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Did You Ever Hear about the “Aw Come Inn’??

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Did You Ever Hear about the “Aw Come Inn’??
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The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
26 May 1932, Thu  •  Page 23

Dan Miller of the Queen’s Hotel vs the Town of Carleton Place

“You Fight Your Own Battles- I will Fight Mine”– Dan Miller of the Queen’s Hotel

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
01 Sep 1949, Thu  •  Page 8

“You Fight Your Own Battles- I will Fight Mine”– Dan Miller of the Queen’s Hotel

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“You Fight Your Own Battles- I will Fight Mine”– Dan Miller of the Queen’s Hotel

 

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Saturday afternoon I scoured newspaper archives while watching Christmas movies on the W channel reading all about the fight between Dan Miller who owned the Queen’s Hotel and the town of Carleton Place.  I had written briefly about it before-(Dan Miller of the Queen’s Hotel vs the Town of Carleton Place), but had no idea that it went back and forth the way it did until I saw it in print.

It was basically a story about a stubborn man who thought he was right, and just felt more tax money would equal higher prices and less business. Being a former business owner I get it, but it just reminded me that things don’t change no matter what year it is.

There was no doubt in my mind that both sides attempted to draw in their fair share of the townsfolk’s opinions into their squabble and a vicious “he said, she said” ensued. Instead of working together they fought viciously against each other, and really who won? These back and forth newspaper clippings are worth reading, if not to instill in us that we need not to “threaten old widows” nor “board up our buildings” but all just try and get along. Dan Miller died 8 years later  on the 19th of June 1957 in a farm field in Ramsay Township at the age of 74. He is still a person on my list I would have liked to meet as I will always admire people with convictions.

 

 

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Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)

 

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Dan Miller of the Queen’s Hotel vs the Town of Carleton Place

Carleton Place Folk Art from the Queen’s Hotel –The Millers

 

Part 1- Tales of the Chatteron House Corset — Queen’s Hotel in Carleton Place- can be found here.

Part 2- Hell on Wheels at Lady Chatterton’s Hotel in Carleton Place– can be found here.

Part 3- I Will Take Some Opium to Go Please —The “Drug Dispensary” at the Chatterton House Hotel

Part 4- Chatterton House Hotel Registrar- George Hurdis -1884

Part 5-What the Heck was Electric Soap? Chatterton House Hotel Registrar

Part 6-The First Mosh Pits in Carleton Place — The Opera House of the Chatterton House Hotel

Part 7-All the President’s Men — Backroom Dealings in Carleton Place?

Part 8- Who Was John Boland? Chatterton House/Queen’s Hotel Registry — The Burgess Family Dynasty

Part 9-What Happens Behind The Queen’s Hotel Stays Behind the Queen’s Hotel

part 10-John Sparrow’s Royal Parilion – Chatterton House Hotel Carleton Place

part 11-The Rules of the Queen’s Hotel in Carleton Place

part 12 –He Did What? Tales of the Queen’s Hotel

The Sultans of Swing at The Queen’s Hotel in Carleton Place

Things That Disappear in Carleton Place — Elgin Street and The Queen’s Hotel Sign

The Mystery Murals of The Queen’s and Mississippi Hotel

 

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Carleton Place Folk Art from the Queen’s Hotel –The Millers

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Carleton Place Folk Art from the Queen’s Hotel –The Millers

 

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One of Carleton Place’s folk-heros I have always admired is Dan Miller who owned the Queen’s Hotel. In 1949 the 67-year-old began a one-man holdout as he was determined to carry out his threat to keep the hotel closed until the town’s authorities knuckled under for what he considered high taxes.

William Pattie, town clerk treasurer and assessor told the media that insofar as he was concerned; the situation was unchanged so Miller sat on the steps in front of the Queen’s Hotel with his small dog at his side in protest.

He spent many a morning exchanging greetings with fellow townsmen and the people of Carleton Place hellbent on having lunch there were unable to gain admittance. Dan Miller will always be remembered as a man of conviction and I admire that. Stand up for what you believe in– even if it means standing alone.

 

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Gail Sheen MacDonald from Wisteria called me up yesterday to say she had a gift for me to cheer me up. She had mentioned this little wooden man (Carleton Place Folk Art) and I never thought she would part with it, but she said she couldn’t think of another person that would enjoy it as much as I would. She knows me well, as outside and inside of my home is what I call a Lanark County Rescue for all things eclectic Lanark County from local thrift shops collected over the years.

The history of this little guy is: it was given to Gayle by her late friend Dennis Miller from the Queen’s. It once belonged to his father Bill Miller and graced the entrance of our beloved Queen’s Hotel when Bill owned the establishment. He used to have a wooden cigarette coming out of his mouth so I improvised, and the beer bottle he used to hold has been changed to a bottle of wine for Gail.

 

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Traditionally, folk art sprang from a desire to make human and meaningful the daily round of work and home life, and thus reflected the cultural and regional diversity in Canada.  So Gail’s gift of local Canadiana is now called: Gale of the Queens’ (male spelling of Gail) and sits next to one of the late Canadian folk artist Tom Rector’s ‘Crotch Men’ whose subjects included stick or “crotch” men, carved from the natural crotch formation of branches.

Folk art is the artistic expression of the people and that is who I write for. It was the people of our local communities and no one else, that made our towns and villages of Lanark County what they were and now are- it’s called “the real roots”– and if you forget your roots, you have lost sight of everything.

