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The 1982 Gas War — Perth Vs Carleton Place

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The 1982 Gas War — Perth Vs Carleton Place

 

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March 1982

The war was on between Perth and Carleton Place gasoline dealers and one operator says he’s giving up the business. Bob Chapman of Carleton Place (Golden Eagle) says there’s too much competition to earn a decent living. “Everyone seems to be getting into the act. I’m retiring from the gas business. There’s no money in it anymore”.

Differences of up to nine cents a litre were being reported between the two towns and the small dealerships were hurting. Saveway Gas dealer, Santiego Diaz of Carleton Place said he wasn’t sure where prices are going. “I’ll have to go to our head office to find out what can be done about the situation.”

 

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Diaz was currently selling regular gas at 37.9 cents per litre and unleaded at 41.9 cents. At Denny’s Service Centre in Carleton Place gas prices were between 42 and 44 cents and owner Dennis Miller says,”I really don’t know what’s going on. Prices are being reduced but it’s not affecting me. After six years in the business, Miller said he had built up a steady clientele. “They prefer to come here because they know they’re going to get service.”

Perth Shell dealer Garfield Leach was concerned about where the price war could lead. “When something like this happens, the dealer gets caught in the middle. If I drop my prices I lose one-third of my markup.” Leach says gas companies do offer relief in the form of consignment sales for dealers interested. , “The company could offer to let me lower my prices if I sell on consignment, I would be guaranteed a profit but it would be less than what I make -now,” Leach says. Leach thinks about consignment all the time but says: “I’m in business to make profits.”

 

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photo by Faye Campbell of Bill McGonegal

Self-serve Esso dealer Bill McGonegal of Carleton Place says the situation was much the same as a price war that took place two years ago. “One day someone lowers his price and I have to follow him. My price is down to 36.6 cents and I think things have pretty much settled now,” McGonegal says.

But McGonegal’s neighbour wasn’t sure. Dwight Cochrane at Orr Pontiac expects to drop his prices again next week. “Bill and I are friends and we don’t want to start anything but, if his price drops, mine will have to. The price war is hurting my business,” Cochrane said.

 

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Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Citizen,
  2. 31 Oct 1981, Sat,
  3. Page 83

 

Perth resident Delbert Bolton was irate about the local state of gas prices. “We’re being taken. The dealers have got to be playing games with us. I can go to Carleton Place and save $5.60 on a fill up.” “I’d prefer to spend my money where I earn it but if they don’t change, I’m not going to feel guilty about going out of town to buy gas.

 

 

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Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Citizen,
  2. 17 May 1984, Thu,
  3. Main Edition,
  4. Page 24
  5. The Ottawa Journal,
  6. 23 Sep 1968, Mon,
  7. Page 26
  8. Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and theSherbrooke Record and and Screamin’ Mamas (USACome 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. Tales of Almonte and Arnprior Then and Now.relatedreading
  9. Filler Up! Got a Flat!! Photos of Gas Stations

  10. The Central Garage in Carleton Place by Terry Skillen

    The Garages of Carleton Place –1970’s

    Looking for Memories of Harold Linton’s Gas Station

    Take Me to Your Litre — The Anti-Metric Gas Station

    Esso? Downtown Bridge Street Carleton Place

    The White Rose Service Station in Carleton Place

    Dollars Worth of Gas in Carleton Place

    Before the Canadian Tire Gas Bar There Was..

Badly Injured While Sliding On Toboggan January 14 1960

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Photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Mr. Desmond Vaughan met with an unfortunate accident on Sunday afternoon while tobogganing on Sadler’s Hill. He and Mrs. Vaughan, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Roy Morrow drove out to the new slide on Sunday afternoon. The four went down the hill without any difficulty. On the next run about 3.30 p.m. the two men went down together.

Des was on the back of the toboggan and cannot clearly recall what happened. The slide was hard-packed with a crust and he said they seemed to travel at a great speed. It is though t that with the lighter load, the toboggan slewed. He was pitched off and landed on his back, suffering a break in his backbone about the waist-line.

With the help of other men who were present, he was placed on the toboggan and Dr. JR. K. Bach was called. He was brought to the R. 4 Hospital by Comba’s ambulance, still on the toboggan. He suffered considerable pain for several days but is more comfortable now. It is expected that a walking cast will be adjusted on Friday. Des was employed at the Cities Service Station and expects to be able to perform light duties in a short time.

Almonte Gazette

Almonte Gazette 1960

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Photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Tobogganing down “Stoddards’ Hill” on Morphy Street in Carleton Place, not far from Ottawa, circa 1912..

Rachel McRae

My Grandpa! My uncle said that their. neighbours rallied together to collect money for my Mom’s family as my Grandpa could not work at the time.

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Wikimedia Commons

1. The word toboggan comes from either the Algonquin word odabaggan or the Anishinabe word nobugidaban.

2. The Inuit made their toboggans out of whalebone, while other tribes used birch or tamarack. The sleds had a curved front, to ease traveling over difficult terrain, but had no runners. The design has changed little since they were first developed; today, most toboggans are made with seven boards of ash or maple, each about 2 inches wide.

3. The Russians built the first toboggan slide—a high wooden structure with an ice-covered chute—in St. Petersburg in the late 1800s.

4. Tobogganing as a sport began in Canada in the late 1800s and quickly spread. Though it was considered a “sport,” tobogganing was also high-fashion: Men wore top hats and ladies donned their best clothes for trips down the chute.

Related reading

Filler Up! Got a Flat!! Photos of Gas Stations

The Central Garage in Carleton Place by Terry Skillen

The Garages of Carleton Place –1970’s

Looking for Memories of Harold Linton’s Gas Station

Take Me to Your Litre — The Anti-Metric Gas Station

Esso? Downtown Bridge Street Carleton Place

The White Rose Service Station in Carleton Place

Dollars Worth of Gas in Carleton Place

Before the Canadian Tire Gas Bar There Was..

Breathtaking Bargains and Jukebox Favourites at The Falcon on Highway 7

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Everyone loved this 1963 picture from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum’s Facebook page

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I found ads this week from the old Carleton Place Canadian file at the museum.

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Some of the owners were: Dan Fallack–The Bakers and Erma Rathwell McCumber was the second to last owner. They had the best burgers at 2:30am after The Missisippi Hotel closed. Well, “I Heard it Through the Grapevine”.

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Where is This -Part 2- Are We Any Farther Ahead?

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Another picture from the old files of The Canadian rescued by Jennifer Fenwick Irwin from The Carleton Place and Beckwith Hertage Museum. Is it still around? I have a good idea where this is but we will see what everyone else says..

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Where my first thoughts were was on HWY 7 -Ramsay 4A.. It used to be a gas station and then turned in to the Book Gallery that is now on Lake Ave West. But, all that is left is an empty lot now as the building was falling down. Muldoon’s is now a new building on High Street.

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I drove out to Black’s Corners. I remember the garage was a white frame, but it has been remodeled around the original roof peak. There seems to be three peaks here. I was just told this was Devlin’s old place.

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Thoughts?

Jennifer Fenwick Irwin from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Museum has just sent this so now she is placing a call to Jeff MaGuire. Thanks Jennifer– this is the old Falcon-, on Highway 7 at 4th Concession of Ramsay

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Dollars Worth of Gas in Carleton Place

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This is a photo from the Photo Collection of Shane Wm. Edwards of Carleton Place. His private collection is to be envied.

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Photo from the Photo collection of Shane Wm. Edwards  –  His Uncle Lloyd at the gas pump.

Before there were gas stations people used to buy gas out of the barrel at the grocery or hardware store. The growing demand for gas soon led to a landscape dotted with service stations. These gas stations were the first commercial buildings to be set back from the street, a revolutionary design which accommodated cars without disrupting street traffic.

Information from Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum