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The Garden — Helen Halpenny –The Buchanan Scrapbooks

The Garden — Helen Halpenny –The Buchanan Scrapbooks

With files from The Keeper of the Scrapbooks — Christina ‘tina’  Camelon Buchanan — Thanks to Diane Juby— click here..

No date…. with files from Jean Ridell

The Halpenny’s who live at R.R. 2 Almonte have a herb garden just outside their kitchen door. The location is in a perfect spot for the cook of the house handy for quick herb fixes in a recipe. Helen grows basil, oregano, summer savoury and 28 other varieties like tarragon,lemon balm, wooly lamb’s ear and fennel. Of all these herbs Helen grows, not all are for cooking. Lavender and costmary will be dried and made up into fragrant satchels.

Across the laneway from the house is the Halpenny’s vegetable garden that the family is proud of. She feels the time and effort put into the garden work pays off because the family is self sufficient in vegetables. They buy only winter salad vegetables.

By planting vegetables with different maturation dates, succession plantings, and careful choice of varieties, there are fresh vegetables on the table from early summer until freeze up.The Extra Early Bounty Tomatoes are ready now and Rolar Vee Corn, the earliest of several corn varieties will soon be finished. Tasty Vee, Seneca Chief and Golden Bantam will extend the corn season well into September.

Experimenting with new varieties is a special interest of Helen’s. She easily names every variety as you walk with her.. ( the article was cut off here:(


Helen Halpenny-Almonte Alameda donors and supporters click


Almonte has a rich tradition of community involvement and fellowship.

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, a thriving traditional Market was located in downtown Almonte, just off Brea Street (where the parking lot is now). Vendors would arrive with their horse drawn carriages full of hand-made items, livestock, locally grown foods, and other wares. Patrons would arrive from miles around to spend the morning stocking their own carriages with the items they needed and enjoy fellowship with their neighbours. It was an event not to be missed, and for some, their only trip into town every week.

The current Almonte Farmers Market (AFM) maintains that same feel.  It was conceived around the kitchen table of  Master Gardener, Helen Halpenny in the fall of 1989. A few local farmers met over coffee to discuss bringing together their extra produce and offering it for sale. Their vision of rejuvenating the old Almonte Farmers Market as a producer-based market laid the ground work for the successful farmers’ market that we have today.

Shortly after the farmers’ market started in its new incarnation, the market vendors were approached by Bob Chorney of Farmers’ Markets Ontario, which was just starting up at the time. Bob was amazed at how far along in the planning stages the AFM vendors were. Farmers’ Markets Ontario shared the same producer based ideas and so it was easy for the AFM to become a founding member of Farmers’ Markets of Ontario.   The FMO has given our market unfailing support and provided us with signs and other marketing tools, canopies, ideas and help throughout the years.

Helen Halpenny– Gardens Ontario

Registered Judges

Please note: OHA certified judges appear first listed alphabetically and otherwise qualified judges appear at the end of the list.

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NameHelen Halpenny
OHA Home Society:D 2 Almonte HS
OHA CertYes
Other Certificates:RGB-hort, GCO-design
Districts ServedD02


Unexpectedly in hospital at Ottawa on Friday, February 13, 2009.

Bill Halpenny
of Clayton, age 70 years.

Much loved husband of Helen Stewart. Beloved father of Elizabeth (David), Amy (Trevor) and Raymond (Jodi). Dear brother of Mary Ellen Code (late Fred). Bill will be sadly missed by his family

Mary Ellen Halpenny, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Halpenny, Almonte, RR No, 2, who graduated September 14, 1964 from the Brockville General Hospital School of Nursing. She received an award for highest standing in Obstetrical Nursing theory and practice, tying with two other graduates.


A pretty wedding took place on Saturday, May 15 at St. George ‘s Anglican Church, Clayton when Mary Ellen Halpenny, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Halpenny, RR 2, Almonte, became the bride of Mr. Frederick Ivan Code, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Code of Innisville. The ceremony was performed by Rev. J. E. Allsopp of Ottawa. Mr. Stanley Hughton, uncle of the bride, was organist and Robert Hughton, cousin of the bride, sang O Perfect Love during the signing of the Register. The best man was Mr. Wm. Code, brother of the groom. Matron of honour Mrs. Sam Millar, Smiths Falls. Miss Mary James and Miss Beverly Evans were bridesmaids. Barbara Loynes of Ottawa was flower girl. Ushers were Bill Halpenny, brother of the bride and Orville Cooke. Given in marriage by her father the bride wore white floor length whisper taffeta with lace panel overskirt of organza embroidered with sequins, lace bodice with lily point sleeves. A shoulder length veil was held in place with rose of crystalet. Bridesmaids in identical street length, pale blue crystalet over taffeta and carried white and pink carnations. Flower girl in yellow crystalet over taffeta and carried a basket of Shasta daises. The bride’s bouquet was of pink roses, pink carnations and white stephanotis. For travelling the bride donned a three piece double knit suit in deep pink with pink and black accessories and corsage of white mums. Guests were present from Chapleau, Brockville, Ottawa and Smiths Falls. On their return from Prince Edward Island they will reside on the groom’s farm in Scotch Corners.


