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Let Them Eat Historical Cake — Frieman Cake Etc. Etc.

Let Them Eat Historical Cake  — Frieman Cake Etc. Etc.

Thanks Shane Edwards for sending this to me… Nothing better than writing or talking about cake!!!

Freiman’s department store in downtown Ottawa was famous for its whacky promotions. One of them was this giant 4,000 pound cake baked by the Standard Bread Company on Gladstone.Standard Bread opened in 1924, and it seems from the lady’s dress that this picture was taken not-long after that.(LAC Mikan 3615467)

Lost OttawaCame across this ad for an earlier cake from Freiman’s — said to be the largest in the world at two tons!

Archibald J. Freiman was known for his promotions. Here is one from what appears to be the Twenties, featuring a lady and a giant birthday cake made by the Standard Bread Company. This was the kind of promo that made Freiman’s the most successfully Ottawa-owned department store of its era.The Standard Bread Company — whose slogan was “The Mother Loaf” — opened in 1924 on Gladstone just west of Preston. The building is still there, now used by numerous artists. At the bottom of the sign is a reference to Mosgrove Street, which used to run from Rideau to George. It no longer exists, having been incorporated into the Freiman Mall/Hudson’s Bay complex across the street from the Rideau Centre. (LAC 1972-229 NPC)

Lost Ottawa
December 12, 2016  路 

Linda Seccaspina shares a cake recipe from Freiman’s department store on the occasion of their 58th birthday. Freiman’s opened their first business in 1900.
Says Linda: Linda SeccaspinaLost Ottawa
December 11, 2016  路 

The five-layer, one-ton cake above will be cut into 8,000 quarter-pound slices for the first customers into the A. J. Freiman Ltd. store tonight as “open house” is held in observance of the firm’s 58th birthday. The massive cake contains, in part, 480 pounds of raisins, 300 pounds of mixed fruit, hundreds of dozens of eggs, 120 pounds of sugar and stands nine feet high. Its bottom layer is five feet square.
Lost Ottawa
June 1, 2020  路 
Susan Love poses an unusual Morning Puzzler, seeking the recipe for a cake recipe made by National Bakers here in Ottawa (and this is the only picture I could find quickly, showing two of the ladies who worked there in 1956, when it seems the window was broken.)
Writes Susan:
“My four sisters and I are trying to recreate my father’s favourite cake, which came from the shop on Bank Street. It was a simple white cake, with a marshmallow centre and a light coloured butterscotch icing that hardened when set. Delish!
If anyone can shed light on this mystery, we would all be eternally grateful!”
Any former National Bakers out there?

Lorie Elizabeth DunlopI’m not sure about the cake… but for the icing, look for a penuche recipe. It’s delicious!

Penuche Icing click here

Susan BeamishI call it the ugly cake and I make every year for my husband鈥檚 birthday I got the recipe for the caramel icing from The Joy Of Cooking and you can purchase the marshmallow cream in most grocery stores馃槃

Lost Ottawa
December 16, 2018  路 

A chef puts the finishing touches on the Christmas Tree at the Green Valley Restaurant in December of 1955.
That’s a piping bag in his hand … for the icing on a really big cake!
(City of Ottawa Archives CA036036)
Lost Ottawa
June 11, 2018  路 

A young lady hands out some cupcakes during this Ottawa celebration in 1968. That summer marked the first “birthday” of the permanent Sparks Street Mall. They even had a three-tier cake to mark the occasion!
Starting in 1960, the street was closed to traffic in the summers in an attempt to improve commerce. It would only be permanently closed year-round as of 1967.
(Shared by Trevor Button)

Lost Ottawa
July 1, 2017  路 

Queen Elizabeth cuts the big cake on Parliament Hill at the end of the big Canada Day Celebrations in Ottawa, July 1, 1967.
There’s seems to be some debate about just how much of the cake was fake, but the story goes that it was so big they had trouble getting it through the gates onto the Hill.
This picture was used on a Centennial Greeting Card by Judy La Marsh who as Secretary of State was in charge of Canada’s Centennial celebrations.
(City of Ottawa Archives CA024297-W.jpg)

Lost Ottawa
June 27, 2014  路 
Lunchtime in Lost Ottawa … Government House Chef Zonda puts the finishing touches on an elaborate cake he has created to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, in 1953.
(LAC Mikan 4297886)

Cemetery or Funeral Cake

How Heavenly Funeral Potatoes Got Their Name

Vintage Easter and Bunny Cake Recipes from the 60s and 70s

Did you Know About the Wedding Cake Cottage?

I Never Met a Fruitcake I Liked

Your Grandmother鈥檚 1927 Wesson Fruitcake Recipe

Would You Eat Preserves After 40 Years? 150 Years?

The Days of Smocking and Spanish Bar Cake

Easy Christmas Cake- Lanark County Recipes

Describing Photos- thanks to Cathy & Terry Machin

Describing Photos- thanks to Cathy & Terry Machin
Photo-Thanks to Cathy and Terry Machin these are local photos in the Ottawa Valley–I am quite sure these are Dugald New from CP when he was working with the loggers in Ottawa and just outside with the Moore logging company– Circa 1907

A lot of rain had run into the furrows from the west side of the creek- it was a slop hole now. I’m counting on the cows wantin’ to get out and I guess it’s about time to let old … the western edge of the homestead, a place he’d concentrated the plowing. When they got to the plowed swath the horses were mired in the mud up over their grith straps. Two men were still stuck in the mud with the horses and the rest had fled into the trees“- Cracker Justice –By Janet Post

Related reading

Debunking a Postcard 1913 鈥 Strange Ephemera

Photo-Thanks to Cathy and Terry Machin–these are local photos in the Ottawa Valley

During World War II, my dad junked out the steam engine this gear came from and sold it for scrap iron. He used this gear for a base for a mailbox stand. That鈥檚 how it was preserved.

