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The Crater Lot on Mill Street — Peterson and Dr. Metcalfe

The Crater Lot on Mill Street — Peterson and Dr. Metcalfe

The old parking lot next to the Victoria Mill was the property

The lot on Mill Street, which was the cause of Mr. Louis Peterson’s resignation from the Utilities Commission a few weeks ago was sold to him for a second time by the Almonte Town Council Tuesday evening during a special session in November of 1945.

The parcel of vacant land which originally had an old crater in the middle of it was sold to Mr. Peterson some months ago by the Council for its assessed value of $240. He wished to build an extension to his ice cream plant and as the property was of no use to him or no one else the Council was overjoyed to sell it to him. At the time Mr. Peterson was a member of the Public Utilities Commission and Dr. A. A.Metcalfe who was at loggerheads with him for years took advantage of a technicality to disqualify him. Dr Metcalfe got an Ottawa lawyer to write letters to the Commission pointing out that Mr. Peterson had violated the law which forbade an elected representative to do business of any kind with the municipality. This law had been in effect for years. On the other hand it was pointed out  that there were no members in other municipalities with an attitude like Metcalfes to take advantage of unseating an elected representative.

After considering the matter for a couple of weeks, Mr. Peterson, who considered the lot more important than a seat on the Commission which brought him no money, decided to resign. After he did this and became a private citizen once more he gave the town a quit claim for the lot and the Council ordered his cheque for $240 returned to him.

The lot was once again the property of the town and the Council advertised it for sale in the local paper. The only offer received was from Mr. Peterson who said he would purchase it once again at its assessed value. In the meantime the assessment for the current year had come into effect and Mr. Peterson had to pay $250 for it which was ten dollars higher than the 1944 price. This of course was neither here nor there.

At this same special meeting of the Council a bylaw was passed confirming the sale of the old Windsor Hotel property to the North Lanark Co-Operative for $1,000. Another bylaw dealt likewise with the old Belmont building which was sold to Howard Davey . (The site of the hotel on the brow of the hill on the north side of the river had something majestic about it, and Mr. Reilly’s square plan, once completed added grace and charm to the site. But to make assurance doubly sure that his hospitality would be welcome to people of the quality, he gave the hotel a name to ensure the royal flavour. On the south wall, between the windows of the third floor, he had the painters inscribe a royal name for his enterprise, WINDSOR HOUSE.) read- Mr. Reilly Founds a Hotel in Almonte

WHO’S AFRAID OF BIG BAD BEARS? Louis Peterson and Harvey Scott

Movin’ on Mill Street– Supertest Building

Memories of the Golden Eagle Gas Station

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!!

The Seven-Barrelled ‘pepper box’ Revolver — Rosamond Fight — July 1875

The Seven-Barrelled ‘pepper box’ Revolver — Rosamond Fight — July 1875
Photo from Almonte.com

Seldom is it that the law-abiding citizens of Almonte allow their angry passions to rise, or to tear each others’ eyes out. But last week a most ludicrous conflict occurred in which the principal actors were the proprietors of two woolen mills and their respective employees.

The bone of contention between them was the proprietorship of a small piece of mill property upon which one of the parties, apparently trespassing, attempted to erect tenter bars for stretching cloth. This was perceived by his neighbour who ordered him to stop. The first party refused, and the neighbour’s foreman promptly threw the tenter bars and his opponent into the nearby river. One thing led to another until a battle took place pitting workers of the mills against each other. Weapons (handspikes and crowbars) were obtained, but fortunately no blood was spilled.

Combatants struggled in and around the water with slight interruption for three hours. Peace was finally restored when one employee produced a seven-barrelled ‘pepper box’ revolver and threatened all combatants with it unless the brawl ceased. Only after the fighting did stop was it revealed that the small revolver had not been loaded.

  • No 1 Rosamond Mill. CLICK HERE
  • Coleman Island, Lot 18
  • As James Rosamond was building the second Victoria Woolen Mill in Almonte, he realized that with the coming of the railway, the mills would be too small. He began acquiring property on Coleman’s Island near the falls which was occupied by a tannery and residences. Between 1857 and 1867 he acquired six parcels of land. The Coleman Island Mill was built in 1866 – 1867. The first building was a six story stone building, six wide by twelve windows long, centred by a tower.
  • In 1872 a three story dye house was added on the north end of the building and a 45 foot by 130 foot warehouse and a 40 foot by 45 foot counting house was added on the south. In 1887 a four story north addition was built connecting the dye house. Also, a four story addition was built connecting the main building to the counting house.
  • The counting house was demolished in 1880 and the south wing extended to Ramsay St.
  • The New Counting House
  • A new Counting House for the No. 1 Rosamond Woolen Mill was added to the west end of the warehouse in 1880. This complex is now the home of the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum.

