the mayor ( Dr. A.Metcalfe) used the broken rung of a chair with deadly effect. There was some blood-letting, and evidence of this was left in the chamber. The affair caused considerable excitement in the town. Regrets that such should have taken place are general, and the hope is expressed that the incident, will he be forgotten as quickly as possible. No dount the affair will be referred to at the forthcoming municipal elections.

Survivors of the 1906 Fire– Mr. William Edward Scott Tom Comba — What Happened to Them?

Not a Teetotaller? No Cheque For You

Documenting WILLIAM EDWARD SCOTT — Funeral Director and Mayor

You Don’t Run For Council for Photo- OPs

You Don’t Run For Council for Photo- OPs

This has been a wild month— and I would like to correct another statement I saw online. No, “folks don’t run for mayor or council for photo- ops” instead of stating issues. The thing is— all of us running have our pages for our statements and Carleton Place Social Scene has asked questions. I have tried to share a few things from everyone runnning on Tales of Carleton Place because that’s who I am. BUT, most moderators of groups don’t want election things on their page– and you can’t blame them as it could get nasty. I understand that, so please contact those running and they will bend over backwards to talk to you.( anything about me is here.. Tea with Linda Seccaspina Carleton Place Election 2022)

I on the other hand takes LOTS of photos (not photo-ops)–that’s true– I have for years before I was a councillor. Is it for vanity? HELL no. I am documenting and promoting my community. I have made THREE books so far of community photos which I hope to donate to the library in a few years so everyone can see them. I have also since 2014 been documenting local history and I have 7,205 published stories for future generations. I have done my job as councillor with devotion and love, and lots of hard work— but also had time for this as it is important.

So another myth spoken about. Love you all.– And remember to Vote


Tea with Linda Seccaspina Carleton Place Election 2022

Tea with Linda Seccaspina Carleton Place Election 2022

Tea with Linda- Introduction

My speech at All Candidates Night– Two Minute Speech

Good Evening Carleton Place!

Four years ago I quickly learned,along with my fellow new councillors, that changing the direction of rampant growth the town was headed to wasn’t going to be easy. We all pledged to do everything we could to ensure smart livable growth for the town and continue to try and find answers for affordable housing.

I voted no on some smaller housing projects– not because I don’t like developments but because I am sick of seeing things that don’t fit into existing older neighbourhoods. I have asked every developer about thoughts of providing a few units of affordable housing, or something for first time house buyers but none did.

In the past 4 years I brought forward to council the following notice of motions and thanks to my fellow councillors we got the 4 votes to get things done. No one does anything by themselves, we work together.

1-fixed difficulties folks faced regularly when trying to cross busy streets from the trails. New crosswalks were installed.

2– requested staff to do a timely review of the town’s response to the storm and power outage in May so we can do things even better next time. Thank you staff!

3-passed a motion regarding atvs so they could cross the trail at Mc Ewens on Townline to gas up and available parking for them near the market.

4-Staff recommendations studying year-round safety of on street parking so we can get emergency vehicles down a street and set precedence for wider safer streets in new builds.

I took a strong stand on voting NO on the proposed bylaw to enter private outdoor property without reason, –Voted no to Ocean Wave name change, our heritage needs to be remembered.

Voted no along with Theresa Fritz in 2018 about passing snow plowing and parking rules during the winter so we could study it more. Sadly it was passed 5-2 when it was brought back a second time.

My name is Linda Seccaspina and I don’t want to have to tell the younger folks that I remember when these developments were all just woods. I want to be part of council these next four years so my grandkids will be proud to call Carleton Place home.

Thank You

My speech at All Candidates Night– One Minute Speech

Tea with Linda Affordable Housing Part 1

Tea with Linda Affordable Housing Part 2

Tea with Linda Affordable Housing Part 3

Older and young Canadians alike face difficulties finding affordable housing. If elected, how will you address the housing crisis in our community and help more young people, older Canadians and other vulnerable populations find an affordable place to live?

