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Drill Halls and Cadets — Nikki Thornton Photo Files

Drill Halls and Cadets — Nikki Thornton Photo Files

Nikki Thornton


Scan of some 35mm positive strips, can really start to tell the difference between source material.

I’d figure the same lads from the Drill Hall or members of the Lanark & Renfrew Scottish Regiment.

The group was made up of high school students from Almonte, Carleton Place, Perth and Lanark. Lots of fun that summer. We took first aid, rescue, map reading, signals, military drills, finishing with 2 weeks of small arms training with FN rifle, hand grenades, mock battles at Camp Petwawa.

Third Row from Left: Warren Robillard (Carleton Place), Jerry Milotte (Lanark), Dave Wylie (Almonte), Reed Kilburn (Almonte), Doug Beasley (Perth), Patrick Dunn (Almonte), Bob Campbell (Lanark), Unknown, Doug Thornton (Carleton Place), Mike Doyle (Almonte)

Second Row from Left: Unknown, Glen Paul (Lanark), Tucker Harris (Carleton Place), Francis Coleman (Carleton Place), Bob Gordon (Carleton Place), Joe Moore (Perth), Unknown (Almonte), Bob Robillard (Carleton Place), Dave Levine (Carleton Place), Mike Mills (Almonte-Blakeney)

Front Row from Left: Corporal Philip Twigg, Corporal Mike Dunn (Almonte), Sergeant? Unknown, Lieutenant Michael White, Corporal? Unknown, Corporal Bryan Rogers (Carleton Place).

Thanks to Nikki Thornton

Drill Hall in Carleton Place (Late 50s or early 60s) ( no names)

John Street, the current home of the RCSC Lanark.

#42: Lanark and Renfrew Scottish Regiment Company Summer Program, c. 1960

Taken in front of the John Street Drill Hall.

Tim Neil — Major Gord Neil became the Commanding Officer of this Regiment in the mid 60’s

Joe Moore

Some Perth fellows there, Dale Foley, Don Bell, Jack Hartwell, Ron & Don Cummings (Innisville)

Karen Lloyd

See lots of random faces….Brian Black, Brian Rodgers, Ted Paquette, Ted Walsh,Dave Brown….

Photo- Peter Bradkey

Carleton Place Cadets in front of the high school

Peter Bradley

In the ’50’s we wore battle dress uniforms with white belt and gators with bicycle chain to hold your trousers straight and a beret to top it all off, so this picture was before or after that time

Ray Paquette

I agree with Peter. I was a member of the cadet corps (1954-1956) and the band from 1956-1959 during which time we wore olive drab battle dress and berets. The dress of the cadets (wedgies and work dress) was introduced post 1968 and the Forces unification

Dan Williams

I know we recruited a lot of guys from the high school band when we started the OYB band in 1959. I think the majorettes as well. Andy Dunlop, my brother John, Lornie Hudson, Garry Greer and Yappy Brown were the drum line. All from the high school cadet band I think.

Alex Vorobej

Cadets Parade-Photo-Mike Jeays 2007

From Gord Cross–CPHS Cadet Band 1958– Tell me where this is on Bridge Street??:) I know..🙂

Ray Paquette The young man appears to be dressed in an Army Cadet uniform. The store he is in front of was Bowland’s Grocery (Carleton Place) at the time the maple tree was growing out of the side walk. I walked by on my way to and from Central School

Royal Canadian Army Cadets of Carleton Place High School paraded the school grounds. Thanks to Gord Cross for this photo and maybe someone can tell me what year this was..

Larry Clark

My memory is very foggy on this, but I believe Lloyd would have graduated 1955 and I would date this about 1953. Could be that I am in this photo but impossible to tell. The shop teacher Mr. Vought(sic) was the school liaison. I recall target practice in the Gym where they stored a bullet catcher at one end. Perhaps the photographer (Newton) would be a clue.

The Carleton Place High School Cadets– Photo from Gord Cross.. no idea of year or names

Linda Seccaspina


RonBarb Goebel

6 hrs ·

It was really nice to see our local cadets assisting with our Branch #192 Poppy Campaign today.

The Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Patch Assortment

Clipping thanks to Doris Blackburn/ Karen Blackburn Chenier Don Dutton and Mrs. Dutton enjoying an Almonte Sea Cadets evening.

