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Eli Hutchings Grocer Carleton Place

Eli Hutchings Grocer Carleton Place

Adin Daigle-

Finally got my hands on a E. Hutchings from Carleton place! Absolutely blown away I was able to get this today , definitely one of my favorites now in the collection I love these old ginger beers this bottle is from the late 1800s.

Eli Hutchings
Born: 1844; Shepton Beauchamp, Somerset
Christened: 17 Mar 1844; Shepton Beauchamp, Somerset
Father: Elijah Hutchings
Mother: Harriet Hutchings
Married: Mary Douglas; 18 Nov 1867; Prince Edward, Ontario, Canada
Married: Mary Caroline Morgan; 22 Apr 1908; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Census: 6 Apr 1891: Carleton Place, Lanark South, Ontario, Canada
Jun 1911: Wellington Ward, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Died: 16 Jun 1928; Carleton, Ontario, Canada

Mary [Douglas] Hutchings
Born: About 1847; Ireland
Married: Eli Hutchings; 18 Nov 1867; Prince Edward, Ontario, Canada
Census: 6 Apr 1891: Carleton Place, Lanark South, Ontario, Canada
Died: 25 May 1907; Ontario, Canada

Mary Agnes [Cram] Hutchings
Born: About 1856; Carleton Place, Lanark, Canada
Married: Alfred Hutchings; 7 Jul 1880; Beckwith, Lanark, Ontario, Canada
Died: 1930; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Mary Emma Hutchings
Born: 1874; Ontario, Canada
Father: Eli Hutchings
Mother: Mary Hutchings
Census: 6 Apr 1891: Carleton Place, Lanark South, Ontario, Canada
Died: 7 May 1899; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Frank Hutchings
Born: 1885; Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada
Father: Alfred Hutchings
Mother: Mary Agnes Hutchings

Pearl Hutchings
Born: 1889; Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada
Father: Alfred Hutchings
Mother: Mary Agnes Hutchings
Died: 8 Apr 1980; Saanichton, British Columbia, Canada

Irene Hutchings
Born: 1895; Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada
Father: Alfred Hutchings
Mother: Mary Agnes Hutchings

Olive Agnes [Hutchings] McGray
Born: 1898; Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada
Father: Alfred Hutchings
Mother: Mary Agnes Hutchings
Died: 2 Jul 1977; San Luis Obispo, California, America

Logan Hutchings
Born: 1899; Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada
Father: Alfred Hutchings
Mother: Mary Agnes Hutchings

From Huchings online

“In the summer of 1883 when catamarans became numerous on the Mississippi River and Lower Lake, the elite of Carleton Place were all agog over the appearance of the first pontoon craft called the ‘Kattermeran’.  It was constructed on two cigar shaped floats with a platform and a fancy railing two feet high.  In the center was a mast sail and a jib.  A rudder was built at the rear with an arm attached for steering.

This new pleasure craft was designed to carry ten or twelve people.  It was equipped with comfortable rattan chairs.  The proud owners of the strange craft were William Pattie and Alex Sibbitt.  It became the envy of all the poor lads in the neighbourhood who had to be content with flat-bottomed monitors or log canoes made out of ash and basswood by the well known Indian brothers, Johnny and Joe Bay, on their reserve at Indian Landing.  They were the noted basket makers of that period.  Their colored hampers and clothes baskets were sold on Main Street by Eli Hutchings, Jimmy Weeks and Jim Sumner.  Usually the Indians traded their wares to the merchants for food.

The Summit Store is the Spot.  Your choice for #1.00: 6 cans Salmon, 6 cans Lobster, 8 boxes Sardines, 11 lbs Prunes, 12 lbs. new Valencia Raisins, 13 lbs. Bright Sugar, 4 lbs. choice Japan Tea.  Five dozen Labrador Herring for $1.00, or $3.00 per half barrel.  Also Fresh Halibut, Mess Pork, Fresh Herring, Tommy-Cods, etc.  Early Rose Potatoes.  Green Apples – Glassware and Crockery, Boots and Shoes.

Eli Hutchings. – May 1884. read-Mitchell & Cram — History of The Summit Store 1898-1902 –Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series –Volume 15

In 1916 he witnessed a drowning in the Rideau Canal

Real estate Transfer

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada03 Oct 1912, Thu  •  Page 14

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada18 Jun 1928, Mon  •  Page 3


Name:Eli Hutchings
Marital Status:Married
Birth Year:abt 1844
Birth Place:England
Residence Date:1891
Residence Place:Carleton Place, Lanark South, Ontario, Canada
Relation to Head:Head
Religion:Free Church
Occupation:Retail Grocer
Number of Employees:2
Can Read:Yes
Can Write:Yes
French Canadian:No
Spouse’s Name:Mary Hutchings
Father’s Birth Place:England
Mother’s Birth Place:England
Neighbours:View others on page
Household Members (Name)AgeRelationshipEli Hutchings47HeadMary Hutchings42WifeEmma Hutchings17DaughterBella Connors21Domestic

