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The Dominion Store Robberies

The Dominion Store Robberies

Old Dominion store..Cecil McCann/s billiard hall and the list goes on– found in the files of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage files toda (Carleton Place Canadian) Memories and Thoughts of the Grocery Store–

May 27 1951

Burglars made off with more than $3,000 in cheques in a daring break-in at the Carleton Place branch of Dominion stores early Monday morning. The thieves did their work from the front of the store at one of the town’s main intersections, Bridge and Franklin Streets, subject to discovery by any passer-by or beat policeman. Police believe the job was done by experts who planned it carefully. The beat patrolman tried the door at midnight. Sometime between then and eight a.m., when manager Jack Campbell arrived to open the store, the burglars did a fast, neat job of breaking in and rifling the safe. The front door had been pried open with a crowbar, and the door of the small wall safe under the front counter had been cleanly removed from its hinges. The entire operation would have to be conducted in full view of the main street. Mr. Campbell said that all of the more than $3,000 missing was in cheques save for a few dollars in coin. , Police Chief p . E. Cornell, who is conducting the investigation, said he had no leads whatsoever as yet. The only other recent break-in here also was in a store, but that case had been solved and could not be connected with this one.

Photo= Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Dominion store heist click to read
Clipped from The Ottawa Citizen, 06 Aug 1960, Sat, Page 34

Dale Costello

Shopped at both the Dominion and Argue’s grocery store. Vividly remember the produce in Argue’s, probably local in the summertime. Shot many a game of pool at Uncle Cecils pool room. My pool idol was Bill Poulin. Remember Asseltines, Allan shoes, May Mulvey, the shoe repair shop, Jock Mailey, Bellamys for sodas and chips,the tiny bicycle repair shop, only 10 feet wide, watching TV from outside on a Saturday night at Bob Flints, Canadian Tire next to the old post office. On and on, but still vividly remembered.

Donna Mcfarlane

I used to get Kreamy Bread for 19 cents. 2can red salmon 50 cents,back in 63/64.

Evelyn Louise

My mother worked for the head office of Dominion stores in Sudbury. I remember being on holidays when she got the call from her boss telling her to enjoy her time off as there was no need to rush back as they were closing the office. I’m almost 50 and still remember the look on her face getting that call. Heartbreaking.

Carl Moulton

That picture taken before the post office went up across the street. I recall being with my mom when she shopped there.

Marlene Springer
Former Dominion store –This Dominion store had two sides divided and in 1976 they opened Universal Travel where i worked for a few months before I went to government.

Marching Saints Carleton Place–courtesy of Bev Hurdis- Dominion Store on the right–Marlene Springer— I remember going there with mom for groceries every Thursday, pay day and dad would pick them up on his way home from work.

Mike Kean

Mike was actually head hunted and moved down Bridge Street to the Dominion Store at the corner of Bridge and Franklin because of his experience. I asked him who the head hunter was and he said, *“Terry Vincent was the man!” *A lot of people in Carleton Place know him well as he was a real genuine person.

The manager of the store was from Smiths Falls and his name was Mickey Pickup (no joke). One of Mike’s fellow employees was Noreen O’ Brien from Appleton. Mike stayed with Dominion Stores and ended up working in every Dominion store in Eastern Ontario through the growing years. He became the youngest manager in Canada when he took over the store in Perth at 25.

In the 1970s, inflation and discounting wars with rivals ravaged Dominion’s bottom line. Dominion stores was Canada’s No. 1 grocery chain from the 1950s through the early ’80s. Then, in 1985, it came to a quiet, wrenching, end. But, thankfully thanks to the internet Mike Kean’s memories don’t- and I for one am grateful for his memories for this series.

In the early years of the Taylor Block ( Blossom Shop etc) some of the businesses included The Crown Grocery operated by Lowe and Richardson,Ferguson and Smythe’s harness shop, Andy Neilson Jeweller, I.O.O.F. had a hall upstairs, H. Abdallah’s, and Bennett and Code Grocery.
Marj Whyte recalled that the Dominion Store was first located in the Taylor Block and that the first Bell Telephone Exchange office was on the second floor. The manager was Walter Termarch and his clerk was Mary Scott. When Marvin was transferred to Renfrew, Mary left with him and became Mrs. Termarch. Badminton was also played on the second floor.

