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Burns Service Garage – Comments and Memories

Burns Service Garage – Comments and Memories

Bob Smithson

The image in the photo is that of the Service Station and gas pumps where Red Munroe and others worked. The Main Office, Parts Department (Laurie McPhail and others), Service Bays and Paint Shop were located across the road from the Legion. The car lot area had its own service bay located to the rear of the lot which had an upstairs office where all the sales staff were located etc. (Edgar Carroll, Des Smithson, Cameron Smithson, Mike Vaughan and a young Clarke LaRocque). Jack Smithson, my father, was the General Manger and as I recall, Evelyn Lotan provided administrative assistance for the business, Dalton Burns was Finance and Stewart Burns the Owner. I recall that Jack Vanbridger, Elford Giles and Don MacIntosh were the mechanics along. Can anyone else add some other names and details

Dawn Jones

Linda : i believe Burns globe service was owned by Stuart Burns who had a car dealership across the street. I will verify that once i talk to a relative.

Dawn Jones

Linda : i believe Burns globe service was owned by Stuart Burns who had a car dealership across the street. I will verify that once i talk to a relative.

Bev Madden

..and before Burns it was owned by Gord Hill

Ken MacDonald

Dawn Jones

Burns Pontiac Buick

Dennis worked there in the body shop.

Actually that might be his car in the photo

Kathi Norton

Omg – that is terrific to see the old golf gas station of my father’s! Thanks for sharing! If anyone has any memorabilia of “Burns Pontiac Buick” I would be happy to pay someone for such items as key chains, callenders etc… please contact me directly!

Kathi Norton

Yes Burns Pontiac Buick was across the street, where Napa is today! It was in operation in the 60’s and 70’s

Stuart McIntosh

A 1958 Pontiac Pathfinder baby blue was the car my parents purchased at Hill motors.. used it to get my drivers licence – a little while ago – haha

Susan Elliott Topping

I remember Art working there! When I walked by to go skating, he would yell, “Hi Suzie Wing Wong”! because of my ponytail! LOL

Ronald Ford

I worked at Burns service station with Gordon mcclymont in the sixties

Cathy Paterson

I remember your Dad having the car dealership in Almonte I believe Mr Clarke LaRocque worked there as a salesman for your dad

Mike Gallant

Worked at the Service station for 3 years while going to school—then to the main dealership Burn’s Pontiac across the road to begin my career!!!

Tom Edwards

Was Edgar Carroll at Burns Pontiac Mike Gallant.

Mike Gallant

Yes Tom, Edgar Carroll, Clark Laroque, Des Smithson, Cameron Smithson, Laurie McPhail, Teddy Metcalfe, Hughie Whitten, Mrs Lotan, Mrs Wrigglesworth, Fuzzy Barr, Ray Gallant, Billy Southwell Eddie Gosset and the list goes on!!! Fun time working between the hotel and the Legion haha!!!

Peter Low

Continuing on, Mike: Body Shop>> Ronny Arthur, Frank “Shorty” Morrow, Ray Pretty, Steve Mundt, Ken Brown, Paul Raymond. Front End Alignment>> Don McIntosh. Additional mechanics>> Clarence Hazelwood, Ken Bennett. New Car Prep>> Jack VanBridger. Parts>> Jack Greer. New Car Wash>>Grant McDougall and Mike Villeneuve.

Mike Gallant

Peter Low Yes—Ernie Lalonde, Art Landry, Pat Laforce, Ken Mason, Nick Carter——I am sure I will think of a few more

John Metcalfe

Mike Gallant my brother George Metcalfe body shop

Dawn Jones

Mike Gallant ; Dennis LeClaire worked there for a time in the body shop.

Don Raycroft

Wow you have a good memory. Great crew of good people. I think Jack Smithson showed his face now and again as well!

Mike Gallant

Yes Don—Jack was there often as he owned Almonte Leasing. he stored some tires in the basement at the Gulf station across the street. He leased the 5 ton Flour mill trucks and we would service them on Saturdays!!

