Annexation of many suburbs in 1907 rekindled an interest in the residential development of Ottawa East. As part of Mayor Ellis’ vision of a “Greater Ottawa”, the agricultural land between Main, Clegg and the Rideau River was now viewed by developers as having future potential.
The success of the concept was based entirely on the idea that “upscale” homebuyers would be attracted to the lots by aggressive marketing and the promise of future amenities such as a streetcar line. That was a tall order given the near isolation of Ottawa East at the time. While the swing bridge across the canal (just north of present-day Pretoria Bridge) did provide a connection to the city, it could not support the electric trolley from Elgin St. As well, questions about adequate water, sewer and electrical services had to be answered. One can only speculate how the problem of the annual spring flood was addressed.
In March of 1911, Robert A. Sibbitt and Nepean Realty Ltd. purchased the majority of the land in Concession D, Lot I (Rideau Front) for $94,000. Sibbitt’s plan was to create a huge residential subdivision and market the lots as “a residential section for the discriminating and a boulevard homesite for the particular”. He named the neighbourhood “Brantwood Place”.–Facts from history of Ottawa East
For a long time we have all know there were other folks that lived in this house beside the Morphys, Crams and Reaburns, but we could not figure out who. Until this morning, thanks to the kindness of Jennifer and the museum. First of all it was The Raeburns not George Ray Burn in the article. Then we find out the other owners were the Morphy’s, Merricks, Johnsons and then the Crams, and finally the Reaburns. I have lived in Springside Hall since 1981.
Thanks Jennifer for adding on more info that was not known.
Marcia McKayLet’s see….We lived on Mary Street and then would have moved to Prince Street in the late ’50s, and my brother was born in ’63, so it was the mid ’60s when we moved back to Ottawa. There are some large trees missing, and there was a storage/play area under the whole porch – a nail sticking out of the door nearly cost me an eye. McIsaacs lived across the street, and George McDonald and family were next door, so it was a safe neighbourhood!!
Diane JohnsonMarcia McKay We must have been right after you. The McIsaacs lived across the street and the Purdys lived next door.
Kerry Lynn CrawfordIt was in my family for many years. I even owned it with my father and sister Kelly for a few years after my grandmother Ethel Crawford left it to us in the 1990s. Previous to that, it was the Simpson house, Great-aunt Ethel Simpson (my grand father’s aunt who raised him) and her husband Nelson ran it as as a retirement/care home maybe 1950s or 1960s. I am not sure exactly of the time frame. It always had an apartment upstairs. I recognize the clawfoot tub, curved banister, big front porch and rear view of the condos. There had been a sulkie track where the condos now reside, I would watch a man train his horse at noon and after school
Paul HodginsI remember Wally Crawford lived there. I worked for Wally at Leigh Instruments Awesome boss.That would be in the 80s
Craig WilsonWe rented the upstairs apartment in the late 90’s from an awesome couple Merv and John. They had 4 or 5 Papillon dogs. It’s definitely not a 2 bedroom apartment. Large bedroom and smallish living room. A few fun times were had trying to push the lushes up those stairs after a night at the Queens…
Chris GordonWe lived there from spring ’66 to spring ’67. At that time we had the upstairs apartment (which included the front room downstairs). It was our first home in Canada. IIRC Bob Cox and his family lived downstairs in the back apartment. We had a small garden in the back yard.
Carole FlintNote the roof ladder in the old photo. These were made of folding steel pieces. And ready for common chimney fires! Bill Flint
Karen DormanI lived across the street growing up. Mrs. Clyde Emerson lived there.
Jody TubmanSara Simpson Yeah, your birth was celebrated with a tree-planting…But I think we moved in the Fall of 1988. I remember being almost 16, and complaining that any remote chance at a social life was being yanked from me at 16. Mom also started work at Mike Fair’s earlier that year (which was the reason for moving to Franktown – equal commutes for the parental units)I think I have the bill of sale/mortgage papers for 16 Herriott in a box here.
… Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum This photo of James Bernard Doyle was taken on a visit back to Carleton Place in 1969.He’s standing in front of his childhood home at 95 Morphy Street. Born in 1899, he was known as Bernard (or Bunny) and finished his schooling in Carleton Place before moving to Winnipeg. His father was Edward Doyle who worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway.
Mike McNeelyi remember Mrs Turner lived in that house in the 70s and she collected tea pots and had them all over the house–my grandparents lived kitty corner on Baines
Leslie WhiteWe were neighbours of Johnny and Zephyr (Nanny) Turner- they were kind people
Yesterday at 9:55 AM · Oh the nostalgia. I sometimes shed a tear driving by. My childhood home, now sitting empty and without a doubt falling apart on the inside.
It’s not technically “abandoned” I guess. Its vacant and I don’t think the inside has been maintained since 2013.
They cut the grass in the summer and if I’m not mistaken they use the barns for storage, but the home has not seen a family since June 2013 when we moved out. In the winter nobody plows the driveway, so it really looks lonely that 6 months of the year.