In the last four years I’ve been very involved with Carebridge, Age Friendly North Lanark and United Way East, working with them to find solutions to make housing more affordable. Carleton Place Council recently also passed provisions, which I supported, to cut developers a break on fees for building affordable housing. We need to encourage more apartments be built, along with smaller homes – things that cost less to build per unit so rents and selling prices come down. We also are encouraging things like granny suites where people have room on their properties – this will also create affordable rental units.

The housing affordability crisis is rooted in a serious lack of supply. Exclusionary zoning policies prohibit multi-family housing units from being built on properties in which single-family homes are currently situated. If elected, would you advocate putting an end to exclusionary zoning to ensure that more homes can be built here? If so, how will you address ‘NIMBY’ constituents? If not, how will you work to achieve the goal of more units built in existing neighbourhoods?

First off, there isn’t a lack of supply, there’s just a lack of the right type of supply. But to get to the heart of your question on exclusionary zoning, Carleton Place does not have such a policy, nor would I advocate for that. I think everyone agrees that we need higher density building in established neighborhoods, but I believe it is also important to keep with the character of those neighborhoods – architecture that fits the surrounding buildings and doesn’t obstruct views or create shadows. And buildings like this have been approved in this term of Council – the new multi-unit building on Bell St that replaced a dilapidated single family home is a prime example. It’s these conditions that help keep NIMBY arguments to a minimum.

Toronto is currently the only municipality in Ontario that has a Municipal Land Transfer Tax (MLTT). The additional municipal tax is a significant barrier for people already struggling to get into the market. Over the last several years, there have been municipalities that have tried to give themselves MLTT powers. Do you support the expansion of MLTT powers to municipalities outside of Toronto? Would you advocate against your municipality gaining MLTT powers if one of your fellow councillors was pushing for it?

Our development fees, as long as they are reviewed regularly, are enough, and target the developers making money on their land purchase, rather than say, an individual looking to buy a plot of land to build their family home on. There has been no discussion of a MLTT here in Carleton Place and I would not support it.

    4. * This question is meant for City of Ottawa candidates, however much of the question still applies here * Ottawa’s new Official Plan outlines ambitious housing supply targets for both intensification and affordable housing development. Costly delays to development approvals and municipally imposed fees impact both supply and affordability as these costs are borne by prospective purchasers and/or tenants. Do you support reducing red-tape and development fees? Would you advocate against a measure that is likely to increase development delays and fees if one of your fellow councillors was pushing for it?

Carleton Place also has ambitious growth plans regarding population, which were handed to us by the County. It means there will have to be additional growth in Carleton Place, however it needs to be more measured than it was prior to this council coming in four years ago. The rate of growth has already put our infrastructure behind and is causing an accelerated revamping of our water treatment plant at a huge cost. The speed of growth in town is the number one complaint I hear from residents, along with the need to maintain our small town charm and heritage. So no, I will not support reducing development fees for developers, except under the special circumstances that have already been introduced to the town’s Official Plan as it relates to affordable housing. And it is our approval process that helps ensure we maintain the town’s charm. We do need better communication and ensure the planning and building departments are taking time with newer developers to our area to make sure they understand our bylaws. But if the process is done right, and with added guidance from staff, a developer should be able to follow our Official Plan and Development Bylaws and not have issues with added red-tape.

We have lost more social housing units in the County than we have built over the past 25 years. This is an issue right across the Country. 

There are over 800 people on county subsidised housing  list and if I wanted to get into  County housing it would take 8 years.  However, what I have seen is that landlords are requiring tenants show proof of income and do credit checks. This means they have to disclose they are using a rent supp and landlords discriminate against them because of it.  All buildings built after 2018 are not subjected to rent control.. Your rent goes up 500-60 bucks and landlords call it ‘ going market rate”– Deplorable!

So I joined groups like Age Friendly North Lanark ( part of Carebridge) and United Way East (senior group) and learned this is a problem everywhere. Should we accept this? Of course not. I think the federal government start buying existing buildings from the private market

Build build build social housing as fast as possible (you know you can control the rents in social housing), purchase properties for social housing (like hotels) and fill gaps with rent supp and PHBs. Yes, these are all funded by the County/province/federal government.