D Christopher Vaughan

My Dad Des Vaughan worked for Jack Smithson in the early 1950’s,but I thought it was across the street from the Legion – can anyone help out with that? Before my time, as it was when he worked for Jack that he met a Bell Telephone operator who worked on Mill Street named Elizabeth, and well, the rest is history. OK, i checked with my mom, and she has corrected me. My dad worked for Gord Hill at Hill Motors

Ronald Ford

Hill motor was across from superior restaurant. Burns Pontiac Buick was across from the legion

John Metcalfe

The car lot was across the street from legion and the picture is of their gas bar and 2 bay garage beside Lindsay farm equipment

Stuart McIntosh

Looks like a new /65 Pontiac parked out front.

Gerry Newton

Worked there in 1971 for a few weeks before crossing the road in parts.

Sandy France

Gordie Hill owned the GM dealership until the mid sixties when Stewart Burns bought Gordie out. Britt Thurston was the next owner but he moved the business up near Scoops

Julie Taylor

The building on the left that my Dad Don Lockhart grew up in still has my great Grandfather’s safe in it. Unfortunately I don’t think we will ever get it back as my Dad says it would need to be lifted out with a crane. 🙁

Janet Drynan

Remember the service station well. We owned it and the Lotan house and ran our auto repair business out of it

George Metcalfe

I worked at this Gulf station and then in the body shop across the street both owend by Stewart Burns

Bob Smithson

J.C. started-up a Car Leasing Company as part of Burns Motors, and eventually went on his own working from his basement office. He eventually became the County Registrar in the Land Registry Office until he retired.

Carl Roberts

Worked in the Body Shop with Shorty Morrow

Don Duncan Hi Nancy do you also have memories of riding to Almonte High School cramed into the back seat of Keith Brydges old rusted out station wagon. School buses have come a long way!

The LeMaistre Garage Fire

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Clippings of the Winslow-Spragge Name and the Local Garage

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Wilbert Foster Garage Fire —Lanark

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The LeMaistre Garage Fire

The LeMaistre Garage Fire

1936 Almonte Gazette

Fire thought to have resulted from electric wiring or a v-belt on a motor, did damage estimated at $1,000s of dollars early Monday morning at Ed’s Body Shop, which is located in the former LeMaistre garage building.

The blaze was discovered at 4.30 in the morning by Thomas Dean, night man at Hotel Almonte which is located next to the structure where the fire broke out. Mr. Dean said he noticed smoke, heard something like an explosion and then saw the ruddy glow. He turned in the alarm. It was a tough assignment for the fire- brigade as the thermometer was hovering around six below zero .

There were hydrants close to the building and the hose was hooked onto the one of High Street next to the hotel. The fire started In a narrow wing of the building that comes out to the sidewalk. Materials such as paint used by auto body workers are very inflammable and apt to explode. The smoke and fumes were dense and the firemen fought the blaze for a considerable time in the bitter, frosty air.

An examination of the premise in daylight showed considerable damage but the blaze had not broken through the walls or the roof and seemed to have been confined to the upper part of the section affected. The only explanation was defective wiring or a motor which came on automatically from time to time to keep up air pressure for spraying machinery.

The fire chief, Durward Washburn on looking things over, thought a v-belt might have done the damage through friction due to slipping when worn. At any rate an examination of the area around the stove showed the fire did start there, so electricity seemed to be the logical answer.

Mr. Gosset, who rents the building from Mr. John LeMaistre had some insurance on part of his equipment, it will be several days before he is operating’ again. A Cadillac car and a newly painted truck will require new paint jobs as a result of the heat, otherwise they were not damaged. Damage to the equipment was not too serious, according to the owner. It is a good thing Mr. Dean happened to see the fire because at 4.30 in the morning there is little or no traffic on that part of Bridge Street and the garage is flanked on either side by the O’Brien Theatre and the Hotel Almonte. Harry Gunn.s Clover Farm groceteria Is located across the street.

January 1957

Lots of queries this morning. Pete Brunelle asks- Hi Linda would like to know if you found any pics of my grandfather garage , LeMaistre and son , and also my great Grandfather blacksmiths shop , which he ended up bring in an automobile at the time to tera down and rebuild ,, Would love to have something of that nature ,, My grandfather garage is now HB Auto– Anyone have anything?