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal12 Feb 1937, FriPage 17

In Memory of Mickey Pickup– Carleton Place Dominion Store

Glory Days of Carleton Place–Mike Kean

Carleton Place News July 30, 1952 – Drowning and Robbery

Dog Day Afternoon — The Only Bank Robbery EVER in Carleton Place

Robbery at Sinclairs 1886

The Bat Signal of Carleton Place

More Stories about Mary Coules of Carleton Place

Robberies in Carleton Place — Mr. Ed Campbell of High Street

Debbie Roy and Joan Baker

Alexander Sibbitt The Summitt Store Collectables – Adin Daigle

Alexander Sibbitt The Summitt Store Collectables – Adin Daigle

Photo from the collection of Adin Daigle

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

Thanks to Carleton Place Collector Aidin Daigle he posted these collectables of the Summit Store that was once on Bridge and High Street. So I have posted a few notes about where they came from.

Marj Whyte wrote:

Across High Street was a brick building once known as The Sibbett’s Summit Store (Sibbet’s Grocery & Liquor Store–Lloyd Hughes). Later it was ran by Lorne J. Campbell and then D.A. Roe became the owner and it was also Baird’s Food. The back part was the first shop run by Max Moshovitz. At this time they lived on Flora Street and he went around the country with a horse and wagon selling his wares to rural people. When they moved their store to Bridge Street there was a dry cleaning store run by William McKimm. Later Gordon Langrty set up his first dairy on these premises. The whole building was then owned by Jack Howard who had moved from Forrester Falls. Most of the front building was made into apartments and Beulah Gordon had her hairdressing salon on the corner.

Food Costs– The Herald– – May 1884.
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. –Howard Morton Brown

Photo from the collection of Adin Daigle

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

The license commissioners for the district of North Lanark met on April 23, 1920 with Commissioner James Murphy in the chair, and Commissioners Simpson and Forsythe and Inspector James D. Robertson present. The result of the meeting, so far as Carleton Place was concerned was that there would be no increase in the number of tavern licenses.

The application of Messrs. Carroll and Morris for a new license had been rejected, and also one for the Messrs. Sibbett and Prescott for the renewal of their store. A few retailers added quite loudly that it was wrong that if anyone wanted to buy a quart of liquor for a threshing or a barn raising and that they should be expected to go to a hotel keeper and ask him to sell a quantity he was not allowed to sell. Liquor was considered an important article for such occasions they said.  Also one of the applicants for a shop license that was turned down said it should not be a necessity to go to another division of the town to set up business to get a license.

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

T. J. Reid Almonte Catalogue 1911-1912 — Adin Daigle

Clake’s Grocery Store Carleton Place — Looking for Info

The Ice Pick Cometh — Ottawa Artificial Ice Co.

All photos below Adin Daigle

Clake’s Grocery Store Carleton Place — Looking for Info

Clake’s Grocery Store Carleton Place — Looking for Info
Adin Daigle

I had never heard this name before and as I checked out out Ancestry this business was in the late 1940s in the Levine/Comba Building ( across from the Post office) and was owned by Reginald Clake.

He and his wife Ada lived in Moore Street in Carleton Place.

So if you look at the photo he lived in this general area below

Ed Giffin–My brother Terry played with Bernie Costello for many years around CP whenever there was a dance particularly at the Legion. Terry played the drums. I recall that Bernie lived in an apartment above or close by where your Dad had his dry cleaning business. I remember visiting that apartment and seeing an upright piano there. I had no idea at the time that Bernie had started playing because none of us kids ever took music lessons. Bernie always played road hockey on Beckwith Street with us. He always liked to play goal.

I kind of lost track of Bernie in school, I guess because they constantly moved me back and forth across town to Victoria or Prince of Wales from Central School. I don’t recall Bernie ever being in high school. I just seemed to have lost track of him by then.

I remember Charlie, his dad, worked in Clake’s Grocery store. It was located at the corner of Bridge and Albert across the street from our lunch bar.

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 4- Leslie’s China Shop to Rubino’s/Giant Tiger

It’s Mr. Kincade!

It’s Mr. Kincade!