The farmhouse is located outside of Carleton Place, right before scotch corners road and tatlock road when you’re going westbound on highway 7.
Part of me wonders if they’re sitting on it to eventually sell to a developer, but that’s nothing more than speculation.
It’s been sad slowly watching things fall apart throughout the years. I wish they’d do something with it.
Clara AshtonTom Montreuil my mom and dad bought it in the late 90s. My mom ran her equine boarding and tack store out of it from 2001-2010ish
*I’m not recommending that anyone trespasses, it’s very much owned by someone*
Victoria WilliamsonThe golf course owns it! I’m sure some day they will add more holes for the course maybe make it into a club house.
Dawna HurdisUsed to be a beautiful home when my Grandpa owned it. So much character on the inside! Saddens me as well each time I drive by and see it deteriorating. Lots of child hood memories on that property!
helma DowdallWhen I was a child this house belonged to a Mr. and Mrs Boland. They had no family. I always thought that they had the house built but I could be wrong.
Jessica RaceyI’ve always loved this home!! I can never understand why people just leave homes to slowly deteriorate. Why not rent it out, if it’s just sitting there and someone still owns it?
Dave HickThe attic is full of guano and the house has virtually no insulation knob and tube wiring an outdated oil furnace single pane windowsHowever it would be a great candidate for a complete overhaul
Tanis CordickDave Hick we were u set the assumption the owner of the golf course had bought it and was going to use the house as a clubhouse, I’m guessing that’s not the case
Dave HickTanis Cordick i did an inspection on it before the golf course bought itBarn is in good shapeGood deal on the land because house needed lots of work
A brand new custom bunglow was built by local home builder, Southwell Homes Ltd., in 2019 on the former location. Not one part of original home including foundation, pool or fencing was left. All brand new. New owner took possession in April 2020.
I knew the owner of the home that was allowed to become completely unliveable to the point that the only option was to raze the home and start over. Some day the true story of why the home was allowed to deteriorate to the the point it did will become known.
I was friends with his neighbours and I’m sure they are pleased with the transformation to the property as are all residents of the Manor.
Hi Linda I grow up in Carleton Place I childhood home was 178 Flora St. We bought the home in 1965 when I was 5 and my Mother sold the home in 1998 a year after my Father had passed away. I had always what to know the history of the home- Lyann Lockhart
Kate TeleckiMy grandpa Stewart Drummond grew up in this house and attended cphs! My mom always told me the story of how he was the first kid at cphs to have his own bicycle and all the kids lined up to have a turn on it !
Gail GrabeWe lived in the Bungalow beside this house for about 11 yrs. (69-80), the Hamiltons lived in that home, our young children played together.
Angela Hurdis BeazleyHi there, we currently live in this home. We purchased it about 10-11 years ago with my parents as joint project to renovate.My husband, myself and our children have lived here now for about 7 years.We don’t know about the history of the home but we did purchase it from the Hamilton’s. My parents & husband did a lot of renovations to take the house back to its original state with a modern look to it.We are looking at having some landscaping done this summer to give it a better curb side appeal.We would also love to know any history of the home as well.
Kyla BaronHey Kate, Sorry this is late. My Mom doesn’t know much at all. She said they were just told that was where her grandparents lived, the rare time they drove by it. Uncle Bill probably knows more (Grace Drummond). What we do know is: Great Grandpa Drummond was a wealthy man and owned tenant properties (Mom doesn’t know how many or exactly how he came to have that money). Sometime during the Great Depression, the farmer who worked the property on County Rd. 29 defaulted on the mortgage (held by Great Grandpa Drummond) and so, the Drummond family moved there, selling the Flora Street house at some point. We don’t know how old our Grandpa Stewart Drummond was when they moved to the farm on 29 but he spent the majority of his life there. His father owned many horses and the barn there was originally built as the stables to house them. Our Grandpa Stewart hated horses and when his father died, he got rid of them and over the years, lost all the money his father had. Mom says he never talked about his father so she doesn’t know much more than that. She said it’s possible that her Great grandparents (our Great – Great grandparents) might have built that house but she doesn’t know for sure. Sorry we can’t be more help!
Ray PaquetteLinda Seccaspina When I was in Grade 9, ca. 1954, Arthur and Catherine (MacGregor) Cousens lived in part of this house but as he was often moved in his work, I believe they were just renting the north part of the house. I have no idea who owned the home at the time….
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James E. Bennett built three houses in the Flora Street area. One of them is occupied by his grandson Bill and his wife Lois. Behind the house were stables where up to five horses were housed. They were used as delivery horses for the meat market, and they knew the routes as well as the men who drove them. One old horse, the story goes was so familiar with the routine of the business that when Findlay’s Foundry whistle blew at 12 noon, the horse headed for Flora Street with or without the driver. “You better be on that cart when the whistle went, or the horse went home without you”, was the saying of the day. In the morning a delivery man went door to door picking up order for meat. There were no telephones, and this was the way the business ran. The lady ordered from the delivery man, he rushed back to the store, filled the order and rushed back out to deliver it so she could cook it for the noon meal.
