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Where was the City Grocery? The Life and Times of William Jenkins

Where was the City Grocery? The Life and Times of William Jenkins

Adin Daigle


A very interesting match holder from Carleton place ….as of right now I believe nobody has heard of this City Grocery….time for some research! I’m leaning towards it being early 1900s đź¤”

Where was it?

Bridge to Albert Street Corner (side 1) see list below–Lloyd Hughes Vintage Downtown Business List- Margaret Martin

If I read Lloyd’s list correctly then, it would have been the store on the north side of the Masonic Hall, as Johnson’s theatre was in the south side storefront. Thank you!Jennifer Fenwick Irwin- Carleton Placeand Beckwith Heritage Museum

Who Owned it?

Popular grocer William Jenkins who owned the City Grocer on Bridge Street and Confectionary on High Street and this was to settle his estate

1,900 in 1920 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $28,674.42

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada14 Dec 1920, Tue  â€˘  Page 9

April 1921

High Street Property-Photo from Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Before Bill Jenkins ran a grocery store on High Street in Carleton Place he was a foreman on the log drives coming down the Mississippi River. The boats they used were twenty feet long, four feet wide, and pointed at each end. A man stood in each end steering the boat using long ash paddles defying life as they rode over the strong waters.–Read-Bill Jenkins- Riverman and Wedding Cake Maker?

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

A new find! A photo of William Jenkins’ Bakery on High Street in 1908. That’s William. And that’s his “neatly fitted up store”. The red brick building exists today as a laundromat, but the white frame building is gone. See the giant painting of a loaf of bread on the side? And IS THAT AN ELEPHANT on the front facade? Very cool.

The following description was published in the Review of Prosperous Towns in the Counties of Lanark and Grenville, 1908:

“Among the well-known manufacturers of all kinds of bread, cakes, pastry and confectionery in Carleton Place we find as a leading one the establishment of William Jenkins which was established 19 years ago. Mr. Jenkins enjoys an enviable reputation as a business man and citizen and it is not to be wondered at that he has an almost exclusive share of the high class trade of the town. The premises occupied on High Street, phone 87, are embraced in a neatly fitted up store. The bakery is equipped with the most modern machinery. The utmost cleanliness is observed in the manufacture of goods. Every convenience is at hand for the successful prosecution of the business and employment is afforded to 2 bakers. Everything in the line of high class bakery goods, choice confectionery is dispensed. A special feature is made of wedding cakes. Weddings, parties, balls and receptions, afternoon teas, are fully supplied with the greatest care and attention and upon the shortest notice possible at moderate prices. Courteous assistants are in attendance at the store. Two delivery wagons are in use and the delivery of goods is attended to with scrupulous regularity and promptness. Mr. Jenkins is also a dealer in flour, salt and fresh groceries. A specialty is made of green and black teas. Personally he is a gentleman of the highest standing and has well earned his reputation for reliability and honorable dealing.”

Belinda McAuliffe Bent

William Jenkins is my grandfather. My mother Alma Beatrice Jenkins moved to Port Arthur(now Thunder Bay, Ontario) in the early 1920s after both her mother and father had died.There were 6 children in his family. Names were Clara, Stella, Laura, Alma, McBurney(Mac) ,and Dalton.

Dumps Ryall

I can remember that was a grocery shop in the fifties – Mr Cambell I think. He seemed very old and a bit scarey to us children. Only once did we buy a chocolate bar there – and found worms in it!

Mr. Campbell was in Jenkins building and then he moved-Robberies in Carleton Place — Mr. Ed Campbell of High Street

Peter Bradley

F T Moon had his machine shop next door where the white frame house is in the picture. All opposite Mississippi Motors.

