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What Happened to the Riddell/ Montgomery Doors? Three years later…  Sherri Iona (Lashley)

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What Happened to the Riddell/ Montgomery Doors? Three years later…  Sherri Iona (Lashley)

In 2017 I did a blog about: Riddell— H B Montgomery House History For Sale

Joyce Murray called me to say she had the doors from the Montgomery house and they are changing everything in the home.

Joyce has two group of doors. One with glass and the other original wooden doors.. Check listing below. Some of my house comes from other homes in Carleton Place so I feel that I need to share this so we can keep it close. Just the way I think:)

Then two days ago Sherri Iona sent me this.

Evening Linda,

My Kindred Spirit first cousin Sonya (Blackburn) Spurway posted two related stories today, which says I could share with you. The first “I would like to share a photo with you from my childhood. This is one of my favourites. It is my mom with Kent, my older brother, Sherri my kindred spirit and special cousin, me and my cousin David. We are all sitting on the front veranda of my Nanna and Poppa’s beautiful home in Carleton Place. Do you notice the from door behind us with the stained glass? There were two huge solid oak doors with stained glass in them…….to be continued! ”

For all those that don’t know this is HB Montgomery former home on Townline and Bridge Street ( red brick one across from the stone Gillies home)

Photo by Sherri Iona (Lashley)

My Aunt is Iola Montgomery Blackburn. L-R Kent Blackburn, me Sherri Lashley (now Sauvé), Sonya and my brother Dave Lashley

Before-In 2017 I did a blog about: Riddell— H B Montgomery House History For Sale

Photo from Sherri Iona (Lashley)

After

Part 2

“Well continuing my story …. Shaylan my daughter was doing what she does best, finding the most unique gift for me. She was lucky enough to find an antique store ( Murray’s) in Carleton Place that had bought these doors from the new owner during renovations he was doing to the home. She and her husband Brian brought them to me as a very beautiful Christmas surprise. ( about 3 years ago). Well I would like now to share one of the the finished projects resulting from the doors. The stained glass from the two doors had broken pieces in both, but a local artisan was able to use the good pieces and create the most beautiful stained glass window hanger!!!” Note I saw these doors for sale on Tales of Carleton Place and told Shaylan, Sonya’s daughter, who made arrangements to get them.

With Stetson. Looks small. He had many over the years. Photo by Sherri Iona (Lashley)

#supportlocal-So give Joyce a call or hop on down to Murray’s Furniture & Flea Market–for some interesting things.

525 High StreetCarleton Place, Ontario Call (613) 253-1804

Extra reading

see Reusing the Past of Carleton Place — The Morphy’s and the McCann’s)

Riddell— H B Montgomery House History For Sale

H B Montgomery Auctioneer

Buttons and Quilts by Sherri Iona (Lashley)

The Mysterious Riddell— H B Montgomery House

In Memory of H B Montgomery

 Glory Days in Carleton Place-Sherri Iona (Lashley)

Riddell— H B Montgomery House History For Sale

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Riddell— H B Montgomery House History For Sale

 

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The house was originally built by Carleton Place retailer Norman Riddell who lived there with his family until his death. The grand house with the once beautiful gardens was then sold at auction and then flipped to Mr. Collie who in turn sold it to H B Montgomery. After the auction was over it still contained some of the Riddell family’s furniture like the Victorian settee in blue brocade which continued to sit in its original place in the living room.

Iconic Carleton Place citizen H B Montgomery moved into the house and lived there for most of his life.  H B told stories about Mr. Pattie who used to own a dry goods store in town. Pattie told him about his father who worked for a solid year carving the arches and moldings by hand. The bookshelves in the house were also created by his father.

Well, now things are changing and Joyce Murray called me to say she had the doors from the Montgomery house and they are changing everything in the home.

Joyce has two group of doors. One with glass and the other original wooden doors.. Check listing below. Some of my house comes from other homes in Carleton Place so I feel that I need to share this so we can keep it close. Just the way I think:) (see Reusing the Past of Carleton Place — The Morphy’s and the McCann’s)

So give Joyce a call or hop on down to Murray’s Furniture & Flea Market– infor when they are open is below.