One developer says every development they will do from now on will have affordable housing. I asked them how much is their affordable housing and they say 100,000 less than going rate. Affordable housing is not 100,000 less than a 700,000 house next door.I wish these builders could take these calls I get and tell me what to say to these people needing something they can afford. In Canada, housing is considered “affordable” if it costs less than 30% of a household’s before-tax income

 Mayor LeBlanc went to Elizabeth Court in 2014 and told everyone a senior building was coming behind Caramabeck and there was a photo op with committee members and Carebridge. New council got in and the whole idea fell by the wayside.

Health Care

We are now getting a new Health Hub in Carleton Place, but we could have had it when Almonte had theirs– years ago. Unfortunatly the local doctors turned it down in 2006. At that time there was no staff shortages and doctors were worried about their private practices. Now, new doctors seldom choose having their own office etc and prefer to be in a medical centre where everything is available to them: i.e. Blood services MRI, screening etc.This is the new way things are being done and new doctors no longer want to put in the usual long hours- hence you see some local doctors cutting their patient list. Its called burn out. I just wish we had accepted it in 2006 and been ahead of the game. But now we must embrace any opportunity shown to us and encourage it.

No matter what happens I salute the other 7 women that did our town proud and we should never forget them:.. Barbara Walsh, Trudi Dickie, , Mayor Melba Barker, Linda Schmidt, Councillor and Mayor Wendy LeBlanc and Theresa Fritz. Vote October 24th

Linda Seccaspina

 Theresa Fritz

Wendy LeBlanc (mayor)

Linda Schmidt

Melba Baker (mayor)

Barbara Walsh

Trudie Dickie

Geneva Anne Tripp (1952)

So much so that when the world says, “but that’s not how we’ve always done things” you still stand up, chin up, shoulders back and say, “that doesn’t matter because it’s how we can start doing things now.”

Maddy Dever to

Linda Seccaspina

My question for the candidates is what do you think it will take this town, first, and then its businesses to remove barriers and make this town a place accessible for everyone everywhere?

As a first step, can you pledge to ensure that every new development, program, road, park, etc be built to be inclusive from the start?— Maddy, as you know I have a cane now and its difficult for me to navigate around curbs etc. I always fought for accessibility as my mother was in a wheelchair for most of her life. Using a cane I know what it is to get to a streetcorner and think before I walk off of it..which is nothing compared to you. We have an accessibility committee but I was sad to learn that they did not have much say in theMain Street improvement, but was overjoyed to see you try it out. I have said this town is not accessible but have been corected that I am wrong. They are wrong. Its a need for some of us and we need to keep fighting..

Overnight Lock-up Guests Should Be Fed For 25c Apiece — Little Geneaology

Overnight Lock-up Guests Should Be Fed For 25c Apiece — Little Geneaology

The question of what kind of meal should be furnished to transient guests in Almonte lock-up was discussed at the council meeting on Tuesday night. At the present time the caretaker, Ed. Little, gives these men a breakfast that costs the town 35 cents. It was felt they should get plainer grub at not more than 25 cents and after a good deal of talk Thomas Reid, the new chairman of the police committee, was asked to interview Mrs. Little on the subject and report back to council at a special meeting, Friday night. 

This matter was brought up by Councillor Montgomery who was on the police committee last year. He pointed out that many of the men who were out of employment and sought a night’s lodging in the local jail went around saying they did not get the kind of breakfast they were entitled to when they honoured a town such as Almonte with a night’s patronage. 

This caused talk that was unfair to Mr. and Mrs. Little. Mr. Montgomery thought some set bill of fare should be arranged so as to relieve the caretaker and his wife of any responsibility and criticism. Someone suggested that Mr. Reid was the very man to draw up a menu for the unwelcome overnight/ guests the town is forced to entertain.