Steve Nelson Though I am not from Almonte…I really enjoy and appreciate your efforts on this Facebook page. I have great memories of summer holidays spent there as a child visiting my grandparents (Jack and Flo LeMaistre on Water St). Our family goes back to the late 1800’s in Almonte. Thanks again for all your efforts in helping to recall those happy times

A piece of LeMaistre history on Pete Brunelles page.. Love this photo-Steve Nelson Love this picture. That was my great grandfather Edward LeMaistre. Although I didn’t get to meet him as he died 10 years before I was born, my mother always speaks of what a nice man he was.❤️

A piece of LeMaistre history on Pete Brunelles page.. Love this photo–John Armour —The picture was taken at my grandparents (George and Mae LeMaistre) in the dining room at 93 George Street, C.P. The dining room table (extended in original photo with a card table or two) was in the house when my great grandfather bought five house for back taxes, for each of his children. This dining room table (in original picture), now resides in my dining room here in Kingston, Ontario and is still used today by Annie and me for dinners.

From Pete Brunelle— Linda Seccaspina I believe it is on water street in Almonte–the boy is my grandfather , with his 2 sisters and mother and father ,

Break In! Thurston’s Garage and Lunch Bar

Clippings of the Winslow-Spragge Name and the Local Garage

Sir Malcolm Campbell Bluebird for Sale at Taylor’s Garage?

Wilbert Foster Garage Fire —Lanark

Almonte Genealogy– LeMaistre’s or Currie Family — Steve Nelson

Celebrating Christmas in July — Mary Cook Archives — LeMaistre

Caldwell Public School Evan Greenman Ted LeMaistre – Thanks to Pete Brunelle

Looking to Document Thomas McCann

Looking to Document Thomas McCann

County Rd 29 Pakenham, pretty sure the first building was a blacksmith shop, now McCann’s garage. Left is General Store….Looks like the now “Nicholson’s Sundries” I think there was a fire some decades ago.

Joan ArmstrongI’m trying to remember, but I think Buddy Gordon’s drugstore was where Nicholson’s is now.

Photo courtesy ofMarilyn Snedden via the collection of Margie Argue and her late brother Dan Paige–Pakenham–

Thomas Stewart “Rock”
(Former Owner of McCann’s Garage, Pakenham, ON.)
Passed away peacefully on May 14, 2020 at the Fairview Manor (Almonte, ON.)”Rock”
Life-long resident of Pakenham, ON.,
in his 94th year.

Clippings of the Winslow-Spragge Name and the Local Garage

Clippings of the Winslow-Spragge Name and the Local Garage

Deborah Van Waard— This service station was owned by Jim McDonald and was called McDonald’s and the highway at the time was called “Christian Street”. In 1953 my father, Ed Winslow-Spragge purchased the business and I recall the folks that worked with Mom and Dad… Marion Munroe, Dolphie Elliot, Bordie Lieshman(sp?), and others that I may have forgotten. The little service station house was where Mom and Dad first lived when they moved here from Montreal with my two sisters, Susan and Joanne. I was born in 1955. In the store I recall the very cold soft drink water cooler, the big cooler room where meat was stored, a meat slicer that my sister Sue sliced her fingers on, the hard ice cream freezer where I scooped the odd cone for visiting customers. The two bay garage was always busy and Dolphie and Bordie worked on many a vehicle that came for maintenance! Marion was a lovely lady that we all loved and I vaguely remember the glasses that she wore – I think they were of the old cat’s eye variety! I don’t remember when we moved to the house next door, but at some point, as Jayne mentioned, the service station house was moved down the road and I believe Johnny Byrne (Peggy’s brother) and wife Harriet Fassbender lived there at some point. Mom and Dad always worked together in all their adventures, and eventually they sold the business to John Cochrane and his wife Margret. There are so many memories that are conjured up when I see old photos like this one!

Photo thanks to the Almonte Public Library reference– The Curly Cone!!!!!! Jayne Munro-Ouimet said this morning. “Linda, my mother wants you to know that the house in the photo was moved along Highway 29 towards Pakenham. It now is located roadside near the entrance to KF New and Used Auto Parts located at 4081 County Road 29 north. 🌝 Jayne”

Marty TaylorI’m pretty sure we rented that house when we first moved to Almonte. I think my dad helped pump gas and my mom may have helped out in the store.

Anne-Marie FordSince this pic is from 1970, wouldn’t it mean 2020 is the 200th anniversary 🎉

Randy RivingtonMy very first job,,pumping gas

where does the name Winslow Sprague come from?