 

Thank you Gail !

 

 

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Inscription at bottom . Compliments your hosts , Lloyd and Anita Jonson , Queens Hotel , Carleton Place Ont. Might be ” Jansan ” .–Llew Loyd

The Queen’s Hotel was once owned by William Miller’s daughter Isobel and then by his grandson William for several decades. Photo sent to be by Joann Voyce–
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A closer look at the Queen’s Hotel and the King’s Cafe.. In front of the Queen’s Hotel with the King’s Cafe- Photo- Tom Edwards 1920s

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In front of the Queen’s Hotel with the King’s Cafe- Photo- Tom Edwards July 12 1920– King’s Cafe was at the Queen’s Hotel

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Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

 

relatedreading

Dan Miller of the Queen’s Hotel vs the Town of Carleton Place

People of Carleton Place, Ontario — Gail Sheen-MacDonald

Part 1- Tales of the Chatteron House Corset — Queen’s Hotel in Carleton Place- can be found here.

Part 2- Hell on Wheels at Lady Chatterton’s Hotel in Carleton Place– can be found here.

Part 3- I Will Take Some Opium to Go Please —The “Drug Dispensary” at the Chatterton House Hotel

Part 4- Chatterton House Hotel Registrar- George Hurdis -1884

Part 5-What the Heck was Electric Soap? Chatterton House Hotel Registrar

Part 6-The First Mosh Pits in Carleton Place — The Opera House of the Chatterton House Hotel

Part 7-All the President’s Men — Backroom Dealings in Carleton Place?

Part 8- Who Was John Boland? Chatterton House/Queen’s Hotel Registry — The Burgess Family Dynasty

Part 9-What Happens Behind The Queen’s Hotel Stays Behind the Queen’s Hotel

part 10-John Sparrow’s Royal Parilion – Chatterton House Hotel Carleton Place

part 11-The Rules of the Queen’s Hotel in Carleton Place

part 12 –He Did What? Tales of the Queen’s Hotel

The Sultans of Swing at The Queen’s Hotel in Carleton Place

Things That Disappear in Carleton Place — Elgin Street and The Queen’s Hotel Sign

The Mystery Murals of The Queen’s and Mississippi Hotel

 

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Community Facts You Might Not Know About Carleton Place for our 150th Birthday – Part 7– It was 1957!

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The basic facts from Parts 1-5 (see links below) are from the flyer that I added on too which were passed out on January 1: Carleton Place-A Valley Town at Confederation 1867 by the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

From Parts 6 on– are facts I am personally researching and doing as a 150 challenge…I am going to do mostly community– as community past and present is what makes up the history of our town.

 

So today I thought we would pull a year number out of our Carleton Place hat and it is– 1957. Here are your Carleton Place headlines and memories:

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The Ottawa Journal01 Jun 1957, SatPage 4

Fact--Did you know former Carleton Place resident, now Mississippi councillor, Olympian John Edwards was part of the Carleton Place Canoe Club?

Read : The Young Olympic Hopefuls-1970’s Carleton Place Canoe Club.

 

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal19 Jun 1957, WedPage 2

Fact–What do you know the Queen’s Hotel was owned by Dan Miller? Did you also know he stood up to the Town of Carleton Place? He once owned The Falcon on Highway 7 too.

Read: Dan Miller of the Queen’s Hotel vs the Town of Carleton Place

 

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal24 Sep 1957, TuePage 12

Fact-Dutchie Smith died and he was a fixture at the W. A Nichols and Sons Lumber Yard at Centennial Park. What do you know about his boss Abner Nichols?

Read:The World of William Abner Nichols

 

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal27 May 1957, MonPage 1

Fact:  Did you know that everyone thought the world was coming to an end in Carleton Place one day in 1957?

Read the rest here–Was it a UFO? A Meteorite or a Fuse Box? A Carleton Place Legend and here: Was it a UFO? A Meteorite or a Fuse Box? A Carleton Place Legend–Photos

 

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The Ottawa Journal29 May 1957, WedPage 20

Fact-Did you know the IODE is one of the oldest charitable organizations in Carleton Place?

Do you remember the tea we had for the Queen at the Carleton Place Town Hall last April. Click here to remember–A Photo Birthday Message for the Queen-April 21 2016

 

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal28 Jan 1957, MonPage 17

Fact-Did you know the Miss Carleton Place pageant used to be held every single year?

Read about some of the others here: –Miss Carleton Place– Year? Names?

 

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News and now in The Townships Sun

The Uni-Bomber of Carleton Place? Didn’t I Blow Your Mind?

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Over a decade ago a Lanark inspector was shot and I thought it was an isolated case. Not likely around these parts pardner.

Perth Courier, April 11, 1884

A dynamiter has written a letter to the Carleton Place assessor in which he threatens to blow that official skywards.

The document was embellished with a skull and crossbones and other ghastly reminders of immediate mortality.

So what is an assessor? That would be an individual who is a local government official who estimates the value of real property within a city, town, or village’s boundaries. This value is converted into an assessment, which is one component in the computation of real property tax bills.

There was no mention of death in the next issues of the Courier or the Almonte Gazette, so I assume things were worked out some way or another.

Was this shades before the time of my hero Dan Miller of the Queen’s Hotel who also fought with the town of Carleton Place assessor? I do believe my favourite Carleton Place folk hero Harold Kettles was around at that time. Maybe he could have hooked Dan up with some dynamite?

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  1. The Ottawa Citizen,
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