An Interview With Mr. Moon — 1974 — Joan Rintoul and Luke Pettet

The Magical World of Mr. Moon by David Robertson

1905 Ivory Soap Ad ~ Elephants Carry Large Soap Bars

NameWilliam Jenkins
Racial or Tribal OriginIrish
Marital StatusMarried
Birth Date25 Dec 1858
Birth PlaceOntario
Residence Date1901
Residence PlaceCanada
Relation to Head of HouseHead
Can ReadY
Can WriteY
Can Speak EnglishY
DistrictLanark (South/Sud)
District Number81
Sub-DistrictCarleton Place (Town/Ville)
Sub-District Number2
Dwelling Number16
Family Number16
NeighboursView others on page
Household Members (Name)AgeRelationshipWilliam Jenkins42HeadDelia Jenkins28WifeClara Jenkins11DaughterStella Jenkins7DaughterLaura Jenkins4DaughterAlma Jenkins1DaughterAgnes Juill19Servante (Servant)Rebekah McEachen17Servante (Servant)John Larose22Servante (Servant)Della Larose21LodgerMary B Larose11/12LodgerOliver C Carey43Visitor

Bridge to Albert Street Corner (side 1)

Mississippi Hotel (McIlquam’s)

McIlquam’s Horse Livery

West Wilson Meat

Mrs. H. Bond Variety– Also Mrs. Beach Variety

H. Bond Barber

Bowland & Sutherland

Thomas Stevens Grocery

Frank McNeely Meat

Chinese Restaurant- later Mac Williams Drugs

Harry Schwerdtfeger Tobacco Shop

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

Leslie’s/ Matthews Funeral Director

Leslie’s China Shop- Later Powell Grocers

John Frazer residence

Johnson’s Nickle Theatre

City Grocery

Masonic Hall

Singleton’s Tin Shop-Also Rubino and George Weir Fruit

Bill Jenkins- Riverman and Wedding Cake Maker?

Before and After in Carleton Place–Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum Posting


Dowdall’s High Street Garage

Dowdall’s High Street Garage

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum –Dowdall’s Gas Station on High Street

1933 Carleton Place Gazette – Christopher Trotman

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum –Dowdall’s Gas Station on High Street in the summer

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


“C.C. Dowdall Chrysler and Plymouth Agent” calendar from 1936. This is now the site of Tim’s Service Centre on High Street.

The Central Garage in Carleton Place by Terry Skillen

The Garages of Carleton Place –1970’s

Esso? Downtown Bridge Street Carleton Place

Filler Up! Got a Flat!! Photos of Gas Stations

Looking for Memories of Harold Linton’s Gas Station

Take Me to Your Litre — The Anti-Metric Gas Station

Esso? Downtown Bridge Street Carleton Place

The White Rose Service Station in Carleton Place

Dollars Worth of Gas in Carleton Place

Before the Canadian Tire Gas Bar There Was..

The 1982 Gas War — Perth Vs Carleton Place

The Falcon History and Hockey– Comments from the Readers

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– â€“ 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. â€“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

An Update to the Kennedy House — Harold “Ozzie” McNeely

An Update to the Kennedy House — Harold “Ozzie” McNeely

The former Kennedy House on High Street

As you know Thomas Quinn of Ferguson’s Falls led the four teams required to move this house down the frozen Mississippi River and Lake to its present site. Tragically there was a devasting fire that consumed a lot of this house in August of 2021. It is said at present that it is a complete tear down.

Firefighters with Ocean Wave Fire Company and the Mississippi Mills and Beckwith fire departments battled a fire that destroyed a home on High Street in Carleton Place Aug. 22. The home sustained over $500,000 in damage due to the fire, which originated in the basement.–READ HERE

Today I talked to Harold “Ozzie” McNeely and he told me when he was growing up the move of this house was always in conversation. They used to go up to Ferguson Falls for business (live stock) and he remembers being shown as a child where the house once existed in that village. One of his teachers in High School was a Kennedy who owned the house as they too often spoke about this house. Ozzie said the house that was moved was very small and unlike the size it was at present. The home had an addition built on to the main small house in later years.

He said it took awhile, about a week, to move down the ice with teams of horses and the house’s port of entry to Carleton Place and High Street was Nichol’s wharf which is now Centennial Park. From there teams of horses and sleighs pulled the house to its present location through the snow.