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
22 Apr 1958, Tue  •  Page 20

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Dowdall’s Esso and Hank’s Tire- Jo-Anne Dowdall-Brown and Larry Clark

Dowdall’s Esso and Hank’s Tire- Jo-Anne Dowdall-Brown and Larry Clark
Larry Clark photo
Larry Clark photo
Larry Clark photo
Larry Clark photo
Larry Clark photo

I’m wondering if you have ever seen or come across some old photos of Hanks tire/dowdalls?Excellent question.. Who has memories and better yet???

Jo-Anne Dowdall-BrownIt was on Hwy 7 beside Twin Oaks. it was a Supertest. My parents Bill and Deanne owned it from 1965 to 2000. In the later years it was Dowdall’s Tire and Service.

Jo-Anne Dowdall-BrownPhil Hallahan never.. we opened in 1965…. the building at the time was owned by Supertest

Sandra SandersonJo-Anne Dowdall-Brown…wonderful memories at Dowdall’s. Remember the restaurant – even when I go into Hank’s now, I can see the two of us sitting at “our table” in the far corner having our tomato soup and buttered bread feeling so grown up.

Jo-Anne Dowdall-BrownSandra Sanderson and getting a coke out of the water cooler!!

Bev HynesDad and I would leave work at Parkman and Taylor and have lunch at Dowdalls. Hot roast beef with gravy on fries! The best! That when Joanne’s grandma and Mom were cooking.

Jo-Anne Dowdall-BrownBev Hynes my Grandma came to cook for 3 months and was there for 15years

Bev HynesJo-Anne Dowdall-Brown She was an amazing cook!

Jordan Monfilsi has always been curious about that place from days passed. It holds a place in my heart. I wouldn’t be who I am today without it. Spent 1/3 of my life there. Or more even,

Jo-Anne Dowdall-BrownJordan Monfils that is wonderful!! We had many employees go through there but many stayed a very long time. Like Justin McNeely’s Dad!!

Phil Hallahanwasn’t that Tim’s garage back in the day?

Dawn JonesI remember the little snack bar at the garage. My brother Jack worked for the Dowdall’s Tire and Service for years in Carleton Place and then Arnprior. ♥

Donna McfarlaneDiane made the best club sandwiches and they were only a dollar to start then one twenty five

Ray PaquetteI can’t remember the Supertest or snack bar but Dowdall Tire was my repair shop for many years when I lived in Carleton Place. I spent the odd hour sitting in the waiting room of what would have been the snack bar talking with Deanne who I had known since childhood.

Marlene SpringerWe went every Sunday after church

Jo-Anne Dowdall-Brown
March 3  · 

25th anniversary. My Mom and Dad Deanne and Bill Dowdall. 25th anniversary of Dowdall’s Tire

Jo-Anne Dowdall-Brown posted this on her timeline

Jo-Anne Dowdall-Brown posted this on her timeline and I caught it some how.. LOL”Packing and found the milkshake maker from Dowdall’s Restaurant! Many memories. Mom hated making them when she had a big order!

NOW on Highway 7

Now Hank’s Tire on Highway 7
From Justin McNeely— Hanks/Dowdalls Tire

Devin DaviesI loved working with my dad there and all the guys

Greg WrightOur family and farm used these guys a time or two !

Linda Seccaspina
March 27, 2020  · Shared with PublicPublic

A shout out to Hank’s Tire on highway 7. Poor guy didn’t know what hit him when I asked to take pictures. They are busy helping community out from what I saw in a faster than speed of light manner..

Sandra RattrayHanak’s tire is our garage to go to. Very fair prices and nice people.

Emma CrosleyGreat service and great guys👏🙂

The Central Garage in Carleton Place by Terry Skillen


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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  16 Sep 1949, Fri,  Page 35


The Central Garage was where Mr. Mozzarella now sits—next to Wisteria—formerly Howard Johnson’s Mens Wear. This piece was not written by me but, by an amazing writer and historian Terry Skillen. I urge you to visit the Heritage Carleton Place site set up by Carleton Place’s own Dave Robertson. Amazing stories and he has put a lot of work into it.Thanks to the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum for the photos from the past.


