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Documenting 28 Frank St, Carleton Place

Documenting 28 Frank St, Carleton Place
Rick Roberts
This is the house in the winter of 1959. The lady on the left is my mother Elsie Devlin-Roberts, I’m the little kid in front.

My parents bought the house in 1958 for $12,000 from Rev McCord’s widow. They lived there until 1986. I lived there until 1971. It looked quite a bit different then. Porch was open, 2nd floor balcony had a railing and a door to the balcony from the adjoining bedroom.

The living room fireplace was built in the early 1960s by Jack Wilson, a well known local mason. Read- In Memory of Jack Wilson — The Mason’s Mason Angelstone was in fashion then, so that was what it was built with. The living room was originally three rooms… living room, dining room and front hallway. The door from the front hall to the living room and the doorway between the living room and the dining room were originally large pairs of sliding pocket doors. The rooms were opened up into a single room at the same time as the fireplace was built.

The main floor powder room off the kitchen was originally the back stairs to the master bedroom. My parents converted the back stairs to a powder room about 1972. The bedroom over the kitchen was the original master bedroom. When indoor plumbing became popular, the owners at that time partitioned a slice off of the master bedroom to put in a bathroom. That reduced the size of the master bedroom but was probably worth it 😉

Rick RobertsThis a picture taken in front of the fireplace on 28 Frank Street in 1962, soon after the fireplace was built. My parents (Elsie Devlin-Roberts and Ben Roberts) are dressed to go to a square dance.

Rob TyrieMy parents update the back addition and set up the 3rd floor space. The also opened up the main floor space.

Rick RobertsRob Tyrie agree on the attic… it was used for storage and unfinished when my parents sold it in late 1986 or early 1987. The next owners, your parents converted the original stairway to the attic to more closet space, added the spiral staircase, and finished the attic including enlarging the dormer. The opening of the main floor was done in 1961 or 1962 by Parkman and Taylor (contractors) for my parents. I lived there at the time. Mrs McCord, the person my parents bought it from, was completely furious and “disgusted” that my parents chose to open up those main floor rooms.

Rob TyrieRick Roberts made a lot more sense to open it up.

Toby RandellRob Tyrie could likely give you some history on this house. He and his family lived in it for years.

Angela FinniganI use to walk by daily on my way to school I lived on frank St. The home has gone through many changes over the years beautiful changes always admired this house and the Harley Davidson parked in the driveway!

Trish TaylorJust a comment on how beautifully this house has been restored, AWESOME!! Question, does anyone know what the cut out at the bottom of the stairs is for? THanks!

Rick RobertsTrish Taylor do you mean the grate under the bottom step of the stairs? That was a cold air return for the furnace. The floor joists are logs cut flat on top and bottom. The cold air return in the basement was sheet metal covering the opening between those logs.

Rob TyrieAh. Beautiful Renovation. My parents owned it before the Devlin’s. I never lived there but brother Todd did. They moved there in 87 or 88 if I remember correctly. Lots of great memories and family events and holidays there up until my Dad passed in 2005. CP is a great town. As my mom always said, that house had great bones.

Wesley ParsonsI can tell you it was well decorated, lol. The place was “alive” with plants and flowers. The back dining room was host to a massive round table with a large rotating lazy susan so you could spin the food around to you, I had never seen one before. That third floor loft was awesome, it was a tv room for us to watch movies, had a bed for my occasional sleep it off, I mean sleep over, and it’s own mini fridge, which in the 90’s was super impressive. First time I tried Thai food was in that kitchen, first time I had a martini was by that fireplace. The back gardens were so intense Todd cut the lawn with a manual powered rotary mower, there wasn’t enough grass for a real lawn mower.

Wesley ParsonsGlen Kirkpatrick I was going to mention it was the loudest dinner conversation ever, lol, a round table full of passionate and intelligent people talking about Tech, or politics, or global affairs, or ethics, or you just never knew what the conversation was going to be, just that you had better bring your A game cause it was going to be deep.

Nina Z TyrieWesley Parsons Thank you Wes , for the memories !!It was a happy home,<3

Gerrie DrydenRick this is fantastic! Many rousing card games, as well as other events enjoyed by our parents in that beautiful home! 💕Thanks for the memories. I have memories as a young girl being there. Ross says he delivered newspapers there too.It’s been beautifully renovated!

Rick RobertsGerrie Dryden I let mom know about the lisitng this morning. She was so impressed with how it is decorated. Mom always wanted to paint out all of the original wood trim but dad wouldn’t go along with it. She managed to get some done before he noticed 😉

Rick Roberts–Rick Roberts
This photo was taken the front hallway of 28 Frank Street on 28 August 1983. The pic is of my parents Elsie Devlin-Roberts and Ben Roberts dressed to attend Mississippi River Days in Carleton Place. BTW they won first prize for their historic costumes that year.

Sherri IonaVery nice home. It will sell for much more.Rick Roberts, I didn’t know you lived there . . . You walked me home in Grade 8, and it was about 2 miles one way!

Rick RobertsThis a picture taken in front of the fireplace on 28 Frank Street in 1962, soon after the fireplace was built. My parents (Elsie Devlin-Roberts and Ben Roberts) are dressed to go to a square dance.

Rick Roberts
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This is the real estate listing when my parents put the house up for sale in 1986
Rick RobertsSecond (final) page of property details from 1986 real estate listing..

Rick RobertsMarlene Springer Yes… we found newspapers (insulation) in the walls that dated it. However it is possible that the house was older because those newspapers were in the walls of the summer kitchen which may have been built after the house was built. We found them when we were tearing off the summer kitchen in the late 1960s to build the existing family room, laundry room, and what is now the exercise room. The exercise room was my dad’s workshop.

Related reading

In Memory of Jack Wilson — The Mason’s Mason

What Happened to the House and Family on Frank Street –Part 1

65 Frank Street Carleton Place

The Aitkenhead Family at 20 Frank Street in Carleton Place

What Happened to the House and Family on Frank Street –Part 1


It all began innocently enough when the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum posted this.

We recently acquired a group of photographs of this unknown family, taken in 1935. Written on the back of many is “20 Frank Street”. Do you recognize anyone?

Listed at 20 Frank Street in the 1936 directory are Annie and Edwin Armstrong and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Aitkenhead.


Photo from Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Thank you to Craig Shouldice

The top picture is Pearl Aitkenhead with her children Marion (right), Mildred (left), and Robert (centre, whose obituary appears here). She was born Pearl Burnside and married Robert Aitkenhead. The Aitkenhead Scotch Bakery in Ottawa was owned by George Aitkenhead, the family patriarch who immigrated from Scotland. Millie was married to Roy Woodcock, and Melville Bowes. Marion married Keith Ardley and had six children.


This is now 18 Frank Street- there is no 20- notice the double lot- or were the numbers re-done?

Comments from the CPBHM facebook site

Dan Williams-Here’s my guess. 18 Frank st, where my grandparents lived in the 50’s was a double lot. There was by then no other house there. Maybe there was another house there in 1935 when these pictures were taken but it was destroyed sometime between then and the mid 50’s.

Rick RobertsI lived at 28 Frank Street between 1959-1971. I’m pretty sure that the house in the background, with 2 chimneys, was the home of Clint and Tillie Drader during the 1960s-1970s (Clint died in the early 1960s). Notice the door on the addition to the left…. it led to their kitchen… later a window. The big question is the house beside the people. i strongly suspect that there was a house (probably 20 Frank Street) on what was an empty lot to the south of 28 Frank Street during the 1950s-1960s. In the early 1960s my parents bought a few feet from the north side of that lot to make our driveway wider. At that time the empty lot was owned by the people at 18 Frank Street. In the early 1970s, new 18 Frank street owners built a large addition on the north side of their house to accommodate their upholstery business.

One more recollection… in the mid or early 1900s, sidewalks in Carleton Place had a grid pattern embedded into them where a driveway crossed it. The grids were in about a 12 X 6″ pattern with the 12″side running parallel to the roadway. There was one of those grid patterns in the sidewalk in front of the empty lot where it is possible 20 Frank Street stood earlier.


So to try and get somewhere in this story I acquired the other half of the Aitkenhead pictures at an auction last week. Grand patriarch George Aitkenhead once owned the Aitkenhead Bakery in Ottawa in the late 1800’s- early 1900’s. It was situated on McLaren Street until the great fire of Ottawa/ Hull and then moved to Bank Street. After he moved to his new spot business was not great so he moved out west. More on that later with pictures. His son Robert moved to Carleton Place to 20 Frank Street and Robert Jr. moved to Almonte.


Photo-April 30th 1930- Marion and Mildred Aitkenhead holding young Robbie Aitkenhead at 20 Frank Street at the back of the house.

Remembering a former Carleton Place family- The Aikenheads

Young Robbie, the baby in the above photo worked in the Almonte Bakery and his daughter Millie worked at the Bank of Montreal in Almonte. (Hoping to get all the facts straight as this is what I figured out through pictures, so if anyone knows just dive in there)

Pictures of the family at 20 Frank Street are in another story today, and more pictures of Almonte and the family to come. So what did 20 Frank Street look like? I looked through the archives for fires but found only one. The house was probably torn down as the newspaper article mentions many frame homes on Frank Street. Stay tuned for more.

Update-Craig Shouldice– The Millie Aitkenhead that worked at the BofM in Almonte was Robert Jr’s sister, not his daughter. Robert Jr. has a daughter Millie as well, but she did not work there


The photos from the Millie Aikenhead Collection as I call it will be split between the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum (Carleton Place Photos) and the North Lanark Regional Museum (Almonte Photos)

I try and save old photos after I share them with the world as I feel no one will appreciate them if they sit unseen. If you read My Family in a Box story those pictures are now in the save keeping of Archives Lanark.