I would like to correct some misinformation regarding the Kennedy house. My Dad, Douglas Kennedy , did teach at CPHS until 1955 when he went to Lisgar Collegiate in Ottawa to teach.
There had not been any previous Kennedys in the house as he bought it from a Miss Campbell in the early 50’s.
My siblings and l grew up in that house and were saddened to hear of the fire and the possible demise of our childhood home.
Evelyn Kennedy Julian

Corrected thanks Evelyn!

Nichol’s Wharf-Photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum — read-Before and After at Centennial Park

Thanks Ozzie, and he also told me there used to me a small tunnel under the RBC bank was and where the safe was. Also, the Queen’s Hotel had/ has two basements and there was one tunnel to bring the beer out to the back parking lot.

The rollers that moved the house-Findlay recorded the event of his findings and this actual document is at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum.


To read the stories click:

The Name of the Man that Moved the Kennedy House

The House that Skated to Carleton Place — Kennedy House

Back in 2015, Carleton Place Coun. Linda Seccaspina profiled the unique story behind the home on her blog.

Known as the Kennedy House, at the corner of Flora and High streets, the home wasn’t actually built in Carleton Place. It was moved down the frozen Mississippi River from Innisville to Carleton Place during winter around 1900 by a large group of horses and men.

“Thomas Quinn of Ferguson’s Falls led the four teams required to move this house down the frozen Mississippi River and lake to its present site,” she stated in her blog post.

Carleton Place was the home’s third location. It was originally built in 1845 on land in Ferguson’s Falls–.READ HERE

Sue Quinn
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Thought I would share the photo of Thomas Quinn who led the charge to move the house. He is my husband’s great uncle.My husband is named after him.
One of Tom quite young and in the second photo he stands far right photo likely taken in the 30’s /40’s I’m guessing.

Putting Together Pieces About Historical Homes– John Moore’s House –Napoleon Street

The Derry Farm of Angus McDiarmid

The House on the Cliff and the Old Bridge

The Pakenham House—- Thomas Lowe House

In Memory of the House

Bill Brunton

16h  Â· 

Well here’s a big change to the Neighbourhood I grew up in. This is the corner of Flora and High Streets. I remember delivering the Paper to that place in the 70’s, then some Friends bought it a lot later on. It’s strange seeing a big piece of equipment sitting on what used to be a house.

February 3, 2022

Pearl Stuart Teacher McCreary’s School

Pearl Stuart Teacher McCreary’s School
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
12 Jul 1901, Fri  •  Page 2

So like it usually happens I found this clipping about Pearl Stuart from Carleton Place. Something made me want to go find out about Pearl and here is some of her story. In the 1891 Carleton Place census Pearl Stuart was 12 so she would have been 22 when she was a teacher at McCreary’s School and bought the horse. She had a brother Walton who was 5 years younger then her and her parents who lived in the family home on High Street were Jennie and NT ( whose real name was Hiram Trueman (N was a typo)) Stuart. They were staunch Methodists and her parents were born in Scotland. Hiram worked as a miller in Carleton Place.

Edith Pearl Stuart married Thomas McCann and had two sons. She named one of them after her father Hiram. She taught at McCreary’s and George H. Doucett was one of her pupils (represented the provincial and federal ridings of Lanark in eastern Ontario). McCreary School was located on Hwy. 7 just west of what used to be the Falcon Restaurant.–Read-Questions on the McCreary Settlement and the IXL Cheese Factory.

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
26 Dec 1900, Wed  •  Page 6

Pearl died in Almonte on the 8th of May 1956.