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Large, tall stainless steel kettles gently bubble on the gas stoves at Kincades Fine Foods on Queen Street in Almonte, where the little shop is filled with wonderful aromas of jellies, preserves, salsas, vinegars and dessert sauces.
The attractive blue and white store is the perfect setting to show off the many condiments and colourful gift baskets now ready for Christmas. Inside you’ll find Peter’s ice cream parlour offering what’s billed as “the world’s finest banana split” topped with Kincades own chocolate truffle sauce, as well the butterscotch with Jamaican rum sauce.
Larry Kincade launched this operation a few years ago when customers from his previous catering business asked how they could buy his condiments to serve at home. Now, with partners Peter Fedirchuk and Nancy Wheeler, Larry’s wife, this growing enterprise produces products sold in stores as far away as Niagara Falls, Toronto, Montreal and 30 shops in Ottawa.
Some of the more popular items include red wine salsa (which contains up to 23 ingredients), horseradish jelly, smoked jalapeno (chipotle) jelly, cranberry pear chutney with tawny port, blueberry preserves with ice wine and, of course, the superb Dutch chocolate fudge truffle sauce. “I came from a big family and I was always cooking with my mother, so it’s natural for me to be in the kitchen creating these preserves,” Mr. Kincade says. “I make items with no preservatives or additives. I use only fresh ingredients with natural apple liquid pectin made by Bernardin.”
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
05 Dec 2001, Wed  •  Page 62

Memories of Gold Bond Stamps? Predecessor of Air Miles

Memories of Gold Bond Stamps? Predecessor of Air Miles

I remember grocery stores giving gold bond stamps for loyalty. As a kid I spent many hours filling collector books for my grandmother. I’d eagerly lick the stamps until my tongue would get dry and my mouth had an awful taste. I’d also spend hours looking at rewards catalogs to see what we could get. Just when I had it figured out, a new catalogue would arrive in the mail.  I never thought that the store-bought items were probably less expensive in the long run.

GOLD+BOND+GIFT+BOOK+CATALOG+1968 | Book gifts, Gold bond, Gifts

A department store in Milwaukee introduced the first trading stamps back in 1891, which were exchanged for goods in the store but in 1896, the Sperry and Hutchinson Company, which began issuing S&H Green Stamps that year, was the first trading stamp company that operated as an independent business, providing stamps to different types of merchants in a community, along with booklets to paste them in, and opening their own stores where merchandise was purchased only in exchange for the company’s stamps. Cold, hard cash wasn’t accepted at the stores known as “redemption centres.”

As Peter Low said: Above is the predecessor of Air Miles, Petro Points, PC Optimum, Scene Points, etc.

There were questions as to whether stamps were an advantage to consumers or took advantage of consumers. The battles raged from the earliest days but ultimately it would not be politics or lobbying that would bring down the industry but the unforeseen turbulence of a changing economy. One thing was for sure, though, the trading stamp will always be remembered.

Are the new cards any different?:) What are your thoughts?


The Trading Stamp Story


Gail Grabe Saved them for a wooden salad bowl set, some ’60’s style wall plaques, can still taste the glue from putting them in the books!

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston My Mom collected them and I collected them too – high chair, bottle warmer, bottle sterilizer. They came in pretty handy!

Kevin Kennedy IGA had them corner of bridge and franklin in Carleton Place

Jennifer Frances Oh my!!!! What a blast from my grammas past! She loved those books!

Peter Bradley I remember the funeral home just up from the Mississippi Hotel had a sign in the window saying “We give Gold Bond Stamps” They sold furniture as well and I wondered if you got them for coffins too?

Mary Ann Gagnon As the oldest, I was in charge of licking those stamps and putting them in the books for mum. I will never forget the taste (awful!), but the joy of being that much closer to the chosen item made it all worthwhile!

Dilys Anne Hagerman My mother got my first special breadspread through those stamps!

Lynda Burger My mom got a set of dishes using them.

Judy Riley I got my first good pots through Gold Bond after leaving home. Stainless steel, triple bottom

Donna Timmins I worked as a teenager in IGA, Almonte, so gave customers their gold bond stamps. Also saved & glued them into books for mom.

Judy Riley Pretty sure many christmas presents were only bought compliments of gold bond stamps in our house. Not mine because I got books and clothes but my younger sibs.

Nancy Moore My sister Kathy got her first pair of skis with these stamps! She is an excellent skier!!!

Linda Nilson-Rogers My mother used to try to get me to lick the bloody things…

Karen Wiles Cleland I still use the 20 cup coffee perc my Mom got with Gold Bond Stamps, maybe mid sixties? Definitely got our money’s worth!

Donald Scott I remember these my parents got a bedroom set from IGA WITH THESE BACK IN THE 70’S

Sandra Elwood Oh gosh, yes, I remember these and Pinky Stamps, too!!! A predecessor to the Points cards of today.

Arlene Savard My Mom bought my 1st tennis racket with Gold Bond Stamps, loved it.

