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“The BA Corner” –Ron Armour — Community Comments


Then– in 1987— Thanks To Allan Stanzel

2011 old Tim Hortons building is NOW photo. Photo from CLICK

The GULF Garage

Carol McDonaldRon Armour ran it , I believe

Lori ArmourMy Dad, Ron Armour owned and operated Armour’s Gulf. When he purchased the business in 1959 it was a BA station. I used to work there pumping gas.

Bill LemayIt used to be a b/a Station

Jill SeymourBill Lemay yup. Meet me at the BA corner

Kelley CramptonJill Seymour even after it became Gulf we always called it the BA corner

Bill LemayJill Seymour when it was gulf their moto was we hurry service they had a size 22 running shoe in the garage

Jill SeymourKinda like meet me at the lime kiln. Which was the entrance to Levines scrap yard on Napoleon Street. I suppose there was a kiln there at one time but I never thought about it then. You have a name, you see a thing, that’s what it is

Gary LeachA great hang out, nothing but fun, miss those times with the boys.

Kelley CramptonHere’s a cute one….When my son was in grade 1 or 2 he decided he didn’t want to go to school one afternoon. As he passed the Gulf station he crawled under one of the cars parked off to the side and stayed there the rest of the day, until he saw other kids heading home after school. He then crawled out and walked the few feet back to his grandmother’s house. The guys at the station told us about it and said they kept an eye on him all afternoon to be sure he was ok.

Alexandra FolkardKelley Crampton omg how did he stay there all day? Why have I never heard of this? Why was he alone going to school so young? Lol good thing the car didn’t move.

Amie Neil-MunroKelley Crampton I remember that happening but I don’t remember leaving him there. I should have been with him, I wonder where I was.There was another day when we all skipped school together and no one ever found out

Dan Sparling
5h  · 

Jeff LevesqueSome background collected from Ron’s wife Sue – Ron was my Father-In-Law.
As Lori mentioned, the service station purchased in 1959 and ran as the BA until 1969 when Gulf Oil acquired BA. This photo was posted last week (below) – Ron is far right.

Throughout the years, Ron ran the service station and along with Sue, raised 5 daughters who some of them played a part in working at the station at some point pumping gas. Ron also had a tow truck and pulled many out of the ditches in the area.

Many young people in the town were employed throughout the years and I’m sure they could all tell some stories.

Later on, Ron started selling used cars from the station lot and later partnered with Barry Devereux of Luxury Motorhomes and rented motorhomes from the station which would also be used to take the family on their annual trip to Disney World.

Later on, Ron’s Nephew Paul Dulmage (former CP Mayor) partnered with Ron on the used car side with the Armour Dulmage name.

Spurring some health issues, Ron sold the station to Bob Chapman around 1980. After an unsuccessful go, Ron took back the station and later sold the property to Tim Horton’s.
Around this time, Ron entered Real estate to work with his Wife Sue to owned the Century 21 franchise in CP from 1978-2003.Ron passed away in 2016 and Sue still active with family, friends and golf.
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
27 Sep 1980, Sat  •  Page 75
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
10 Mar 2013, Sun  •  Page B6

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Documenting the Golden Eagle Gas Bar — Mill Street
1980.. who remembers the Golden Eagle Gas Bar on Mill Street?

Sandra HoustonBest service by Wayne Spinks

Mary Anne HarrisonAbsolutely. Wayne was the best. Paul let me charge my gas and come in and settle up when I got paid. Mr Brown was great too. There was another older gentleman named Bob who was super friendly as well. Can’t remember his last name.

Cyndii Hitchins Demersgreat service there….gone are those days! 🙁

Anna NitschkeIt was our preferred place to get gas…and as a kid so conveniently close to Peterson’s Ice cream

Diane L BrownMy Dad and Art’s Dad both ran this spot for a few years at different times. I use to pump gas for Dad…lol

Kelly KaneCold coke in the middle of the night from the outdoor machine!

Arlene OhlmanKelly Kane too funny that’s the first thing I thought of ice cold coke-In the glass bottles!!

Stephen McDougallWould go there with my Dad, Gerry would always open up the coke machine and give me a coke(coldest ones in town) .and would grab 2 molson golden for Dad and Gerry. Loved the old days in Almonte. lol

Dave SmithsonMy cousin used to work there-steve

Gwen OneillYes a great place always cleaned windshield

Christine DalgityWhen my grandfather (Gerry Brown – Gerry’s Golden Eagle) owned it he taught me how to pump gas, I was about 5 or 6, lots of memories there 🙂

Nick LugsdinMy high school job. Fun job. Great boss!

Christine SonnenburgSo many great memories made when you worked there and Emily Arbour and Alana Hayes at Pettersons!

Nick LugsdinChristine Sonnenburg they spoiled me bigtime!

Nora HeadleyGlenn Arthur I remember coasting down that hill, driving on fumes!

Susan Brillant FordThe best service in the Ottawa Valley.

Helen N LeviJo Ann Madden Donaldson your right Joanne – l haven’t had a cleaned windshield since Wayne Spinks worked at Paul Maynard Love him♥️

Sheena StewartSure do! Both my uncles worked there and because we lived so far out of town if I had an after school activity I’d wait there to be picked up. Often got an ice cream out of the deal

Lisa Stanley Sheehansure do, only place my dad would get his gas and some good old conversations!!!!

Lila Leach-JamesLisa Stanley Sheehan Wayne was always cheerful and friendly and even when he was overworked, never seemed stressed!

Dan Sparling
September 3 at 3:42 PM  · 

Gone ten years now.

Ron FinnerI pumped gas for Gerry for a while at the Golden Eagle !! 😎🤠

Peggy HirstRemember Jerry Brown and then Paul Maynard running it right across from our store…McCormicks Ladies Wear

Roger DaveyPulled the air hose out the side door to fill up your tires. Great guys for sure. Awesome memories.

Sally TuffinOur family used to buy our gas there.

Thomas MacPhersonIt was also run by Len Hampton in the late 60’s

Ray O’KeefeRan by two great guys, Paul Maynard and Wayne Spinks. Always a pleasure to fill up there at weeks end. Those great days are gone.

June Templeton UdallUsed to take the kids there to pick a Christmas tree and carry it home. Good memories.

Carla BoutwellKindest people working there, I can never forget!

Michael GallagherIn the 60’s it was run by Brian Gallagher

She KilleenLoved getting gas there! Wayne was one of my favorite!

Kurtis WhiteMy first job was pumping gas. Winter by the water sucked lol


Sandy France
Yesterday at 11:26 AM  · 

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The 1982 Gas War — Perth Vs Carleton Place

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.”





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.”



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.



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.





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..

Dollars Worth of Gas in Carleton Place



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


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