 It was hinted that if he made it plain enough the word might spread and there would be fewer calls on Almonte’s hospitality. Mr. Reid refused to accept responsibility. for arranging what the transients were going to eat. He thought though that a meal suitable for them could be served for .25 cents and still leave enough to reimburse Mr. and Mrs Little for their trouble. Mayor Comba felt there should be nothing fancy about the food served to these gentlemen of the road. While he did not believe in turning them out in the winter months with nothing to eat. He couldn’t see why the town should go to needless expense in the matter. His Worship instanced the case of Smiths Falls where it was decided that such transients spending a night in the lock up should get tea without milk and sugar, bread and butter. “Yes and in the end they didn’t get anything,” said Former Councillor LeMalstre who was sitting In the audience. “I guess that’s right, ” replied Mayor Comba amidst laughter. Jan 1933

In 1935, the Star published a recipe for coffee “cream” that combined egg yolk, sugar and water. The Canadian Woman’s Cook Book of 1939 contains six recipes for fake foods, including almonds made of croutons, a bisque with tomatoes but no shellfish, cherry pie with cranberries and raisins, and a mock sausage filled with mashed beans and bread crumbs.

One of Kraft Food’s most requested recipes is Mock Apple Pie, which substitutes 36 crushed Ritz crackers for apples, baked in a pie crust along with two cups of sugar, butter, lemon, cream of tartar and cinnamon. It was introduced in 1935, one year after the Ritz cracker, according to Jean Anderson’s American Century Cookbook.


Dough for double-crust pie

18 saltines, halved

1-1/2 cups sugar

1-1/4 cups water

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg


Preheat oven to 400°. On a lightly floured surface, roll 1 half of dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; transfer to a 9-in. pie plate. Trim to 1/2 in. beyond rim of plate.

Layer crackers in shell; set aside. In a small saucepan, combine remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Carefully pour over crackers (filling will be very thin). Cool for 10 minutes.

Roll remaining dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; cut into 1-in.-wide strips. Arrange over filling in a lattice pattern. Trim and seal strips to edge of bottom crust; flute edge. Bake until crust is golden brown, 25-30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. click for more here..

Photo thanks to the scrapbooks of Lucy Connelly Poaps

The Donneybrook in the Almonte Council Chambers … who won???

The Donneybrook in the Almonte Council Chambers … who won???

Dr Metcalfe–Photo Doug McLean who is a descendant of the Blairs from Clayton. (Rose Mary Sarsfield)

Nov. 15 1926

Friction, antagonism and’ open quarrelling which are said to have, characterised the proceedings of the Almonte Electric Light Commission during the past year, came to a head at the last meeting of the board in the council chamber when the three members engaged in a free-for-all battle.

One of the members of the commission today bears a badly scarred face as the result of the fracas. Mayor Metcalfe, George L. Comba and F. D. Hogan were the participants In the battle. The two latter have been in opposition to the mayor during all the year, but the latter has always been ready with challenge to their attitude. The trouble culminated at the last meeting when the mayor called for a report in regard to the application of a local firm for a power installation.

This was refused by Messrs. Comba and Hogan. High words and threats began and then began a physical encounter. Mayor Metcalfe in his younger days had quite a reputation as an athlete and managed to withstand the onset of the other two. A chair figured in the early part of the battle and when it was smashed the mayor managed to get hold of one of the rungs which he used with such effect that Mr. Comba had to be taken to a doctor and have his features repaired. One of his eyes was closed by a blow from Mayor Metcalfe’s fist. At the end of the battle the council chamber was a scene of great disorder. There was blood about the walls and floor, chairs were broken and desks thrown into disarray. As an aftermath of the battle Mr. Comba has announced that he will oppose Mayor Metcalfe for the mayoralty at the coming civic elections and a warm contest is expected.

Dr. Metcalfe Guthrie Evoy

The Doctors of Almonte … In the First Half of the Century – Archibald Albert Metcalfe

Outstanding Men — Dr. Metcalfe of Almonte

Dr. Archibald Albert “Archie” Metcalfe — The Man with the Red Toupee – John Morrow

  1. Memories of Dr. A. A. Metcalfe of Almonte– Florence Watt
  2. Will the Real Dr. Metcalf Please Stand Up? Rare Photo Found!!

Just Another Council Meeting – September 1980 LCBO and Parking Meters

Just Another Council Meeting – September 1980 LCBO and Parking Meters
Photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum– Brewer’s Retail can be seen down the street on the right.

