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The Devlins and Weldon Armour– Ray Paquette

The Devlins and Weldon Armour– Ray Paquette


Comments about–Weldon Armour- One of Carleton Place’s Cool Kids

Weldon was indeed a renown character in Carleton Place, even before his unfortunate accident. Every evening Weldon was brought down town in his wheelchair by George Baker, a neighbour of his and would eventually make his way to the Olympia Restaurant where he would spend the remainder of the evening.

One time (before he joined the RCMP), Weldon was hired by Alan Barker to work on the ambulance. At the scene of an auto accident, Alan gave Weldon a shovel to pick up a human brain, off the road…Weldon quit that day.

I can recall returning to Carleton Place on leave from the Navy after an extended absence and going to the Olympia before my parent’s home because I was sure that Weldon would be there and I could get caught up on what was going on in town and where all the “old gang” were. Having the franchise for the license bureau enabled him to keep current on everything that was happening in town!–Ray Paquette


Photo from-Dishing up the Memories of The Devlins

Comments about —Dishing up the Memories of The Devlins and Sitting on a Bench Outside Devlin’s Store Looking for Stories

Devlin store-The owners prior to the Devlins were the Shackeltons. They were an English couple that had emigrated to Canada in the 1950’s with their two boys, Leon and Frank. I believe that Leon has passed away and Frank my be in the Toronto area. After they sold the store, I believe Mr. and Mrs. Shackleton returned to England.

Since being introduced to your blog I have taken great pleasure in reliving my earlier years in Carleton Place when the population seemed to be eternally stuck at 4800. Those years must have gone a long way in shaping the person I have become and for this I will be eternally grateful–Ray Paquette

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 and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal13 Oct 1898, ThuPage 4


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal22 Apr 1897, ThuPage 8


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal27 Apr 1897, TuePage 5


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal29 Aug 1898, MonPage 7

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Signed Sealed and Delivered with Tom New — Ray Paquette

Candy Stores Shoes and Plungers– Ray Paquette

Dishing up the Memories of The Devlins




Photo from the Carleton Place Canadian files from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


A few weeks ago I posted this inquiry seeking information on the Devlin’s General Store in Black’s Corners. The general store was often the first business in a community and it was a place to meet people and hear the latest news. Devlin’s was a place that people never forgot, nor will they, and hopefully we will get more comments when this piece goes up. We have to begin somewhere.

Lori DevlinMy father-in-law Mervin gave me and his oldest son Jeff the only “talk” I got on the bench outside the store 38 years ago. He sat us both down on the bench after we told him we wanted to get married, and after some unconvincing conversation, he told us,

“Fine, but if you burn your ass you will have to sit on the blisters!”

Jeff and I are still happily married and I miss both my in-laws tremendously. We have so many fond memories of that store, I don’t know where to begin! Actually we could likely write a book about the shenanigans that went on there. I met so many great people at the store and I am looking forward to seeing the memories that are posted.


Eleanor Wright--Steven Devlin, owner of Devlin Collision in Almonte  is one of the five sons of Evelyn and Mervin Devlin. The family was one of the most treasured families that grew up in Appleton.
devlin's general store
Mike DakersJezz,i grew up with these guys,and still hang with some of them. Wouldn’t know where to start,and a lot of them i probably shouldn’t share.LOL (AUTHOR’S NOTE– oh pleaseeeeeeeeee share!!)
Corry Turner-PerkinsMy very first puppy came from Merv and Evelyns. My dad came home and said he had a treat from the store for me in his jacket.Merv had told him that I needed a puppy.They were wonderful people. It was always a treat to go visit them.Merv always teased and Evelyn always had a smile.
Lisa Lappi--I loved stopping in there with my Dad. They knew everyone and could talk about anything. A “quick stop” to pick something up could easily turn into an hour long visit. 💕
Shawn DevlinIt was an exciting place to live! lots of friends coming and going. People trying to break in because they didn’t know we lived up stairs Or trying to steal stuff, that usually didn’t go well for them. Crime prevention was dealt with differently in those days.
Derek DevlinI often wonder how my grandparents and their 5 boys lived in that little place! I think it is a good thing there was a grocery store downstairs, dad tells me stories of eating a full pork loin and drinking 3 bags of milk at supper. I also hear they had the best full serve gas service, often leading to 4 teenage boys in a fight over who was going to pump the gas ( I imagine that novelty wore off quickly!) I was very little when they had the store but still have lots of great memories.
Steve Devlin–I am the 2nd oldest son. We were all taught to work hard. Everybody pitched in. Had a lot of great customers. Always an open house for family and friends. The kitchen was the gathering place. I came home one day and there was a bear being skinned on the kitchen table. Another day it could be a deer. Speaking of wildlife we had bantyrooster and chickens in the back yard and an outhouse for our gas customers. Every once in a while we would see a customer running with their pants undone being chased by a rooster.
To sum up my last comment. I want to thank our parents for teaching us the value of a dollar. Teaching us how to respect others, how being friendly is important. Thanks to their teachings and values, my wife and I have owned our own business for over 20 years. It is also a family business, that has employed a brother, sons, cousins, friends, wife etc. I miss them every day. Think of them often. Yours truly Steve Devlin.
Thank  you Steve!
Author’s note- You can’t put your arm around a memory, but you can remember and record it for posterity. Please keep those personal comments coming so we can expand this.

Sitting on a Bench Outside Devlin’s Store Looking for Stories


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This is a picture of the Devlin family. Their family and store meant a lot to everyone in the area. Please leave comments on Facebook or WordPress of your memories so I can include them in the second book about Carleton Place I am presently compiling called: “I Found My Thrill on Dunlop Hill”.  Out in July

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