BIRTH8 Feb 1844

Shepton Beauchamp, South Somerset District, Somerset, EnglandDEATH16 Jun 1928 (aged 84)

Carleton, Carleton County, New Brunswick, CanadaBURIAL

Beechwood CemeteryOttawa, Ottawa Municipality, Ontario, Canada


Name:Eli Hutchings
Racial or Tribal Origin:English
Marital Status:Married
Birth Year:abt 1845
Birth Place:England
Year of Immigration:1848
Residence Date:1 Jun 1921
House Number:126
Residence Street or Township:378 Lisgar St
Residence City, Town or Village:Ottawa Wellington Ward
Residence District:Ottawa
Residence Province or Territory:Ontario
Residence Country:Canada
Relation to Head of House:Head
Spouse’s Name:Mary C Hutchings
Father Birth Place:England
Mother Birth Place:England
Can Speak English?:Yes
Can Speak French?:No
Other Language:None
Can Read?:Yes
Can Write?:Yes
Months at School:B900
Employment Type:4
Nature of Work:B
Municipality:Wellington Ward
Enumeration District:110
Sub-District:Wellington Ward
Sub-District Number:36
Home Owned or Rented:Owned
Monthly Rental:BB
Class of House:Single House
Materials of Construction:Brick Veneered
Number of Rooms:8
Enumerator:Leonard Matthews
District Description:Polling Divisions nos. 42 and 44 – Consisting of all that part of Wellington Ward bounded as follows: – On the north by the rear line of lots facing on the south side of Laurier Avenue, on the west by Lyon Street, on the south by Cooper Street, on the east by Bank Street- St. Patrick’s Orphanage
Neighbours:View others on page
Line Number:7
Family Number:157
Household Members (Name)AgeRelationshipEli Hutchings76HeadMary C Hutchings47WifeLouis E Hutchings12DaughterJohn B Hutchings10SonJas S Welton27LodgerCarl Welton25LodgerDavid Pierce27LodgerJoseph James35LodgerHenry P Marton25LodgerWilliam Willis25Lodge

Mitchell & Cram — History of The Summit Store 1898-1902 –Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series –Volume 15

Alexander Sibbitt The Summitt Store Collectables – Adin Daigle

How Did A Carleton Place Photo End Up at the Victoria Archives?

The A & S Leach Grocery Store Carleton Place January- October 1898

Clake’s Grocery Store Carleton Place — Looking for Info

Stuffed Frogs and Birds — Andrew Cochrane

Stuffed Frogs and Birds — Andrew Cochrane
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
25 Oct 1899, Wed  •  Page 5
THE CARD GAME RED SQUIRRELS victorian taxidermy stuffed mammal case novelty  | Taxidermy art, Taxidermy, Victorian

Andrew Cochrane one of our local grocers lived in Carleton Place, Ontario, in 1901. When Andrew Cochrane was born on September 18, 1857, in Oxford, Ontario, his father, John, was 59 and his mother, Mary, was 39. He married Elizabeth Campbell on September 8, 1886, in Lanark, Ontario. They had five children in 10 years. He died in 1935 in Edmonton, Alberta, at the age of 78.

Ottawa Journal 1899

His son Edwin Rathwell was born on December 21, 1889, in Almonte, Ontario. His daughter Ida West was born on August 9, 1891, in Lanark, Ontario. His daughter Eva Burnett was born on November 4, 1894, in Lanark, Ontario. His daughter Mary Mathilda was born on March 1, 1898, in Lanark, Ontario. His son John Campbell was born on June 17, 1900, in Carleton Place, Ontario. His son John Campbell passed away on October 30, 1902, in Lanark, Ontario, at the age of 2. His mother Mary Rathwell passed away on February 7, 1906, in Carleton Place, Ontario, at the age of 88.

Victorian Taxidermy

Name That Carleton Place Butcher? FOUND!!!

Local Women Wearing Hats– Photos Chica Boom Chica Boom

Shades of The Godfather in Dr. Preston’s Office in Carleton Place

The Curious World of Bill Bagg –The Deer Heads

Lloyd Hughes Carleton Place Grocer

Lloyd Hughes Carleton Place Grocer



By Mary Citizen special correspondent CARLETON PLACE

A quiet life-time resident of the town was named Citizen of Year this weekend. Lloyd Hughes, 83, who has lived in the same house for more than 68 years, said the award came as a complete surprise and he is still trying to figure out why he was picked. But the thunderous response of the large audience which gathered at the arena for the town’s Apreciation Night Dinner dispelled any fear that the mayor might have read the wrong name. Hughes admits that he has always been a “behind-the-scenes-man” and that he was too busy to take part in local government.