A photograph of the Willows family on a wagon circa 1900. Left to right, those pictured are: Alfred Willows, Catherine Willows, Ruth Halpenny, and Sara Halpenny.
Photo from Marjorie Earl. Read-The Willows Family Reunions Clippings
ALL PHOTOS from Joan Halpenny’s Family Collection— read-The Family of Joan Halpenny– McRostie

Every Foot of the House Was Crowded When the Teamsters Were Passing Through

The Family of Joan Halpenny– McRostie

The Willows Family Reunions Clippings

The Willows Family Reunions Clippings



A photograph of the Willows family on a wagon circa 1900. Left to right, those pictured are: Alfred Willows, Catherine Willows, Ruth Halpenny, and Sara Halpenny.
Photo from Marjorie Earl.


Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 08 Sep 1933, Fri,
  3. Page 18



Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 09 Aug 1950, Wed,
  3. Page 9



Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 08 Aug 1956, Wed,
  3. Page 4
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    Ivy Mohrhardt Alfred is a nephew of my 2Xgrgrandmother Desdimona Flintoft (nee Willows) Catherine’s maiden name was Halpenny. Love this photo!!

    1905-This picture is of Mrs. Ross who visited in the summer months to Mississippi Lake near Drummond Center and stayed in a tent with two young boys, Norman and Jack.  Her maiden name could be Tysick, Caswell, Willows, Code or other.  The boys were probably her grand-sons. The picture seems to be taken at the Flintoft’s farm or Mrs. Ross’ home in Carleton Place.  Anyone have any more information?

    Willow’s Family Genealogy Click here



Every Foot of the House Was Crowded When the Teamsters Were Passing Through

Every Foot of the House Was Crowded When the Teamsters Were Passing Through


Mr. Joseph Halpenny  remembered a time when his father William and his uncle John Halpenny kept a hotel in Pembroke from the 1860s to the early 1870s when the hauling of supplies to the lumber shanties was in full swing. The Halpenny hotel at that period was headquarters for the teamsters from Lanark and Renfrew counties as they passed through Pembroke. Pembroke was an overnight stop. Though Mr. Halpenny was only a boy of about six in 1871 he has a vivW recollection of how at that time his father’s hotel would be crowded with teamsters. Every bed in the house would be occupied and every square foot of room would be occupied by men lying rolled up in their blankets on the floor. Mr. Halpenny recalls these teamsters as being big powerful men to whom the lifting of a barrel of pork was a mere trifle.

Most of the teamsters ate their meals in the Halpenny dining room, but on the other hand, many of them carried their own grub with them in boxes, and ate their meals wherever they could around the hotel. Mr. Halpenny’s greatest delight at that period of his life was to eat with the teamsters out of their boxes and to share their home-made bread, their cold fat pork, and the dainties which their wives had packed in the boxes for them.



Mr. Halpenny recalls an elderly teamster whom he called “Uncle” Robert Livingston, whose box meal he usually shared. “Uncle” Livingston always had doughnuts in his box and these he shared liberally with the boy. Mr. Halpenny says that as many as 150 teamsters have been in his father’s hotel over night. His father had two large sheds and they could accommodate some 50 teams under cover.



Prior to opening the hotel in Pembroke, Willaim Halpenny had kept a “stopping place” two miles from Forester’s Falls in Ross township. The stop of the shanty teams there was a noon stop, Grandfather John Halpenny had gone into Ross township as a farmer in the pioneer days back in the late 1840s.