Are These Memories Just for Ourselves? — The Family in a Box

Related reading:

What Happened to the House and Family on Frank Street –Part 1

The Aitkenhead Family at 20 Frank Street in Carleton Place

Before there was Baker Bob’s There was The Almonte Bakery

Hog’s Back Falls Ottawa –Aitkenhead Photo Collection

How to Make a Vintage Apron- Aitkenhead Photo Collection

No Banker Left Behind – Bank of Montreal Almonte Photos

Down by the Mississippi River- Almonte Falls Photos 50s




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1901- Ottawa Journal- Before the 30s as an example of the quality of the homes in that area. They were frame homes and were either torn down or burned down.

Rick Roberts-–Just to keep things completely confusing… As mentioned in an earlier post, I lived at 28 Frank street 1958-1971. Speaking to my mother about this topic, she says that our house was numbered 6 Frank street when we moved there, and was changed to number 28 sometime in the very early 1960s. With that being the case, under the old numbering system “20 Frank Street’ would have been in the block that is north of John street (closer to the river) on the west side of the street. However, the caption “20 Frank Street” may have been added to the picture at the time the picture was taken, or at a date after the street numbers were changed. Oh, the mystery 🙂

Obituary-Robert S. Aitkenhead

(Past President, Branch 192), (Royal Canadian Legion) in hospital at Almonte, Ontario on Sunday, June 24, 1990, Robert S. Aitkenhead, of Carleton Place, in his 61st year, beloved husband of Elva Horton Southwell; dear father of Larry Aitkenhead of Scarborough, Millie and Robbie Aitkenhead and Candie (Mrs. Brent Hurdis), all of Carleton Place; stepfather of Kenneth Southwell and his wife Jerry of Carleton Place and Bill Southwell of Scarborough. Loving grandfather of 7 grandchildren. Loved son of Mrs. Pearl Aitkenhead of Almonte and the late Robert Aitkenhead. Dear brother of Marion Ardley of Ottawa and Mildred Bowes of Norway Bay. Resting at the Alan R. Barker Funeral Home, McArthur Avenue, Carleton Place, on Monday  from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Service in the chapel on Wednesday at 2 p.m., Reverend Grant Wil­son officiating. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Elva Aitkenhead

AITKENHEAD, Elva Ann Peacefully in hospital, Ottawa, Ontario on Thursday, June 15th, 2006 at age 70. Elva Ann Horton beloved wife of the late Robert Stephenson Aitkenhead. Dear mother of Ken (Jerry) Southwell, Bill (Danielle) Southwell, Larry (Joy) Aitkenhead, Millie (Donnie) Lee, Robbie (Christina) Aitkenhead, Candy Hurdis and Debbie O’Meara. Dear sister of Rita Julian and Marilyn Ryan both of Almonte. Also survived by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Ken and Marguerite Horton and 2 sisters Mary Kennedy, Carol Poag, 3 brothers Hubert, Edward and Warren. Friends may call at the Kerry Funeral Home, 154 Elgin Street, Almonte for visiting on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday after 9:30 a.m. Thence to Holy Name of Mary Church, Almonte for Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Interment Holy Name of Mary Parish Cemetery, Almonte.


1c1               Aitkebhead                                                                     (source LCGA Melanie Mason)
s Pearl ?                                                                                                      Operated a Bakery in Almonte
2 c1 Robert Aitkenhead
   s Pearl ?                                                     -1994                                memotial Ottawa Citizen 7/22/09 by 3 c2
     3 c1 Mildred (Millie) Aitkenhead                                                                          Norway Bay in 1990
        s #1 ? Wilcox                                                                                        Operated a Bakery in Carleton Place
       s #2   Melvin Bowes
     3 c2 Marion Aitkenhead                                                                                      Ottawa in 1990     
         s ? Ardlwy
     3 c3 Robert S. Aitkenhead                 1928-1990        b                 ; d Carleton Place
        s Elva Ann Horton/Southwell        1936-2006         b                 ; d Ottawa
      4 c1 Larry Aitkenhead                                                                                       Scarborough in 1990          
       4 c2 Millie Aitkenhead                                                                                      Carleton Place in 1990
       4 c3 Robbie Aitkenhead                                                                                    Carleton Place in 1990
       4 c4 Candy Aitkenhead                                                                                    Carleton Place in 1990
         s Brent Hurdis
       4 c5 Kenneth Southwell *                                                                                  Carleton Place  in 1990
         s Jerry ?
       4 c6 Bill Southwell*                                                                                           Scarnorough in 1990
                                     * step-children


How did a Hurdis get in there? According to Ted Hurdis-Brent is a cousin of Ted’s and Ab and Fran Hurdis’s second born son. He was married to Candy Aitkenhead. Thanks Ted!