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Central Garage, 1954
Central Garage, 1954

The following story is about Central Garage which was located at the corner of Bridge and College Streets in downtown Carleton Place. The building  ( seen below) was demolished in 1985, and a small take out restaurant was built on the vacant land at 157 Bridge Street,

The Story of Central Garage
Terry Skillen

In 1906, Albert Lowe purchased the front half of lot 11 in section C of Carleton Place, located at the corner of Bridge and College streets. The lot was part of the land granted to Edmund Morphy by the Crown in 1819. Edmund died in 1842 and the parcel of land was inherited by his wife Barbara. In 1848, she sold lots 1 through 24 for £450 to James McDiarmid, a general merchant and Allan McDonald, owner of a woolen mill in Carleton Place. In 1850, they sold the parcel to John McEwen for £500. There were no buildings on lot 11 as late as 1863. In 1867, Edmund Bourke, a cooper, sold lot 11 to Archibald McArthur, a Carleton Place merchant and former reeve of Beckwith. McArthur became the owner of a woollen mill and large stone residence in Carleton Place. In 1873, he sold part of lot 11 to John Bourke, the son of Edmund, for $400.00.  John sold the front part of lot 11 to Albert Lowe in May 1906 for $2000.00.

Albert Lowe, an Irish Protestant, sold his farm in Pakenham Township about 1890; he started a livery business in Carleton Place about 1894. In 1906, Lowe’s livery building was located on lot 18 in section C of Carleton Place; he sold the business to Mr. Angus McFarlane.

In 1906, a wooden building stood on the front part of lot 11 facing Bridge Street. The small structure was not suitable for Lowe’s purposes; he undertook the construction of a two story brick building on the property. Mr. Lowe made purchases in August and September1906 of 18,000 “h” bricks and 26,000 “s” bricks from Carleton Place Brickyard. Ten years later, in August and September, 1916, Lowe had business dealings with William A. Nichols, the owner of a lumber plane mill on Moore Street. Lowe’s livery business was listed in the 1918 telephone directory; however the 18 March 1918 issue of the Almonte Gazette reported that Mr. Lowe sold his livery “barn” in Carleton Place to McGregor Bros, to be used as a garage and machine shop. (Lowe’s daughter, Irene, was married to Colin McGregor.)

The land register for Carleton Place does not record a transfer of lot 11 from Lowe to McGregor in 1918, so the building referred to in the article was located elsewhere in Carleton Place. The newspaper article states that Mr. Lowe intended to dispose of his livery outfit at an early date. Indeed he did not sell the red brick building located at Bridge and College streets until 1925, after it was converted to a car repair garage. Perhaps, Mr. Lowe or the McGregor brothers did convert the livery building on lot 11 into an automobile garage and operated a car repair service out of it for several years between 1918 and 1925.