But there has never been any doubt in anyone’s mind that “Lloyd kicks with the right foot” as far as his federal and provincial politics are concerned. And he has always spoken out when he opposes something the government does or doesn’t do to his liking. But running a grocery store for more than 50 years gave him little time to become more than a critic or moral supporter of his favorite party, the Conservatives. In fact, his reputation as an honest businessman is one of the reasons he was considered for the Citizen of the Year Award.

And when Mayor Ted LeMaistre mentioned the grocery store Hughes ran for so many years, many old-timers who came to see their friend pick up his award said if it wasn’t for the Hughes brothers, many of the town’s poor during the Depression wouldn’t have been able to eat. Hughes always kept a few parcels of staples done up under the counter to hand out to those who didn’t have enough money to feed their families. One town native said the store carried many accounts during those dirty thirties’ knowing “they would never get their money.”

But those were the stories that never got told in public until Saturday night, and Hughes would much rather nobody talked about them. Two subjects he doesn’t mind discussing, however, are his 40 years as a volunteer on the St. James Anglican Church Cemetery board (he wanted to be sure the place was ready for him when he got there, he told the crowd) and his involvment with the hunter safety instruction program which he introduced to Carleton Place. A dedicated church worker, Hughes spent untold hours a year on cemetery work and his parish honored him five years ago for the 40 years he worked in the background.

He has always been an avid duck hunter, but had been concerned about the lack of safety instruction available to hunters, especially the young. So he introduced the program which has been running for years. He recalls the year 1923 when he brought down 30 ducks in one day on the Mississippi. “That was before the limits came in,” he said. He was one of the original Raggedy Seven hockey team that gained local fame from 1912 to 1915 and went on to organize many hockey leagues for the town’s young boys when he no longer played the sport himself.

In 1950 he was part of the Carleton Place war canoe team that won the Canadian championship. And as he shows off a large frame picture of that crew with oars at rest, just off-shore in front of the old canoe club, he notes that of the original 1 5 paddlers only four are still living. But Lloyd Hughes says it has been a good life. His wife Jean and he never had a family, but the neighborhood children have been his family for years. And when the townspeople heard that he had been picked as Citizen of the Year, there wasn’t one who wasn’t overjoyed

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Photos-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


127-131 Bridge Street Carleton Place Circa 1870

The first storey storefronts of this building have been modified from the original glass windows for easier viewing of merchandise–hence the different colours of brick. 127-131 Bridge Street has housed a number of different businesses including pharmacies, clothing stores, grocery stores, and poolrooms.

The Hughes family bought the pharmacy from Dr. Preston in 1905.

W. J. Hughes Rexall Drug store was located on the corner and Thomas Lloyd Hughes born in 1897 along with his brother Harold until they each decided to run a smaller store at the opposite  ends of town. Lloy’s store was on Moffatt Street and Harold on Lake Ave West. For 50 years they were in groceries together and then the store was sold to Thomas’s nephew and for 12 years Thomas drove a butcher wagon. There was a dark room at the rear of the store where Mr. Hughes tested your eyes for glasses. You could buy a roll of film #116 for a Brownie Box camera for 25 cents and for $1.25 he would send it away to be developed.

The folks in Carleton Place will always remember the Rexall Drug annual 1 cent sale and every local household stocked up on cough medicine, cough drops, peroxide and all sorts of liniment. Some of the clerks that worked there were: Olive Dick, Ruby Voyce, and John Briscoe and Wilbert Robertson.

Harvey Asselstine attended the Ontario College of Pharmacy in 1929. In 1944, he
returned to Carleton Place and bought the drugstore at the corner of Bridge and
Franklin, from W.J. Hughes who operated it for 38 years. Betty Findlay and Mary Cook both worked at Assestine’s Pharmacy.  In the rear of Asselstine’s drug store the CPR Telegraph operated during the 1950s. Asselstine expanded his drug store and bought out Hughes Grocery. In 2006 the Athen’s Corners Restaurant  was located there.

Taber and McCrae operated a Men’s and Boy’s clothing store within Struther’s Block, which later became a pool hall  (next door) operated by Mel Barclay. Charlie Giroux, who only had one arm took over the pool hall then Ab Dowseth from Smiths Falls operated it for a short time but when McCann and Porter gained ownership they moved the pool hall to the old Bank of Commerce.

Jeremy Stinson— That corner was, for much of my childhood, the home of the Blossom Shop. Back before the one way street.

So Where Was that Sign? MacGregor’s Body Shop — Hughes Grocery — Asselstine and Shwerdtfeger’s


1933 Canadian From Christopher Trotman