William Halpenny did not live long after moving to Pembroke, In 1865. He died in 1871, the result of a cold sustained in 1869, when Prince Arthur visited Pembroke. After the death of Mr. Halpenny the Halpenny hotel was sold and became the Munroe House




Pembroke was incorporated as a town in 1878 and as a city in 1971. It was named seat for Renfrew County in 1861. This set the stage for construction shortly thereafter on the Renfrew County Courthouse, which finished in 1867, and the arrival of many civil servants, much wealth and much construction. In the 20-year period following 1861, Pembroke basically became the city it is today in terms of layout and buildings, although many homes and other structures have been lost to time. A fire in 1918 destroyed much of Pembroke’s downtown.

Other historic buildings that survive in Pembroke include a historic synagogue, two original hospitals, the Dunlop mansion (Grey Gables Manor Bed & Breakfast), the ‘Munroe Block’ downtown, and two houses belonging to the White family. A fire in 1918 downtown destroyed many buildings, including the Pembroke Opera House

As shown by the quotation below, which is perhaps equal parts promotion and fact, the economic atmosphere of Pembroke during the period when our fashions graced its streets and hotels, attracted many people to set up residence here.

“Both for business purposes and residential purposes Pembroke is a most desirable town. Because of its advantageous surroundings, its commercial facilities, its advantages as a shipping and distributing point, its excellent sanitary conditions, and the thousand and one things that make the town a desirable place in which to live, it has attracted, during the past few years, capitalists and business men from afar.
The district surrounding Pembroke is one of the richest agricultural districts in Eastern Canada. The farmers are all well-to-do, while many of them have accumulated fortunes.

The Family of Joan Halpenny– McRostie

The Family of Joan Halpenny– McRostie



ALL PHOTOS from Joan Halpenny’s Family Collection

Hi Linda, hope these are the kind of pictures you are looking for?

These are from my grandparents and father. I’m guessing late 1800s and early 1900 s. I have lots  but unfortunately very few have names or dates. The people in the photos would all be dead now but perhaps relatives might recognize them.
Joan Halpenny
I checked the newspaper archives and found the event that this picture was taken at and added it to the photo–August 11, 1898
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Have attached another photo. My aunt, Peggy McRostie is sitting in the front and my uncle, Frank Ward is standing at the back left side. If I have the story right, they met while performing in this play.

 - Pre. A. B. Grays ton Heard in Broadcast ' "We...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  02 Feb 1942, Mon,  Page 4


 - Ottawa Valley Troops Broadcast Saturday ... ....

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  27 Jan 1942, Tue,  Page 21


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The first one is Peter McRosties family….he’s the one who lived in the stone house…hard to believe they could fit in so many children. My grandfather Fred, back row on the right. I noticed the newspaper article about Emma the librarian. She is third at the back on the right.

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 12 Feb 1941, Wed, Page 23
30 years as the Carleton Place Librarian



The third one,of the group of women , I have no idea about. My grandmother. Eliza ( Beggs ) McRostie is wearing the black dress,sitting in front.


011155-03, (Lanark Co.), TAYLOR, Charles Francis Ray, 26, Carleton Place, Canada, Bachelor, Merchand, s/o Wm. TAYLOR and Barbara DONALD, Presbyterian, married CRAM, Mary Maud, 27, Beckwith, Canada, Spinster, d/o Samuel G. CRAM and Mary McROSTIE, withesses were M. W. TAYLOR of Carleton Place and ALVA MOE, Sherbroke, June 2, 1903, Residence of S. G. Cram, Beckwith, Presbyterian, Rev. A. A. Scott, Carleton Place, License, June 2nd, 1903

On the Perth road, now High Street, a dozen of the village’s buildings of 1863 extended from Bridge Street along the north side of the road for a distance of about two blocks.  There was only one building on its south side, the large stone house torn down several years ago, at the corner of Water Street.  It was built in 1861 by John Sumner, merchant, who earlier at Ashton had been also a magistrate and Lieutenant Colonel of the 3rd Battalion.  Carleton Militia.  Beyond this short section of High Street was farm land, including the farms of John McRostie, Peter Cram, the Manny Nowlan estate and David Moffatt.  The stone farm houses of John McRostie and David Moffatt are now the J. H. Dack and Chamney Cook residences

 - F. McRostie Dies In Carleton Place Held Many...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  02 Oct 1934, Tue,  Page 19


From Donna McFarlane


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Donna Mcfarlane
these were sent to me by Cheryl Baldree who was a relative
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Donna Mcfarlane— also this one of John McRostie

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.





Old McRostie Had a Farm in Carleton Place

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series –Volume 13


The next one is a calendar from my grandfathers store, although he had died by then and my father had taken it over.

“They Didn’t Fit My Dinner”—Letters from Hilda-Maberly and Appleton– – Doug B. McCarten