September 10,1980

It was just to be a regular meeting in the Carleton Place Council Chambers that night with an introduction to council of five new small industry heads. But by the time the meeting started and the head of the industrial commission had settled the industrialists in the front row, the rest of the council chambers had filled and chairs had to be brought in to seat the overflow crowd.

It was soon obvious the masses weren’t there to exchange niceties. Allan Doucett, a local realtor, represented the first delegation, and if council thought that last month’s meeting had settled the issue of a location for a new liquor store, Doucett soon corrected that assumption. The issue came to light when earlier in the year council, on hearing that the LCBO was moving out of the Bridge Street location it had occupied for years, wrote to the board drawing its attention to a vacant shopping centre on the north side of town close to the Brewers Retail outlet.

The letter stated that the north side location would be ideal because of its proximity to the beer store and because it allowed for easy access to and from a main highway. Meantime, an existing shopping centre at the south of the main business core got wind of the move and business people there did not appreciate council’s interference and set about to entice the move to a location in their Mews.

The LCBO submitted its plan to locate in the Mews and council wrote another letter saying fine. Doucett claimed the second letter indicated the town’s preference to the Mew’s site and was a contradiction of the first letter. Some councillors agreed at both meetings the town should never have become embroiled in the issue in the first place. Doucett had a . private survey conducted which pointed out that a good majority of residents favored the north location.

A resident who lived close to the Mews appeared with Doucett and stressed the problems of congestion and general confusion in trying to get in and out of the parking lot. Fred Trafford, who runs both a delivery service and taxi, said he’s waited up to five minutes to get out of the lot at the Mews. He said he felt it would be a serious mistake to add to the problems at the Moore Street entrance of the Mews.

Mayor Ted LeMaistre, anxious to clear the air and get rid of the issue, “broke every rule in the book,” as he said, as far as the meeting’s protocol is concerned as he allowed ex-mayor Howard McNeely to speak and even allowed Doucett the privilege of seeing how the gathering felt about the whole issue by asking for a show of hands.

The spectators, there for their own beef and yet to be heard, quickly supported Doucett with a solid vote for the north side site. The mayor moved the whole issue to new business in the meeting and the next delegatetion moved into the limelight. It was a large representation of the retail merchants who were there to complain about the inaction of council in replacing the parking meters on west side of Bridge Street an issue that was supposed to have been settled at the August council meeting.

There were testimonies of declining business, lack of parking, dangerous driving and shoppers being unable to get from one side of the street to the other since the traffic speeded up. LeMaistre said he thought the removal of the meters was in keeping with the sentiments of the Business Improvement Association and that council understood the decision was agreeable to all the merchants.

However, most business people at the meeting said they had never been informed of the move to remove the meters. After more than an hour’s debate council agreed to call a special meeting with the merchants after the regular BIA meeting scheduled for next week if the majority of merchants support’ the meter’s return at that time. That was 1980, see clipping of 1975, they had been fighting over this for years.

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
11 Nov 1975, Tue  •  Page 3

Three hours after the meeting started the liquor issue was raised again and council went into closed session. Forty-five minutes later it returned to report that still another letter was going off to the LCBO stating the town is not advocating any site. The industrialists weren’t there at the end.

Memories of the Carleton Place LCBO

Nothing But the Cooler Left in Carleton Place

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

The Big Beer Store Heist in Carleton Place

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 4- Leslie’s China Shop to the Masonic Lodge Building

Was the McNeely Bridge Funded on “Drinkin’ Fines”?

Memories of Townline

Penny Trafford Location was on the Townline, occupied now by The New Oak Tree. And this is Allan Taylor and Mr McLean

Missing my Dad. He went to Heaven Dec 22, 1999.
But have great memories!
The Townline Homestead…the Mississippi Lake cottage he built. The flowers he loved!
And we shared the love of hat
my dad James Carmen Sweeney was a carpenter. He worked on a lot of residential and commercial buildings in Carleton Place and beyond. Proud of him…I have lots of info on how he built the homestead! No one thought it could be built on the Hill of Rock!
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
13 Jun 1950, Tue  •  Page 29

St. Mary’s and Riverside Park 1969

St. Mary’s and Riverside Park 1969
Photo- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum (date 40s-50s)

1969 thanks to Grace Drummond


When Were Some of the Trees Planted in Riverside Park?