Bowland Garage, 1930
Bowland Garage, 1930
 Norman Leslie Bowland and Stanley Edwin Shannon bought Lowe’s garage building in 1925. The Bowland and Shannon families were neighbours on the Scotch Corners road in Ramsay Township just a mile or so off highway seven. Norm Bowland was born in 1896 the son of William J. and Evangelia Bowland.  Norm had worked for James Brothers in Perth before taking an automobile repair course in Ottawa. He moved to Carleton Place after completing the course and lived on John Street. He was twenty nine when he partnered with his friend Stan to purchase the garage from Mr. Lowe.  Stan Shannon may have worked in the Bates and Innes Wool Mill before teaming up with Norm to buy the garage in Carleton Place. He may also have worked in a wool mill in Renfrew. The purchase of the garage for $4500.00 was finalized on 9 October 1925, the occasion of Stan Shannon’s 23rd birthday. Norm was the mechanic and Stan served gasoline and did grease and oil jobs.
Albert Lowe may have first used the name Central Garage to describe the building he had converted into a garage sometime after 1918. It is certain that Bowland and Shannon were using the name by 1934 when their business is listed in the Carleton Place Directory as Bowland & Shannon, Central Garage. The name Central Garage continued to be used during the ownership of the business by Mr. Melvin Kyre from 1947 to 1949 and Mr. Alfred Skillen from 1949 to 1956.
      It may have been in 1932, that the front of the first level of the building was altered to accommodate gas pumps under the second storey overhang along Bridge Street. An advertisement in the Carleton Place Directory for 1936 describes Central Garage as the Red Indian Service Station located at 32 Bridge Street W.
      Ross McCall a resident of Carleton Place tells a story about the time a farmer from Scotch Corners brought his car in for repairs. When the engine cover was lifted a chicken was in the engine compartment. The bird had succeeded in holding on during the drive into Carleton Place without incurring injury.
      The Great Depression came only four years after Bolland and Shannon purchased the garage.  Perhaps a need to reduce their costs caused them to live on the second floor over the garage. Another undertaking to increase income was their decision to rent space at the front of the building to Ernie and Hope Peden and Russell Cooke for the purpose of selling cars. Stan and Norm charged a rental fee of $20.00 monthly and they also benefited from servicing the Star and Durant cars sold by Peden and Cooke.
      The Carleton Place Directory for 1936 identifies Mr. James Miller as the proprietor of a Dodge and De Soto dealership with a general automobile repair shop located at 157 Bridge Street. Sometime later, Miller operated the Dodge and Desoto dealership with Norm Bowland from Central Garage. He employed Helen Cole in the office. Stan Shannon seems to have left the garage business by this time perhaps to focus on the small grill and coffee shop he had recently opened at the front of the building. Mr. Miller was not selling cars from Central Garage after 1945.
      In 1946, after 21 years of business in Carleton Place, Bowland and Shannon sold Central Garage to Janice Louise Armstrong and a Mr. Lynch for the sum of $5000.00. The garage was sold fourteen months later in October 1947 to Mr. Melvin Ernest Kyer. He retained ownership of the building for only two years during which time he entered into a lease agreement with the Cities Service Oil Company. Mel Kyer sold the garage to Alfred Skillen in September 1949.
      Central Garage in 1949 was not a state of the art car repair business. The facility did not have a hydraulic jack. Instead a manual jack was used to raise either the front or rear end of the car. Mr. Ross McCall believes that Jim Miller had installed a hydraulic jack when he had leased Central Garage from Bowland and Shannon for his Dodge-Desoto dealership. Mr. McCall recalls that Miller sold the hydraulic jack to Vic Bennett who owned the Chevrolet dealership at the corner of Bridge and High Street.In the yard at the back of the building was a pit made of cement where oil changes and other under carriage work was undertaken when the weather permitted. The pit was very infrequently used and constituted a hazard that had to be covered by parking a vehicle over it.

Alfred Skillen was not licensed as a Class A mechanic in Ontario.  He hired Bert Guthrie a Class A mechanic. Bert had incurred an injury to his back which was aggravated from time to time especially when he would play baseball. His inability to always make it into work after a game, due to injury or perhaps the after game victory celebration, caused Alfred some labour problems especially when Bert had been in the middle of a job the day before.

Austin cars manufactured in England were among the first foreign motor vehicles to be imported into Canada after World War Two. Alfred entered into an agreement with Myer’s Motors in Ottawa to act as a satellite dealer for the sale of the imported cars. To enhance retail opportunities he later entered into an agreement with the Studebaker Motor Company.

Two Cities Service gas pumps were located under the second storey overhang at the front of the building along Bridge Street. In 1954, Alfred renovated the front of the building; the green and white Cities Service gas pumps were removed and the ground floor of the garage was extended by closing in the drive through area to form a showroom. Large glass windows were installed on the south and east side of the showroom. The restaurant was increased in size and extended along the front of the building. Skillen entered into an agreement with the Sunoco Company. A gas pump was located on College Street at the end of the garage. A Sunoco sign was hung from the front of the building. Alfred Skillen sold the business to Mr. John P. Andres in the summer of 1956 for $12,000.00. Thereafter the building was no longer used commercially to sell and repair automobiles.  The red brick building was subsequently sold a few more times, renovated and housed small commercial businesses until it was eventually demolished about 1985.

The foregoing is an excerpt from a more detailed research report by Terry Skillen that is available at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum.
Back of Central Garage, undated photo
Back of Central Garage, undated photo
This is a undated vintage picture of the back of Central Garage with the late Frank Robertson and late Ken Robertson of Carleton Place as children.  The photo would have been taken in the late 1920’s.   A view of the Masonic Lodge on can been seen in the background– Heritage Carleton Place
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