 

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Two original front doors from the Riddell– Montgomery home along with the transit (that goes above the doors) are being sold for $300. With the original glass that is a steal as far as I am concerned for history etc.

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Joyce also has 3 various wooden doors and one is a outside side door and two are inside doors for $75.00– Just give her a call and she will give you all the details and show them to you.

 

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Image may contain: car and outdoorMurray’s Furniture & Flea Market

Last updated: October 6th, 2017!

They accept Cash, Debit, Visa & Mastercard

Open 3 Days A Week! Friday 10-6 ~ Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm

525 High Street
Carleton Place, Ontario
Call (613) 253-1804
and just in case you don’t know who Joyce Murray is you can read about here: The Emporium of Life — Joyce Murray

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

relatedreading

The Mysterious Riddell— H B Montgomery House

In Memory of H B Montgomery

H B Montgomery Auctioneer

Buttons and Quilts by Sherri Iona (Lashley)

Update on Miss Powell from CPHS- John Edwards

Glory Days in Carleton Place-Sherri Iona (Lashley)

 

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Here we go Carleton Place– Mark Your Calendars–

 

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Join us and learn about the history under your feet! This year’s St. James Cemetery Walk will take place Thursday October 19th and october 21– Museum Curator Jennfer Irwin will lead you through the gravestones and introduce you to some of our most memorable lost souls!
Be ready for a few surprises along the way….
This walk takes place in the dark on uneven ground. Please wear proper footwear and bring a small flashlight if you like.
Tickets available at the Museum, 267 Edmund Street. Two dates!!!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1211329495678960/

OCT 28th
Downtown Carleton Place Halloween Trick or Treat Day–https://www.facebook.com/events/489742168060479/

Here we go Carleton Place– Mark Your Calendars–

 

October 28th The Occomores Valley Grante and Tile Event–730pm-1am Carleton Place arena-Stop by and pick up your tickets for our fundraiser dance for LAWS. They also have tickets for Hometown Hearts event at the Grand Hotel fundraiser

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Howard McNeely- I Aim to Please

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Photo–Here it is, of course I’m on a booster too.
I believe that’s my first hair cut Photo–Donovan Hastie
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Linda Gallipeau-Johnston– The best thing I remember about Howard McNeely is him driving around in his car with the big speakers on the top and telling everyone to come out to the Tombola at Central School yard. That’s the way stuff like that got around in the 50’s. I’m sure he did it for other stuff too – but that’s the one that caught my ears at 7yrs. I just remember how he could drum up excitement doing that!

Author’s Note- Lynda I still use the word “tombola” LOL and people give me the strangest looks.

Ann Stearns Rawson –Do you remember going to the Tombolas? I remember one in particular because my dad was working at it for the IOOF (I think).

Debbie RoyHoward used to call for square dancing all around the county while my Grandpa Shail played fiddle, my Nanny Shail played piano, my Dad on guitar, and my Uncle on banjo. He was such a fun-loving guy!

Nancy Hudson Yes I remember Howard calling sqare dances at local dances, he really kept everyone on their toes and was always the life of the party. He also served as Mayor for quite a few years and his barbershop first beside Woodcock’s Bake shop and later down the street at the corner of Elgin[Emily] st. was always a meeting place for local men.

Christy Zavitske McNeelyMy mom Tina McNeely worked for him as the auctioneer recorder??? Secretary???

 
Dale LoweI remember the inside of his barbershop….little things like the Export A calendar that hung on the wall. When you were small, Howard placed a padded board across the arms of the chair so your head was at at a good level for him. It was a memorable day when you were finally tall enough to get your first haircut without that board…a rite of passage!
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“Will somebody make it twenty?”

Howard McNeely has been seeking bids for 40 years

By Mary Cook

Carleton Place Canadian, 1987

Forty years ago a large broad axe fetched a quarter.  Today, if it’s really old it could command a lofty $60.  The crowds were smaller back then, and Howard McNeely, the newest auctioneer in the valley knew just about everyone by his first name.  But times have changed since that day almost 40 years ago when Howard thought he could do what he had been watching other auctioneers do for years.  He thought…..”there’s nothing to this.  All I have to do is stand up on the platform or the back of a truck and ask for bids.”  Well, it turned out not to be quite that simple.