Abner Nichols once owned a saw mill along the Mississippi River at the bottom of Flora street. Nichols was also in the timber business and owned a planning mill on the corner or Lake Ave and Moore Street in 1896. The Nichols home was the first home of a family that produced three mayors of Carleton Place over three generations. Nichols was also Carleton Place’s first Reeve, and served as Mayor in 1894 and in 1899. Later the house served as the rectory for St.James Anglican church.
Katie ChallenMy husband, daughter and I recently moved into “Butcher” Bill’s and Lois Bennett’s house on Flora Street. We’ve heard so many lovely stories about them since coming here. I’ve been doing a bit of research on the Bennett family…what a legacy! We’re currently working on cleaning up the garage, which apparently housed the delivery horses for Bennett’s Meat Market.
Katie PoirierI lived in this house when I was a small child. We bought the house from a lady named Freda Black. She moved to Blacks corners over 30 years ago. Her one stipulation when she sold my parents the house was that she be able to come back on a certain date as that was the day the house turned 100 ( I would have to ask my parents which day that was)It’s a fantastic house. The current owners are only the 4 th owners of that beautiful century house!!
Phil MacLeanlived there as a kid, my aunt and her then husband fixed it up, loved that house
Karen ClarkMy parents Keith and Freda Black lived in this house from 1958 to 1984.
Julie KirkpatrickKaren Clark I have very clear memories of going to the house with my class to make candles. We were making them in empty milk cartons and used an electric beater to make ‘foamy’ wax for the top layer. I think it may have been Doris Blackburn’s grade 5 class I was in. Kevin was in the class so I’m guessing that was the connection?Every single time I drive by the house , I think of that day with your Mom. She was very patient and kind
John EdwardsKeith and Freda Black were co-sunday school superintendents at St. James Anglican Church. Keith also carried a big shotgun which he effectively used as a Starter in Canoe Club regattas while clenching a pipe between his teeth.
Suzanne Turner–Turner’s were across the road from Blacks
Joan StearnsKaren Clark you had the loveliest parents, your Mom. Made flower girl dresses for my daughters. We lived two doors down on Hawthorne.
1956 Carleton PlaceOn January 26, 2019 we had the Carleton Place Winter Carnival and in January of 1956 the Ottawa Citizen reported that the ‘glamourous’ Miss Carole Mcintyre daughter of G. E. McIntyre of Lake Ave West won Miss Eastern Ontario at the Perth Winter Carnival. Some were worried there might be shenanigans afoot as yet another Carleton Place gal Joan Hendry was crowned Miss Eastern Ontario the next year in 1957. In 1960 the Carleton Place Chamber of Commerce, assisted by the Ladies Auxiliary, agreed to sponsor and select the town’s representative for the Eastern Ontario Snow Queen contest to be held in Perth on February 20,1960. It was noted that a Carleton Place girl did not win that year.
Lake Ave West Carleton Place Photo Carleton Place and Beckwith Museum
Bill BrownLois McGee lived there. Always remembered her sitting on the front porch and said hello to all that walked by. She knew me well as she was part of the Executive of the Marching Saints – I was a Saints Drummer. Fond memories
Stephen GilesThe house actually belonged to Lois’ mother, who was a friend of my grandmother. Her name was Bertha Kerr. Bertha lived on the ground floor and Lois and her daughters Bonnie and Lynne live on the second floor
Amanda ArmstrongYour grandmother likely knew my grandmothers as well then Bertha is a great aunt of mine, and her sister Ida Hueston is my 2nd great grandmother
Linda Gallipeau-JohnstonRemember lots of times in the summer when everyone was out on the verandah when we were walking home from school
Wendy LeBlancMy great grandparents Robert and Sarah Neelin lived there after they moved from their farm near Munster in the late 19teens or early 1920s. The Museum has a lovely photo of the house in its earlier days
Penny TraffordBonnie ToshBonnie Tosh This was just after the fire in Dec. 1968-1969.–Ashley & Bertha Kerr owned, single home, then made into 2 apartments; then Lois McGee had ownership. The front porch was always a gathering place for neighbors & friends. The women who sat on the porch daily (which was directly in front of Napoleon St), were called the bravest women in town-because cars would race down the street & slam in their brakes at stop sign, some coming close to not stopping. There were 2 times I remember where cars did not stop & straight through porch & slam into front of house. (Always happened late at night, except once in years prior that was during day & next door neighbor save Lois from being hit.)After many many years, it was sold to John Kerry (who purchased Fleming Funeral Home, changed to Kerry’s).He renovated & added another apartment.Like · Reply · 6 mins..Bonnie ToshBonnie Tosh And Stephen Giles knows almost as much about this house & our family as I do.Thanks to him & Bill for their kind words.
Shannon ToshI remember being on the porch sitting with my grandmother all the time..pretty much every night in the summer
107 Lake Ave West – Documenting Carleton Place Homes