James Larry Doyle My aunt let me get a tennis racquet with her stamps and I still have it.

Mary Hurdis I saved them and got sheets and pots and pans I still have

Mary Anne Harrison I still have and use the carving set my Granny O’Keefe bought with her gold bond stamps from the IGA.

Cathy Paterson I remember $2 for a book also saved up and got our dad an extension ladder for his birthday

Catherine Cochran My mom bought me my first set of silverware by saving her gold bond stamps

Sandra Houston I remember the Gold Bond books used to fill them with stamps for my Nanny and take them to the IGA

Michael Sandy Herb McDonald My first football helmet I owned was a present from my Grandmother who saved books of these stamps.

Pat Lipton it was my job the stick them in the books!!!

Sherene Baird Flint Definitely remember licking the stamps and then going to West Gate mall to cash them in for something in the catalog!!

Judy Reid Hamre We kids fought so much that one of the first things Dad used the stamps for was boxing gloves – true!


1969 Gold Strike Stamps Catalog

1969 Gold Strike Stamps Catalog


Memories and Thoughts of the Grocery Store

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

  2. Robberies in Carleton Place — Mr. Ed Campbell of High Street

  3. The Edwards Grocery Fire

  4. The Old Grocery Counter –Calvin Moore

  5. Dishing up the Memories of The Devlins

    Glory Days of Carleton Place–Mike Kean

    Memories of Ruth Ferguson

    Where’s the Beef in Carleton Place?

    Name That Carleton Place Butcher? FOUND!!!

    Memories of Argue’s Food Market?

    The Days of the Loosey Cigarette, Slinky and Mailing a Letter

    In Memory of Mickey Pickup– Carleton Place Dominion Store

    The Writing on the Wall Disappeared but the Memories Don’t

When You Needed “Variety” You Went to Art’s or the Wayside Inn 1940s — Photos




Remember Art’s on Townline which is NOW MacEwen’s Gas?

This was the place to go and see your neighbours, grab a cup of coffee, weekend groceries and get your lotto. Bill Brunton mentioned:”don’t forget the Beckwith Butcher that was on the right hand side!” This photo is from January 2012–the last photo of Art’s before it was gone. Photo from Amanda Armstrong-From the photo collection of Margaret Martin”

As you know I go “kookoo for coconuts” when I see photos. Photos tell us so much about history, and now that we can document them online we can see them anytime we want and hopefully forever. Thank you Amanda Armstrong for sharing these with us and a big hug to your “Gram”.

If you have photos send them to me sav_77@yahoo.com and I will share history with the world.

Lizzie Brunton just emailed–“I was thinking about old stores in CP today. My first cashier job was at Art’s Variety on Townline. I miss that place, Art was a great boss. That store had everything from fruits, vegetables, deli meat to fireworks lol.



Great view of what William Street use to look like. With a view of Wayside Inn in the back, and a very bare Townline Road. Taken late 1940’s, Della Toop standing in front of the landmark tree at our family’s house. -Photo from Amanda Armstrong-From the photo collection of Margaret Martin”

Kim Martin ElderAnd a quick side note…before it became Art’s Variety, it was known as Riverview. That was the name when Livingstones owned it.
Rick Redmond– And even before that it was owned and operated by the Black family in the 1950’s.





Another great shot of Wayside Inn –1940’s-Photo from Amanda Armstrong-From the photo collection of Margaret Martin” The little boy is William (Billy) Purdon taken in front of the store when his parents Gilbert & Mary Purdon owned it





Early 1940’s in front of Wayside Inn (Art’s Variety). Dalton Jelly with my Grandmother Margaret Martin (nee Toop)--Photo from Amanda Armstrong-From the photo collection of Margaret Martin”




My Great-Grandmother Della Toop in front of the Wayside Inn sign with my Grandmother Margaret on the left, with the view of William Street in the back. Early 1940’s–Photo from Amanda Armstrong-From the photo collection of Margaret Martin”



The original Art’s Variety, then known as Wayside Inn when owned by my Great-Grandparent’s Arthur & Della Toop (owners from 1939-1948). Photo was taken in the early-mid 1940’s. My Grandmother Margaret Martin (nee Toop) standing with friends.Standing with her are Valda (Spinks) Blackburn, Orlene (Walters) Hamilton & her brother Barry Walters. Photo from Amanda Armstrong-From the photo collection of Margaret Martin”


Again thank you Amanda and  Margaret Martin for your generosity.




Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News and now in The Townships Sun

The Mystery Ruins of Carleton Place- Photos by Adam Dowdall


Kim Martin Elder
May 25, 2018  · 

My grandparents Art and Della Toop owned the store between 1939 – 1945.
I don’t know if Rick remembers these name tags, but I got them made up for all of us when we worked for Art Diotte. He eventually changed the name to Art’s Variety.

Linda Gallipeau-JohnstonThe best fruit stand ever!!

Dan WilliamsI remember it when it was called Black’s

Terry Latham–Think it was Ed. Moss that had it.

Wendy HealeyIt was a great store. Would stop and get gas and a treat on the way home from town. The floors were so worn with so many people going in and out. Bought our meat there.

Carole FlintAnd isn’t that where The Beckwith Butcher was before his current location-The old building was torn down

Wesley ParsonsA lot of local kids worked there as well. Art was a real character!

Jeremy StinsonThere were 2 men named Art that owned it over the years. Art Martel was the second one.

Rick SchnauferArt Diotte was the first Art

Tina LaRocqueI was one of those kids. I ended up babysitting for him instead cause I wasn’t very good at the store part

Rick SchnauferI think Livingstones owned it in the early to mid 70ks before Art Diotte bought it around 76

Sue Black-Parks ColtonMy grandparents Cliff and Muriel Black owned the store at one point, they had a fresh meat counter, a lunch counter, I think it was in the mid 60’s they had it. My Dad Morley Black would deliver groceries.

Found this old photo and article from Desmond Devoy in 2012-CARLETON PLACE – Why isn’t the gas flowing?

That was certainly on the mind of a female motorist who pulled up to MacEwen’s gas station on Town Line Road in Carleton Place recently.

She had pulled up to the pump, hopped out, opened the gas door, grabbed the nozzle, inserted the nozzle into the tank and pulled the trigger.

Read the rest here..https://www.insideottawavalley.com/news-story/3796446-art-s-old-gas-station-to-be-demolished/
Today 2021

Photo sent to me by-Aileen Downey-Puckett

Tammy Lin

Remember,you trained me ‘ell.Also remember opening for Art a few times he was hung over!!He was the best boss for a teenager lol He used to front me money so I could go out and party on a Fri night.Had a lot of fun working there!!!

Melinda Jane

I worked there with Shana Gardiner and Paula Hughes! Must have been after all of you! Good place…Art was the best!

Matthew Maennling

That was a landmark for the William Street kids – thanks for the photo. Aileen – you used to take me to Art’s when you were my babysitter, haha!

Joanne Devlin Morrison

I had no idea, I remember bagging candy working at art’s and eating too much while bagging. So sad it is going.

Kim Martin Elder

Very sad to see it go…it was my first job (over 30 years ago) and Art Diotte was not only a great boss but also a great guy. I worked with a lot of great people over the 5 years I was there (lots of fun memories) and Art Martell was the owner when I left. Also, the building is over 70 years old because my grandparents (Art & Della Toop) used to own it.

Rick Schnaufer

Well I workded for Art Diotte from 1976 I think it was when he bought the place. I think I worked 7 days a week for about 6years there. Great place- Good times. I could hit the phone booth 8 out of 10 times with rotten tomatoes!

Angela Bennett

I loved working there too!! Only job you could socialize with your besties, laugh and joke around, come in hung over, have the odd beverage, and get you cheques cashed. Art was the best boss and he seemed to have the knack for keeping all the girls working to keep the customers coming in!! Such a ladies man he was.

Toby Randell

Art gave me My first real job, and was like a second father to me. So many memories from that old building. Thanks for posting Aileen!

Amanda Armstrong

As Darla & my Mom Kim Martin Elder said – The store was well over 70 years old. It was bought by my Great-Grandparent’s – Arthur & Della Toop, in 1939 from Hermin Wing, it’s unknown whether he was the original owner or if there was anyone before him, nor is it known how long he owned it. At that time the store was known as Wayside Inn, gas sold for 39 cents. back then there was still a house in the back, which is were they lived. In roughly 1948 my Great-Grandfather sold the store to Abb Spinks, in exchange for the house my Grandmother – Margaret Martin, still lives in today. That put the store at 73 years old, not counting how long Hermin Wing may have owned it. If anyone wants to see an original photo of the store, I have one here