A young Howard McNeely had been following the local auctions for years.  He never paid too much attention to the “stuff” being sold, but he couldn’t take his eyes off the auctioneer.  He was fascinated with the fast talking, the rapport with the crowd, and the obvious delight when a bid was over.

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Actually, Howard had had plenty of experience on the stage by the time he first tried his hand at auctioneering, so he wasn’t walking into the job cold.  For years he had an orchestra that toured the Ottawa Valley, and he was well acquainted with standing up before people.  He is probably one of the few people who had an orchestra but never mastered a musical instrument.  But that didn’t stop him from enjoying the toe tapping valley music everyone loved.  He really had two orchestras.  One was a rag tag group who got together for the sheer love of valley music.  It included Ab Duncan, Stewart Comba, Les Neild.  When he wanted to fancy things up a bit he added Jack Peckett and Les’ daughter Elsie on the piano.  Howie kept up a steady patter between songs and dances and found it pretty easy to entertain the crowd, so that the first time he took to the platform at an auction sale, he wasn’t even nervous.  “I had been so used to being in front of people, that I never gave it a thought.  And besides, in those days you knew everyone…everyone!” he said.

Not so today.  Even if the faces of the collectors and dealers are familiar, Howard often doesn’t get to meet them personally.  For that reason, and because the crowds are so much bigger now, Howard finally had to go to a number system like the big auctioneers in the city.  The crowd didn’t like it when he first introduced numbers about 15 years ago, but as he said, times had changed.

Howard’s first sale was on Park Avenue, “just across the fence from where I was born and raised”, and Burnett Montgomery was the auctioneer who set out to show Howard the ropes.  Burnett had been auctioneering for a long time, and the partnership was to last for 30 years.  “All that time we never had a disagreement.  It was a great relationship.  We got along well, and I learned a lot from Burnett” he admits.

 

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The biggest sale Howard ever held was when he sold the Mississippi Hotel by public auction.  All the furnishings went too, and then the big stone heritage building was put on the block.  Howard lives by the adage that discretion is the better part of valor, and insists he cannot honestly remember what the landmark building sold for.

One of the longest running auctions was on a farm on the old Ashton road that took three days to complete.  “It was loaded with antiques, and the dealers were there from all over.  The prices held up for the full three days too” he remembers.

There are items today that couldn’t be given away 40 years ago.  Old milk cans command a good price now, and Gingerbread clocks which sold for $10 in the 50’s would be considered a good buy today if you paid a mere $100.

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Although he won’t say from which sale it sold, Howard recently got the bidding up to $6,800 on an old corner cupboard.  “Forty years ago, you’d consider it a pretty good sale if you got that for a whole house full of furniture.”

Over the years Howard has always tried to keep a good sense of humor.  Early in the game he learned if one person in the crowd was entering into the spirit of the sale by bantering back and forth with the auctioneer, you capitalized on that.  Just last week one woman seemed to be in perfect sync with Howard.  They both ended up cracking jokes throughout the entire sale much to the delight of the crowd.

In the early years Howard has sometimes inadvertently sold the same item twice.  It can happen.  Two different helpers will hand Howard the same item after it has been sold….but as a rule the crowd is astute, and there is always someone there to holler, “Hey, McNeely, you’ve already sold that once today.”

Howard remembers an incident from years ago that still makes him chuckle today.  “It was a large sale, with two or three people in on it.  Someone handed me up a baby carriage.  It was in pretty good condition too.  It was one of those old fashioned jobs.  You don’t see them around anymore.  Anyway, I asked for a bid and got one right away.  The bidding went pretty high too.  And it sold to someone.  Then this woman came to me in an awful sweat.  It seems she brought her baby to the sale in the carriage, and was just off looking at something else when I sold it.  Everyone thought it was very funny, because I had to get the carriage back.  The people who bought it were just loading it into their car.  I was a bit embarrassed, but those things happen.”