1956, Thursday May 17, The Almonte Gazette page 4
Mrs T.B. McCann

The death occurred at her home, Ottawa Street, Tuesday, May 8th of Mrs Thomas B. McCann. She was in her 78th year and had been in failing health for two years. Mrs McCann was the former Edith Pearl Stuart, a daughter of the late Hiram T. Stuart and Jennie Morecroft of Carleton Place and originally from Fitzroy. Deceased, before her marriage, taught school, one of her charges being McCreary’s which is still operating. It was there that the youthful George H. Doucett began his educational career under the then Miss Stuart. She married Mr T.B.McCann who was a boilermakers’ foreman in the locomotive shops at Carleton Place in those days. He retired from the railway service 16 years ago, but worked at the big aluminium plant in Arvida, Que, for a few years during second world war. Mr and Mrs McCann came to live in Almonte some years ago. She leaves in addition to her husband, as son Hiram in New York City and a son, Harris in town. There are two grandchildren, Thomas and Emmett. Several sisters and one brother predeceased her. The funeral was held from the Comba Funeral Home on Thursday, may 10th, to the Auld Kirk Cemetery with Rev J Ray Anderson of the United Church, officiating at the services. Pallbearers were Messrs Wm Anderson, Wellington Hawkins, S. Geo Lowry, Nelson Simpson, John Brydges and Lloyd Watson

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
29 Dec 1899, Fri  •  Page 6
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
21 Dec 1899, Thu  •  Page 2

Thomas McCann Dies In Almonte ALMONTE (Special) The death occurred in Almonte of Thomas Beecher McCann. Born In Maniwaki, he was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Andrew McCann. While a young man he learned the leather making trade and was employed with the CPR for 48 years. Prior to coming to Almonte in 1949 he lived in Ottawa and other places in the Ottawa Valley. In 1904 he married the former Edith Pearl Stuart of Carleton Place who died in 1956. Surviving are two sons, Hiram C. of New York City and Harris P. McCann of Almonte, also two grandchildren. Mr. McCann took an active Interest in the community and was a member of the Oddfellows. The funeral was held from the Comba Funeral Home to the Auld Kirk Cemetery for burial. The service was conducted by the Rev. J. R. Anderson, minister of the Almonte United Church. The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
15 Dec 1958, Mon  •  Page 36

Name:Edith Pearl Stuart
Birth Year:abt 1880
Birth Place:Carleton Place, Ontario
Marriage Date:31 Aug 1904
Marriage Place:Canada, Lanark, Ontario
Father:Hiram T Stuart
Mother:Jennie Moorcroft Stuart
Spouse:Thos Brecher McCann
The Ottawa Citizen

May be an image of 14 people and people smiling

McCreary’s School –Photos from Doris Blackburn/ Karen Black Chenier and you can buy local school books from Archives Lanark.–http://archiveslanark.ca/index.php

May be an image of 11 people and people smiling

May be an image of 1 person

Doris Blackburn teacher-McCreary’s School –Photos from Doris Blackburn/ Karen Black Chenier and you can buy local school books from Archives Lanark.–http://archiveslanark.ca/index.php

The Old Fashioned Carleton Place Picnic Tackberry Hill? McCreary’s Creek?

Questions on the McCreary Settlement and the IXL Cheese Factory.

The Carleton Place Night Patrol: Aka Skin Dogging — Larry Clark

The Carleton Place Night Patrol: Aka Skin Dogging  — Larry Clark

Don’t have any idea who came up with this terminology but it was something we used quite often; like in, “ what will we do tonight” and this was most often answered with, “lets go skin dogging” (although we used it as one word).I say “skin dogging” now, as that is how it is defined in GOOGLE although the drift of the language has changed somewhat.

skin doggingfrom the term skin dog. when you’re cruising around, or walking through somewheres ( mall, main street,bar, shopping plaza) looking for ladies. or looking for any skin anywheres.friend: where you’s to? me: ahh just going skin dogging, man.friend: nice. nice.by skindoggg October 22, 2009 – Larry Clark


I find it awesome that this term has survived to this day as I figured that it would now be extinct and perhaps it really is, due to the advent of almost instant communication.

Anyway back to Brundage’s BA station, corner of Lake Ave. and Bridge St.; early evening, a group of us in one or more cars would discuss the evenings activities, settle on the above and head out, -north on Bridge St., paying particular attention to the steps at the bank (you know which one) all the way to the town line. Here a decision had to be made,-West to the intersection with High St. (destination diner???) or East to the intersection with Bell to check out Curb Service.

With no luck; back to Brundage’s to swing west on Lake Ave to pass the riverfront, Canoe Club and beyond the high school to reverse course. We must have found this occupation amusing and interesting because we did this circuit many times without (for the most part) or (never having) any “luck”? To break the pattern, a 180 at the town line would suffice, or if something of interest was spotted (seldom), a 180 would be performed at that point.

Photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
Howard McLinton’s Gas Station. Was it was up at the end of High Street on the left as you are going toward Highway 7. Now it is a private home — read Looking for Memories of Harold Linton’s Gas Station

At times we must have peaked the interest of the local gendarmes, for-on one of the many occasions when two (or more) cars were racing down the town line, the race ends at the Hwy 7 junction with a 3 car formation. When the dust settled, it was determined that the third car was occupied by Chief Cornell. A little chagrined (and soon out of pocket), they answered to the ensuing charges with an amount almost equal to a weeks wages.

Peter Bradley
Sat with Herb Cornell on High Street outside our gate manning the speed trap many times. When he went hunting he would often drop off some moose meat to eat. Wonderful Chief! Photo-Vintage Carleton Place & Beckwith
February 1, 2020  · 

It seemed a little ludicrous as these jalopies could barely attain  a speed of 50mph but they were dangerous in other respects. Two cars racing down the Town Line neck and neck, approaching highway 7; whether it was late braking or no braking; the driver one of the vehicles failed to stop and careened through the intersection and crashed the embankment on the other side, crushing his car and a portion of himself-his upper arm broken in several places.

The remedy was a complete arm cast (screws and rods) that he wore for several (6) months and the good news:- he became the best one armed pool player in CP. In order to keep these cars on the road, we all had to become back yard mechanics with varying degrees of competency-some much better than others. Take for instance, an evening drive to Perth and we are all commenting to the driver about his inability to properly steer the car . His solution was to apparently let the car drift to one side and then counter that with the encouragement of a drift in the opposite direction. Worked well for the most part as he only clipped two opposite direction cars. They were barely “grazings” so no stop was made by either party-especially since we would be long gone by the time anyone could turn around. I believe someone else took over the driving for the remainder of the outing.  The drifting tactic was discarded and replaced by good concentrated driving which was needed to overcome the erratic tendencies of the steering/front end wanderings. (I was not either driver).

The old Carleton Place icehouse at the end of High Street past the Supertest Garage on the left taken about 1972–Peter Bradley

We’re Goin’ Racin’ Boys on High Street

We’re Goin’ Racin’ Boys on High Street


Photo-Rebecca Bolton Morris—Hi Linda, My mother was a Stanzel from Carleton Place, and her grandfather, Stephen Stanzel, was in the shoe & boot business in Carleton Place for many years. She told me that he was involved in horse racing, but I think she may have exaggerated a story she heard as a child. Do you know of any horse & buggy racing around Carleton Place, perhaps around 1890 – 1920?

Yes, Carleton Place had horse racing down below High Street and also the biggest horse show in the Ottawa Valley every year at Riverside Park. They also did ice racing too.

Joann Voyce As a child in the 1940’s, I remember going to sulkie racing up High St where the new subdivision is now

Donna Grierson Stu Ferguson used to race horse & buggy on High Street & they boarded horses there I think the place belonged to Millar’s I think there’s a playground there now

Dawn Jones Ivan Farr had horses and participated in racing. In the 70’s I think.

Tom Edwards Stu Ferguson, Jack Saunders, Bill Wylie, Gordie Ames, Ivan Farr, Lennie Richardson, Arnold Brunton, Doug Ferguson, Glen Millar, this was the Friday afternoon club in my Aunt Hilda’s house on Thomas Street. The stories were fascinating. I used to love listening to these guys. Uncle Stu was a lifetime member at Rideau Carleton Raceway.

Lynne Johnson The little park by High and Bridge is where the Bruntons used to train for sulky races, if I’m not mistaken?

Joann Voyce That was next to Miller’s Horse Stable. That is where the horses were boarded as well and were walked daily in the little park area, I lived on Thomas across from it for 8 years and then on High Street 2 doors from the Stable. The Miller’s are my relatives and I was in those stables many times

enny Trafford There was a track up the end of High Street about where that housing development is going in. I’m sure it was for the horses, but I also know it was used as a go-cart track because my Dad belonged to that go-cart Club and practiced and raced up there.



200 to watch Kart races on High Street.. Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 12 Aug 1960, Fri, Page 40

No photo description available.

Those horse shows in Carleton Place. Horse races at Lake Park and later on on High Street .. Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 11 Jun 1907, Tue, Page 6



The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
17 May 1909, Mon  •  Page 2



The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
28 Oct 1939, Sat  •  Page 10



Let’s Go Racing Boys with Nellie Sharper and Alex Hunter from Carleton Place

Findlay vs. Bailey in Carleton Place —Horses vs. Cars

Wild Horses Could Not Drag Me Away

You’ve Got Trouble in Franktown-Dead Horses and Wives

A Horse is a Horse of Course– Of Course—Angus McFarlane

Buggies Horses and Accidents

More on Stewart Ferguson by Tom Edwards

What You Didn’t Know About the House on High Street

What You Didn’t Know About the House on High Street


The house on High Street that is called one of the Findlay homes today was originally built by James Patterson who resided there. Before Mayor Patterson built the house James McDiarmid married Jane Morphy, daughter of William Morphy who was a son of the original Edmund. Their home was on High Street on the same lot where James Patterson built his home. They had two daughters, Mrs. McGuiness and Mrs. George Willis- also three sons, William, Duncan(Shake) and Robert. Robert is the one that gave this information to Mrs. F. C. McDiarmid who recorded it.


Other High Street Homes


Last night I was watching Clara’s Deadly Secret on W and I thought I recognized landmarks in the beginning and then at the end I was sure– so I went to Youtube and clicked on the movie–and sure enough it was the Findlay homes in Carleton Place– then I googled it and found the Millstone article.. no mention of the Findlay homes– but there is no doubt and Pinehurst in Almonte was used for the interior shots. http://millstonenews.com/2013/05/what-is-claras-deadly-secret.html 

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Jean Isabel Galbraith Findlay Home


Findlay Home on Joseph Street and High Street


A View Of The Residence Of A. Dulmage, Carleton Place . Where is this? This used to be the old Iveson–Peter Iveson home on Joseph and High Street–

Peter Iveson- My grandfather EH Ritchie bought it in 1920,my mother Agnes Iveson Inherited it in 1974,and we had to sell it after she died in 2003. You can see the barn behind,the front was a farm house built in 1875 which was gentrification at the turn of the 20th century,the back kitchen and outside kitchen with the maids room and bathroom and back stairs was added in 1910. It was called “the Willows” because of the willow trees which were removed as they conflicted with the town’s waterworks which were constructed during the Great War. The house sat on three lots and was surrounded by spacious grounds and flower gardens

  1. relatedreading

The Evolution of a Findlay Home –Is That All There Is?

The Carleton Place House That Disappeared

So What Happened to The Findlay House Stone?

Was This the Architect of the Findlay Homes on High Street?

207 High street during the 2000’s by Sara Allen–

The Evolution of a Findlay Home –Is That All There Is?

The Evolution of a Findlay Home –Is That All There Is?


1911 Postcard– Findlay home on High Street that was demolished in the 2000’s.

The home really wasn’t that old having been built in 1910. It was built of Newfoundland Stone and the few skids of stone that were supposed to be saved were tossed away like old shoes on McArthur Island according to Irma Willowby. The land remains empty and last night when I saw the postcard above I knew I had to do a timeline series so this never happens again. I swear if I see this happen again I will personally stand in front of the building to stop it– and that is a promise.



1920s– Photo Tom Edwards– the small fir trees in the front and the Mississippi River in the back. One verandah has been screened off



Linda Secccaspina Photo- Mid 1980s



Photo Judy Pallister 1990s — The place is a horror story and condemned.


Interior in its glory from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Interior being demolished- photo by Shane Wm. Edwards 2006


photo by Shane Wm. Edwards 2006


photo by Shane Wm. Edwards 2006



The End-photo by Shane Wm. Edwards


Linda Secccaspina Photo– 2016

The story here–The Carleton Place House That Disappeared




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 and The Tales of Almonte

O Brothers Kane in Carleton Place- Where Art Thou?

O Brothers Kane in Carleton Place-  Where Art Thou?
Photo- Linda Seccaspina 1982
Hi Linda

It would also be pretty neat if you have any pics or info on the rink we all played on years ago. They were the Brothers Kane, and a lot of us played minor hockey on the outdoor rink up there on High Street.


old findaly


It would have been in behind Stonebridge Manor to the right. That’s likely 45-50 years ago, before we all walked to raise money for the arena that we have now. I have an old newspaper clipping that says I played for Armours, and I think Parkman and Taylor was another sponsor.

Tom Edwards

Hi Linda
It would also be pretty neat if you have any pics or info on the rink we all played on years ago. They were the Brothers Kane, and a lot of us played minor hockey on the outdoor rink up there on High Street.

So what say you? Please leave comments so we can document this.


Brothers skating rink on High Street
Once the arena was torn down , I played Midget hockey on an outdoor rink at the ball diamond . The change rooms were built into one corner of the grandstand . That was the end of my minor hockey . The next year I started playing in the Carleton Place Town league out of the Almonte rink . The ” Brothers ” built their rink around the same time period .
I played many games on that outdoor rink. We would walk with our equipment over our shoulder all the way up high st. If we were lucky the old barn we changed in would have a fire on in an old woodstove. Often there was no heat. If it was snowing we would have to stop the game to shovel the ice. We were playing a game one time and a guy by the name of Huck McIntyre drove his skidoo over the boards and right onto the ice !!Hahaha
Any hockey games I played as a child were of the unorganized nature or “pick up” with neighborhood kids. The rinks we played on were created by fathers or natural ones. Two I remember were a backyard rink Ted Shenfield made on Napoleon Street and a low part of a field off Lake Avenue that flooded in the fall and froze over in the winter. It was located where the current CPHS Athletic Field is and made a wonderful natural rink, once the snow was cleared off the surface! I had an uncle that worked at the old Ottawa Auditorium in the days of the Ottawa Senators of the AHL. He used to provide me with goalie sticks which meant that when we picked teams, I invariably ended up in goal!
We played more games on makeshift outdoor rinks than we ever played in the arena . if I remember correctly the town always tried to have ice in the arena in time for Christmas so that us kids could go public skating . Organized hockey was usually over by the end of March, or sooner depending on how many winter thaws there were . Cold winters with low snowfalls were great because that meant the river and lake were easily cleaned oRay Paquette
St Mary’s held their Winter Carnival there different years. I loved going there.
Fond memories of the rink at the Brothers. We have a photo of my brother, John, in his hockey equipment with the biggest “goose egg” on his forehead. It was taken by one of the Brothers.
Sherri Iona
Linda Seccaspina I lived 3 houses away from 1964 to 1971. We definitely skated on the rink and it was lit at one poin



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David Flint

Starting bottom left: me Jamie Brydge Scott Foy Pete Ferrill Scott Drummond Mike McNeely Top row left Phil Levesque Kevin McNeil Tom Edwards Steve Ritchie Ted Lightheart Dave Mills Richard Morgan John McNeely Sean Redmond in the back right. I’m not sure about the other coach-The Coach was Brother Kane

Thanks to David Flint—- Subject: 68/69 season Atoms

Ted Hurdis

Great pic. I played there often until our new rink was built. I walked from Napoleon St. To the rink on High street , carrying my hockey bag and stick over my shoulder. Good memories just the same.

A street hockey game on Moffat Street Photo Glenda Mahoney

The Carleton Place House That Disappeared

Where Was One of the Open Air Rinks in Carleton Place?

1911 Carleton Place Rink