Ron Black

Wonderful… Thank you for the history of Art’s…I must be the old guy but My History didn’t start until March 21,!956…I was 5 years old. My Dad and Mom(Clifton and Muriel Black)Bought this store from a Man could Gilbert Purdon…and yes we lived in the back of the store that was open 7 days a week…It was great free candy all the time…..Mom and Dad sold the store To Ad And Bernie Moss in I think 1959(late)I was 8 and and a bit…In 1965 I was working for Ken Anderson at the IGA (Ken worked for Mom and Dad at this store)When Mr. Moss Declared bankruptcy,, Mom and Dad had a decision to make ,,,, to loose their lose there investment or to take the store over again….which they did from no date in 65 until 68…Riverside Groceriteria became the new owners Under the management of Mr.John Livingstone…Mr. Livingstone Sold the store to Art Diotte …Who latter sold it to My friend Mr.Art Martel…and hence..

Kim Martin Elder

Well Ron, I guess I’m the next old person on the block (lol) because I vaguely remember Ab Moss owning the store but I do remember when your Mom and Dad had the store and then the Livingstones. Those were the days when kids could run to the store and buy cigarettes for their parents.(lol) Imagine trying to do that nowadays. I wish I had taken some pictures of the store when Art Diotte had it because the front always looked so nice with all of the fruits and vegetables out there. Oh, the memories

Kim Martin Elder

I don’t know about most of William St, but I do know of three houses he owned. Yeah, he used to leave real early in the morning to take the pulp wood to the E.B. Eddy plant over in Hull and then come home to have lunch and then head back out for more wood. I can still see his truck parked out in our driveway. After working all day, he’d still have energy to go and work in the garden that he and Nanny would plant every year.

Amanda Armstrong

My Great-Grandfather; Art Toop’s Pulp Wood yard, also known as the backyard of our house on William Street. Included in the picture is their dog Tiny.

— in Carleton Place, Ontario.

Amanda Armstrong

Ron – Lol, I guess with owning three houses on one street, it is safe to say he owned ‘most of William’. I mean, when one entire family is living in those three houses, you know who the majority were lol. During the time my great-grandfather owned Art’s, he did indeed cut pulp wood as well – Which he stored in the back yard. He ran his own trucking company called Toop Cartage, while his wife ran the store. And at some point during that time as well, he ran a fridge company, selling & repairing fridges – Again, which he stored in the back yard. He was quite the business man 🙂 Also during that time he was drafted by the Army to train for WWII. Certainly kept my great-grandmother on her toes with everything.

Ron MacDonald

my mother- in-law Bessie Fee worked there when it was owned by the Livingstones.

Memories of William Street

Family Photos of Arthur Williard Toop & James Henry Martin

The Grand Old Ladies of Carleton Place

The Mystery Ruins of Carleton Place- Photos by Adam Dowdall

One Day on William Street

Construction of 198 William Street– Photos from Greg Nephin

The Continuing Curse of William Street in Carleton Place

The Very Sad Tale of Cecil Cummings of Carleton Place

What Happened to Basil Flynn’s Ducks.. ahh Geese?

Basil Flynn of William Street

The Old Grocery Counter –Calvin Moore



Photos from —Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Once upon a time before The Granary, a health food store on Bridge Street operating since 1978 this address has been home to several grocery stores including C.W. Moore’s and Maynard Argue’s. The old photo shown with this article was taken circa 1919, shortly after Cal Moore purchased the store from Deachman and Weir.




Photos from —Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

The counter made its way back to the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum and is on display in the museum


This counter was removed in the 1980’s from the store and stored in a garage. Funds were raised to move the counter and you can see it now at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum.

Memories of Calvin Moore posted on

The stuff we find


Sent from Brockville and postmarked on Aug. 10, 1916, this postcard is addressed to Mr. Calvin Moore, Carleton Place, Ontario, Box 8. The message reads:

Just a line to let you know Fred and I will go down on the afternoon train on Saturday. Will you come to the station and meet us. Hope you are well. Bye. Yours truly, Ernie. XXX.


Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News and now in The Townships Sun


Did You Know Who was Cooking in Back of Lancaster’s Grocery Store? Dr. Howard I Presume! – Part 3

Memories and Thoughts of the Grocery Store

Dishing up the Memories of The Devlins

Glory Days of Carleton Place–Mike Kean

Memories of Ruth Ferguson

Where’s the Beef in Carleton Place?

Name That Carleton Place Butcher? FOUND!!!

Memories of Argue’s Food Market?

The Days of the Loosey Cigarette, Slinky and Mailing a Letter

In Memory of Mickey Pickup– Carleton Place Dominion Store

The Writing on the Wall Disappeared but the Memories Don’t