The pepper-box revolver or simply pepperbox (also “pepper-pot“, from its resemblance to the household pepper grinder) is a multiple-barrel repeating firearm that has three or more barrels grouped around a central axis. It mostly appears in the form of a multi-shot handheld firearm. Pepperboxes exist in all ammunition systems: matchlockwheellockflintlockpercussionpinfirerimfire and centerfire.

The pepperbox should not be confused with a volley gun (like the seven-barrel long gun made by Nock), a firearm that fires multiple projectiles simultaneously by use of multiple barrels.[1] The difference is that a volleygun fires all the barrels simultaneously while the pepperbox is a repeater. The pepperbox should also not be confused with or as a development of the Gatling gun, which fires rapidly by the use of rotating multiple barrels.

So Who Was Mary Rosemond/Rosamond?

The Leaky Chancery Dam –The Forgie’s of Almonte Part 2

The Rosamond Memorial Training School

John Morrow Writes About MP Ian Murray — Gailbraith — and Rosamond

Five Men That Tied up the Rosamond Mill 1907

The Mules of the Number 1 Mill?

The Drought of 1871 and the Mills on the Mississippi River

When the Circus Shut the Town Down

Falling Through the Cracks at Work

Was Working in One of Our Local Mills Like Working in a Coal Mine?

Babies in the Textile Mills

Rosamonds – The One Carleton Place Let Get Away

The Rosamond Woolen Company’s Constipation Blues

Tears of a Home -The Archibald Rosamond House

The Exact Reason Rosamond Left Carleton Place

The Rosamond Christmas Party 1863-or- When Billie Brown and I Slid Down Old Cram’s Cellar Door

Tears of a Home -The Archibald Rosamond House

Suspended Teacher —Appleton School 1931 — Miss Annie Neilson

Suspended Teacher —Appleton School 1931 — Miss Annie Neilson

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North Lanark Regional Museum Photos



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  18 May 1931, Mon,  Page 15





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Ladies & Gentlemen- Your School Teachers of Lanark County 1898

School Salaries of 1918

The Fight Over One Room Schools in 1965!



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I have been writing about downtown Carleton Place Bridge Street for months and this is something I really want to do. Come join me in the Domino’s Parking lot- corner Lake Ave and Bridge, Carleton Place at 11 am Saturday September 16 (rain date September 17) for a free walkabout of Bridge Street. It’s history is way more than just stores. This walkabout is FREE BUT I will be carrying a pouch for donations to the Carleton Place Hospital as they have been so good to me. I don’t know if I will ever do another walking tour so come join me on something that has been on my bucket list since I began writing about Bridge Street. It’s always a good time–trust me.

Are You Ready to Visit the Open Doors?

Fracus in Smith’s Falls– Need Fresh Staff


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Perth Courier, Sept. 16, 1887

Quite a sensation was created in Smith’s Falls last week by the case of a row between two of the teachers in the high school resulting from previous bad feeling between the two men.  The reports of trouble which have reached here are to the effect that one of the assistants, Mr. Mitchell, went into the room of the principal, Mr. Ned Robertson, and was ordered out.

Claiming a right of admission there, Mitchell refused to go when after some angry words Robertson knocked or shoved the other man and knocked his head two or three times against the floor.  Mitchell is an elderly man and got pretty well damaged in the encounter his opponent never receiving a scratch.  We understand Mr. Robertson claims the provocation he received from Mr. Mitchell was unendurable and that he allowed his feelings to get the better of his discretion.

The Independent refers to it as a “disgraceful affair”.  In the Mayor’s court the day after Mr. Robertson was fined $10 and costs for the assault and at a special meeting of the Board of Education both teachers were requested to resign their positions.  We believe Mr. Mitchell has done so and Mr. Robertson did not where after the Board ordered the high school to be closed and the doors locked.

We believe Mr. Robertson does not look kindly on his “judgement” but appears regularly every day at the door and tries to enter thereby throwing the onus of the lockout onto the Board of Education.  Notwithstanding, the Board has advertised for a fresh staff to fill the vacancies and seems determined to hold the ground they have taken.


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