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Old Appleton Post Office & General Store, 473 River Road, Appleton, Ontario (West Half Lot 3, Concession 10, Township of Ramsay, County of Lanark) February 2020 By Sarah More for the Municipality of Mississippi Mill’s Heritage Committee Present Owner: Unknown
Present Use: Private Home
I love Sarah More… so I am only going to put a few things here and you can jet off online and read the rest here..
This two-and-a-half-storey brick building built in 1850 is one of the oldest commercial buildings in Appleton. It is one of the few remaining examples of commercial brick architecture in the town. The building has been used until recently as a retail establishment since the mid-1850s. It was established in con-junction with the development of the Post Office by Albert Teskey, a long-time Justice of the Peace and sometime Reeve of Ramsay Township. It has served the town of Appleton throughout its’ growth and has, therefore, been involved significantly in the daily life of the town.
Original and Subsequent Owners: An 1829 Crown Patent, for all 200 acres, was granted to the Canada Company. In 1842, they sold the same to James Wilson for $550.00. 14 February 1851, James Wilson sold 65 acres of the West half of lot 3 to William Wilson for $1.00. Four months later, William & Flora Wilson sold to Albert Teskey for $64.00. 26 Jan 1883, Teskey sold to Duncan Miller for $95.00. It has been owned by various owners since that time.
Owners of general stores in Appleton:(6) Albert Teskey (1857-c.1883) Arthur (1860-1883) Thomas C. Arthur (1883-1892) Wesley West (1892-1899) John A. McGregor (1899-1931) David McNeely(1931-1937) Robert M. Baird (1931-1939) William Russell Lyons (1939-c.1949) W.A. Gambell (c.1950-c.1960) Kathleen Neil (1961-1970?) Postmasters in Appleton:(6) Albert Teskey (1857-1883) Thomas C. Arthur (1883-1888) John M. Munro (1888-1889) William Garvin (1889-1912) Mrs. Susan Garvin (1912-1913) John A. McGregor (1913-1931) David McNeely (1931-1937) Robert M. Baird (1937-1939) William Russell Lyons (1939-1946
But I did find this below and thanks Sarah for using my history blogs for reference– made me smile..
The 1916 brass cash register went for $575,’ the old wood stove for $400 and the heavy wooden showcase for $150. With them went 24-year-old Jill Teschke’s dream of operating a thriving, fully-restored, old-fashioned general store. By the end of the day Saturday, everything from groceries off the shelves to the antique scale proclaiming “Honest Weight” went on the block in an auction at Appleton General Store.
Competition from the more modern establishments of Carleton Place ended two years of effort by Teschke to refurbish the 100-year-old store in the village of Appleton, five miles to the north on the Mississippi River. “These things belong here, I feel they shouldn’t have to leave,” said Teschke as auctioneers attempted to coax up prices from the back of a pick-up truck parked on the store’s doorstep.
I will miss it,” she said. Tescke moved to the Appleton area from Ottawa about five years ago and restored a house in the village of about 200. She sold the house and decided to take on the brick store with stained glass over the entrance that once sold everything from clothing to farm machinery. But a lack of business combined with a burdensome workload led to the project’s demise. County horseshoe-throwing teams competed boistrously across the street from the auction as the 200 bidders slowly claimed the contents of the store, previously operated for 30 years by W. A. “Sliver” Gambell and his wife Millie.
Teschke said she went heavily in debt to finance the store and she didn’t think the auction would cover the expense of its purchase and renovation, which included new wiring, a new chimney and antiques. John McGregor operated the store during its heyday in the I920s but was forced to close when the depres- do is block collected from the area. “
She is well-liked around here,” said auctioneer Howard McNeely of his client. “I know people who would wait to build up a big shopping order and drive here just to help her out.” “It’s a damn shame to see the store close,” said Appleton resident Stewart Neil. Neil’s father in-law John McGregor operated the store during its heyday I the 1920s but was forced to close when the depression hit.” “We’ll miss its handiness but she can’t compete with the chain stores.” Teschke still lives above the store and said she will probably try and sell the building privately before heading back to university. “I know how much she hated to close it down,” said Neil. “She said if she wins a sweep stake, the first thing she’ll open it up again.”
“In A History of the Appleton School, S.S. No. 11 Ramsay, Laura O’Brien Russell remembers that when John A. McGregor operated the store (1899-1931) he sold: yard goods (cloth), bananas, lanterns, harness parts, wash tubs, copper boilers, smoked hams, round of cheese sold in chunks, candies, bull’s eyes, licorice pipes, sour balls & suckers.”
“My husband’s grandfather, John Anthony McGregor (married to Margaret Christine Newman), owned and operated the general store in Appleton from 1899-1931. He also ran the Post Office from 1913-1931.He lost everything except his house during the depression because he gave too much credit. He said he couldn’t see people go hungry.” “A few years ago he [David McNeely] returned to Appleton and in partnership with Mr. Robert Baird and conducted a general store until his death” on March 1, 1937.
Bev Fergusson– I recall visiting Millie’s store occasionally. A huge treat for us as kids. Milllie was always so friendly and cheerful!
Judy SalleyMy great grandfather Thomas Campbell Arthur ran the store at one time.
Kevin DeeveyLater owned by architect Julian Smith.He had his office on the second floor.I worked there for about a year.Was nice to go for a swim in the river at lunch
Tom WrightMarc Old General store in Appleton. W.A. Gambell was my best friend’s, Dad. Her mom ran the store as we grew up as kids. This is where all the kids gathered in the mornings to catch the school bus. It is falling into disrepair these days.
The history of Appleton’s general stores and post office are interwoven. Albert Teskey, brother of mill owners Robert and Joseph, was the first to open a general store in Appleton. He was also the first postmaster in the village. Albert served as postmaster from 1857 to 1883.
In 1857 the Post Office came to “Teskeyville”, but since another community was already operating under that name, the community was renamed “Appleton”. Throughout Appleton’s history the owner of the general store was also quite often the postmaster.
The general store always sold a variety of items. In A History of the Appleton School, S.S. No. 11 Ramsay, Laura O’Brien Russell remembers that when John A. McGregor operated the store (1899-1931) he sold: yard goods (cloth), bananas, lanterns, harness parts, wash tubs, copper boilers, smoked hams, round of cheese sold in chunks, candies, bull’s eyes, licorice pipes, sour balls & suckers. North Lanark Regional Museum
Owners of general stores in Appleton: Albert Teskey (1857-c.1883) Arthur (1860-1883) Thomas C. Arthur (1883-1892) Wesley West (1892-1899) John A. McGregor (1899-1931) David McNeely(1931-1937) Robert M. Baird (1931-1939) William Russell Lyons (1939-c.1949) W.A. Gambell (c.1950-c.1960) Kathleen Neil (1961-1970?)
Postmasters in Appleton: Albert Teskey (1857-1883) Thomas C. Arthur (1883-1888) John M. Munro (1888-1889) William Garvin (1889-1912) Mrs. Susan Garvin (1912-1913) John A. McGregor (1913-1931) David McNeely (1931-1937) Robert M. Baird (1937-1939) William Russell Lyons (1939-1946) Mrs. Jessie J. Lyons (1946-1949) Mrs. Mildred Gambell (1950-1953) Mrs. Violet Gladish (1954-1955) Mrs. Slades Dowdall (1955) Mrs. Mildred Gambell (1955-1960) Mrs. Kathleen Neil (1961-1970)
Account Statement Appleton Ont, January 14, 1899 W. West General Merchant 14 January 1899 Appleton, Town of Mississippi Mills, Ontario, Canada- North Lanark Regional Museum
Wesley operated a general the W. West General Store in Appleton from 1892 to 1900, he then moved to Almonte where he opened the W.W. West General Store.
Wesley West’s general store, worth about $22,000. He is away at Toronto it is said the insurance is about $15,000. (Merchants complained valuable merchandise was stolen after the fire and The Almonte Gazette reminded everyone that looters were shot on sight during the great Toronto fire)–The Almonte Fire of 1909
1918. B. Plunkett, E. Boyle, W. Oliver, E. Young, O. MacF., W. Johnston, A. Wylie, M. West, F. Lundy. Seated – G. Johnston, E. Jameison.
Sheila Babb and Ann E. Love are descendants of the Teskey family that operated the Mississippi Woollen Mills in Appleton during the 1800s. They are also related to Wesley West who married Sarah Ethel Teskey in 1900. Wesley operated a general the W. West General Store in Appleton from 1892 to 1900, he then moved to Almonte where he opened the W.W. West General Store. North Lanark Regional Museum
Wesley and Ethel had several children in Almonte including Ethel Muriel West who is listed in the above photograph as “M. West”. Muriel married R. Oliver MacFarlane who is listed in the photo above as “O. MacF.” R. Oliver MacFarlane was an avid photographer and there is a large collection of photographs at the museum from the years 1918 and 1919 when he was a junior and senior at Almonte High School.
Sheila Babb & Ann E. Love
Interviewed July 24, 2012 by Eleanor Wright Catalogue No.: 2012.62.1 Duration: 25 minutes Photo: L-R: Sheila, Ann, Eleanor
Sheila Babb and Ann E. Love are the descendents of the Teskey family of Appleton and the West family of Almonte. During a summer 2012 visit, the two cousins shared some of their family history.
Sheila Babb and Ann E. Love are descendents of the Teskey family that built the grist mill, saw mill and woollen mill in Appleton during the early 19th century. As part of their visit to Appleton they also received a tour of the former Robert Teskey Home, courtesy of current owner Julie Odin. In the interview the cousins provide details on the history of the Teskey family and explain how Sarah Ethel Winifred Teskey married Wesley West the owner of a general store in Appleton. In 1900 the couple moved to Almonte and opened the W.W. West General Store.
This is a wonderful interview for those interested in the early history of Appleton and Almonte, and the importance of family history.
In addition to participating in the oral interview the two cousins also made a large donation to the museum of photographs and archival material related to the Teskey, West and MacFarlane families (Accession No. 2012.55).
In 1989 McLellan’s store in McDonalds Corners appeared untouched by time. In one corner there was a century-old safe with the original owner’s name on it. In another, there’s an old coke carton dating back to the time when you could get six for a quarter. The store was built 120 years ago when boots were $1.50 and two pounds of sugar cost 32 cents.
The McLellan family bought it 41 years ago and Ivan has been working there ever since. But Ivan and Phyllis McLellan are selling out and leaving the store at the end of the month. “(Dollar) loonies have been about the only drastic change over the years,” says employee Janet Stewart. “They’ve been good neighbors and good bosses,” she says, with tears forming in her eyes.
Step inside the store and it’s easy to imagine the smoke-filled nights in the 1940s when villagers hunkered down every Saturday to swap hunting tales while the town’s telephone switchboard occasionally lit up in the corner. Long gone is the switchboard, the bulk foods and the harness parts. What remains are the smiles, cheerful greetings and good old-fashioned service of the McLellans.
The couple is selling the store after 41 years of working six days a week because they say they’re tired. The McLellans say Bill and Shirley Bradbury of Balderson are taking over the Valley store and plan to change the name, but little else. The McLellans are taking many memories with them as they retire to another house in the hamlet. Like the time 10 years ago when a man tied his horse to one of the veranda posts. “We looked out the window and there he was running off post and all down the road,” says Ivan.
And the time a busload of children weathered an ice storm in their cramped quarters. “We opened up some spaghetti cans and warmed them up,” says Phyllis. McLellan’s is corner store, pharmacy, post office, farm supplies store, souvenir store and local welcome wagon all in one. Keys for the recreation hall are kept there in case anyone needs to get in. Notices of meetings line the front counter. They even cash pay cheques.
Many of the people of McDonalds Corners, population 70, say the couple will be missed in this hamlet about 25 km northwest of Perth. At the end of the month when regulars come to pay off the credit accounts kept in small ledger books under the cash register, it will be their last business dealings with the McLellans. “All I know is when you ask for something once and Ivan doesn’t have it, he’ll have it the next time you come in for sure,” says Bob Harper, while Phyllis gathers all the goods on his shopping list.
The lifetime customer goes there “pritty near every day” and many times twice. “They’ve provided service above and beyond the call of duty,” says Hazel Standing, a customer of five years. She remembers the time she banged on the couple’s door on a Sunday asking them to open up the store to get medication for her sick children. “Of course they helped.”
“It’s like losing a part of the family,” says Doris Fitzpatrick, a customer of four years, after moving to the area from Ottawa. “You’re a person here,” she says, comparing the shop to the “impersonal” big chains of the city. “When I was a newcomer here from Ottawa they were friendly faces who told me where to go and what to do because I didn’t know the area.” “We’ll miss the people coming in every day,” adds Phyllis. “We’ve made a lot of friends.”
It seems that we have been all up and down the Valley with this one. But, yesterday Penny Trafford emailed me. She is highly knowledgeable with local history and here is what she said. I think a trip to Galetta is in store..:)
Hi Linda, about the store everyone thought was in Braeside, the store did look very familiar to me from my childhood. I could recall being in the car with my Dad and driving past it. My cousin answered the mystery tonight of it’s location. This store was in Galetta. My Dad grew up in Galetta. The next info is from my cousin Phyllis Proulx. In Galetta there was Kenny Smith across from him was the Wallace’s the store was across from Wallace’s after you cross the tracks from Arnprior on the left before you turn to go to Mohrs Corners-where they used to go to school.
Looking for information on the W.R. Hill General Store. The McRae family said it is Arnprior? I have looked everywhere and found nothing.
Pearl Neill standing in front of the W.R.
Douglas Mccomb said :Do not think this was an Arnprior business. No mention of a Hill’s general store that I can remember. Someone would have mentioned it in the back when for sure. Looks like a prosperous business too.
Carlow Lodge was built in three sections in Burritts Rapids running down the hill to the bridge over the Rideau River. The house was built in 1850 by William Kidd a very successful Irishmen.
The shutters on the front of the house have or had small shamrocks cut in them.
The front fanlight at Carlow Lodge once spelled out Carlow Lodge out of coloured glass.
William Kidd first moved to The Derry in Beckwith in 1820 and later opening a general store when he moved to Burritt Rapids in 1840. This red brick building still stands today.
(Update– You can research all you want sometimes the facts are wrong and that is why I rely on your help to document our local history. I received this note this morning. Bill M wrote:
William Kidd of Burritt’s Rapids was the son of Thomas Kidd who settled in the Cuckoo’s Nest, not in The Derry. English fashion model Jodie Kidd (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jodie_Kidd.) is a gr-gr-gr-granddaughter of William Kidd and through the pioneer Ennis family to she is distantly related to people in Lanark County.
William Kidd had two sons Thomas Albert and Edward.
Edward was a master cheese maker and had many cheese factories. In 1866 was noted as a pioneer cheese manufacturer and exporter.
After he fought in the Fenian Raids son Thomas Albert Kidd became the postmaster in 1866 and remained Postmaster for 50 years.
In 1916 J. Harold Kidd took over as Postmaster until his retirement in 1950.
In Harold Kidd’s living room the walls were covered with photos of family members, famous visitors and important events.
Mrs. Kidd painted her drawing room door with pastel coloured flowers and her art work adorned the house.
Harold Kidd was the one that brought electricity to Marlborough County for over 200 customers, and this development on the Rideau River was eventually bought by Hydro Ontario.
Built circa 1832, Burritt Farm was erected on land granted to Daniel Burritt the Younger on May 17, 1802.
This neoclassical home, with its roots in the early architecture of Greece and Rome, stands graciously on the banks of the Rideau River. It’s gardens have been a labor of love over the span of more than 50 years. Knee-high burdock and five trees (three still remaining) was the challenge that awaited the homeowners. The garden “evolved” into the beautifully serene and bucolic splendor which will greet ticket holders. Stroll through the formal cutting garden, peaceful riverbank and then follow the graceful curves of the colorful perennial borders.
“This property remains one of the most outstanding, both architecturally and historically, in Rideau Township.”
What is now part of Snow Road Station was once called McLaren’s Depot. The lumberman Peter Mclaren built a small log store, with a post office and a residence on what is now the east end of Snow road. He also built large warehouses, stables and a blacksmith shop. His blacksmith was James Cameron father of Walter Cameron, the famous blacksmith and woodcarver of Fallbrook. In 1887 the Canada lumber company bought all of the McLaren interests and Peter McLaren moved to his home in Perth, Nevis Cottage. He became a Senator in 1890. The Canada Lumber Company built a larger store next to the warehouses and a house next to the store for the use of their Superintendant and Paymaster. Some prices from their time were: eggs – .10 per dozen, high laced shoes – 1.50, coal oil – .25 a gallon, chewing tobacco – .10 per plug and green tea – .25 per pound. The post office that was in the original log building was closed in 1914 when it amalgamated with the Snow Road Station post office that was at Geddes’ Store at the C.P.R station.
Snow Road history.. Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 22 Jan 1926, Fri, Page 18
It remained there until John Geddes retired and it moved back to McLaren’s Depot Store in January 1949 and the post office kept the name of Snow Road Station and remains so today. In 1895 the Canada lumber company sold the McLaren’s Depot complex to Bill and Jim Richard, brothers from Massachusetts who continued to run the store. They built a large stone house farther down the road that is still there today. They operated the store until they left for western Canada about 1900. The house was bought by David Gemmill in 1909 when he obtained the rest of this property. Eventually all the buildings disappeared except the larger store, the home beside it and one old storehouse that became a garage. Read the rest here