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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.

And Here is my Big Announcement

And Here is my Big Announcement


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I Caved!!!!

After watching my Father and Grandfather serve their local community in various organizations for years I vowed never to get involved in politics.  I have said many times I would never even consider it. But, when Jerry Flynn dropped out of the Carleton Place Mayor’s race and Kory Earle got snubbed last week, I just couldn’t stand it anymore.

I hummed and hawed for a long time until I saw Paul Dulmage on Monday. In one second I was not going to run, and in the next second I walked out of the restaurant running. I just needed that push, and as you know you do not argue with Mr. Dulmage. He was right and I needed to get my butt in gear.

I thank the lovely people that I care about that signed my sponsor book, and much love goes out to Steve Yaver, Glenda Mahoney, Carole and Bill Flint and Cara Lewis from Under Pressure for emotional support.


My mandate: work together responsibly, get stuff done and as Bill Slade reminded me: “bring some sanity back to the town of Carleton Place!”

That’s all I want– let’s get Carleton Place back on the map in a good way without the insanity.




I am now part of three generations caring about local community- and I know they are laughing up in heaven right now and saying I finally joined ‘the firm”. I have lived in Carleton Place since 1981 but still considered a ‘newcomer”. I work hard and care and I was raised to care about where you live and be a ‘dooer’


Linda Knight Seccaspina- running for Council Town of Carleton Place 2018

I follow three generations in caring about community.

Arthur J. Knight

Deputy Mayor and Alderman of Cowansville, Quebec

Campaign Manager and supporter of Jean Jacques Bertrand 21st Premier of Quebec

Cowansville Masonic Lodge

Branch #99 Cowansville Canadian Legion


Frederick J. Knight

Cowansville School Board 1952-1964

One of the founders of Branch #99 Canadian Legion Cowansville, Quebec

Grand Master of Cowansville Masonic Lodge


Mary L. Knight

Rebeka Lodge

Canadian Legion #99 Cowansville

And so many other things there would be no room– she was a HUGE ‘dooer’ as they say– and made me DO too LOL

“Mary L Knight Room” dedicated to her for all her years at Trinity Church in Cowansville (Anglican) and she was so devoted she died in the church pew 10 minutes before a Sunday service. Now that’s community service!


Louise Knight

Lady in waiting to Queen Victoria ( maybe we shouldn’t add that one LOL)





It Has Now Become Sharknado in Carleton Place — Someone has to Say This!



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If you thought the October 22 municipal election for Carleton Place was going to be run with integrity, compassion, and “heads sewn on straight”– your head was hiding in a bucket of water. I knew after a tumultuous 4 years the weeks up to the election were going to be nothing but a fright fest, and here we go.

Today Jerry Flynn dropped out of the race for mayor, and I would never tell you who to vote for but– do you really want another 4 years of the same? For anyone that does not understand what we went through then I guess you didn’t read the newspaper headlines, or see the TV news reports of how utterly stupid we, the people of the Carleton Place, looked to the outside world. If you don’t mind looking like that then I guess we don’t need change, and can just go ahead and vote for toxic candidates.

Yes, we have some old-school conservatism in our council, but that alone does not lead to those with a toxic vision. But, contemporary conservatism is, in part, defined by anti-establishmentism–and that does lead to toxic candidates. To me those are the folks that have opposition to the social and political establishment that have their own school of thoughts– that do things for their own benefit, not for others, as they just do not want to listen anyone else. It’s all about them– just like Trump.

I am very sad that Jerry has decided not to run for mayor, but life has to come first I know that– but, it also makes me wonder about things. The undercurrents I am feeling right now are not full of integrity or compassion and maybe something smells worse than a dead mouse in my walls. But you know what? That is my opinion and you do your own thinking.

The candidates running for the October 22 race aren’t all the same. They all share some form of different ideas, sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn’t.  There are also some, like other elections, probably with ill-conceived ideas and an agenda to be pushed through. How much more do we want of this? Well it is up to you. Can Carleton Place stand another 4 disastrous years? I don’t think so– but hey, maybe I am wrong.

One could say globally and locally things are really screwed right now. We really need people to stand up for mayor and council of Carleton Place. We need some challenges here before we are in the headlines for another four more years. Don’t think it can happen? Just wait…



Doug Black and Ralph Lee in the running for mayor and Sean Redmond for deputy and here is the link
Kyle McCulloch
Well put and I agree with all of it. I decided to run because I was tired of this town, that I have come to love, being dragged through endless bad press and council meetings devolving to name calling and shouting matches.
I may be naive about some things but I feel at the core anyone running for municipal politics has to have the best interests of the town at heart. There can be disagreement on what is best but it has to be kept on a civil level and the facts have to come to the front. There is simply no room for personal issues when making decisions for the whole town.
We all want what is best for this town, every single person running, I have to believe that. Some have more interests than simply living here, as voters we need to decide if those interests coincide with what is best for the town. I have a little house in town, most of my friends live here, my kids go to school here and my family loves this town. That’s it.

Let the Merchants take over Carleton Place and Almonte?



First Town Council – Carleton Place – 1890-1892. Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

This was an interesting piece in the Almonte Gazette–90 years of it online here

Almonte Gazette 1903

The Carleton Place Herald suggested in 1903 that the Merchants’ Association of that town take a hand in the municipal elections and outline a ticket of businesses, and enlist a group of businessmen to take charge as the town’s councilmen. Run the town they wrote in both newspapers– as most citizens were displeased on how both towns were being run.

Why could not Almonte Merchants’ Association do the same here the Almonte Gazette asked? Their board  of Trade a few years ago did some good work along this line, and similar good work might be done once again by the Merchants’ Association.

“While we have a good representation at the council board for the past few years, the interests of the town would not suffer if a larger number of the businessmen who are dependent upon the prosperity of the town for the success of their enterprises had a hand on the helm of the town’s affairs”.

Makes sense to me….


Almonte Council–no date– from Almonte.com

But would we have enjoyed true success with businessmen of that era if they had been in charge? We are only to be reminded by the powerful George Cadbury who gave his female workers upon the time of their marriage: a carnation, a Bible and the heave ho from their job. After all–very few women were in professional fields as they were all needed to provide a dozen or so offspring quickly, and then die young from exhaustion.


Then there were the “Scrooges’ of the business fleet who prospered-yet the middle class still gave away 10% of their income. But, there were people like Andrew Carnegie who believed that a man who died rich was a disgrace and paid for over 2,811 libraries such as the one in Smiths Falls. Now that would have worked with someone like him leading the flock.
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Andrew Carnegie, a Scottish-American, whose fortune was estimated at half a billion dollars, spent $43,000,000 to establish libraries throughout the world. In 1902, G. F. McKim, of Smiths Falls, wrote to Carnegie requesting a library grant. A grant of $11,000, which never had to be paid back to the Carnegie Foundation, was used to build the first library. In the minutes of the first recorded Library Board meeting we read, “On the 25th of January, 1902, Mr. G.F. McKim had a letter from Andrew Carnegie, Esq., 5 Fifty-First Street, New York, in answer to a letter asking for $10,000.00 for a public library, saying that he would give that amount if the town would provide a site and agree to maintain the library.”

A committee, consisting of C.B.Frost, F.I. Frost and W.H. Frost, matched Carnegie’s grant penny for penny. The Frost committee paid out $500 a year for 20 years to pay for the upkeep of the library. Town Council also paid an annual grant of $500 for the same purpose. An additional committee consisting of Mayor James S. Gould, G.I. Frost and G.F. McKim, supervised the construction. The first stone was laid on June 3, 1903, and the building was completed February 25, 1904.

Smiths Falls had the honor of showing Carnegie the very first of the libraries he had donated to, during his first visit to Canada. On the mantel in the reading room of the library there was a photograph of him in a frame. He noticed it and offered to put his autograph on it. In an instant it was out of the frame and borrowing a pen he wrote: “A rare pleasure to visit a library I have given. Success to Smiths Falls.”

The autographed picture was lost to the library for many years and after an exhaustive search was rediscovered during the 2002 restoration project. The portrait now hangs of the wall in the library to commemorate his visit.

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