The Carleton Place Riverside Park Booth Etc. Etc.

Let’s Build Cabins at Riverside Park!

When the Circus came to Carleton Place

Tug of War 1970’s Riverside and Centennial Park Carleton Place

Just Beat It! Carnival Riot in Carleton Place at Riverside Park

Before and After at Centennial Park

So What Did You Do in Riverside Park?

It was the Boathouse that Went On and On….

The Carleton Place Riverside Park Booth Etc. Etc.

Clippings of Allan Code– The Race for Mayor

Clippings of Allan Code– The Race for Mayor

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Allan Code passed away today and I tried to locate as many things as I could. What took front and centre was the race for mayor in Carleton Place.


The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
20 Nov 1980, Thu  •  Page 3


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Terry McLeod Allen believed in me .. hired me for his dealership .. I was so privileged to work for him .. as he was a kind man.

Dave White Saddened to hear this news. Alan was a great guy to work for and I enjoyed my time at Code Motors. Thoughts and prayers to Eleanor and family.


Remembering Allan Code—
When I was interviewing Nancy Code Miller years ago I told her how her father had saved someone’s life. In the early 90’s I taught aerobics at the Sussex Club in Ottawa. One of the members was on the verge of depression. Her husband had left her, she had two small children, and was destitute. When a friend was driving her to Smiths Falls, she saw Alan Code’s dealership and stopped to look at the cars. She had advised Mr. Code she would probably not be able to afford it, but he patiently sat down with her, and they picked out her car from the colour to the upholstery. The delivery date of 6 months was her goal to get her life in order. I don’t think she ever did pick up the car, but she eventually got a job, and all was right in the world. She told me she credited her success for the future to Mr. Code. He had given her hope. In talking with Nancy today, I can see the apple has not fallen far from the tree. Tip of the hat, and a big hug to you both, for believing in our small town of Carleton Place


Allan Code

March 08, 2020

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Code, Allan Kenneth

After a lengthy illness at Stoneridge Manor, on Sunday March 8, 2020 at the age of 87.

Loving husband of Eleanor for 64 years. Dear father of Nancy Code-Miller (Michael Miller), Kenneth (Cathy) and Helen Smiley. Proud grandfather of Alicia, Winston, Mark, Caroline, Hartin, Finley, Maxwell, Jacob, Emily and Alastair. Survived by his sisters Elsie (Howard Bennett – deceased), Vera (Lorne Deugo-deceased), Mary (James Johnston) and his brother Lloyd (Reta). Predeceased by his brothers Stanley (Dorothy-surviving), Gordon (Marilyn – surviving), William (Joan – surviving) and Fred (Mary Ellen – surviving), and by his sisters Edna (Harvey Ruttle), Anna (Kenneth Avery), and Evelyn (Garth Workman – surviving).

Friends may support the family at the Alan R. Barker Funeral Home 19 McArthur Avenue, Carleton Place, on Saturday March 21, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. until funeral service at St. James Anglican Church at 12 noon. Interment later in the spring at United Cemeteries.

For those who wish, a donation to the Carleton Place Hospital Foundation or St. James Anglican Church would be appreciated by the family.

It was the Boathouse that Went On and On….

It was the Boathouse that Went On and On….

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From 1985-1987 it dragged on. I counted at least 15 news articles maybe more. I will just let you read the articles and this back and forth is now documented for posterity.


 - The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
01 Oct 1985, Tue  •  Page 3


The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
02 Dec 1987, Wed  •  Page 6



 - The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
20 May 1936, Wed  •  Page 21

Building the Bradley Boat House

The Carleton Place Riverside Park Booth Etc. Etc.

Britannia Boat House Doomed— April 1907 Ice Jam –Jaan Kolk Files

Was a Boldt Castle Boathouse Once in our Midst? See the Home of the Daphne!