 

 

 

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Right from the day Howard started auctioneering 40 years ago, he has always been on the lookout for stealers.  He remembers one sale where two women were busy loading their shopping bags with small things at a sale.  “But unknown to them Herb Cornell, the Chief of Police was watching them.  It was his day off, and of course they didn’t know he was a policeman.  When he showed his badge they put everything back in a hurry.”

At another sale many years ago, he was aware of a big jackknife that was in the auction.  “It was a beauty..very old, and huge, with a handmade wooden handle.  During the sale I remembered it and asked my helper to hand me the jackknife.  Well, it was gone.  It vanished in a couple of seconds.  That’s all i

 

The biggest sale Howard ever held was when he sold the Mississippi Hotel by public auction.  All the furnishings went too, and then the big stone heritage building was put on the block.  Howard lives by the adage that discretion is the better part of valor, and insists he cannot honestly remember what the landmark building sold for.-Mary Cook

 

Related Reading

H B Montgomery Auctioneer

50 cents I ’m bid–Auctioneer Clayton Hands

 

In the Year 1923 —- “BHM”– (Before Howard McNeely)

In Memory of H B Montgomery

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OBITUARY–In Memory of H. B. Montgomery

Well-known Carleton Place Auc­tioneer Henry Burnett Montgomery died in Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital last Thursday March 9, 1989 following a short battle with cancer. He was 86. HB, as he was affectionately known throughout the Ottawa Valley, had a career which spanned 40 years in the auction sale business and despite his il­lness of recent months he was involved in an auction sale as recently as late August of this year.

A former farmer and butcher he handled as many as three or four auc­tions a week for years and over the past 26 years teamed with another well respected local auctioneer, Howard McNeely. “I always said the auction sale was part of Burnett and he was part of the auction,” McNeely said Monday in reminiscing about his many years of working with Montgomery. “He was a good fellow to work with, a perfect gentleman with a great respect for everyone,” McNeely fondly recalled. “He worked hard for the per­son he was doing the sale for, but he was also fair with the person buying the item,” he noted. “In all the years together we never had a (bad) word,” McNeely stated. “We worked a system and he often said to me ‘Howard there aren’t two men in a million who get along as we do,’ and I’d tell him that it was because neither of us was power hungry and we worked for the betterment of all concerned.”

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Despite his age Montgomery couldn’t completely quit the auction business. “He’d tell me many times he was going to quit, but he never really did,” McNeely mentioned. In a feature story with appeared in The Canadian in June of 1982 Mon­tgomery said he began auctioneering to help “make ends meet”. At that time he was operating a general store in Ashton.

He was born in Goulbourn Township and later lived in Ashton where he operated the store and a farm. He moved to Carleton Place in the early 1940s where he eventually got into the auction business. Montgomery is survived by his wife Helen and daughters Shirley (Mrs. Don Lashley) and Iola (Mrs. Bob Blackburn) both of Smiths Falls as well as a sister Jean (Mrs. Ted Andison) of Jasper, On­tario, Also by six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Funeral service was held Sunday at 2:30pm at Zion-Memorial United Church in Carleton Place with Rev Wesley Mitchell officiating, Interments was in the United Cemeteries.

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Sherri Iona added the following —This was my Poppa. I always wonder why his first wife, my Nana is never mentioned. Laura (Bradley) Montgomery was a teacher a Munster in one room school. They met when Poppa was working in the quarry – where Dogwood Drive now is. He was a couple years younger. Nana who was very active with The United Church died from a long battle with breast cancer in the 1974 at age of 79.

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Poppa was actually born in Marlborough township south of Richmond, in the family homestead. He survived the depression, by buying and selling livestock, my paternal grandparents included. He was also the first person in town to have a skidoo and the first person to buy a Pellikan, the precursor to the seadoo.

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H.B Burnett, Poppa, with his grandchildren and spouses (at the time). This would be early eighties as my oldest was born in 80, and was 3 when Poppa died. 

Missing Grandson Wayne. Kent (Debbie), Karen (Tony), Dave (Debbie), Sherri (Jerry ), Sonya (Randy) the bride.

Related Reading:

In Memory of H B Montgomery

The sad tale of HB’s brother Everett

From Carleton Place Canadian August 6,1953. My grandfather.
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