Before they scrapped the engine, they used it to smoke meat. When they butchered, they hung the bacon and hams in front, and burned wood to smoke the meat. They would hang the country hams on a chain upstairs and my brother would use his jack knife to cut a chunk off the ham when he wanted a chew of ham.

As boys, my brother and I took the engine鈥檚 brass pieces to school and donated them to the war effort. I still have the engine鈥檚 original state inspector鈥檚 certificate; it was dated 1918.-Lawrence Torske, McIntosh, Minnesota

Related reading

Second Lieut. H. A. Powell, to Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Lowry, of Pakenham 鈥 Steam in WW1

Ernie Giles Steam Engine Man

Steam Engines鈥 Clippings About Harold Richardson

Photos!! Who is With These Steam Engines?

Glory Days of Carleton Place鈥揝o What Happened to the Moore Steam Engine?

The Old Steam Engine Tractor on Mullet Street

James Miller Steam Engine Man from Perth

Hissing Steam, Parades and a 1930 Hearse鈥揚ioneer Days Middleville

Shipman & Acme Engines Clippings and Notations

鈥淲here Are They Now?鈥 Des Moore鈥檚 Steam Engine

鈥淎round the Local Fairs in 80 Days鈥? Lanark County Minor Steampunk Story

Clippings from the Train Stations in Carleton Place

Clippings from the Train Stations in Carleton Place



Photo- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Did you know that prior to 1923, anyone taking the聽train聽in Carleton Place would have left from this聽station? It was known as the Carleton Junction and was located on Franktown Road, right where Tim Horton’s is today. The stone聽station聽across the street that’s now the home of The Ginger Cafe was not built until 1923.聽The Mystery Streets of Carleton Place鈥 Where was the First Train聽Station?

I will keep adding to this as I go through my newspaper archives.



Photo- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum



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Photo- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


You could even catch a stagecoach ride to the Mississippi Hotel–Photo- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


 - The C. P. R. haa mde some interior slter.tlon....

Clipped from聽The Ottawa Journal,聽聽19 Feb 1906, Mon,聽聽Page 5


 - Held on Charges Of Shopbreaking At Carleton...

Clipped from聽The Ottawa Journal,聽聽09 Dec 1939, Sat,聽聽Page 32


 - Carleton Place Carleton Place, Aug. 29. There...

Clipped from聽The Ottawa Journal,聽聽29 Aug 1899, Tue,聽聽Page 3


 - 10 Tons of Pig Iron Stolen From Flat Car In...

Clipped from聽The Ottawa Journal,聽聽17 Dec 1948, Fri,聽聽Page 1


The Ottawa Journal聽Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Fri, Aug 19, 1898 鈥 Page 7
The 2 men on the right were retired CPR Trainmen. Horace St. Germaine and Ted Voyce– Photo Joann Voyce
Photo Ted Hurdis..聽
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Carleton Place station


June 6 1882–The keeper of the refreshment room of the CPR at Carleton Place has applied for a beer license and -a lucky bidder at a sale of unclaimed goods at the C. P. R. station got 1,100 yards of dress goods for $12 50. Photo–1901-Carleton Place Train Station


March 22 1872- J. L. Murphy is selling at Carleton Place, 72 village lots, near Canada Central .Station. .Sale April 2, Tuesday, at Cornell’s Hotel. .J. A. Wright, auctioneer


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Llew Lloyd—View from Bell Street 1957
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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 19 Feb 1906, Mon, Page 5

Marge Mitchell聽—My Aunt lived on Judson Street and the train tracks were about 60 feet from her house…there were so many trains whizzing by everyday. We loved seeing them and ran up to the station and sat on the benches and watched these mighty iron beasts. Such a fabulous memory of old time Carleton Place.





Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina鈥檚 books-You can also read Linda in聽The Townships Sun聽andScreamin鈥 Mamas (USA)

Come and visit the聽Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page鈥 what鈥檚 there? Cool old photos鈥揳nd lots of things interesting to read. Also check out聽The Tales of Carleton Place.


James Fanning鈥 Robert Nolan鈥 Train聽Accident

Did You Know About These Local Train聽Wrecks?

Train Accident? Five Bucks and a Free Lunch in Carleton Place Should Settle聽it

The Men That Road the聽Rails

The Mystery Streets of Carleton Place鈥 Where was the First Train聽Station?

Memories of When Rail was King- Carleton聽Place

Tragedy and Suffering in Lanark County-Trains and Cellar聽Stairs

I was Born a Boxcar Child- Tales of the聽Railroad

The Lanark County 鈥淐arpetbaggers鈥濃揕anark Electric聽Railway

The Titanic of a Railway Disaster 鈥 Dr. Allan McLellan of Carleton聽Place

What Happened on the CPR Railway聽Bridge?

Memories from Carleton Place鈥揕lew Lloyd and Peter聽Iveson

Linda鈥檚 Dreadful Dark Tales 鈥 When Irish Eyes Aren鈥檛 Smiling 鈥 Our Haunted聽Heritage

So Which William Built the Carleton Place Railway聽Bridge

Perils of the Cows of Carleton Place or Where鈥檚 the聽Beefalo?