Remembering Art Smith — Clippings

Remembering Art Smith — Clippings

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“I’m scared silly,” Art Smith joked nervously on 14 Mar 1980 prior to yesterday’s business luncheon in his honor. About 40 local merchants gathered here to pay tribute to the long-time mayor who is retiring from business this month after operating his downtown electrical repair shop for 34 years.

Smith held the mayor’s office for 10 years in Almonte, longer than anyone in the town’s history, and he has been actively involved in community affairs for a lifetime. A native of Ottawa, the 72-year-old Smith was president of the Almonte Legion for eight years, reeve of Lanark County for a decade and served as county warden in 1958. Though Smith rose to become one of the town’s most prominent politicians, his inception into political life came as a surprise even to him.

“I was walking downtown one day when a friend came up to me and said, ‘you’d better hurry, you’ve got until 5 p.m. to sign your papers, you’ve been nominated for town council.” That was in 1946 and though Smith had no experience in local government he found himself in office for the next term and never looked back.

During the luncheon, congratulatory letters were read from MPP Douglas Wiseman, MP Paul Dick and Ontario Premier William Davis. Smith was presented with an engraved plaque from business organization president Fred Roy and an original sketch of a local scene from P.U.C Commissioner Jack Birgon. The longtime Almonte resident was humble in accepting the praises heaped on him from those present.

”I can only say that it’s been a privilege to be able to do the small things I’ve done for Almonte,” he said. An eternal local ambassador. Smith added, “you’re my kind of people. You’re boosting the town of Almonte, so keep up the good work.” For his retirement plans, Smith says he “will remain in town”, though he feels his only involvement in political life will be to “pass on experience” to present and future municipal representatives.

And the people who have grown accustomed to bringing their toasters or kitchen clocks into his repair shop over the past three decades won’t have to be disappointed. “I’ll still be doing repairs at home,” he said. “I can’t let people down just because I’m closing up my shop.”




Arthur James
(December 25, 1936 – September 19, 2016)
Passed away peacefully on September 19, 2016 in the Carleton Place Hospital.
of Middleville, ON., in his 80th year.
Dear husband of Janice for over 54 years. Remembered by his children Drew (Aline), Laurie (Bjorn) and Tim (Shannon). Adored “Granpa” of Rick, Dave, Sofia, Gustaf, Gabe and Jack. Survived by his siblings Laurena, Jack (Betty) and predeceased by Doug. Brother-in-law to Doug (Jean) and Marialice (Ted). Missed by his extended family as well as supportive friends and neighbours. A giant heartfelt thank-you to the medical community for their care and compassion.




December 22, 1955

Here we see the same ‘Merry Christmas’ graphic as in 1945. The gentlemen in the photos are Arthur W. Smith and Harvey Shaw, the newly elected reeves of Almonte and Pakenham respectively. The Millstone


Cliff Graham Passes Away

Clifford Wesley Graham, retired Almonte pharmacist, passed away at his home, 157 James street, on Monday, June 24, 1974, following six months of failing health. He was 69. Mr. Graham had been a pharmacist on Mill street for 25 years, before retiring from business in January of this year. He took over the drug store here following the death of his brother Harold, who had opened the business some thirty years ago. Cliff was born on the 9th line of Ramsay on April 19, 1905, a son of the late William John Graham and his wife, Elizabeth Scott Ross. He received his education at Bennie’s Corners school, Almonte High School, Alberta College in Edmonton, and the University of Saskatchewan at Saskatoon. He was a member of Almonte United Church. In 1938 he was married at Toronto to the former Marion Mahaffey, who survives, together with two daughters, Jane of Toronto, and Margaret (Mrs. Peter Buckholtz) of Kingston, and a grandson, Glenn Graham Buckholtz. Also surviving are two brothers, Sheff and Bert Graham, and three sisters, Mrs. Jennie Graham, Mrs. Nina Horton and Mrs. Emma Lawley. The funeral was held from the Comba Funeral Home, Church street, Almonte, on Wednesday, June 26th, with burial at Auld Kirk Cemetery. Rev. H. H. Brown of Clayton conducted the services. Pallbearers were Wilf Snedden, Art Smith, Carson Johnson, Henry Christie, John Graham and Peter Buckholtz.