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada30 May 1951, Wed  •  Page 37

CLIPPED FROMThe Kingston Whig-StandardKingston, Ontario, Canada20 Oct 1952, Mon  •  Page 5

The old drill hall was on Beckwith Street=

CLIPPED FROMOttawa Daily CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada17 Nov 1897, Wed  •  Page 3

Fact–A new Militia Hall (1866) was located on Beckwith Street and the Carleton Place area had recently contributed 60 well trained and equipped volunteers during the U.S. Fenian raids into Canada.

Drill halls built in 1866 at county centres including Perth, Carleton Place and Almonte were used for many years. The Carleton Place drill shed was at the market square between Beckwith and Judson Streets, at the former site of the skating rink which is now the library.

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada06 Nov 1943, Sat  •  Page 18

Vintage Carleton Place Sea Cadets 1970s

The Man that Brought “Canada” Back to Carleton Place – Bill Bagg


Remembering local Almonte Scouts — Jack Lyons and Harold McGrath

Do You Remember? 1900 in Almonte — Dugald Campbell

Facts You Might Not Know About Carleton Place for our 150th Birthday – Part 6– Fire and Ice


The basic facts from Parts 1-5 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

Parts 6 on– are facts I am personally researching and doing as a 150 challenge… 



FACT–Did you know we used to have fire boxes in Carleton Place?

Fire Alarm Boxes–where are they now? In the old days, with wooden houses built close together, and lit by whale oil or gas jets, the threat of fire was constant and very great. Thus, the fire department as well as the police department had boxes. Police boxes were coloured blue, and fire alarm boxes coloured red and both operated similarly, via telegraphy, before the public phone system was thought sufficiently reliable to entrust with life-and-death matters. A citizen broke the glass cover and pulled a little hook, which telegraphed the box location to the authorities.

The installation apparently began in in the 1880s. At the time, few people had telephones, and many fires were reported by children or neighbours that ran to the fire station to report a fire. The system was seen as a great step forward in bringing safety and security to all citizens. The alarm transmitter consisted of copper wire mounted in a glass case with a nickel frame, which received calls from public alarm boxes and relayed them via telegraph lines to the nearest fire station. This informed the station manager exactly which alarm box had been rung — but did not provide any information on the nature of the emergency.

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                The Ottawa Journal, 15 Jun 1976, Tue[first Edition]



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                     The Ottawa Journal, 23 Dec 1957, MonPage 21


FACT–Did you know that the Carleton Place Curling Club began in 1886?

The  Carleton Place Bonspiel Team,  were the winners of the C.C.C.A. Trophy, 1896-97. In 1903 Carleton Place curlers, with William Baird and Dr. D. A. Muirhead as skips, also won the Lanark County Curling League cup.

Cold winters drove curling indoors and the bigger clubs began to build indoor rinks after 1840. By 1900, Canadian curling clubs had moved almost exclusively indoors. Indoor rinks, and later, modern ice-making technology brought the sport closer to an art form, eliminating snow, ice bumps and much of the luck that had previously made up the game.

In Lanark County, contracts for erecting drill halls were let early in 1866 at Carleton Place and Almonte.  Construction of the Carleton Place armoury was aided by the promise of a £50 grant by the municipality.

It was built by William Pattie on the Beckwith Street site of the recently demolished skating rink bordering the park which then was the village market square. During the 1880’s the hardwood floor of the Carleton Place drill hall on Beckwith was flooded for a curling surface. .

In 1909 a roller skating rink with a new skating floor was re-opened at the militia drill hall on the market square. Supported by its hand hewn beams, it remained a useful memorial of the perils of the 1860’s until destroyed. Tragically that year the curling rink, the militia drill shed all burned during the Great Fire of Carleton Place.

Carleton Place Curling Club information:

The Carleton Place Curling Club (CPCC) was formed in 1886 with a two sheet covered rink built on to the end of the Drill Hall. A fire in 1910 destroyed this structure and put an end to curling in Carleton Place until 1921 when a new covered rink was built on Charles St. with three sheets of natural ice.

In 1956 the CPCC entered the modern age of curling by purchasing granite stones. This made the game easier to play and thus more pleasurable. The club also became incorporated in the same year and the next year, 1957, saw the installation of artificial ice and a large increase in membership.

In 1994 the present club was built on Patterson Crescent with four sheets of ice and all the modern equipment such as rink heaters, dehumidifiers, de-ionized water and good lighting to make it more pleasant to play in. A large well equipped lounge was also built for after game chat, parties and rentals.

Ladies have been an integral part of the curling program since 1924. However it was not until the early 80’s that ladies became full members of the club and assumed positions on the Board of Directors. They had their own separate club until that time. The first female president served for two years beginning in May of 1989“. —


Photo-Public Archives Photo–also at Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum