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Clayton News July 1897

Clayton News July 1897


Clayton News July 1897–Almonte Gazette

Mr. Hanna has arrived in the village.

Three Indians passed through here last week looking for ginseng root.

More tramps than ever to be seen roving round here this summer.

Mr. J. H. McFarlane on Tuesday to spend the holiday at his home.

Rev. Mr. Dodds delivered his sermon in the Presbyterian church last Thursday evening.

Farmers have started at their haying. The crops have an appearance of a fine harvest.

Several runaways occurred during the past week, but the results being nothing to chronicle.

Dr. Brown expects to return from his holiday tour and be ready for business again on the evening of Monday, the 6th.

On Sunday night about 12 o’clock several of the villagers were awakened by the report of a gun, and on Monday morning it was learned that the store of Mr. O. Banning had been entered by burglars. The entrance was effected through the front door by springing the bolt-keeper off by means of chisels procured in Mr. B. W . Giles’ shop. Mr. Wm. Banning, who lives above the store, heard a noise below, and thinking all was not right, he. got up and went to the head of the stairs and inquired who was there.

Instantly there was a rattling of pails, cans, tables, etc., which brought Mr. B. down stairs in double quick time, armed with his gun, which came first to his hand, but before he got to the store the thieves had succeeded in getting out. They carried off with them $12 in silver and coppers. William says he would like to meet the gentlemen again, as he is a better prepared for such visitors now.

Mr. T. Barnett has arrived home to spend his holidays.

Dr. Brown has returned home and reports having spent a pleasant time.

Mr. F. Shaw, of Smith’s Falls, is at present visiting his friends in the village.

Rev. J. M. Whitelaw, of Kinnear’s Mills, Que., is visiting these parts at present. Mr. N. Whitten, of Pilot Mound, Man., paid a flying visit to the village last Friday.

Mrs. A. Barnett is spending this week with her brother, Mr. Wm. McMunn, of Cedar Hill.

Miss Cox, of Ottawa, and Miss B. Coulter, of Almonte, were the guests of Miss A. Banning last week.

About twenty head of cattle were put in the pound here on Monday. This is an unusual occurrence for this village.

A number of the members of the L.O .L. here attended the picnic at Poland on Saturday. They also walked to the English church on Sunday

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)

Come 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.



The Clayton Methodist Cemetery

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Rocking and Rolling on the Spring Clayton Road

You’ve Got Mail- Or Maybe You Don’t–Clayton

So Which Island did the River Drivers of Clayton get Marooned On?

The Old Community Hall in Clayton

Come all my dear companions and listen to my song–Songs of Clayton




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Caught on the Clyde June 27 1902

Caught on the Clyde June 27 1902




June 27, 1902

The frame of the new sawmill is erected and the machinery will be installed at once.


We had  a superfluity of rain and rain Tuesday. Probably the weather man thought it was Coronation Day and started in to cut up a scheduled time.


Mr. R- J- Drysdale, of Lanark, has purchased the lumbering business of Mr. William Playfair, of Lavant. The sale included mills, residence and a nine mile timber unit.


Mr. Jas- Bertrand, of Snow Road, a young man 18 years of age, well known to many Lanark people, was killed by a train on the K. & P. Ry. near Mississippi Station last Thursday.


Mr. W. Cohen is doing his share these days he says towards painting the town ( Lanark Village) red. He has a couple of artists slapping a beautiful coat of red paint on his store property on George street, which bids to add brightness to the block.


A dozen Perth juveniles young in years but old at the business, came out to Lanark and crossed sticks in a game of lacrosse with a bunch of Lanark gaffers last Saturday. There was a swell exhibition of the national game, and some clever playing was done. Perth home proved whirlwinds and managed to rub between the Lanark flags six times. Lanark only affected one passage. There was a good, attendance of spectators and playing on both,’ sides was loudly applauded. Lanark’s goal keeping by Poke Manahan was the star feature of the game.



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Lanark County women but not the women below.

Thursday was Ladies’ Day in Lanark. About 200 women; pride and beauty of the county, members of the W.F.M.S., assembled by invitation at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Caldwell. About forty came from Carleton Place and Almonte, Appleton, Perth, Balderson and numerous other places sending from one to ten each. The president of the local Presbyterian branch of the society gave an address, and a musical program was also given by several ladies present. Miss Mamie Laurie, of Toronto, sang a couple of sacred solos. Tea was served on the spacious lawn beside the Caldwell home, and everybody present heartily enjoyed, themselves. Profane man had no place at the function, but at office, bench and shop during the afternoon his senses were delightfully entertained by the melody proceeding from 200 female throats that knew how to sing, and all over town the strains were heard



Come 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.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)




Remembering a Shoemaker in Lanark Village–Thomas Wilson

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It’s Your Balderson News 1913

It’s Your Balderson News 1913



Mrs. W. J. Rintoul has gone visit friends in Middleville and Darling.

Some of our young men have returned from the west to spend the winter in Ontario.

Mr. James I. Watt and Mr. David Rintoul treated some of their friends to a dinner on Christmas day.

A large load, principally ladies, went from this place to a concert at Harper. All report a good time.

Miss Forester of Westport has been engaged as teacher for the junior derpartment of Balderson for the ensuing term.

The temperance people in the township of Drummond are anxious to pass local option on the 6th of January.

Miss Carrie Watt, teacher, Snow Road, is spending her Christmas holidays with her parents of this place.

The Presbyterian Sunday School entertainment, held on the evening of the 26th, was a grand success. The program consisted of songs, recitations and dialogues. The musical part was well rendered by seven of the young men of this place, whom we call the string band of Balderson. There was also a debate from four of the same young men on the married life and single life. The married life came out best. The school house was crowded to overflowing, the proceeds amounting to $137.



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Was The Hudson Bay Wholesale Gambled Away?

A few weeks ago I got an email question from Carleton Place resident Lorie McCann:
Question from a Reader:
I just wondered if you knew there once was McCann Hudson Bay Wholesale in Carleton Place.  It was located where the retirement home is behind Freshco,  and we have an old carbon receipt book somewhere!
I not sure what happened to the business, rumours were they gambled a lot back through the years, business’s were lost and won and lost again back then. These are the stories I’ve been told by my Dad.
AUTHOR’S  note and Answer:
I can’t answer that, nor can anyone, and maybe we shouldn’t even wonder–  but what is fact are the memories below.
Local historian and president of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Historical Society Shane Wm Edwards sent me the following: Thank you Shane for the memory notes! Please do comment, so we can add to this story.
The Hudson Bay Wholesale was on the site of the seniors’ home on Arthur Street and the front of the building was the wholesale. But, before the business was sold to the Hudson Bay Company it was called Carleton Wholesale (I think) and it served all the small businesses in the area (from Ottawa to Renfrew to Toledo and Westport and maybe even as far west as Tweed)
The Memories of Shane Wm. Edwards
Dawson McDowell owned and often came into my father’s store to take orders. (His son, Paul McDowell (owned Paul’s Menswear on the main street where Wisteria now is) would probably know more.
I worked there two summers, in the warehouse the first year and in the office the second year. (1972 and 73 I think). I remember that for some of the smaller store’s that existed at the time (like the one in Appleton (Mrs. Gamble’s ?) they would sell part cases – sometimes 6 cans of soup among another order (the orders for some of the smaller stores seemed smaller than the orders of some large families at my father’s store).
Anyway, at some time the wholesale moved into Ottawa on Colonnade(?) Road in Ottawa.
When I left the office job to go back to school I recommended my mother for the job and she continued to work for the Hudson Bay Company until her death.
Shane Wm Edwards

How Did Carleton Place Get the Name Cartoon Place? Linda’s Mailbag


Like Uncle Ralph’s Mailbag that I wrote about the other day- I get letters too:)

This is from Steve VanVeit:

Hi Linda you came up in conversation yesterday as we all felt you would know how and when Carleton Place got its nick name “Cartoon Place”

Right LOL…..

I try boys and girls, but I am not even close to the bottomless well of information. But, I do like to solve things. If you saw me over by the Hawthorne Mill the other day I am gathering clues for that floating bridge we had. Or, if you see my Burgundy SUV on some back road going real slow, you had better pass me as I am looking for something like the log house on Scotch Corners or a cemetery. So, after a few days here is what I have got for you Steve.

I did a lot of research online, and at first I thought it was because the Carleton Place Canadian won many yearly news achievements and maybe it had to do with one of their cartoons they used to have. Or did they? Then I wondered if it had anything to do with a famous cartoonist that came to town in 1909.

J. W. Bengough, noted Canadian cartoonist, entertained a Town Hall audience with his skill, making such sketches of local celebrities as Reeve William Pattie at his desk, Dr. J. J. McGregor extracting a horses’ tooth, Arthur Burgess in his automobile, William Miller in a horse deal, and Tom Bolger with his hotel bus at the railway depot.”
But, they were called the funny books in those days, so nope – not that.


First place I went to was the Post Office, and they knew about it, but had no idea why. Sometimes I go see Ms. Krista Lee on Bridge Street for information. Her store Apple Cheeks is ground zero for pop-culture in Carleton Place. She IS Miss Carleton Place as far as I am concerned. Barbara Plunkett was in there too, so I might possibly have some back up information.


Krista agreed with my thoughts that the whole Cartoon Place name began in Almonte, as there has always been a long standing rivalry between the two towns. Krista also thought that the town had been labeled because of all the drama that came out of the hotels. In the old days there was a grove of trees where Valley Paint was on Lake Ave East and people used to sit there and watch the drunks come out of the Mississippi Hotel and fight in the parking lot.


Downtown Carleton Place was hopping then, as you came downtown to cash your cheques at the bank and get your mail. Things got so entertaining she said, that for a few weeks, someone left a couch in the middle of that grove of trees. They all used to sit on it and watch the entertainment across the street. The four corners was a hub of spectator parking similar to when the old Tim Horton’s was open to catch the downtown entertainment coming out from the hotels.

So next stop was Almonte to get a few opinions, and one 75- year-old gentleman who wanted to remain nameless, less someone drive down from Carleton Place to confront him told me the cold hard facts. Carleton Place was the place you came to drink and play craps in the back rooms of some of the Bridge Street stores. You didn’t do that in Almonte! (see the Carleton Place High School drug story) You sure as hell didn’t want your parents finding out, so you did “your business” in Carleton Place. He said there was so much fighting and nonsense going on at the hotels– it was right out of the cartoons. Hence the name Cartoon Place.

Almonte Gazette April 1897. The town of Carleton Place must be a drouthy lot as it takes ten places licensed to sell liquour to supply their wants

As Steve VanVeit commented today:  Free admission bring your own popcorn! Only in Carleton Place!



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